Reflection #1: Anahit Tivriktsyan, PharmD Candidate 2020
This seminar was very interesting to me, presented by Dr. Jimenez. I have considered to open my own independent pharmacy after graduation, and Dr. Jimenez gave us a preview of what it would be like. He offers an elective 4th year of pharmacy school, which I wish was offered before. I will be looking forward to taking his elective because they explain how to start from scratch. This includes, how to staff, seek loans, bring in a CPA, wholesaler, human resources peaker, worker’s comp. and so much more. He said when you have your own pharmacy, you get to develop what you want in the pharmacy and what you want to do. Dr. Jimenez was working at Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy and did not realize the opportunity and pros of having your own pharmacy offered, until one day a relative asked him if he thinks work is more important than spending more time with your family. After this, he realized that if he had his own pharmacy he would have flexible hours, draw his own line, and be able to spend more time with family. This is also very important to me and that is one of the main reasons why I would love to open my own independent pharmacy. I am looking forward to taking Dr. Jimenez’s elective.
Reflection #2: Kwame Quansah, PharmD Candidate 2020
Dr. Jimenez graduated from USC before getting employed at Kaiser for 13 years. He expected to be at Kaiser for the rest of his career until 2010 when he decided to quit. A friend suggested community pharmacy and offered a store. He felt in the beginning that it was the best decision of his life; he worked there for 28 years and served many patients. This was the beginning of MTMs and immunizations. At WesternU, he teaches and prepared students especially those interested in community pharmacy. We all have in our mind that we want to be clinicians and work in hospitals but there are many schools out there. Opening a store is huge commitment but pays off in the end. Working in private community pharmacy is way more satisfying than working in chain retail. It takes a lot to run a community pharmacy, it also takes a lot to work for chain retail stores. Things change quickly in places like Kaiser because the hospital seeks to lower costs and this leads to frustration and uncertainty when it comes to job security. He works with Dr. Mireles to guide and help students to know what to look for, how to run the business and what business plan you can take. Professionals are invited to these lectures to guide and educate students on various aspects of running a business .