2020 Hospital Pharmacy Student Award Recipient

Dillon H Lee
Edmonton, AB

Award co-sponsored by the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP)
& the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI)


Dillon Lee, a fourth-year PharmD student from the University of Alberta, is honoured to receive the CSHP Hospital Pharmacy Student Award. Dillon was born in South Korea and now calls Canada home. After completing one year of undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta, she began her career in pharmacy. Dillon hopes to become a change agent for the pharmacy profession. She is motivated by the clinical, academic, and project management work of pharmacists who have charted the expanded scope of practice in Canada.

Dillon feels fortunate to have been exposed to several specialty areas of pharmacy practice. During her training, she completed clinical rotations in the orthopaedic unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, the emergency medicine and heme-oncology units at the Foothills Medical Centre, and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Alberta Children’s Hospital. She also completed summer internships in the cardiology and CV surgery units at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, as well as in the dispensary of the University of Alberta Hospital (UAH).

During her undergraduate years, Dillon served as the Co-President of the Health Sciences Student Association; the Project Director of a healthcare guide initiative for international students/immigrants; the Quality Improvement (QI) Project Lead for Alberta Health Services (AHS); an in-patient volunteer at the Stollery Children’s Hospital; a Mealtime Companionship volunteer at the UAH; an Undergraduate Scientific Board Member at the Integrative Health Institute; the Resource Developer for Edmonton inner-city clients; and more. Dillon acknowledges the Pharmacy Christian Fellowship and the “AcetaWINophen” dodgeball intramural team for fueling her continuous involvement both on and off campus.

Hanging above her desk is a note that says, “Lead and measure meaningful changes” – and, accordingly, Dillon pursued over 10 bench-top work, translational research, and QI projects as an undergraduate student. She is currently leading the first Canadian research study on the effectiveness of a QI teaching program for training pharmacy students in basic improvement science.

Dillon hopes to one day practice as a hospital pharmacist and demonstrate leadership in developing new tools and policies that will guide future pharmacy practice.

Dillon will receive her award at Professional Development Week (PDW) 2020 in Montréal, Québec.