Reflection #1: Patrick Potive, PhamD Candidate 2019
Dr. Nasiba Makarem’s seminar was really interesting to me because I use to be a technician. The quality of technicians that I work with have been on the lower side as opposed to the higher side. I feel as if new technicians do not have the training necessary to thrive in the industry. I have experience from my undergraduate school because I was a pharmaceutical science major. Due to this I was able to pick up on the speed and what is required of me for the pharmacy. Dr. Makrem’s program looks very comprehensive and I wish that more technicians take her class. The hand’s on experience is very beneficial as well as the clinical experience exposes them to what is actually expected of technicians. The “real” pharmacy classroom is amazing; I have never seen anything like it and I never knew these types of classrooms existed. This is also an interesting career choice for me because I do one day plan to teach once I have established my career.
Reflection #2: Jane Kim, PharmD Candidate 2019
Dr. Nasiba Makarem spoke to the class on the topic of Pharmacy Technician Education and Practice. She shared her experiences on her journey to her current teaching position at Cerritos Community College’s pharmacy technician program. Dr. Makarem began by describing the education offered in her program. It was interesting to learn that they have a clean room, where CE courses for pharmacist are often held. I also learned that pharmacy technicians can work at PBMs and ERs. Medication reconciliation, for example, can be conducted by pharmacy technicians. Previously, nurses have traditionally done medication reconciliation but one study found that a hospital can save approximately 1 million dollars by having a technician run the medication reconciliation. Next, Dr. Makarem her experience working in a California community college. California has certain requirements such as having at least one year teaching experience. In terms of income, teaching may offer less in terms of an hourly wage in comparison to a retail setting. However, working as a pharmacist as State of California can have benefits such as tenure, pensions, as well as being a rewarding experience. My one keeper was: If I want to teach at a community college, I have to take measures to make sure I meet the requirements.