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Erin Fitzpatrick named University of Sydney's 'Pharmacy Student of the Year'


20 May 2010

(From left: PhD candidate Claire O'Reilly, PSOTY finalists, Rebecca Dean & Phoebe Dunsmuir, Dr Rebekah Moles, Faculty of Pharmacy, PSOTY finalists Erin Fitzpatrick and Katherine Coucouvinis)
(From left: PhD candidate Claire O'Reilly, PSOTY finalists, Rebecca Dean & Phoebe Dunsmuir, Dr Rebekah Moles, Faculty of Pharmacy, PSOTY finalists Erin Fitzpatrick and Katherine Coucouvinis)

Final year student Erin Fitzpatrick has won the University's Pharmacy Student of the Year PSOTY competition. This national competition is organised by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and is open to all final year pharmacy students.

The focus of the competition is on patient counseling and recognising the importance of communication and counseling skills in best pharmacy practice. The University of Sydney PSOTY final was held on Tuesday 18th May and coordinated by Dr Rebekah Moles and PhD student Claire O'Reilly at the Faculty of Pharmacy.

Finalists Erin Fitzpatrick, Rebecca Dean, Phoebe Dunsmuir and Katherine Coucouvinis were put through two role-play scenarios and had to demonstrate their counseling and communication skills in front of an audience of academic staff, representatives from professional bodies such as the SHPA and PSA, fellow students, as well as a number of visiting international conference delegates who are attending the World University's Network working conference in Sydney this week.

The four finalists were given five minutes per scenario to assess client's queries and recommend the best possible course of action.

"All four finalists are of such high calibre" said Dr Rebekah Moles, one of the organisers and judges of the event, "it was an extremely close contest with very little between the scores. I'm delighted for Erin and we wish her all the best in the next stages of the competition."

Erin will go on to represent the university at the NSW final in June, and could potentially represent NSW at the national final in Melbourne at the Pharmacy Australia Congress in October.

Students of the Faculty have a successful history in the competition with The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia naming University of Sydney student Natalie Tasker as the Pharmacy Student of the Year in 2008, after she won the final competition at the National Counselling Event during the annual Pharmacy Australia Congress in Perth that year.

PSOTY winner Erin Fitzpatrick in role-play during the competition final.
PSOTY winner Erin Fitzpatrick in role-play during the competition final.


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