The MIMS Pharmacy Guild of Australia Intern of the Year Awards are now open! The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is pleased to announce it is partnering with MIMS Australia in a search to find the 2016 Intern of the Year. The winner will receive a travel and educational scholarship to the value of $4,000 courtesy of MIMS Australia enabling them to pursue their pharmacy career in Australia or overseas. The award is given to the Guild ITP intern who demonstrates excellence in patient-centred practice, improving health outcomes of communities, innovative pharmacy practice, integrity or communication and teamwork. We sat down with the 2014 winner, Luke Vrankovich to talk about her experience as the Guilds Intern of the Year, and what the future holds.
Dispensary: Who nominated you for the award and why?
Luke: My preceptor nominated me for the work we did under the category ‘improving the health of communities’.
Dispensary: What did you do with the $4,000 prize money?
Luke: The money went towards attending the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s (FIP) World Congress in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Dispensary: How do you think winning helped shape your future in Pharmacy?
Luke: The congress definitely opened my mind to the potential of pharmacy on an international scale; especially in regard to research and public/international relations. I had the opportunity to network with like-minded people from all around the world and learn what pharmacy is like in their country. It inspired me to travel using the degree and I am now venturing to all corners of Australia as a locum. You can follow ‘The Roaming Pharmacist’ adventures on Facebook or Instagram:
Dispensary: Do you have any future goals for your career in Pharmacy?
Luke: I am currently undertaking my medication review accreditation and a certificate IV in training and assessment. I would love to be involved in teaching and upskilling– whether it be pharmacists, pharmacy students or the wider community. Pharmacy ownership and mental health research are also passions of mine that I will hopefully explore in the near future.
Dispensary: What advice would you give a current Guild Intern thinking about nominating?
Luke: Take the time to thoroughly brainstorm everything you have accomplished during your intern year. You would have achieved so much that it is often easy to overlook some of the highlights. Writing about yourself can be difficult, so check with your preceptor and peers to gain their input.
Think you’ve got what it takes? Nominate now!
Looking to enrol in an Intern Training Program? Why not check out the Guild ITP at www.internpharmacist.com.au