Reflection #1: Thuy Kwong, PharmD Candidate 2019
This seminar was presented by Dr. Pamela Schweitzer. Her career path really appealed to me because it allowed her to be very involved in the healthcare system in our country. She started with the IHS, which allowed her to travel throughout the country and helped improve multiple services. Now, she is the Assistant to the General Surgeon and is working with the CMS. She gets to work with initiatives to help improve people’s health culture, such as walking, healthy eating, and opioid use. It is very intriguing to listen to a pharmacist who is holding such a high position.
This appealed to me because there is a lot going on throughout the world and I want to explore different areas. There is internship with the IHS, which sounds very interesting to me. I will make sure to apply whenever the application is available. This is a great opportunity that I do not want to miss out on.
Reflection#2: Yoonsun Nam, PharmD Candidate 2019
The seminar about the advanced pharmacy practice in the federal government was held in P1 class on February, 17th. DR Schweitzer started her presentation showing us the video which explaining about the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). She explained that public health has very important roles in the society which including building a culture of health, prevention of illness, and determination of causes of disease using epidemiology and Biostatistics She also emphasized the importance of teamwork in the public health and the various fields of the public health where pharmacists can work which are smoking cessation, immunization, medication optimization and oral health. Moreover, she also mentioned about students’ opportunities which are residency and student program. Through the seminar, I was able to learn about the public health and various fields in the public health that requires pharmacists. Prior to this seminar, I only thought the retail pharmacy as my career goal, but I become to realize that the working in public health is also very interesting to me even it is challenging. I will try to get more information in order to broaden my knowledge about the public health and keep in mind the importance of promoting and maintaining the public health.