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.
I just graduated from WesternU College of Pharmacy and returned from a vacation in Hawaii. For the first time in eight years, I have been unemployed and looking for a job. I’ve been working in an inpatient pharmacy for six years and started working outpatient earlier this year to be more marketable and gain more experience. I haven’t applied to any pharmacist jobs before this week because I needed to wait for my license to be cleared as most pharmacist require a physical license as opposed to a pending one. I’ve updated my LinkedIn account as well as my resume and CV earlier this month so I could apply faster. Most jobs use LinkedIn accounts to help autofill online applications, so updating my info has been extremely helpful. I use Indeed.com to find jobs both locally in SoCal and in NorCal. However, I have also used company websites for both outpatient and inpatient pharmacies. I’ve been talking to many pharmacist for advice on finding a job and received lots of tips. The tips that I’ve followed so far were to contact my school to see if they have a job board online, to reach out to my local pharmacy association and find out when they meet next, and to add recruiters on LinkedIn and introduce myself. Next week I have my first interview and I will write a post about how I prepared for it as well as what was asked. Thank you, have a great day!!
Posted by Leonel Garcia Jr., PharmD 2018
My name is Mai Yokota, and I am a third-year student pharmacists the at WesternU College of Pharmacy. I graduated from Kobe Gakuin University College of Pharmacy and entered the WesternU IPBP (International Post Baccalaureate PharmD) program in 2017.
As an international student at WesternU and a part of the APhA International Committee, I have had many opportunities to host students from outside of the US including Japan and Korea. Currently, we are hosting two lovely students from Thailand, Tanya and Korn since October 17th. They are here for a 6 weeks rotation. I would like to introduce them to you all!
Hello, my name is Tanyamai Kaewkomon (Tanya). I am pharmacy student from Khon Kaen University, Thailand. Now I am doing my rotation at WesternU. During the 6 weeks of my rotation, I will rotate 3 sites: WesternU Pharmacy, PCC Diabetes clinic and San Antonio Hospital. After completing only 2 weeks so, I have already gained a lot of knowledge and experiences. Moreover, I had a great opportunity to have lunch with Dr.Shimomura and learn about the OTC products in the U.S. which are quite different from Thailand. And I look forward to practice and gain more experiences during my rotation here.
My name is Pasakorn Boonlert, you can call me Korn. I am a 6th year pharmacy student (international program) from Khon Kaen University, Thailand. Me and my friend, Tanya, are having a chance to do a clinical pharmacy rotation at WesternU in California divided into 3 sections consisting of community pharmacy, ambulatory care and hospital.
It is a fantastic oppurtunity to do a rotation here. Currently, I am interested in clinical research and hospital pharmacy. I think that having a chance to do a rotation here in USA can help expanding my view on the pharmacy profession and deciding on my future career path.
Posted by Mai Yokota, Paskarn Boonlert and Tanya Kaewkomon
As I retire from WesternU College and transition to being Professor Emeritus, I want to thank my students and fellow faculty and staff for a very happy and satisfying career. I enjoyed precepting students on rotation as well as interacting with them in the classroom, at health fairs and at professional meetings. I will be eternally grateful for the support of the faculty, staff and administration at WesternU. The latest issue of RxBound summarizes many of my experiences at WesternU.
Welcome to the WesternU Class of 2022! They began their four year journey to a PharmD degree and the opportunity to practice as a pharmacist during Orientation Week August 6-11, 2018. The photos were taken on August 9, 2018 when the new students were introduced to the Western U College of Pharmacy faculty and staff, treated to a taco lunch by the APhA/CPhA Student Chapter followed by an Ice Cream Social hosted by the University. See the first photo for the full schedule of Orientation Week and the link below for more photos.
Medication adherence has long been an issue that is negatively impacting the health of our patients. With the evolution of technology, it is only appropriate that a "smart" product be at the frontlines helping improve medication non-adherence rates amongst our population. Under the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, a study was completed to show the impact medication non-adherence can have on the health of many patients and costs for the hospitals. A correlation was established to demonstrate that medication adherence helped improve patient outcomes, resulting in less frequent hospitalizations; thus leading to reduced health care spending. Non-adherence is not as simple as taking a pill, there are many factors that can contribute such as adverse effects, costs, lack of belief, forgetful, busy lifestyle, health literacy, language barriers, etc. At the same time, the development of the "Smart bottle" to help improve medication adherence rates has paved the way to potentially benefit all parties involved [Patient, Pharmacy, Manufacturer]. With the embedded technology, patients will be able to better manage their health and the pharmacy will have increased profits with consistent usage from the patients. To add, if it is a new drug with limited data on efficacy and use, the pharmacy dispensing the medication with the "smart bottle" will be able to provide the collected information per patient usage. Moving forward, the Smart bottle feature is a product that is looking to make its way into all patients' homes and help improve medication use across the boards.
Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) are among some of the most commonly prescribed medications. Additionally, they are also available for purchase over the counter (Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid), which makes them easily accessible to the public. Many also assume that this medication is seemingly harmless, but like all medications, PPIs have some major adverse effects and interactions that everyone should be aware of.
One of the main adverse effects of PPI is the decreased absorption of vitamins and minerals. PPIs can prevent absorption of vitamin B12 and vitamin C leading to deficiencies. More importantly, long-term use can also decrease absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to increase fracture risk and hypomagnesaemia. Additionally, different drugs can also have an interaction and not be absorbed, which can lead to treatment failure. It is important for pharmacists to inform the patient about the drugs, vitamins, and minerals that can interact with PPIs.
PPIs can also affect metabolism of medications, therefore pharmacists should be observant if the patient is on any drugs with a narrow therapeutic window. Medications such as warfarin, diazepam, phenytoin, and clopidogrel are all medications that can be affected by PPIs. Ultimately, it is the pharmacists’ role to educate patients’ about these potential interactions so that they can be avoided.
Congratulations to the 2018 Post-Docs for the completion of their residency or fellowship (Program Director):
Dr. Elizabeth Akhparyan (Dr. Janice Hoffman)
Dr. Nancy Dao (Dr. Micah Hata)
Dr. Sun Lee (Dr. Anandi Law)
Dr. Yang Qiu (Dr. Mark Nguyen)
Dr. Kayla Uh (Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman)
Congratulations to the new Post-Docs starting July 1, 2018:
Dr. Neehoufar Fakoufar from UCSD (Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman)
Dr. Kelli Shiroma from WesternU (Dr. Mark Nguyen)
Dr. Arutyun Sarkissian from CSU Northridge (Dr. Janice Hoffman)
Dr. An Chau from Chapman (Dr. Micah Hata)
Dr. Aya Fukuma Ozaki from WesternU (Dr Cynthia Jackevicius)
Dr. Dimitri Delecry from University of Florida (Dr. JaeJin An & Dr. Quang Le)
Dr. David Essie from State University of New York, Buffalo (Dr. Anandi Law)
Penelope Nwaukwa is WesternU's first Health Career Connection (HCC) summer intern. HCC is a program that encourages undergraduate and recent graduate students to successfully choose and pursue the health career that is best suited for them. This is done by carefully paring students with organizations that best fit the student's interests, talents, and future career aspirations. These organizations will then provide the HCC interns with mentors, exposure, and real world experience. Penelope was paired with Western U because of her interest in pharmacy, public health, and community outreach. Penelope is a recent graduate from the University of California, Riverside where she received her B.S. in Neuroscience. As an undergrad she was a pharmacy volunteer for Riverside Free Clinic, a student-run health clinic that provided health care services and medication to the underserved population of Riverside. During her internship she hopes to continue to expand her knowledge about pharmacy and help improve the health of underserved communities all across Southern California.
The WesternU College of Pharmacy welcomed their new intern Penelope Nwaukwa with a breakfast reception on June 25, 2018. She will be here until August 31, 2018. During her internship she will be participating in health fairs, clinical job shadowing, public speaking, research activities, informational interviews and community outreach events.
Posted by Penelope Nwaukwa and Sam Shimomura, PharmD
Heartburn is defined as the acidic contents of the stomach coming back into the esophagus causing an uncomfortable feeling of burning and warmth near the chest region. Per the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, roughly 20% of the United States population is affected. Heartburn is also known as acid reflux, acid indigestion, acid regurgitation. An individual has a higher likelihood to developing heartburn if they present with the following risk factors: overweight/obese, pregnant, smoker, stress, etc. It is important to recognize the symptoms of heartburn early on and treat it appropriately. If left untreated it can cause serious complications over time and become difficult to treat in the near future.
The following is a case example of heartburn:
A mom stopped by the pharmacy to ask for a recommendation for her healthy 15 years old daughter who experiences burning sensation in the stomach with regurgitation started 3 days ago. Her final exams are coming up so she has been drinking coffee daily. She noticed that the symptoms got worse every time she had coffee. Mom got her Tums (calcium carbonate) but the symptoms relief didn’t last long. She doesn’t have any food or drug allergies. She’s not taking any prescription or supplements. She has put on some weight because she loves eating fast foods.