16, 2000, Gazette)
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Megan Turner is a pharmacy student who likes to keep busy
not just at her studies, but at a variety of extracurricular
activities that help to enrich the lives of all students in the
School of Pharmacy. In fact, her activities are so outstanding
that the faculty nominated her for the Alti-Med/Pharmacy Practice
Magazines Commitment to Care Award for Student Leadership.
On Nov. 9 she flew to Toronto to accept the award and a $1,000
Ms. Turner is an exceptional student, said Dr. Chris
Loomis, director of the School of Pharmacy. Since joining
our school, she has provided strong and consistent leadership
in student affairs. In fact, it is no exaggeration to say that
her contributions as a student leader and as a representative
of the School of Pharmacy of Memorial have not been matched.
Ms. Turner enjoys her extra-curricular activities. I find
you learn a lot more by getting involved. I started in first
year by becoming involved as class representative for the Canadian
Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI), and the
next year I took on the senior rep role as one of MUNs
representatives on the national body.
CAPSI tackles many different issues but its main responsibility
is advocacy on behalf of pharmacy students. Another MUN pharmacy
student, Roland Halil, is president of the organization and Ms.
Turner works closely with him in her role as national vice-president
She also works on issues within the School of Pharmacy. Im
involved in the grad committee for my class and I sit on the
Memorial University Pharmacy Society (MUPS) as the CAPSI adviser.
Last year the students of the School of Pharmacy amalgamated
MUPS and the local CAPSI organization. It was a very interesting
experience for a group of us to write up a constitution,
Another activity involved helping to organize a herbal seminar
with a special expert brought in from Halifax so pharmacy students
at Memorial could learn more about this growing field of interest.
Ill pick up loose ends whenever something needs to
be done but its always very much a group effort.
Our classes are small and very supportive.
Growing up in St. Johns, Ms. Turner spent her first year
after high school at the University of Ottawa, then returned
to Memorial and entered the School of Pharmacy after a second
year of university study. Now in the final year of the pharmacy
program, she will travel to Harlow, England, for a hospital rotation
After graduation, this bright young student hopes to enter a
hospital residency, which is a year-long structured clinical
program, to train as a hospital pharmacist. Clinical pharmacy
is a well-established, yet growing role for pharmacists. Hospitals
have individualized nationally accredited programs. However,
as of yet, there are no such residency programs in Newfoundland.
Although she grew up in a family with a pharmacist father and
a pharmacologist mother, Ms. Turner said her parents definitely
did not push her to become a pharmacist. However, they
are very supportive of all my activities.
In addition to nominating her for the Commitment to Care Award
for Student Leadership, Megan Turner was also the School of Pharmacys
unanimous choice as their 2000 Centennial Scholar.
Pharmacy Practice and Hospital Pharmacy Practice offer
Commitment to Care awards annually in the categories of patient
care, health promotion, charitable work, patient-centred pharmacy
design, hospital pharmacy, student leadership and overall service
to the profession. Each award is sponsored by a different pharmaceutical