OSCE, Objective Structured Clinical Examination, is a way to train and evaluate students in a simulated real life situation using standardized patients. The student pharmacists are given a clinical task such as counseling a patient on how to give themselves an injection or answer a drug information question. They are observed by a faculty member or resident and graded using a rubric or checklist of essential steps. The process is held in the Clinical Skills Lab that has rooms that are set up like real examination rooms. The students dress professionally in white coats and find the experience very stressful but a rewarding learning experience. Congratulations to the students, faculty, residents and staff for creating a well organized and realistic experience for the second year student pharmacists.
On December 13, 2017, WesternU alumna and current geriatric resident, Elizabeth Akhparyan, gave an inspiring and motivating presentation to the Noon Elective Seminar class. A reflection from one of the students is posted below:
Reflection: Harmandeep Kaur, PharmD Candidate 2021
Dr. Akhparyan is a WesternU alumna. She talked about her journey through pharmacy school and her struggles. I can relate to her journey as I am a mother to a 7 months old too. And she talked about how she consistently tried to manage time and tried to get involved into everything in pharmacy school. I am so motivated by her journey. She has achieved so much during her years in pharmacy school. Her story is an example for me to try everything until I achieve my goals. She talked about how she attended all the meetings for CPhA and tried to get involved. She talked about the struggles she had to go though as a mother and a pharmacy student and how she overcame those. I am very much impressed by all she has achieved. She is like a role model for me.
Dr Micah Hata organized a Medicare Part D outreach event on Saturday, December 9, 2017 in Westminster, Ca for the Vietnamese community with help from HICAP, the Vietnamese Pharmacists Association and the Orange County Pharmacists Association. WesternU student pharmacists supervised by rotation students, alumni, residents, faculty and HICAP staff helped approximately 30 Vietnamese seniors select the best Medicare Part D plan based on cost, coverage and access to their preferred pharmacy. They also reviewed their medication regimen to screen for clinical problems such as potential drug interactions. This was the last of a series of similar Medicare Part D outreach programs to train WesternU student pharmacists on how to counsel patients on Medicare Part D and help save patients money on their prescription drugs. At this event, we helped save over $90,000 for the Medicare beneficiaries. At a previous event held on November 18, 2017, HICAP calculated that the WesternU student pharmacists helped 40 clients save a total of $62,356.15. Student pharmacists from MBK and KGI have also participated in Medicare Part D outreach events with WesternU student pharmacists.
Dr Glen Tao, Pharmaceutical Consultant for the the County of Los Angeles, presented a lecture on "Disaster Preparedness & Response for Pharmacy Professionals" to the Noon Elective Seminar series. A couple of reflections posted by students are posted below:
Reflection #1: Ared Baghran, PharmD Candidate 2021
This week’s seminar was about disaster preparedness & response for pharmacy professionals. I learned that during a disaster, the Board of Pharmacy relaxes their regulations on pharmacy operations in order to make it easier for pharmacists to respond to crises. Biological, chemical, nuclear/radiological, and natural disasters/trauma are just some of the areas of disaster that pharmacists can focus their efforts on. Student pharmacists can protect the safety of themselves and their family members, before expanding their aid to others. I learned that water is the most important necessity for survival. Food, clothing/shelter, and mental preparedness are other essentials after water. One of the ways personal preparedness can be accomplished is by having emergency kits such as the one recommended by LAC, which includes water, food, cash/documents, clothes, flashlight, first aid kit, medicine, radio/batteries, toiletries, and tools for medical equipment. I can use this information to better prepare myself for disasters as well as ensure the safety of people around me as a student pharmacist. Since Los Angeles County is 10 years overdue for a massive earthquake, everyone who lives there should have 14 days worth of preparedness.
Reflection #2: Quynh Anh Nguyen, PharmD Candidate 2021
During the seminar, he talks about the board encourages its licensees to volunteer and become involved in local state, and national emergency and disaster preparedness efforts. He discusses about the list of emergency preparedness items that it is important to prepare. For examples, water, snacks, and tools for medical uses such as oxygen tank wrench, fire extinguisher, adjustable wrench, sturdy gloves and whistle, and toilet papers, trash bags as well as towel paper. He also talks about the office/car emergency kit tip such as what to pack and how to pack before evacuate out of the area. For instance, you would need to pack extra clean clothes, socks, and underwear. You would also need to pack tennis shoes, walking shoes for comforts and mobility. You should also pack jacket, hat, insect repellant, rain gear, extra set of house key and car keys, extra pair of glasses, toothbrush, jack knife and ect. For kids, it is important to bind the correct items as well. For example, you should pack for kids empty sipper cup, drinker container, plastic utensils, packaged fruit drinks, emergency water packets, family photo, plush toys, food bars, packaged snacks (your kid's favorite one), flashlight, batteries, crayons, activity book and deck of playing cards. Other useful facts are to build up your emergency supplies gradually, spread your expenses over time. Keep alot of cash on hands ins mall bills. Keep your automobile tank gas filled at least half-way when practicable, and keep your existence of your emergency supplies.