Photo: Renee Cook and Mary Guenthart.
The latest issue of RxBound, the publication of the WesternU College of Pharmacy, is published biannually for the alumni, students, faculty and friends of the College of Pharmacy. Congratulations to Editors: Renee Cook, Director of Professional Development and Community Outreach and Ola Carr, Director of Development, University Advancement for another excellent issue. Also congratulations to Mary Guenthart, who supports Renee Cook, Debra Nelson, Graphic Designer and photographer Jeff Mallet. This issue features the "Game Changers" leading the future of pharmacy from WesternU. Please click below to read the latest issue.
Photo: Renee Cook and Mary Guenthart.
January, 2019 marked the founding of the International Pharmacy Student Association (IPSA) at WesternU by Mai Yokota, PharmD Candidate 2020 and her fellow classmates from the PharmD class of 2020, IPSA is an organization for International Post-Bac PharmD (IPBP) program student pharmacists which aims to encourage interactions and new relationships among international and domestic students, and to create a greater awareness of international student issues.
The mission of IPSA is “Make the world smaller, together.” The goals of IPSA are to support all IPBP students throughout their education period and beyond, to provide opportunities for IPBP students to get involved, to welcome and host visitors from across the globe and to maximize connections among current IPBP students, alumni, and traditional students.
Board elections were held in December 2018. The first board members of IPSA are: Vineet Tung (Internal President), Ibrahim Younis (External President), and Ya-Wei Chung (Historian). Dr. David Sanchez is the faculty advisor for IPSA.
All IPBP students were invited to participate in a logo-designing competition for IPSA. We received several creative logo submissions, and conducted a poll amongst members to select the winning logo. Reem Aljanabi, PharmD 2021 candidate was the winner of the competition. The logo designed by her truly reflects IPSA’s mission.
The first event organized by IPSA was a rotation talk with IPBP P4 students, in which P2 and P3 IPBP students got a chance to interact with their upperclassmen and learn about rotations. The event was held on January 16 2019, and was attended by approximately 25 students. It was a very enriching experience, as students got to learn about numerous rotation sites, and ask any questions that they had in mind. It was also a great way to kick off the new year and bring IPSA members together.
IPSA collaborated with APhA-ASP/CPhA on February 21, 2019 to host an IPBP-AGU (Aichi Gakuin University) social with traditional P2 students, IPBP P2 students, and Aichi Gakuin Exchange Students who are visiting WesternU from Japan. This was a wonderful opportunity to make the Japanese exchange students feel welcome at WesternU, and also to fulfill our mission of encouraging interaction and an exchange of ideas between IPBP students and traditional students. All the students bonded over an hour of lunch, games, and wonderful conversation!
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Ya-Wei Chung, PharmD Candidate 2021
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sThe Vietnamese Pharmacist Association in the USA held its annual Lunar New Year Celebration on February 10, 2019 at the Diamond Seafood Palace #2 in Westminster, CA. Many WesternU students, alumni, faculty and staff were in attendance. Two WesternU students received scholarship from the VPhA: Anh Dang and Tina Vu. For the first time, the VPhA held a student talent show. The winners were all WesternU students: WesternU Beauties (First Place) Anh Dang, Naomi Banh, Tram Anh Le, Kayla Nguyen and Ivy Ton, (Second Place) Alison Agustin and (Third Place) Minh Trin.
VPhA volunteers included students Quan Le and Uyen Truong and alumni Elaine Nguyen, Jennifer Vu and Micah Hata.
WesternU alumni in attendance were Kevin Mai, Elaine Nguyen Jennifer Vu, Nhi Dinh, Micah Hata, Albert Bach, Bich Tina Tran and Katherine Ngo.
In addition, Professor Emeritus Dr. Sam Shimomura and Director of Advancement Ola Carr represented the WesternU College of Pharmacy.
Thank you to Man Nguyen, President of the VPhA for his continuing support of the WesternU College of Pharmacy. The VPhA has provided scholarships as well as support of the Medicare Part D Outreach program. Many VPhA members have sent their sons and daughters to the WesternU. College of Pharmacy over the years.
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP
The WesternU College of Pharmacy hosted its annual holiday party on December 13, 2018 for pharmacy faculty, staff and special guest from the University such as President Daniel Wilson and his wife, Vice President Diane Abraham and several Deans. Besides the great food, the highlight of the party was the raffle for some great prizes won by Julie Avila, La Donna Tucker, Quang Le and Jennifer Sandoval.
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP, Professor Emeritus Pharmacy Practice and Administration
First year students from the WesternU class of 2022 taking the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) are taught how to counsel patients on how to properly take their medication. Dr. Micah Hata with the help of faculty member Dr. Jason Wong and Emeritus faculty Roger Klotz and Dr. Sam Shimomura assessed the the student's counseling skills as teams. The faculty members were assisted by staff (Jillian Matzner) and several Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students, Pooja Shah and Xuyen Mai. The APPE students played the role of the patient and helped with keeping track of the time and giving feedback to the first year students. One member of a team of seven is picked to play the role of the pharmacist doing the counseling. The team is given a couple of minutes to analyze and discuss a prescription and then the member picked will counsel the patient for up to 7 minutes. After the counseling session, the team gathers for a minute or so to discuss if there needs to be any additions or corrections. They get to make one change. The team is then given feedback on areas of omissions or improvements by the faculty and APPE students. During today's sessions, the students were instructed to smile more and be more friendly, explain more about storage requirements and side effects and to get a better history. The students did a good job explaining the purpose of the medication but not the importance of taking the medication. They also did a good job of catching clinical errors such as wrong doses, contraindications (pregnancy) and drug-drug interactions.
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP, Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy Practice and Administration
The WesternU College of Pharmacy held a reception at the ASHP Mid-Year meeting on December 2, 2018 in the Vista Lounge on the 14th Floor of the Anaheim Hilton. The location gave everyone a bird's eye view of the nightly fireworks at Disneyland. The dessert reception featured appetizers, various desserts and a make your self ice cream sundae bar. Beer, wine and other adult beverages were also available. Dean Robinson welcomed students, alumni, faculty, preceptors, staff and friends of the College of Pharmacy.
Sam Shimomura was surprised with an award from CSHP presented by CSHP President Daniel Dong and CSHP EVP Loriann De Martini. The award was inscribed with "CSHP recognizes Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP for his extraordinary dedication and exceptional contributions to the profession of pharmacy".
The WesternU College of Pharmacy interviewed about 120 applicants for admission to the Class of 2023 on Saturday, December 1, 2018. The prospective students were welcomed by staff and hosted by current students who tried to put them at ease. The interviews were conducted by faculty, preceptors and alumni as well as by current students. In addition to interviews, the applicants received an orientation to the college, writing exercise, critical thinking test, information on financial aid and a tour of the campus. I interviewed seven applicants with the help of Joseph Castro, PharmD Candidate 2022 (First year student pharmacist).
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP, Professor Emeritus Pharmacy Practice and Administration
On October 26, 2018, our friends Tanya and Korn from Thailand completed their rotations at WesternU. They were very involved in activities besides their busy rotation schedules. They participated in an APhA Health Fair at 986 Pharmacy where we provided health screening to the community. They also participated in CSHP Seminar in San Diego with us to learn more about our professions together. We had a lot of fun by meeting new people and being exposed to new fields. Their first 4 week rotation was at the Patient Care Pharmacy at WesternU and the last 2 weeks was at San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland. Now they are doing another rotation in Thailand. It is always an honor to host international student pharmacists and learn about their education and profession. WesternU has great relationships with pharmacy schools around the globe which let us meet many international pharmacy students and which is one of my most favorite aspects of being a part of WesternU.
Also see 10/9/18 post about our Thai exchange students.
We participated in APhA health fair on September 29 2018. In the health fair, we provided blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol monitoring. It was a great experience to observe these activities performed by WesternU pharmacy students and learning some good technique from them.
We also got a chance to attended CSHP seminar in San Diego, October 5-6 2018. It was a wonderful opportunity to experienced different activities such as residency and fellowship showcase, attending interesting lecture sessions and watching the student quiz bowl competition! Beside all these activities that we have done, the best part is that we have got to meet a lot of wonderful people and get to know each other.
Time flies so fast. During my last 2 weeks in the U.S.I gained a lot of knowledge and experiences at San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland. I had a chance to attend a safety monitoring board conference which was interesting for me. I also attended CCU, NICU, SICU rounds with a physician, nurse, pharmacist and dietitian and have seen the roles of a clinical pharmacist. Moreover, I have a chance to observed operational pharmacists who were working on patient prescriptions and IV preparation as well as the clinical pharmacist. Besides observing pharmacists, I also observed pharmacy technician jobs which are quite interesting for me because some jobs are different from my country. Lastly, I have learned about Omnicell system which is the new experience for me and I am really impressed. All of the great experience that I gained here in the U.S. would not have happened without Western University of Health Sciences, all of my preceptors, and others who involved in. Thank you 🙂
Posted by Mai Yokota, PharmD Candidate 2020
Last time I posted, I was looking for a job and now I have experience with two interviews! These were both for outpatient positions, one for SoCal and one for NorCal. The first interview was only two questions which were "Tell me about yourself" and "How do you see yourself fitting the company image". I told them my story of how I was interested in pharmacy in the first place and how I my work experience has lead me towards outpatient. Then I told them how I fit into the values that the company had (I looked up the values and mission statement on their website prior to the interview). Next, I had a phone interview with a recruiter for a pharmacy chain up north which consisted of questions from the application such as my work history and references. The recruiter then set up an interview for me with the district manager.
This interview was on FaceTime, so for this one I needed to dress up and have appropriate lighting in order for the district manager to see me clearly. I tested different locations throughout my house to make sure the wi-fi would work as well as my camera. During the interview, the pharmacist asked a really good question that I didn’t think she’d ask. It was, “Why are you switching from inpatient to outpatient so early in your career?”. I answered, “I have worked a majority of my pharmacy career in inpatient pharmacy, however I have also worked outpatient and even more so this summer. I feel that both have their advantages and disadvantages, but I do feel like the reason I have gotten into pharmacy in the first place was to better the community. Even though both do play a role in the community, I feel that outpatient gives me more satisfaction in helping the community in a more personal level.” Another question was “How would you help our business grow profit-wise?”. I responded, “The best way is to create a patient relationship that is friendly and helpful. During flu seasons, I would ask have you or your family received flu shots this season? I believe that the way to a successful business is through great customer service and if the customer service is great, the profits will follow.”
The following week I was told that the SoCal position has been taken, but that I have been chosen for the NorCal position. This position is full time and non-floating with benefits. I am extremely happy and took the position as soon as I could. They sent me an offer letter and I accepted immediately as they gave me a one day deadline to accept. For a new graduate, I feel that this choice was the best and even though I am going up north, this does not have to be for a long time. Also, I checked and there are per diem hospital positions around the area. Once I get settled in, I might apply for these so that I work both inpatient and outpatient. Thank you for reading!
Guest post by Leonel Garcia, PharmD 2018
The University of La Verne has started a Physician Assistant Master of Sciences program starting in the Fall of 2018. The 27 month program is lead by Dr. Michael Estrada. I was very impressed with the state of the art classrooms as well as practice and simulation laboratories. The program is located at 210 West Bonita Ave, Pomona, CA, 91767 off of Garey Blvd and near Casa Colina.