2019 Hospital Pharmacy Student Award Recipient
Riverview, New Brunswick
Award co-sponsored by the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP)
& the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI)
Sydney Evans, a fourth-year pharmacy student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, is honoured to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the CSHP Hospital Pharmacy Student Award. Sydney was born in Moncton and completed three years of undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Science at St. Francis Xavier University before she chose to pursue a degree and a career in pharmacy. She was drawn to the profession for its evolving scope of practice and the value that pharmacists bring to patient care.
Sydney feels fortunate to have gained exposure to many speciality areas of pharmacy practice. She has completed clinical rotations at The Moncton Hospital in the areas of cardiology, diabetes, geriatrics, neurology, and infectious disease. For the past three summers, Sydney worked as a pharmacy intern at The Moncton Hospital, through the Horizon Health Network Internship Program. During this time, Sydney conducted multiple quality improvement projects, including development of learning modules on medication reconciliation, a retrospective chart review to determine opioid prescribing patterns upon discharge, and a pain management survey.
As a pharmacy student, Sydney has been involved in various leadership and advocacy initiatives. Sydney is the financial representative for her graduation class and a member of the Memorial University Pharmacy Students. In these roles, she organizes activities to enhance the social and academic experience of her classmates. Sydney also volunteers with Special Olympics, coaching children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities.
As the CSHP student representative for Memorial University, Sydney has been involved in promoting hospital pharmacy practice throughout her time in the pharmacy program. In this role, she promotes hospital pharmacy practice by planning hospital-inspired learning opportunities to increase students’ awareness of hospital pharmacy. She is also a member of the CSHP Membership Recruitment and Retention working group, which is developing an action plan for contacting members whose memberships have lapsed.
Sydney is looking forward to becoming a practising pharmacist focused on patient-centred care and hopes to work in a hospital setting while incorporating research and teaching into her career.
Sydney received her award at the Closing Gala of CAPSI's 2019 Professional Development Week (PDW). The Closing Gala was held on January 12, 2019, in St. John's, Newfoundland.