The WesternU College of Pharmacy hosted a dessert reception for students, alumni, faculty, preceptors, donors and friends of the College at the Keystone in San Francisco as part of the CPhA West Coast Exchange. The reception was to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the WesternU College of Pharmacy and to recognize faculty member Dr. Micah Hata who received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award at the meeting.
Ruth Smarinsky, PharmD gave a presentation on Direct Relief on April 27, 2016 as part of the Noon professional development elective series.
Dr. Smarinsky emphasized that the mission of Direct Relief is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care. Dr. Smarinsky also mentioned that Direct Relief is committed to providing ongoing support to its local partner network in Nepal for the long-term and will work to integrate with new partner facilities to provide free or affordable medical care for patients in need. The are also providing medical supplies to the victims of the earthquake in Ecuador and also to many community clinics in the United States.
Posted by Finney Jacob, PharmD 2017 and Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FASHP
The AMCP Student Chapter at WesternU hosted Sejal Nathu, PharmD from CalOptima, a Medi-Cal Managed Care organization to speak on "The Role of the Pharmacist at a Managed Care Plan" on April 26, 2016. Pictured above is student pharmacist Andrew Yip, PharmD Candidate 2019 with the speaker, Dr Sejal Nathu.
WesternU PharmD 2019 class was the first to use the new Classroom 3 on April 25, 2016. Dr Hata is shown in the photos teaching in the new petal design classroom with 10 huge screens covering the walls. In addition, over 20 breakout rooms will also be available once construction is completed this summer. The demolition of Classroom 1 is already underway and then Classroom 2 will be renovated soon after.
On April 22, 20016, Associate Dean Dr. Sam Shimomura along with Dr. Marion Jimenez and Finney Jacob Pharm D Candidate 2017, visited Central Drugs Compounding Pharmacy run under the leadership of Dr. Nayan Patel. Dr. Manisha Patel, PIC at this facility, conducted the tour. This compouding site is licensed across 36 states to distribute their medications. Two WesternU alumna, Sheryl Castro, PharmD 2009 and Tammy Xie, PharmD 2009 work at this compounding facility. Christina Azatyan, Pharm D Candidate 2017 APPE student was on rotation at the site.
We then visited Auro Pharmaceutical, Inc. a manufacturing and distribution company specializing in base compounds, cosmetic products, and medication dispensing systems located in La Habra, CA. Auro Pharmaceutical, Inc. serves compounding pharmacies in the U.S. and cosmetic retail companies globally as a manufacturing and wholesale distribution firm. The company’s current products include a patent pending topical antioxidant base used in facial skin cream and serum, and exclusive U.S. distribution rights to a syringe dispensing system for compounding pharmacies. It is currently under construction and designed according to the FDA standards for manufacturing.
Posted by Finney Jacob, PharmD Candidate 2017 and Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FASHP
University Recruiter Susie Fang, Associate Dean Sam Shimomura and student pharmacist Brian Qu gave a presentation "Interviewing Tips" to the UCLA Pre-Pharmacy Society on April 21, 2016. A mock interview with a UCLA student was the highlight of the evening.
The Ray Symposium was held on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Lecture Hall I of WesternU’s Health Education Center. The Ray Symposium honors Max D. Ray, MS, PharmD, Dean Emeritus of the WesternU College of Pharmacy. As a Professor and Dean, from 1996-2006, he created a stimulating educational environment that fostered excellence and professionalism. His professional career was divided almost equally into pharmacy practice, association management, and education. A major focus of his work throughout his career was seeking ways in which to improve the value of pharmacy to society.
The speaker for the evening was Michael W. Kalichman, Professor and Director of the UCSD Research Ethics Program. He has been a consultant or speaker on the topic of research ethics for both national and international workshops and advisory groups. His topic of discussion was Science, Truth and the Public Trust were he expressed that there is a growing concern about science that cannot be reproduced. Major scientific journals have called for greater objectivity in research to overcome the natural tendency to find what we want to find. For more information see press release.
Posted by Finney Jacob, PharmD Candidate 2017
Dr. Manisha Patel presented a lecture on "Compounding Pharmacy Practice" as part of the Noon Professional Development Elective. Dr. Manisha Patel graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. With over 17 years of retail experience, her roles included District Management at CVS and precepting management rotation students. She is also on Advisory board positions with local pharmacy schools and technician schools. She is currently is the PIC for Central Drug in Brea, California. During her talk she emphasized that her career pathway was by coincidence and chance. Dr. Manisha encouraged students to approach every opportunity with open mind and curiosity and create your own path to succeed. Dr Patel is pictured above between Associate Dean Sam Shimomura and Rudy Mireles, former colleague at CVS and now Director of Pharmacy at the WesternU Pharmacy .
Posted by Finney Jacob, PharmD 2017 and Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FASHP
As part of the Noon Professional Development Elective series, Dr. Nathan Silver & Dr. Fabiola Escalante from Northeast Valley Health Corporation explained how an Ambulatory care setting worked and how their clinic managed services to patients. Dr. Escalante gave a brief background about herself. Escalante, an indigenous South American (Peruvian) Indian was sent to the mountains because her parents wanted her grandmother, who was also one of the village’s healers, or “curandera,” to treat and cure her asthma and wheezing. Cured of asthma, she eventually returned home to her parents’ home in Lima, but knew what she learned from her grandmother would endure forever. Later on, she finished school in Lima and was admitted to Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru to study industrial engineering. After a year at the university in Lima, her family immigrated to the United States, eventually settling in Los Angeles. With little money and no English skills, her family took to the streets and alleys of downtown Los Angeles and sold hats and clothing as street vendors in order to survive. While helping the family, Escalante went to adult school to learn English, and then studied at Santa Monica College, eventually getting a scholarship to UC Berkeley, where she attained a B.S. in chemistry and later was admitted to the WesternU College of Pharmacy. After graduation in 2014, she took a position as an ambulatory care pharmacist at the Northeast Valley Health Corporation. Ambulatory services consisted of MTM-Hypertension management, MTM-Diabetes-Statin service, Medication reconciliation of Medicare patient discharged from the hospital service and Beer’s criteria potentially inappropriate medications in older adults.
Posted by Finney Jacob, PharmD Candidate 2017 and Sam Shimomura, PharmD
The first year Class of 2019 participated in an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) on April 15, 2016 and graded by WesternU faculty who were assisted by WesternU residents and rotation students. The first year students were observed from a central control room or through windows with one way mirrors. The students are dressed in professional white coats and leave their back packs and bags outside. The students are given some time to prepare before meeting with a standardized patient who has been given a detailed script of what to say and how to dress and act and even how to smell. The students have to discover the patient's issue(s), get appropriate background information, assess the situation, decide whether the patient is a candidate for self-care or needs to be referred to another health professional, make appropriate recommendations and then counsel the patient on nonpharmacological and pharmacological therapy if needed.