Reflection #1: Leticia Arreola, PharmD Candidate 2020
Professor Klotz, started his pharmacy career as a high school freshman working at a community pharmacy. The owner and pharmacist Doc Kopp took Professor Klotz under his wing. He taught him that it is very important for the pharmacist to consult, even on over the counter medications and points out that most over the counter medications were once prescription. He emphasizes the need to assess a patient visually when consulting. From his lecture I understand how pivotal it is to be a diversified pharmacist specializing in more than one branch of pharmacy and knowing about accreditation to continue practicing as a pharmacist. As a student pharmacist he learned compounding. After graduating, he learned about INR testing, billing and TPN, starting a weight loss program, billing for medical services. He has also gotten involved in home care infusion. He is one of the most diversified pharmacist I have ever known of. This is nothing like what I thought a pharmacist’s job would entail, it is so much more. However, it is enlightening to see a preview of what will be expected of me when I graduate. Documenting is a must.
Fadi Hasso, PharmD Candidate 2020
Listening to Professor Klotz was an inspiration to say the least. It was all based on his personal experience as a successful and a well-rounded pharmacist who had entered the profession with one mission, helping others. He explained how he got involved in the field and how his mentor (Doc Kopp) manifested something much bigger in him for the profession through an ethical and moral approach. Professor Klotz seems to really cherish Doc Kopp’s ideology to the extent of adapting it himself and passing it on. The ideology basically embraces the profession of a pharmacist to its full extent which includes and not limited to compounding, clinical practice, communication with other healthcare professionals, and most importantly with patients to provide the utmost quality healthcare. Professor Klotz stressed the importance of assessing all patients and their profiles from every angle to make the best conclusions. He also gave multiple examples of how such practice saved so many lives, especially when it is practiced by pharmacists, the professionals whom are readily available to the community and thereby can make all the difference. Professor Klotz also spoke about the impact that an expert pharmacist can have at hospital settings, where a pharmacist can solve drug related mysteries physicians are simply not trained to solve. He also spoke of his own experience of owning a pharmacy and discussing all the services that he made readily available to the public from personalized weight control and smoking cessation programs, basic laboratory tests and screenings, medical supplies, immunizations, sterile compounding, and lastly but not least medication therapy management.