In recognition of her talent and commitment, Sam was offered a permanent position in 2020.
“After you’ve completed the graduate program, they didn’t just say ‘Ok, you’re all done!’ They’ll continue to invest in you. They picked up that I was interested in oncology and so they decided to sponsor me to attend the COSA CPG Foundation Clinical Practice for Cancer Pharmacists conference (now postponed due to COVID-19). Icon’s pharmacy division is helping me pursue a specific interest whilst also ensuring I understand the fundamentals.”
When it comes to her day-to-day schedule, Sam splits her time between the Epic Pharmacy sites at Wesley and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospitals. She’s on a different ward every day and clearly gets a kick out of the rapidly changing hospital setting.
“The day flies by. When I enter the ward in the morning, I look at the patient list to see who is being discharged that day and then counsel them on the medications they’ll need to take home. I’ll meet the new patients and talk to them about their medication. Then, I’ll check in with the nurses to see if they have any questions about medication.”
While patients tend to come and go, Sam says she feels very connected to her colleagues.