Reflection #1: Jennifer Ito, PharmD Candidate 2019
I enjoyed this lecture and it is refreshing and encouraging. Dr. Carl Franklin gave us a few hints that we should specialize because there is a shortage of pharmacist that specific area like patient care, manage care, home infusion and more. Most importantly, come up with a plan and a goal of where I want to go. The process starts with doing research about the position and making connection and answering questions. Phase from Diana Hunt, “goal are dreams with deadlines.” Be the top employee that stands out and provide value to the business and yourself. The question is how do I stand out? My keeper is that, I must distinguish myself from just having a pharmacy degree by being skill in subjects. Moreover, another keeper is to a make a specific short-term and long-term and simple goal and a deadline. Dr. Carl noted that abundance baby bombers will retire and many of them have management jobs. Most importantly, spend time volunteering, getting extra training like compounding, and Board of Certified Pharmacy Specialties in ambulatory care, pharmacotherapy, oncology, geriatrics and informatics. BPS,ACCP and more can give certification.
Reflection #2: Ngocquynh Nguyen, PharmD Candidate 2019
In this presentation, Dr. Franklin main purpose was to advocate students to play an active role in pharmacy school. He encouraged us to always ask questions and make ourselves known either through work or rotation because pharmacy is a very close knitted community. Since there may be many more pharmacisst than the profession calls for, the graduating pharmacy students now will have to venture into something else more than just retail or hospital pharmacy. He also encouraged us to go to local association meetings, seminars and conventions and get value out of those events. Aside from that, students should update their resume and CV regularly. Some new fields that Dr. Franklin mentioned are pharmacotherapy, oncology, psychiatric pharmacy, geriatrics and informatics. Specializing in these fields will probably be the direction that the profession of pharmacy is heading in. Although the job market will be tough, Dr. Franklin encouraged us to think of it as a career instead of a job because that will create a better work environment. After listening to this talk today, I feel that there is an urgency to really go out and explore the different fields of pharmacy. I have been going to seminars and meetings but I don’t think I really value those experience. From now on, I want to be more proactive in promoting myself and the profession of pharmacy.