Reflection 1: Joseph Kanaan, PharmD Candidate 2019
The informative presentation that was given by Dr. Conner dealt with the future that we, as students, will face when becoming practicing Pharmacists. With the growth of the profession, especially in the state of California, it is becoming more and more necessary to take initiative and become effective leaders. One huge factor that resonated with me (keeper) was that I need to avoid using victim statements, such as, “I don’t have time”. I have used this excuse many times in my life and in order to grow as an individual, I will work hard to expunge this phrase from my vocabulary. I feel that becoming more involved will be crucial in not only growing as a more well rounded individual, but also in making our communities a better place. Lastly, with the passing of SB 493, I am becoming even more excited to be a pharmacist because I, along with my colleagues, will be able to broaden our scope as practitioners and will have the opportunity to make a large and positive difference in the lives of the many who will come to see us.
Reflections 2: Diane Javier, PharmD Candidate 2019
Dr. Conner started his presentation with a brief introduction to SB 493. This bill allows pharmacists to be recognized as healthcare providers and conduct the following actions: perform patient assessments, order and interpret drug therapy related tests, and bill for services, among others. Dr. Conner got more personal by telling us that, as future pharmacists, we need to learn to avoid victim statements. Excuses such as, “Sorry I was late, there was so much traffic” or “I don’t have time for this or that” are no longer tolerated. Furthermore, Dr. Conner also mentioned the critical value of communication; it doesn’t matter how smart we are, if we do not know how to communicate efficiently with patients, we are not going to be successful pharmacists. On the bright side, he let us know that WesternU was going to shape us into efficient communicators, but it’s up to us to apply those lessons. Dr. Conner finally emphasized the importance of getting involved, especially since what we do today will affect how we do tomorrow. He advised us to be part of organizations at the national, state, and local level.
The Keeper I took from Dr. Conner’s presentation was the sustainment of relationships. Although it is good to make connections, it is much more meaningful to build upon those relationships throughout my years at WesternU and after I graduate. However, in order to build these strong relationships, I must first make them, and in order to do so I will need to immerse myself in the clubs offered by the school of pharmacy and other clubs offered by the university. Only then will I encounter the students, faculty, or people of interest who can motivate and shape me into the well-rounded pharmacist I want to be.
Reflection #3: Thuy Khong, PharmD Candidate 2019
Dr. Michael Conner was a very passionate and motivational speaker. His presentation was aimed to motivate us students to become more involved outside of the classrooms. To build up a successful future, we cannot depend solely on what we learn through books, but we also need to develop ourselves socially as well to become a well-rounded pharmacist. In order to do this, we need to get involved, invest time and efforts in different clubs and organizations. This way, we can build up relationships and connect with people that will be helpful to us in the future. Knowing the right people will open up more career opportunities later on once we graduated. In addition, we need to actively ask questions, since it is the best way for us to learn. By developing a strong knowledge base, we will be able to become better leaders in our field.
Most importantly, one keeper for me is that we need take “I don’t have time” out of our vocabulary. Throughout my student years, I realized that I need to be more involved in extracurricular activities, but I keep using the “I don’t have time for it” as an excuse. After listening to Dr. Conner’s talk, I realized that I need to make time for the things that I wanted to do. Prioritizing my tasks and take out unproductive things are very important in order to fit in the things that will help me advance in my career.