Dr. Michelle Hinch, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Antimicrobial Stewardship

Sep 7, 2016 | Meet and Greet

Job Title:

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Antimicrobial Stewardship


St. Paul's Hospital

Describe your job in three sentences:

I am your friendly neighbourhood antibiotic watch(wo)man. My enemies are antibiotic resistance and adverse reactions. My allies are clinicians like you!

How long have you worked at PHC?

Almost two years. Previously, I have worked as an Internal Medicine pharmacist at Royal Columbian Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital and Canmore General Hospital

Why Providence?

Providence Health Care has one of the strongest clinical pharmacy programs in the country. I work with some of the best patient-centered pharmacists in the Lower Mainland.

What's the one part of your job you look forward to most?

Each day brings new challenges. I enjoy problem solving, and really enjoy working with my team at SPH. Recently, the PHC antimicrobial stewardship program launched a new iPhone App which helps clinicians with the empiric management of common infections. Since then, I have been taking any opportunity to introduce new students and residents to this point-of-care tool to help with their assessment of various infectious diseases and ensure appropriate antibiotic prescribing.

If you weren't the Clinical Pharmacist for ASP, what would you be?

An American Ninja Warrior. Except I am Canadian.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Snuggling with my kids.

If you had a year off with pay, what would you do?

Travel the world! I would love to spend time living in Italy learning the language and eating great food.

Who or what inspires you?

My parents. They are the hardest working people I know! They are both over 70 and have boundless energy. 

What is one thing we might be surprised to learn about you?

I once built a house from footings to rafters in four months, along with my then-fiance and my dad. My forearms were huge after we finished. We had our wedding the day after we got our occupancy permit. Also, if I let myself, I could inhale a pound of black licorice in 30 seconds. That’s not really true. But I do really like black licorice.

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