The Office of Experiential Experience (OEE) held their Annual Rotation Fair and Preceptor Development Continuing Education program on October 13, 2016. Dr. Patrick Chan provided a one hour continuing education program "Evaluating Difficult Students: Start from the Beginning" for the preceptors. Approximately 25 sites participated in the fair in order to speak to the third year WesternU student pharmacists who will be choosing their rotations soon.
On October 5, 2016, Brian Kawahara, PharmD, gave a presentation as part of the Professional Development Seminar elective series. He also showed an old music video "Pharmacy Respect" that still rings true today. A reflection describing his presentation is posted below:
Reflection #1 Vivian Chu, PharmD Candidate 2020
Brian Kawahara who is a pharmacist and a member of CSHP, came to speak to us about CSHP membership and future of pharmacy. We watched a video on what pharmacists have issues with and how we can begin to solve it. Additionally, we learned about providership and how pharmacists are currently not being paid to be providers but this will likely change in the future. Dr. Kawahara educated us on how a majority of senators and physicians, more than 50% to be more precise, support pharmacists in becoming providers. He told us that now is the right time to be in pharmacy school because of all changes that are about to happen. Moreover, it is important for us as future pharmacists to continue to advocate for this change as a majority of the current pharmacist community remains stagnant. Overall, he was very passionate and encouraging and it was definitely very refreshing to be motivated to do more for pharmacy.
Dr. Chris Chan gave presentation on the Inland Empire Health Plan and described his practice in a managed care environment. His presentation was sponsored by the WesternU AMCP Chapter and was also part of the Noon Professional Seminar elective.
Reflection #1: Bhavik Patel, PharmD 2010
On September 28, 2016, I attended the seminar – “Inland Empire Health Plan” – given by Dr. Chris Chan. Dr. Chan is the Sr. Director of Pharmaceutical Services of the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), which is a non-profit Medi-cal/Medicare health plan serving the Inland Empire. During the seminar, Dr. Chan discussed several aspects of managed care as well as career settings. Managed care is essentially to manage patients’ care in a cost effective manner to optimize their treatment. It was emphasized that the key to managed care is the concept of prevention. To treat the whole person, not just the illness or focusing solely on the medication alone. Some career settings of managed care are in public and private health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, and pharmaceutical companies. Managed care pharmacists are in prior authorization, clinical programs, pharmacy informatics, or administrative roles. One role of managed care pharmacists that Dr. Chan discussed was those managing the formulary, P & T committees. These pharmacists are the ones who decide which medications should be on the formulary based from usage ,literature, costs and so forth. A few characteristics that managed care pharmacists have are strong clinical knowledge, understanding of the healthcare and industry sectors, and great project management skills. Dr. Chan stressed the importance of considering a non-traditional route of pharmacy as the supply of pharmacists continue to increase while the demand decreases, and because there is a decreasing trend towards outpatient pharmacy. It is possible that in the future mail order pharmacies will overpower independent and chain pharmacies; therefore, it is wise to follow a different aspect of pharmacy in order to adapt to the continuous changes that will be brought forth.
Reflection #2: Anahit Tivriktsyan, PharmD Candidate 2020
Today’s speaker had a different approach towards pharmacy. Dr. Chris Chan talked about managed care in the beginning and then listed an idea of what the pharmacy world is going to look like in 2030. Dr. Chan briefly described how they manage care, for example they handle insurance coverage, prior authorizations, drug information, clinical programs, and pharmacy informatics and so on. After listing these many responsibilities, he recommended that we look outside the box and get into the clinical pharmacy side or managing care aspect of it. He said that there are too many private pharmacies and chain pharmacies open now and that the demand for these pharmacies are decreasing. Dr. Chan also talked about pharmacy informatics and how there is a demand in this field. He described what the position requires and how the pharmacy is shifting to being technologically handled. This actually seemed interesting to me and I will do more research about it. Another thing that interested me was his opinion of what the future of pharmacy may look like. He mentioned that there might be kiosks in the malls and virtual pharmacists that customers can speak to. Therefore, we need to be more open-minded when in this field and settle in jobs where we can be more clinically involved and/or other ways of managing care.
The 27th Annual IPA Trade Show was held at the Anaheim Marriott on Saturday, September 24, 2016. WesternU sponsored the the continuing education program presented by Tony Park, PharmD, JD "2016-Q4 New Laws Review" at the meeting. WesternU faculty, alumni and students also participated in the exhibit program and the banquet.
Dean Robinson convened his Dean's Advisory Council for a meeting at WesternU on September 23, 2016. He welcomed three new members: David Kvancz, Senior Vice President Strategic Client Relationships, Visante, Brian Yamate, Director, Pharmacy Services, Citrus Valley Medical Center and Mario Jimenez, Director of Diversity Initiatives, WesternU College of Pharmacy. The agenda included a report from the Dean, a tour of the new classrooms and "Intelligence Reports" from the members describing the major issues in pharmacy that impact their various areas of practice. The Dean also described the 20th Anniversary Gala held last Saturday and the other activities that celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the WesternU College of Pharmacy.
Kethen So, CSHP President, presented to the WesternU Student Chapter on September 23, 2016 on his career and involvement with CSHP. The chapter officers described CSHP Seminar coming up at the Disneyland Hotel and encouraged them to attend. The student chapter will help subsidize the cost of registration for students attending.
As part of the Noon Elective Seminar, Dr. Doreen Pon gave an excellent presentation on "Pharmacists on Medical Missions". A couple of reflections from student pharmacists in the class are posted below:
Reflection #1: Jane Kim, PharmD Candidate 2020
Dr. Pon talked about the prevalence of health issues in other parts of the world, ways to prepare for medical mission trips, and what happens on these trips. Child and adult mortality rates are much higher in other parts of the world compared to the US. It is due to the lack of health care resources and infrastructure making it an overall public health issue. This is a reason why medical missions exist. To help people in need. Medical mission trips require pre-trip preparations such as formulary planning, medication procurement, dispensing procedures, and paperwork. One non-profit organization involved in medical mission trips primarily to Guatemala is called Help’s International. On these trips pharmacists dispense, counsel, and participate in special projects. I found this seminar to be very interesting and useful for me if in the future I want to go on medical mission trips. I feel that this is a great way to use my skills to help people who are in need, not just in my community but around the world. It will help me to leave my comfort zone and experience the world and meet new people.
Reflection #2 Hyun Ji Chin, PharmD Candidate 2020
Today’s seminar evolved to be a surprising session for a student pharmacist who was never exposed to any concept related to medical and pharmaceutical missions. Somehow, I always had thought that the medical mission only involved collaboration of physicians, dentists and nurses in absence of pharmacists. But it is quite obvious that the pharmacist must be present to ensure the safety of provision of pharmaceutical care. The seminar was inspiring and informative that another goal was added on to my future personal career goal lists: medical mission off to the third-world country. I believe that committing to medical mission, at least once in my life time will bring a lot of changes in my life. I can actually play a significant role in saving others’ lives and provide more quality lives as well. Nonetheless, I really need to work hard on developing myself to become more adaptive and flexible to a sudden environmental changes. Because I am a person who gets really stressed when things turn out in a way that I did not expect to be, I will not be able to adequately handle the uncertainty and unfamiliarities that are associated with medical mission. Thus throughout the pharmacy school year, I would practice in learning how to manage and handle those uncertainties through confronting with more unexpected events.
Alumni, faculty, students, staff and friends of the College of Pharmacy gathered on the WesternU Esplande to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the College on September 17, 2016. Dean Robinson introduced the following VIP's to the celebration: Daniel Wilson, Thomas Fox, Max Ray, Patricia Chase, Kathy Knapp and Steve Gray. Following tours of the new classrooms, wine reception and a buffet dinner, the program continued with alumni awards and the raffle drawing.
Luis Aguilar, PharmD 2000 received the Special Recognition Awards for being the first graduate of the WesternU College of Pharmacy. Other alumni receiving awards were Tim Chen, PharmD 2004 , Distinguished Alumni Award and Mark Bounthavong, PharmD 2004 Alumni Achievement Award. Preceptor Catherine Hirokawa, PharmD received the Distinctive Service Award.
The group also enjoyed the photo booth and the music provided by the DJ.
WesternU College of Pharmacy held its 10th Annual Legislative Day on September 16, 2016 to a standing room audience of students and faculty. The day provides students an opportunity to learn from legislators and pharmacy leaders about new laws and and regulations that affects the profession of pharmacy. Dr. Micah Hata acted as the MC for the program. The speakers were Steve Gray, PharmD, JD, Sarah McBane, PharmD, CDE, BCPS, FCCP, Jorge Farias, PharmD, MS and Daniel Martinez, from Congresswoman Norma Torres's office. The main message of the speakers was to get involved by joining professional associations, volunteering and donating talent and money.
Operation Education is a program to reach out to prospective students to the WesternU College of Pharmacy. Each year, the Office of Recruitment trains and schedules pharmacy students to help with recruiting a diverse and highly qualified group of prospective students for the Admission's Committee to select from. University Recruiter Susie Fang, coordinated the orientation meeting and introduced faculty members Sunil Prabhu, Sam Shimomura and Mario Jimenez as well as several students who participated last year. Operation Education students visit local colleges and universities, give tours of WesternU and participate in Preview Day student panels.