Fourth Year Awards

American College of Apothecaries Award

The Ontario Branch of the American College of Apothecaries has established an award for a Fourth Year student who has won the patient counselling competition.

Bob Pritchard Memorial Award

This award is in memory of Bob Pritchard who was the Manager of Pharmacy Practice Programs at the Ontario College of Pharmacists at the time of his sudden death in September 1995. Mr. Pritchard was a 1975 graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy. He operated a community pharmacy until the early 1980s before becoming Director of Education and later the Professional Services Coordinator for one of the prominent pharmacy chains. Mr. Pritchard became involved in the Ontario College of Pharmacists’ Council in 1983, was elected President in 1992, and became Manager of Pharmacy Practice Programs in 1993. He was a highly respected member of the pharmacy community, and a friend to all who knew him. This award will be presented to a Fourth Year student who has obtained the highest cumulative UPS points (2/3 social;1/3 athletic), has achieved at least Second Class Honours in each of Years 1, 2 and 3, and who has achieved at least Pass standing in all Year 4 courses.

Danusia Oczko Award

The friends and family of Danusia Oczko, Class of 8T6, have established this award in honour of her determination, faith and courage. The recipient will be a Fourth Year student who has been accepted into a hospital residency program and has contributed significantly to undergraduate professional, athletic and student life. The point system of the Undergraduate Pharmacy Society will be used as an aid in selecting the recipient.

Deanna Williams Award

Deanna Williams graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy in 1976. She joined the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) in 1994 as Director of Programs.  Deanna was appointed as Deputy Registrar in 1998 and as Registrar in 2000.  This award is in recognition of her service to the OCP and to the profession of pharmacy. It is given to a student registered in Year 4 of the undergraduate program who has achieved Second Class Honours in Years 1, 2 and 3, and Pass standing in all Year 4 courses, and who has demonstrated:  innovative leadership in a pharmacy-related setting; the likelihood of a noteworthy future contribution to the profession; and a commitment to continuous learning.  The recipient must have received financial assistance in Fourth Year.  The award will not be given if a suitable candidate is not identified.

Doris Thompson Award

The friends of Doris Thompson have established this award to be given to the Fourth Year student who achieves the highest final grade in PHM371H1 Institutional Pharmacy Practice Management, and who has been accepted into a Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program.

Douglas Stewart Memorial Award

The Faculty of Pharmacy established this award to honour the memory of Professor Stewart who passed away on May 5, 2000. Professor Stewart was a faculty member from 1963 until his retirement in 1984. During his early years with the Faculty, he was also the Director of Pharmacy at the Toronto General Hospital. In 1967 he established a hospital pharmacy residency program at TGH and initiated a clinical pharmacy service. At the Faculty, Professor Stewart was instrumental in the development of the first undergraduate clinical pharmacy course in Canada and impacted many careers through the Hospital Pharmacy Administration course. As well, he played a key role in hospital pharmacy residency program accreditation through the Canadian Hospital Pharmacy Residency Board. The Douglas Stewart Memorial Award will be allocated to a Fourth Year student who pursues a Hospital Pharmacy Residency.

Harry and Frances Forman Award

Harry Forman graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy in 1947 at the age of 20. He had an almost sixty-year professional career including, as a young pharmacist, co-owner of a neighbourhood pharmacy, a many-year associateship with Shoppers Drug Mart, and, in later years, working as a part-time pharmacist before retiring at the age of 80. Harry loved his career in pharmacy, in part because of his life-long, close relationship with fellow pharmacists, but largely because of all the many customers he got to know and care for over the years, often delivering prescriptions to those who could not easily come in to pick up their medications. Harry’s closest partner in life was his dear wife Frances and together they raised four children. Harry and Frances Forman were married for sixty years before they passed away within two months of each other in 2014. The Harry and Frances Forman Award will be presented to a student in Year 4 of the undergraduate program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy who best demonstrates dedication to the practice of pharmacy by going above and beyond in the provision of patient care. The recipient must have achieved at least Second Class Honours in each of Years 1, 2 and 3, and must have achieved at least a Pass standing in all Year 4 experiential rotations.

John Roberts Scholarship and Medal

The John Roberts Scholarship and Medal is awarded to the Fourth Year student who obtains the highest number of Honours grades in the Year 4 courses.  If there is a tie, the cumulative GPA will be considered.

Leon Koffler Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Mr. Leon Koffler, Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix Life Foundation presents a scholarship to the Fourth Year student with the highest cumulative GPA who achieves an Honours grade in PHM414Y1 Community Practice Direct Patient Care.

Marvin Kopstick Scholarship

This award was established by colleagues and friends in memory of Marvin Kopstick who passed away suddenly in May 1997. Reflective of Mr. Kopstick’s extensive involvement in his community, this scholarship will be awarded to up to five Year 4 students who demonstrate significant involvement in their community while registered at the Faculty of Pharmacy. Recipients must have achieved at least Second Class Honours in each of Years 1, 2 and 3, and must have achieved at least Pass standing in all Year 4 courses.

Mary T. Gannon Award

Ruth K. Gannon established this award in honour of her sister Mary (Class of 5T6) who was the Director of Pharmacy at Princess Margaret Hospital for 35 years. Mary was actively involved in the profession, in particular with the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. She strongly believed in mentoring the next generation of pharmacists. The recipient of the Mary T. Gannon Award will be a Fourth Year Pharmacy student who has been accepted into a hospital pharmacy residency program.

Major F.A. Tilston, V.C., Scholarship

The graduating class of 1929 established an annual award in honour of Major F.A. Tilston, V.C., a member of the class. The award is given to a Fourth Year student who achieves academic excellence over all four years of the Doctor of Pharmacy program and has not won an award of greater value.

Rexall Pharmacy Group Scholarship

The Rexall Pharmacy Group Scholarship is awarded to the student who obtains the highest number of Honours grades in the Fourth Year, and who has not won an award of equal or greater value.  If there is a tie, the cumulative GPA will be considered.

Sydney Shrott Award

Medical Pharmacies Group Limited established the Sydney Shrott Award to honour the retirement of one of its owners.  Sydney Shrott has been a respected visionary and innovator in the profession of pharmacy for over 60 years.  Together with his partners, and with a consistent focus on people, he developed 34 clinic pharmacies and became the largest provider of pharmacy services to long term care homes in Canada.  This award is a tribute to his continuing dedication to developing strong pharmacy leaders.  The Sydney Shrott Award will be given to a student in Year 4 of the undergraduate program on the basis of financial need, who has achieved the highest total grades in Pharmacotherapy in Older Adults (PHM352H1) and Community Pharmacy Management (PHM370H1), and completes an Ambulatory Care rotation as part of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience program.

Tom Chin Clinical Leader Award

Tom Chin passed away suddenly in 2009, and is remembered for his many significant contributions to the pharmacy profession through his involvement in clinical practice, teaching, research and management. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the Faculty of Pharmacy in 1977 and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in 1980. The following year, Tom completed a one-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  As an educator, Tom was always extremely dedicated to teaching, and he contributed to the learning of many practitioners, undergraduate pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, PharmD students and medical students. He was also very involved in clinical research. As principal or co-investigator of numerous studies, primarily in the area of infectious diseases, he demonstrated that pharmacists can play a significant role in contributing to healthcare research.  Tom approached his work with dedication, passion and resolve, and consistently produced results that were of high calibre and generated pride from his fellow pharmacists. He always strived to provide exemplary pharmaceutical care to his patients.  The Tom Chin Clinical Leader Award is awarded to the Year 4 student with the highest total grades in the seven required pharmacotherapy courses, who is also the recipient of a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award.

Undergraduate Pharmacy Society Award

This award, established by the Undergraduate Pharmacy Society, is given to a Year 4 student who has made a significant contribution to the undergraduate student life over the past year and who has not held a position on UPS or Class Council in that year. Nominations are made by each class, are approved by UPS, and are forwarded to the Faculty’s Awards Committee for final selection.