Kenia Valenzuela, PharmD Candidate 2020
Pharmacy has evolved and expanded through time, and so has technology. This technology has allowed pharmacy to be more efficient in a way that saves pharmacist time, and helps diminish errors so they can better assist patients. Not only has technology evolved but so has the law (i.e. SB493), these laws will allow pharmacist to build for the future to maintain the progression of pharmacy. Dr. Ancheta emphasized that us as pharmacist should use the help (i.e. pharmacy technicians), opportunities (i.e. residencies), and resources available to us to better help the practice of pharmacy. As a pharmacist one should always think ahead, this will allow for expansion of knowledge and progression of the profession; this involves a change of mindset for future pharmacist. Pharmacy is ever evolving, and we as pharmacist can help our own future by utilizing resources available, obtaining experience, and making connections; doing this will not only help the progression of pharmacy but the perception the population has.
Carolyn Pham, PharmD Candidate 2020
Dr. Ancheta’s path to where he is at now as a Pharmacy Manager at Whittier Hospital was very inspiring. His path towards where he is at now is not from blind luck, but from the desire to try. His presentation detailed the importance of continually pushing towards change. As other health care professions advance, the pharmacy profession needs to have the same drive to change or else we will be disregarded as reputable health care professionals. As technology advances, robots will threaten the existence of many occupations. Pharmacies are starting to use robots more than ever, but that does not mean that the profession will become non-existent. If this profession does not adapt to the changes going on in the world, then we should be worried. However, if we utilize the robots as resources such that we can be more involved in patient care, then it will be a positive step forward for our profession. Why I believe Dr. Ancheta has been so successful in his career thus far is because of his openness to explore and put himself out there. I believe that adopting a similar mindset will only benefit me in my future endeavors.