Rebecca Mackay named winner of the Pharmacy Student of the Year competition
6 June 2012
Final year student Rebecca Mackay has won the University of Sydney 2012 Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSOTY) competition. Organised by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, this national competition is open to all final year pharmacy students.
The focus of the competition was on determining the student who excelled in clinical knowledge and communication skills.
Dr Rebekah Moles and Dr Claire O'Reilly of the Faculty of Pharmacy coordinated and ran the event. Dr Moles said: "The theme was selected because clinical knowledge is obviously essential to a pharmaceutical career. However, we see strong communication and people skills to be equally important when it comes to being a best practice pharmacist."
Prior to the final round, 11 students participated in the heats and then five students went through to the final round: Rebecca Mackay, Steve Stanton, Amanda Wee, Rita Ayoub and Corinna Maher.
Each person was given five minutes per scenario; they completed two each, and had to demonstrate their clinical knowledge and communication skills in assessing a customer's needs and recommending the best course of action. The scenario's included treating a pregnant female with thrush and a male patient who had hay fever. A supportive and enthusiastic audience consisting of fellow students, representatives from PSA and SHPA and academic staff, cheered them on.
Dr O'Reilly, one of the judges said: "As per other years, judging a winner was difficult, as all candidates performed very well. Rebecca was selected as the winner because she communicated and interacted well with the customer and demonstrated good clinical knowledge to quickly determine an appropriate solution to the problem."
The judges and organisers of the event would like to thank SUPA for their contribution of hosting and catering the networking function held after the event.
Contact: Kate Sanday
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