Carly Diamond is following in the footsteps of her mother (BScPhm, UofT, 1983), pharmacist and Pharmacy Business columnist Shelley Diamond.
Shelley practised at Sick Kids Hospital, currently runs a consulting business with clients such as Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw Pharmacy, and is cofounder of diabetescarecommunity.ca. Carly Diamond is eager to ignite her own dynamic career as a clinical hospital pharmacist on graduation (PharmD, University of Waterloo, 2016).
By Carly Diamond
During my time at Waterloo, I’ve loved the many opportunities afforded to me, such as attending conferences, volunteering, and acting in leadership positions on the local CAPSI and CSHP councils. For example, I enjoyed attending the PDW, OPSIS, and OPA conferences to learn from experts and network with other students and professionals. I also take much pleasure in spending my time volunteering: one of my favourite volunteer experiences in pharmacy school was teaching elementary school children about medication, for the Kids and Medicine program.
As someone who loves to travel, I hope to continue to advance my leadership skills abroad after graduating, to experience the pharmacy profession in another country. I plan to go to the Philippines to gain a stronger understanding of hospital pharmacy in a low-resource environment. I hope to exchange knowledge with local professionals and learn how healthcare approaches are modified to meet the needs of patients in the developing world.
My other area of interest is health literacy, especially living in a country where English is often a second language for many people. I believe it’s important to consider how we as pharmacists communicate with patients both verbally and in writing. I gained a stronger understanding of this issue while participating in an independent study project, which involved editing Wikipedia pages to improve their readability and accuracy, as well as evaluating the impact of these changes. I found that many Wikipedia articles are written at a grade level that is too high for a large percentage of the world’s population. I focused on editing Wikipedia to improve readability, allowing more individuals to read the information and enhance their comprehension.
My co-op positions and PharmD rotations have provided hands-on experience where I learned how to effectively communicate with patients and the healthcare team. I completed my co-op placements at Loblaw Pharmacy, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and Sunnybrook – Odette Cancer Centre. In my PharmD rotations, I worked at MediSystem, Enhanced Care Clinic, and Sunnybrook in the neonatal ICU.
Through these positions I have learned about many different pharmacy specialties, such as pediatrics and geriatrics. These rotations allowed me to lead a medication reconciliation process for summer respite patients, perform Best Possible Medication Histories, and execute MedsChecks. I have gained experience completing follow-ups with patients to assess therapy and then communicated any drug therapy problems and recommendations to physicians.
After graduating, my ultimate goal is to become a hospital pharmacist. My current interests are in the areas of pediatrics and oncology, but I am hoping to gain further exposure to other areas of pharmacy both within and outside of the hospital setting. I love working in the inter-professional environment of the hospital, helping patients and families to better understand their medications.
Having grown up with a mother as a pharmacist, who has had such a diverse career and positive impact on so many patients, I am excited to see where my own path will take me in the years ahead.