As part of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE), students practice and are assessed on their patient counseling skills. One student out of a team of 6 or 7 students is randomly selected to play the pharmacist who counsels the patient, played by a fourth year student (Leeza Karakouzian). Once the student is selected, the team is given a prescription and have two minutes to discuss what to counsel the patient on. The student who is the pharmacist then counsels the patient. Next the team huddles again and has one minute to add or correct the counseling session. The students are assessed based on rubric or check list of items to be covered as well as an overall communication score. The key points the students need to cover are proper introduction and identification of patient, medication history, allergies, storage, indication, purpose, dose and clinical considerations such side effects, drug interactions, contraindications etc. They were also required to do teach back and answer any questions the patient my have. The students did very well in general but were nervous, did not maintain good eye contact or act with confidence and authority. They also missed a few drug interactions, incorrect doses and side effects. The students were assessed in this session by Dimittri Delevry, Fellow, and Sam Shimomura, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration.
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.
The Latin Women's Expo Health Fair was held on June 9, 2019 from 1-4p at the Fairplex in Pomona. Twelve WesternU student pharmacists from the APhA-ASP/CPhA student Chapter provided blood pressure screening, glucose testing and BMI screening under the preceptorship of Sam Shimomura, PharmD. Over 50 patients were screened. Celia Boone, PharmD Candidate 2022 organized the event and the following student pharmacists participated: Alan Quach, PharmD Candidate 2020, Jiawen (Tracy) Zeng, PharmD Candidate 2020, Alison Agustin, PharmD Candidate 2020, Pacience Edwards, PharmD Candidate 2021, Janay Lindstrom, PharmD Candidate 2022, Veneet Tatla, PharmD Candidate 2021, Kenneth Mata, PharmD Candidate 2022, Jazlyn Lum, PharmD Candidate 2022, Andrea Saenz,, PharmD Candidate 2022, Susana Morales, PharmD Candidate 2022, and Yvonne Alva, PharmD Candidate 2021.
Congratulations on a very successful health fair!
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD.
My nephew, Tim Shimizu, completed the 545 mile AIDS/LifeCycle tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles, June 2-8, 2019. The seven-day bike ride raises funds for AIDS/HIV medical and social services and is co-produced by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundations.
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD
Dr. Diane K. Javier received the Sam K. Shimomura Endowed Scholarship during the awards portion of the WesternU Commencement Dinner held at the Pasadena Convention Center. She was Co-Chair of the Pharmacy Essential Medical Spanish Team for 2015-2017 and served as tutor and facilitator for the course. In addition, she was involved with updating the course handbooks by incorporating appropriate new content from books and online sources. The course covers terminology, cultural competence and practice in counseling patients in Spanish. She is a native Spanish speaker originally from Peru.
The scholarship was the first endowed scholarship established by a WesternU College of Pharmacy faculty member and is intended for a student interested in a career in hospital or geriatric pharmacy practice. Dr. Diane Javier is the 4th recipient of the scholarship which was established in 2016. Previous recipients were Dr Haig Haig (2016), Dr. Gorby Singh (2017) and Dr. Meera Alshamali (2018).
The WesternU College of Pharmacy Class of 2019 celebrated at their Commencement Dinner on May 21, 2019 at the Pasadena Convention Center. A reception with appetizers and drinks was followed by dinner of steak, chicken or a vegetarian option. Then there was a toast to the Class by Dean Robinson and then presentations of awards and dancing. The dinner was generously supported by McKesson, California Pharmacists Association and Ralphs.
The Class of 2019 put together a video shown at the dinner; Check it out if you didn't see it or want to see it again.
YOUTUBE LINK TO MUSIC VIDEO CLICK HERE