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Brendon McIntosh

Brendon McIntosh, Pharmacy Graduate

Qualifications

BSc (2011), BPharm (2013)

Positions now

Split-site internship between Unichem Olsen’s Pharmacy and Greymouth Base Hospital.

Positions since graduation

Regional Relations Officer for the Asia Pacific Regional Office of the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation 2013–14

Current role

"The split-site intern role on the West Coast is the only one if its kind in the country. It has given me the extraordinary opportunity to experience two sides of the Pharmacy profession. I have really loved the community environment at Unichem Olsen's and being able to counsel patients on how to use their medicines safely. Now I am at the Hospital and here I like how the prescribers are generally readily available so you can discuss with them why they prescribed a certain medicine without being put on hold by a receptionist. Both the Hospital and the Community Pharmacy have been great learning environments and have definitely set me up well for assessment in two months' time!"

What attributes can you credit to Otago?

"I am very thankful for the opportunities that were available at Otago and how flexible the staff were in catering for the students’ needs. I was lucky enough to be able to represent NZAPS-O (our students association) at two IPSF World Congress and the enthusiasm of the staff to want to help me after missing so much class has made my experience at Otago that much better. Studying at Otago has given me the best of both worlds. First you get a social life that I believe is the most unique in the world where you form special bonds with people from all walks of life. Second, and more importantly, an education in pharmacy that is truly world class. I have realised this after just recently returning from the IPSF World Congress in Portugal where many a discussion was had about pharmacy education in different countries and I felt very lucky to have attended Otago knowing what I know now."

Any other comments?

"Before choosing pharmacy, I had no idea what a Pharmacist did apart from count pills. Now I am almost at the end of my Intern year and realise that this couldn’t be further from the truth. I cannot wait to become registered and begin my career as a medicines expert. From simply teaching a child how to use their new inhaler; to identifying a prescription error that could have potentially killed a patient. A career in pharmacy will throw something new at you each day and by studying at Otago I believe I am well prepared for whatever that may be.