Shellyza Moledina Sajwani: University of Toronto Pharmacy student reflects on rotation in Uganda

“It’s not about the grade anymore it’s about the learning”

St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor, commonly known as Lacor Hospital, is based just outside Gulu, the largest city in Northern Uganda. The hospital serves over 300,000 patients per year and up to 45 per cent are children under five. Last November, PharmD for Pharmacists student Shellyza Moledina Sajwani completed a five-week rotation at the pharmacy department at Lacor Hospital.

The PharmD for Pharmacists program at the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is specifically designed for experienced pharmacists and recent graduates who have a Bachelors’ degree (or equivalent) in Pharmacy and wish to obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD). Students in the program complete four rotations including three clinical care and one elective rotation which can include global health.



Shellyza, who is an oncology pharmacist by profession, connected with preceptor Jacinta Otine who wanted her to review the hospital’s oncology pharmacy program and identify areas for improvement. Working together, they outlined a four-phased project. “We wanted to see how best to deliver chemotherapy in a safe and effective manner and how to better manage and prevent side effects,” said Shellyza.

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