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Award-winning month for pharmacy faculty member

Dr. Linda Hensman (l) presents Dr. Scott Edwards with the School of Pharmacy Excellence in Teaching Award.

By David Penney

In June, Dr. Scott Edwards received awards for his work as a faculty member at Memorial's School of Pharmacy and for his contribution to Eastern Health as a clinical pharmacy specialist with the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre.

For his work as a clinical assistant professor with the School of Pharmacy, Dr. Edwards was awarded the School of Pharmacy Excellence in Teaching Award at the class graduation event on June 4. This award is presented annually and is voted on by the students of the graduating class. Along with Dr. Lisa Bishop, the Class of 2012 selected Dr. Edwards for his contribution to their progress and growth over the last four years.

"This particular award is tremendous in the quality of the endorsement that it provides," said Dr. Linda Hensman, dean, School of Pharmacy. "After four years, at the end of a very demanding and rigorous program, Dr. Edwards is one of the faculty members that the students have identified as making an exceptional contribution to helping them succeed. That is powerful feedback and just a wonderful commendation."

On June 13, Dr. Edwards was also honoured by Eastern Health with a CEO Award of Excellence. The CEO Award of Excellence is presented in seven different categories and based on nominations received from peers and colleagues. It is the highest honour an employee of Eastern Health can receive and is designed to acknowledge those employees who make an exceptional contribution to Eastern Health's Healthy People, Healthy Communities vision.

As a clinical oncology pharmacy specialist with Eastern Health, Dr. Edwards was recognized in the mentoring category, a reflection of the respect he has garnered for his ongoing efforts to promote an open, co-operative learning environment that is focused on achieving the best patient care possible.
Despite acknowledging two different aspects of his work, the similarities around both awards were not lost on Dr. Edwards, and he reflected on the connections between his roles as a teacher and a clinician.

"I think the similarity in both cases for me is being surrounded by dedicated, motivated people," he said. "The faculty and staff at the School of Pharmacy are an incredible team and the same can be said about the clinicians and staff that I work with at the cancer centre. Whether you are providing care to patients or teaching students, that supportive, collaborative environment breeds success and positive outcomes. I feel privileged to be part of that on both fronts."