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.
Dr Rudy Mireles gave a presentation on "The Pre-Travel Consultation" to the Noon Elective Seminar class. He is Director, Patient Care Center Pharmacy, and Clinical Associate Professor in the WesternU College of Pharmacy. A couple of reflections posted by students in the class are posted below:
Reflection #1: Soo Ah Kwon, PharmD Candidate 2021
It was interesting to hear about travel clinic pharmacists and their roles in preventing patients from getting travel-related diseases or sickness. It is always fun to explore other areas of pharmacy and realizing the role of the pharmacist in community health care and education. There is no doubt that more and more people are traveling abroad and this is why having travel clinic pharmacists is crucial. It is very important to educate patients about travel-related diseases, what to avoid while traveling, selection of foods, travel emergency kit, travel health insurance, etc. and making sure them getting vaccinated, take prophylactic medications before traveling and also follow up with them for a post-travel checkup. It was also helpful to know about travel health resources such as CDC travelers’ health website, WHO, International society of travel medicine etc., I can always look it up and give advice to other people who need information about travel health.
Reflection #2: Kevin Dinh, PharmD Candidate 2021
In the past, Dr. Mireles worked as the pharmacist in charge for Sav-On and CVS, and later as a director supervisor for CVS. Now, he is the pharmacist in charge at the Travel Health Center in the Patient Care Center with an expertise in immunizations. With winter break approaching quickly, his talk on travel immunizations is useful for those who are planning to travel out of country. His emphasis on immunizations for people traveling to Vietnam is especially timely for me because I am planning on taking a trip there over winter break. It is good to know that I will not have to worry about vaccinations if I stay around larger cities inVietnam, such as Ho Chi Minh City. However, if I do decide to travel outside the city to more rural or tropical areas, then it is more likely that I will need to additional vaccinations. Fo rexample, closer to the border of Cambodia and Vietnam, there is a much larger risk of malaria. That is why it is important to visit a travel clinic well in advance before a trip to allow adequate time to administer the vaccinations and to inform the pharmacist all the places you plan to visit so that the pharmacist can make the most appropriate recommendations.
Patrick Chan, PharmD, PhD gave a presentation as part of the Noon Elective series on "Research, abstracts, posters and publications. The process and incorporating scholarly activities into clinical practice". A couple of reflections written by students in the course are posted below:
Reflection #1: Christopher Nayer, PharmD Candidate 2021
This was a very valuable presentation for me, because I have a strong interest in pursuing science and research. I originally wanted to pursue a PharmD/PhD dual degree program, but I settled on earning a stand-alone pharmacy degree instead, for several reasons. When I was working in pharmaceutical industry, I felt held back by not having a doctoral degree. Because very few schools offer the PhD/PharmD, I was unsure if research experience would provide a practical advantage to my future career. I was unclear how I would be able to build a career as a medical scientist and not just as a pharmacist, and this presentation gave me an idea of how valuable the combination of science and clinical pharmacy could be for my career.
His presentation was good because it was not just a general overview; Dr. Chan describes specific ways to find research opportunities and to start the process. He discussed what important topics to discuss with a preceptor and how to plan expectations and goals prior to starting a research project. This seminar presentation gave me an idea of how to approach professors, what to expect from doing research as a pharmacy student, and what sorts of goals I can set for myself as a pharmacy student. Dr. Chan was very inspiring as well.
Reflection #2: Nhu Nguyen, PharmD Candidate 2021
I have a passion for research since I was undergraduate. Doing research improve my independence and problem-solving skills. Having a thought of doing research in pharmacy school since I first started at the program at WesternU, I am looking for a research field that I am interested in. I am more motivated to do research after attending Dr. Chan seminar since it will help me to have better chance to match the residency if I decide to pursue a residency. More interestingly, I have chance to present the poster at CSHP or ASHP conference annually. As a first year student, I need to start to look for the research field and principle investigator soon so I can start research during first year summer break. I had more than two years bench lab research on my undergraduate, but I did not have any experience in clinical research. So, having clinical research will help me in future if I work as a hospital staff pharmacist, ambulatory care pharmacist, inpatient clinical pharmacist, managed care pharmacist, or medical science liaison. Therefore, doing research has a lot of benefits.
WesternU held its annual fund raising gala on November 4, 2017 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim California. I sponsored two students to attend the event. They have posted their impressions of the evening below:
Leonel Garcia Jr.
First, I would like to thank Dr. Sam for sponsoring Stephanie and I to attend the Western University of Health Sciences: A Tribute to Caring. This program was possibly the classiest event that I have ever attended. Upon entering the event, I was greeted with an amazing live performance by the “Musicians in Medicine” and the sight of all the guests mingling in professional attire. The mystery theme for this year was Steampunk and the people hosting the event were dressed in top hats, goggles and neat gear looking attire. After the reception, we were let into a spectacular ballroom where all the tables had steampunk themed centerpieces and a very fascinating pocket watch gift for each of us. We sat at Dean Robinson’s, table and had a delectable four course meal with entertainment from Josh Vetti and DJ DaCapo. The honoree of the event was Inter-Valley Health Plan and was represented by Ronald H. Bolding, I would like to thank them and the sponsors for donating to WesternU. This event meant a lot to me as not only did I have fun meeting new people and talking about my experiences at WesternU, but I felt proud representing WesternU College of Pharmacy.
I am very honored to be invited as Dr. Sam’s sponsored student along with Leo Garcia to attend this year’s A Tribute to Caring gala. This is my first very gala as a pharmacy student! This year’s theme was “steampunk.” We were greeted by university faculties who dressed up with 19th-cenntury styled fashions. Leo and I got the chance to get to know Dr. James Scott from WesternU PharmD program. Dr. Scott pointed out the board of trustees and the president of the university. I also got the opportunity to speak with Dean Robison as we were sitting at the same table. Also at the same table were other PharmD students, preceptors and Dr. Lambros. I enjoyed the MC of the night, Mr. Russ Marchand. He had a very humorous style of speaking. The videos from both WesternU and Inter-Valley Health Plan were remarkable. I felt very humbled to be in a room full of health care professional and students who share a similar passion and compassion in patient care. The foundation of WesternU of humanism, caring and science was well illustrated tonight. As an incoming PharmD student, it was an incredibly inspiring event that opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of my career in pharmacy. I wish to thank all the attendees for contributing to the “ A Tribute to Caring” gala for making this event possible. I have so much more to learn in my journey to becoming a pharmacist and I can’t wait to get started!
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.