The Don and June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum is housed at the CPhA office in Sacramento. The museum contains thousands of pharmacy artifacts mostly from California but also from around the world. Debby Johnson and her team of docents gave me and a steady stream of visitors, drawn to the museum because of Sacramento Museum day, a tour of the museum. Anyone interested in the history of pharmacy should visit this wonderful museum. For more information about the museum, to schedule a tour, or to donate your time, please call (916) 779-4526 or email Debby Johnson at email@example.com.
Dr. Guy Ito from Kaiser gave an excellent presentation on "The Best Gig in Pharmacy: What's HIP and Happening" to the Noon Elective Seminar Class on January 31, 2018. A couple of reflections by students are posted below:
Reflection #1: Varinder Kaur, PharmD Candidate
Dr. Guy’s seminar in regards to Home Infusion Pharmacy was extremely interesting as he provided a vast amount of information. Home Infusion Pharmacy is one of the many subfields in pharmacy, which is stable making it an exclusive position. Dr. Guy emphasized that the many individuals who are involved in home infusion pharmacy tend to stay in home infusion pharmacy because the growth, stability and income is great. Home infusion pharmacy is focused around providing care for individuals who are stable enough to be home but still not healthy. These individuals are in the need to take injectable antibiotics, TPN, hydration, niche IV drugs, with devices such as a IV push, ambpumps, elastomerics, syringe pumps, etc. In order to be a home infusion
pharmacist it is also necessary to have certain characteristics as a health care
professional. The greatest characteristic needed would resemble a cheerleader.
A home infusion pharmacist is supposed to encourage the patients to take their
medication in an appropriate manner at the given times. They are supposed to
be motivated to take their medication and strive for a healthy lifestyle.
Reflection #2: Edison Escobar, PharmD Candidate
Dr. Ito discussed his success as a pharmacist practicing at Kaiser Permanente as a Home Infusion Pharmacist. He discussed what a Home Infusion Pharmacist does and the kinds of patient they treat. Home infusion is exactly how it sounds, infusing drugs via intravenous at the comfort of the patients home. Although the process happens at the patient’s home, it is still regulated by protocols to ensure safety.
Dr. Ito also gave a talk regarding how to prepare oneself to be a good candidate for a position as a home infusion pharmacist. He advised us to maximize our education at pharmacy school. This doesn’t only mean that we have to get the grade, it also involves volunteering and getting dirty while at the same time networking. Having a great attitude will determine the altitude meaning how we react to certain things can determine how successful one can be in pharmacy. At work, Dr. Ito advised to do more than what is expected in order to shine as the best and brightest. Keep a smile on and do not cause any drama. Lastly, he gave advise on how to be successful in life in general. He advised to learn how money works and that money can work for someone through investments. Be generous by paying it forward and always do random acts of kindness. Never expect to be paid back or recognized for doing a good deed;
just do it.
The WesternU College of Pharmacy interviewed nearly a hundred prospective students for the Class of 2022 on Saturday, January 27, 2018. The prospective students were greeted by staff and current students and interviewed by faculty, preceptors, alumni and students. The schedule for the prospective students included an orientation to the college, tour, interview, writing exercise, critical thinking test and information on financial aid.
Eastland Pharmacy, located at 1833j9 Colima Road, #A, Rowland Heights, CA 91748, is interested in becoming a clerkship site for the WesternU College of Pharmacy. Dr. Sam Shimomura met with the owner, Dr. Danielle Kim and staff pharmacist, Dr. Justin Kim on January 25 2018. The pharmacy serves primarily Chinese and Korean patients as well as some hispanic patients. The pharmacy provides prescription services, OTC medications, herbals, supplements, medical supplies, DME, diabetic shoes and cosmetics. The clinical services they provide include patient counseling, MTM, immunization, hormonal contraceptive, smoking cessation, naloxone etc. However, they do not provide sterile or non sterile compounding services. Both pharmacists are graduates of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.
Drs David Sanchez, Sam Shimomura and Jason Wong offer a one unit elective on OT and Self-care primarily for IPBP students who missed the OTC course given to first year students. The course began with a block orientation, and an introduction to the fundamentals of self-care and the steps in counseling patients on self-care products. Week two covered oral, ear and eye health, followed by analgesics in week three. The course will focus on the practical aspects of assessing a patient for self-care or for referral, recommending appropriate non pharmacological and pharmacological treatment and counseling them on appropriate use.
On January 17, 2018, Dr. Keith Yooshizuka gave a presentation on "Opportunities as an Expert Witness in Forensic Toxicology" as part of the Noon Elective Seminar series. He is a PharmD, JD and MBA degree holder and is on the faculty of Touro University and serves as Assistant Dean and Chair of Social, Behavioral and Administrative Sciences.
Reflection #1: Mary Youssef, PharmD Candidate
Today I attended a talk given by Dr. Keith Yoshizuka, which was called “opportunities as an expert witness in forensic toxicology”. Dr. Yoshizuka has a PharmD and a JD, so I thought that was pretty cool. He talked to us about being an expert witness and what disqualifies you from being one. One way that you can be discredited from being an expert witness is if you make more than 50% of your income from testifying. This is because this makes you not trustworthy and a conflict of interest. He also mentioned that doing a residency would be helpful (not mandatory) in becoming an expert witness. One interesting point he brought up was that in pharmacy school, we don’t really learn what happens to a drug once the body dies. He used potassium as the example. He explained that once the body dies, everything goes through entropy (basically equilibrium). I found this talk very interesting. It made me realize the many options I have as a pharmacist and that basically every field (that have nothing to do with pharmacy) has some sort of opportunity to work as a pharmacist.
Reflection #2: Vincent Truong, PharmD Candidate
This presentation focused on how to become an expert witness. An expert witness is someone who are selected to participate in a trial to provide his or her expert evaluation of the evidence relating to the trial. An expert witness in the field of pharmacy must have extensive knowledge of drugs and how they affect the human body. Dr. Yoshizuka emphasized on the importance of the knowing how drugs interact with the human body after an individual has been deceased for an extended period of time. For most trials, medical expert witnesses have to read data/lab reports of individual who are deceased, and most autopsies are conducted usually at least a week after death. Student pharmacists who are considering getting into legal consulting are encouraged to have competitive resumes, research legal topics related to the field of pharmacy, and residencies always make a resume more competitive during the process of seeking a job.
Dr. Sam Shimomuradiscussed "Pharmacy Related Apps and Social Medica as part of the Noon Elective Seminar Series on January 10, 2018. A couple of reflections written by students in the course are posted below:
Reflections #1: Lynna Le, PharmD Candidate
For today’s seminar, we discussed the importance of evaluating and assessing the accuracy of apps and websites. With today’s technology, there is a proliferation of apps and websites that can be used to help in delivering patient care. However, as helpful as they are, you need to screen for potential bias and validity of these apps and websites. Some apps/websites recommended for use is Epocrates, Micromedex, Up-to-Date, Lexi-Comp, Mayo Clinic, etc. In particular, the Pharmacist Letter is also available for free for students to use and you can also print out handouts for patients. Epocrates is also available to download as an app and is helpful in pulling up black box warnings, contraindications, safety information, as well as pharmacology for thousands of brand, generic, and over-the-counter drugs. Downloading useful apps such as Epocrates and Micromedex will be helpful to use during rotations later on. Today’s seminar helped me realize that there is a lot of information available online and I should utilize these resources to help me deliver better patient counseling in the future.
Reflection #2: Denise Gomez, PharmD Candidate
Pharmacy Related Apps and Social Media Dr. Sam Shimomura During the seminar, Dr. Shimomura elaborated on the increasing importance of apps and social media on pharmacy. Apps and social media are an important part of the future of pharmacy. Particularly while on rotations, apps will be very helpful. In particular I learned about the app Epocrates. It is a helpful app in determining if a particular medication is part of a patients formulary. In addition, Epocrates also has a pill identifier that may be helpful during my future rotations. It also identifies pills from foreign countries. I also learned about Pharmacist Letter which is free for students and it has handouts that can be printed out for patients. Also, Dr. Shimomura recommended that student pharmacists download the Medical Letter app which is helpful in evaluating new drugs and the drugs are separated by class. Dr. Shimomura explained how there is a huge amount of information and it is important to know how to research what the best options are for particular patients. I learned resources that I will use during my years as a pharmacist intern and in the future as a pharmacist.
OSCE, Objective Structured Clinical Examination, is a way to train and evaluate students in a simulated real life situation using standardized patients. The student pharmacists are given a clinical task such as counseling a patient on how to give themselves an injection or answer a drug information question. They are observed by a faculty member or resident and graded using a rubric or checklist of essential steps. The process is held in the Clinical Skills Lab that has rooms that are set up like real examination rooms. The students dress professionally in white coats and find the experience very stressful but a rewarding learning experience. Congratulations to the students, faculty, residents and staff for creating a well organized and realistic experience for the second year student pharmacists.
On December 13, 2017, WesternU alumna and current geriatric resident, Elizabeth Akhparyan, gave an inspiring and motivating presentation to the Noon Elective Seminar class. A reflection from one of the students is posted below:
Reflection: Harmandeep Kaur, PharmD Candidate 2021
Dr. Akhparyan is a WesternU alumna. She talked about her journey through pharmacy school and her struggles. I can relate to her journey as I am a mother to a 7 months old too. And she talked about how she consistently tried to manage time and tried to get involved into everything in pharmacy school. I am so motivated by her journey. She has achieved so much during her years in pharmacy school. Her story is an example for me to try everything until I achieve my goals. She talked about how she attended all the meetings for CPhA and tried to get involved. She talked about the struggles she had to go though as a mother and a pharmacy student and how she overcame those. I am very much impressed by all she has achieved. She is like a role model for me.
Dr Micah Hata organized a Medicare Part D outreach event on Saturday, December 9, 2017 in Westminster, Ca for the Vietnamese community with help from HICAP, the Vietnamese Pharmacists Association and the Orange County Pharmacists Association. WesternU student pharmacists supervised by rotation students, alumni, residents, faculty and HICAP staff helped approximately 30 Vietnamese seniors select the best Medicare Part D plan based on cost, coverage and access to their preferred pharmacy. They also reviewed their medication regimen to screen for clinical problems such as potential drug interactions. This was the last of a series of similar Medicare Part D outreach programs to train WesternU student pharmacists on how to counsel patients on Medicare Part D and help save patients money on their prescription drugs. At this event, we helped save over $90,000 for the Medicare beneficiaries. At a previous event held on November 18, 2017, HICAP calculated that the WesternU student pharmacists helped 40 clients save a total of $62,356.15. Student pharmacists from MBK and KGI have also participated in Medicare Part D outreach events with WesternU student pharmacists.