Reflection #1: Yan (LeeAnn) Leung, PharmD Candidate 2020
The seminar today titled “The Best Gig in Pharmacy ‘What’s HIP and Happening’” was presented by Dr. Guy Ito, a home-infusion specialist. Dr. Ito talked about how much he loves home infusion pharmacy at Kaiser. He revealed the keys to success, which is as simple as showing up, doing more than expected, no drama, and valuing your technicians, at work which is extremely applicable in any field. Home infusion pharmacy is very personalized where we as pharmacists can oversee the treatment of the patients in a setting completely different setting. I have never looked elsewhere besides transplant pharmacy so I really think that home infusion is a great field from what I hear from Dr. Ito that the turnover rate is nearly none. But overall, I learned a lot of life lessons about being generous and random acts of kindness at my workplace to know people and to take on projects. This will help a lot when I am in the field.
Reflection #2: Jane Kim, PharmD Candidate 2020
Dr. Guy Ito spoke a little bit about home infusion pharmacy and also gave us pointers on how to be successful in life and at work. Home infusion pharmacy is rewarding in that you get to follow patients and see them get better. Patients these days pay more for health care, a lot of out-of-pocket before insurance even kicks in. However, patients either do not have to pay a single money out-of-pocket or only have to pay a clinical copay of about $50 which is much cheaper than having patients in the hospital. Along with this information, I learned how to be a successful person. When in the work field we need to be reliable people who show up to work on time, do more than expected of us, avoid any drama, and value the people around us. In order to be successful in life we need to know how money works, we need to be generous, we need to pay it forward, and we need to be kind to others by doing random acts of kindness. Not only did I learn what home infusion pharmacy is about but most importantly I learned how to be successful, not just money-wise but as a person and pharmacist. I will definitely use what I learned, both in life and once I get back into the work field.