Reflection #1: Diana Tran, PharmD Candidate 2019
Dr. Dennis A. Ancheta and Dr. Nakamura were our guest speakers today. Dr. Ancheta started off his presentation, asking what our interests in the field of pharmacy. Dr. Ancheta gave us a brief history of the evolution of a pharmacist’s role over time. Dr. Ancheta spoke about different pharmacy practice models, which include the drug distribution model, the clinical pharmacist model, and one we should focus on, the patient centered model. He spoke about how we should utilize pharmacy technicians, so that we may focus on the clinical aspect of our profession. Residency programs are continually growing, and as a future pharmacist, we can protect and serve the patient best by joining a residency, which will open doors as well as expand your knowledge, which should also help you do well on the boards. Experience shows competence. Therefore, it is important to volunteer at different practices, as it will show that you are dedicated to learning your profession. A keeper I will take from Dr. Ancheta‘s presentation is his advice to “avoid becoming a shy or passive pharmacist.” He asks us not to be too comfortable in our careers, because pharmacy is a “constantly-change” profession. We should not be afraid of change, but rather, welcome and challenge it. Dr. Nakamura believes that we are more than pharmacists, but clinicians. Dispensing is dead, and automation is taking over. Dr. Nakamura pushes for residencies, as it is what sets us apart from other students.
Reflection #2 Elham Naraghi Sefat, PharmD Candidate 2019
In the begining of this seminar, Dr. Ancheta talks about different types of opportunities in pharmacy field such as out-patient, in-patient, ambulatory care, ect. Then he talks about past pharmacy and its limitation. In the past, the main role of pharmacist was limited to distribution of medication and nothing beyond that. In addition, pharmacists did not have too many interactions with other health care providers. However, in today’s society, there are many evolutions and interactions in pharmacy field.
He also talks about important factors that should be considered for becoming a successful pharmacist such as: avoid being shy and passive, try to become proactive, try to constantly change, do not afraid of making mistakes, treat everyone respectfully, do not burn the bridges, and try to communicate and improve your communications skills.
In the last part of this seminar, Dr. Nakamura also provides students great information and tips of how to find a job right after you become graduate. According to his lecture, pharmacy field is becoming very competitive and students should try to gain more experience by either working at different places or applying to residency programs.
My keeper idea:
I want to improve my communication skills, and beside studying, try to join different internship and club organization to improve my application for applying for residency programs.