Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Rudy Mireles came together on October 24, 2019 to honor and celebrate the retirement of Rudy Mireles. Rudy received his PharmD from USC in 1986 and spent much of his career with CVS before coming to WesternU to run the Patient Care Pharmacy on campus. The pharmacy not only provided standard pharmacy services but also helped compound patient and veterinary medications for clinical and research purposes, immunizations and a travel clinic, skin testing for TB and many other innovative services. The many speakers who spoke about Rudy emphasized his caring, compassion and generosity in addition to clinical expertise.
It was pleasure to facilitate IPE 5000 Module1 Session 3. My group included students from nursing, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, osteopathic medicine(2), physician assistant, physical therapy and optometry who enthusiastically participated in discussing the scope of practice of each profession, medication safety, health care disparities, urban food deserts and health care challenges of the Johnson family who was introduced in previous sessions.
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, WesternU College of Pharmacy
Most of the schools and colleges of pharmacy are well represented at CSHP Seminar each year and usually host a reception for their alumni, students, faculty, preceptors and friends of the school. This year the meeting was held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. I stopped by a few of the receptions to visit with my friends and colleagues in pharmacy.
Marshall B. Ketchum
University of Pacific
Congratulations to Dean Philiip Oppenheimer for his upcoming retirement! Also nice to reconnect with Nancy Nguyen and Ryan De Guzman.
UCSF School of Pharmacy
It was great to see old friends from my days at UCSF such as Bill Smith, Terry and Marcia Hashimoto, Don Kishi and Dean Joseph Guglielmo. I am looking forward to attending the UCSF Alumni Weekend in June, 2020 and celebrate the 50th anniversary of my graduation from UCSF with any classmates still living.
WesternU held its reception at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Downtown Disney. The attendees enjoy good food, drinks and a chance to bowl a few frames.
Dr. Micah Hata teaches the Introductory Pharmacy Practice (IPE) course to the WesternU first year pharmacy students. In the fall, the student pharmacists are assigned a community pharmacy to begin their clinical exposure. They also meet once a week to discuss what they are learning in their first clerkships and such topics as career option in pharmacy. I helped Dr. Hata facilitate this session and discussed how to choose an area of pharmacy practice and to consider such factors as their own likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. The profession of pharmacy offers many opportunities beyond traditional community and hospital practice. One tool we utilized was the APhA Career Pathways. The second hour was a session on pharmacy law. Dr. Tony Park lead a discussion of the interpreter requirements pharmacies must follow to be able to counsel patients in their native language (see last photo).
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration
Dr. John Tegzes, Director of Interprofessional Education, gave an orientation to the first year pharmacy students on the WesternU Interprofessional Education program. The first phase is delivered to all first-year students in the 9 colleges and Phase 2 is delivered to the majority of 2nd year students The five competency domains that are taught are: Communication, Collaboration, Teams and teamwork in health care, scope of practice and One Health. The first session is uniprofessional and not only covers an orientation of the course but a discussion of the scope of practice of the profession being orientated. Most first year students are unfamiliar with the full scope of practice of their profession. After a general orientation by Dr. Tegzes, Dr. Ben Malcolm lead a discussion of the scope of pharmacy practice including new roles and expanded practice opportunities including emergency contraceptives, opioid overdoses treatment with naloxone and HIV treatment. Dr Malcolm also introduced a case study of the Johnson family who lives in South Los Angeles. They will be the focus of the first two interprofessional modules in the coming weeks.
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy Practice and Administration.