CSHP President Victoria Ferraresi served as Mistress of Ceremonies and Lisa Gunther Lum served as Presenter for the 2017 CSHP Award Ceremony at Seminar '17. The major awards were presented to Teresa Miller (Pharmacist of the Year), Nancy Korman (Distinguished Service Award), Paul Sabatini (Technician Achievement Award) and Sam Shimomura (Lifetime Honorary Membership). WesternU students receiving scholarships and awards were Marvin Ortiz (John J. Carbone Scholarship) and Dan Nguyen (Student Leadership Award).The WesternU CSHP Chapter received the 2016 Student Chapter of Distinction Award.
Approximately 100 residency program participated in the CSHP Residency Showcase on Friday and/or Saturday October 27 and 28, 2017. A large number of attendees at the meeting were students from California and Nevada pharmacy schools.
In order to promote an upcoming Physical Assessment continuing education program March 9-11, 2018, several WesternU students demonstrated their physical assessment skills such as taking blood pressures, examining the ears with an otoscope and checking oxygen levels with a pulse oximeter. For more information or to register, click on the button below to take you to the WesternU CE web page.
A number of WesternU students and alumni were represented in the CSHP poster session. For example, student pharmacist Jeffrey Lin, PharmD Candidate 2018 poster was based on research done at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. WesternU alumni, Tung Huynh, PharmD 2002 presented a poster completed at UCI Medical Center.
The WesternU College of Pharmacy hosted a dinner for over 80 students, faculty, alumni, staff, preceptors and friends of the college at Battista's Hole in the Wall restaurant on Friday, October 27, 2017. Everyone enjoyed the food, wine and great conversation. Thank you to Renee Cook, Bill Burrows and Dean Robinson for making the evening a great success.
WesternU was one of about 100 exhibitors at CSHP Seminar '17 in Las Vegas. Most of the exhibitors were pharmaceutical companies as well as a few health systems, software companies and other vendors that sell to hospitals. WesternU was the only college of pharmacy that was exhibiting. The booth is used for alumni, donor and preceptor relations as well as to promote our residency, student and continuing education programs. The booth was staffed by Renee Cook, CE Manager, Bill Burrows from University Advancement, Antonio Valero from alumni relations as well as Dean Robinson and other faculty.
Each year, the past president of CSHP meet for dinner at CSHP Seminar. This year nearly 30 past presidents and guests and the EVP Loriann DeMartini enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Battista's Italian Restaurant. Thank you to Scott Takahashi for organizing the dinner.
The keynote speaker for CSHP Seminar '17 was Joe Kiani, CEO of Masimo, a company that provides noninvasive diagnostic technology like the pulse oximeter. His presentation was about patient safety and specially how pharmacist can help reduce medication errors and harm to zero. He is the founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation that has a goal of "Zero preventable deaths by 2020". Please click on the link to his website and especially check out the very emotional and powerful video clips on the site.
The Marshall B. Ketchum University dedicated their totally renovated Health Professions Building, home to their pharmacy and physician assistant colleges on October 24, 2017. The building has state of the art classrooms, laboratories and patient simulation facilities. A reception and dedication ceremony was followed by a tour of the building. MBK Dean Edward Fisher and faculty members Jack Chen, Monica Trivedi, Javad Tafreshi and others welcomed pharmacy guests which included John Jones, Rebecca Cupp, Man Nguyen, Paul Huynh, Nasiba Makarem, Rod Patterson and Kathy McFarland.
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FASHP
Dr. Jason Wong helped prepare the first year WesternU students for their first IPPE rotation in a community pharmacy as part of the Noon Elective Seminar series. A couple of reflections by students are posted below:
Reflection #1: Kevin Dinh, PharmD Candidate 2021
With IPPEs (Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience) coming up soon, Dr. Wong’s presentation on how to stand out during rotations will be especially useful. IPPEs provide P1s with a first-hand experience of what it is like working at a community retail pharmacy. My rotation site will be at Rite Aid, one of the largest pharmacy chains in the United States.Working at such a large pharmacy, it may be hard to find ways to stand out and impress a preceptor. Dr. Wong, however, offers great advice, like demonstrating a keen interest in learning while on rotation. For example, it is important to ask questions in order to find out as much as possible during this experience. Although it may have limited application since each pharmacy might use different software, gaining experience with the pharmacy’s computer system and how data is processed can help in the future. The specific software that a pharmacy uses may be different, but the way they organize their prescriptions and data may be similar, so it is still helpful to learn as much as possible while on an IPPE.
Reflection #2: Molly Bun, PharmD Candidate 2021
I learned many professional skills on how to be a standout student during rotations. First and foremost, I should always smile when meeting my preceptor and greeting customers. In addition, when on my IPPE rotations, I should dress appropriately, be on time, and have perfect attendance. While on the job, I should learn brand-generic drug conversions, know which aisles OTC medications are (writing this down in a notepad will help), know basic math (use acalculator if anything), and get to know other associates. I should ask my preceptor for feedback on my performance and find out how I can improve. Once I have completed a round of IPPE rotation at a certain pharmacy, I should give the preceptor a thank you card and keep in touch because a job opportunity may come my way if I’m ever interested. Some factors that employers look for are competence, dependability, flexibility, and desire to learn, improve, and succeed.
Reflection #3: Connie Chao, PharmD Candidate 2021
An average day in a community pharmacy can be very busy and consists of filling prescriptions, calling doctors, and taking calls from patients. Student pharmacists on rotations have many responsibilities including prompt service to customers, taking customer information and prescriptions, and refill authorizations. It is important to understand that all jobs can become repetitive, and pharmacy is no exclusion, but a student on rotations should never complain about “boring” work. To be a standout student during rotations, students should be on time, dress appropriately, know brand-generic conversions, OTCs, and get to know their associates. Students should always have the desire to learn, improve and succeed and can achieve this by asking for feedback from their preceptor. An important factor of pharmacy is that community pharmacy can be hectic and busy, and sometimes there just is not enough time to always help a pharmacy student out, so one should know how to learn by listening and observing their preceptors. Pharmacy is a small world as we have learned before, and networking is animportant skill, so pharmacy students should try to keep in touch once the externship ends as well, because it can always lead to opportunities.