Canadian pharmacist talks about UQ Pharmacy

19 May 2015

“Learn from those that have gone before you.”

University of Queensland School of Pharmacy

With that mantra in mind, UQ Pharmacy students listened eagerly to the words of 2011 graduate John Korianitis as he spoke about the process of translating a UQ degree into a Canadian career.

Now living in London, Ontario, John kindly visited the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) in Brisbane in March to talk about his successful crossover.

A registered pharmacist in Canada, John walked students through the steps he took to gain due recognition for his studies at UQ Pharmacy School.

His biggest piece of advice for Canadian students studying in Australia was to ensure they gained work experience—even by volunteering—on trips back to their homeland prior to graduation.

That knowledge of working in a local setting, as well as making contacts, would accelerate their careers, he said.

Professor Greg Monteith from UQ Pharmacy said the university had acquired for the new Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) library key reference books recommended by Canadian alumni, to help students better prepare for work in Canada.

John first arrived in Australia following a recommendation from his family dentist to study at the University of Queensland.

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