U of T Pharmacy student wins OPA’s Student of Distinction Award

PharmD grad Faraz Razzagh has been named the 2018 Student of Distinction Award winner by the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA). The award was presented on Friday, June 8, 2018, as part of the OPA’s annual conference in Huntsville, Ont.

“Faraz’s leadership skills and passion for patient care have set an outstanding example, for both his peers and for practising pharmacists, of what a pharmacist-in-training can accomplish,” says Mike Cavanagh, Chair, Board of Directors, OPA. “We are pleased to present him with this year’s Student of Distinction Award.”

A Class of 1T8 grad from the U of T’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, Faraz is excited to enter the workforce and follow his passion in embracing pharmacists’ scope of practice. Through his extensive extra-curricular involvement, Faraz is best known for his roles in student government at the faculty, having been President-Elect, President and Past-President of the Undergraduate Pharmacy Society (UPS). Faraz has also been involved as an executive of other organizations at the faculty including, Healthcare Toastmasters, the Peer Mentorship Program and Class Council. Of all his contributions to the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, Faraz is most proud of establishing the UPS Student Leadership Entrance Scholarship which serves to promote the profession of pharmacy to potential student leaders through financial assistance.

“To be recognized among the ranks of many other award winners who have contributed so much to the profession of pharmacy, I am truly grateful to share this honour,” says Faraz Razzagh. “For me, this award is a symbol of everything I have to look forward to in my career as a pharmacist. As I’m soon to assume my role as a practicing pharmacist, I can only hope winning this award will further enable me to increase the pharmacist’s valuable role in healthcare, work with community members to improve public health and work to expand pharmacists’ role in enhanced patient care.”

With his outgoing nature, Faraz is eager to pursue the opportunity to practice as pharmacist and make a difference for the patients he serves. “Our profession is largely knowledge based, therefore I feel it’s important to always explore new opportunities in how to innovate and apply ourselves differently to expand our roles as healthcare providers.”

The OPA believes in recognizing the outstanding achievements of our members, and honours pharmacy’s heroes, both extraordinary and everyday — pharmacists who go above and beyond for their patients, mentor new pharmacists, grow their practice through education and expanded service delivery, or work collaboratively with other healthcare providers.