A number of WesternU students and alumni were represented in the CSHP poster session. For example, student pharmacist Jeffrey Lin, PharmD Candidate 2018 poster was based on research done at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. WesternU alumni, Tung Huynh, PharmD 2002 presented a poster completed at UCI Medical Center.
The WesternU College of Pharmacy hosted a dinner for over 80 students, faculty, alumni, staff, preceptors and friends of the college at Battista's Hole in the Wall restaurant on Friday, October 27, 2017. Everyone enjoyed the food, wine and great conversation. Thank you to Renee Cook, Bill Burrows and Dean Robinson for making the evening a great success.
WesternU was one of about 100 exhibitors at CSHP Seminar '17 in Las Vegas. Most of the exhibitors were pharmaceutical companies as well as a few health systems, software companies and other vendors that sell to hospitals. WesternU was the only college of pharmacy that was exhibiting. The booth is used for alumni, donor and preceptor relations as well as to promote our residency, student and continuing education programs. The booth was staffed by Renee Cook, CE Manager, Bill Burrows from University Advancement, Antonio Valero from alumni relations as well as Dean Robinson and other faculty.
Each year, the past president of CSHP meet for dinner at CSHP Seminar. This year nearly 30 past presidents and guests and the EVP Loriann DeMartini enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Battista's Italian Restaurant. Thank you to Scott Takahashi for organizing the dinner.
The keynote speaker for CSHP Seminar '17 was Joe Kiani, CEO of Masimo, a company that provides noninvasive diagnostic technology like the pulse oximeter. His presentation was about patient safety and specially how pharmacist can help reduce medication errors and harm to zero. He is the founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation that has a goal of "Zero preventable deaths by 2020". Please click on the link to his website and especially check out the very emotional and powerful video clips on the site.
The Marshall B. Ketchum University dedicated their totally renovated Health Professions Building, home to their pharmacy and physician assistant colleges on October 24, 2017. The building has state of the art classrooms, laboratories and patient simulation facilities. A reception and dedication ceremony was followed by a tour of the building. MBK Dean Edward Fisher and faculty members Jack Chen, Monica Trivedi, Javad Tafreshi and others welcomed pharmacy guests which included John Jones, Rebecca Cupp, Man Nguyen, Paul Huynh, Nasiba Makarem, Rod Patterson and Kathy McFarland.
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FASHP
Dr. Jason Wong helped prepare the first year WesternU students for their first IPPE rotation in a community pharmacy as part of the Noon Elective Seminar series. A couple of reflections by students are posted below:
Reflection #1: Kevin Dinh, PharmD Candidate 2021
With IPPEs (Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience) coming up soon, Dr. Wong’s presentation on how to stand out during rotations will be especially useful. IPPEs provide P1s with a first-hand experience of what it is like working at a community retail pharmacy. My rotation site will be at Rite Aid, one of the largest pharmacy chains in the United States.Working at such a large pharmacy, it may be hard to find ways to stand out and impress a preceptor. Dr. Wong, however, offers great advice, like demonstrating a keen interest in learning while on rotation. For example, it is important to ask questions in order to find out as much as possible during this experience. Although it may have limited application since each pharmacy might use different software, gaining experience with the pharmacy’s computer system and how data is processed can help in the future. The specific software that a pharmacy uses may be different, but the way they organize their prescriptions and data may be similar, so it is still helpful to learn as much as possible while on an IPPE.
Reflection #2: Molly Bun, PharmD Candidate 2021
I learned many professional skills on how to be a standout student during rotations. First and foremost, I should always smile when meeting my preceptor and greeting customers. In addition, when on my IPPE rotations, I should dress appropriately, be on time, and have perfect attendance. While on the job, I should learn brand-generic drug conversions, know which aisles OTC medications are (writing this down in a notepad will help), know basic math (use acalculator if anything), and get to know other associates. I should ask my preceptor for feedback on my performance and find out how I can improve. Once I have completed a round of IPPE rotation at a certain pharmacy, I should give the preceptor a thank you card and keep in touch because a job opportunity may come my way if I’m ever interested. Some factors that employers look for are competence, dependability, flexibility, and desire to learn, improve, and succeed.
Reflection #3: Connie Chao, PharmD Candidate 2021
An average day in a community pharmacy can be very busy and consists of filling prescriptions, calling doctors, and taking calls from patients. Student pharmacists on rotations have many responsibilities including prompt service to customers, taking customer information and prescriptions, and refill authorizations. It is important to understand that all jobs can become repetitive, and pharmacy is no exclusion, but a student on rotations should never complain about “boring” work. To be a standout student during rotations, students should be on time, dress appropriately, know brand-generic conversions, OTCs, and get to know their associates. Students should always have the desire to learn, improve and succeed and can achieve this by asking for feedback from their preceptor. An important factor of pharmacy is that community pharmacy can be hectic and busy, and sometimes there just is not enough time to always help a pharmacy student out, so one should know how to learn by listening and observing their preceptors. Pharmacy is a small world as we have learned before, and networking is animportant skill, so pharmacy students should try to keep in touch once the externship ends as well, because it can always lead to opportunities.
On October 11, 2017, Dr. Helena Suh, pediatric pharmacist at White Memorial Medical Center spoke to the Noon Elective Seminar Class on her career as a pediatric pharmacist. A couple of reflections posted by the students in the class appear below:
Reflection #1: Mary Youssef, PharmD Candidate 2021
Today I attended a talk given by Dr. Helena Suh about specializing in pediatric pharmacy. I found this talk to be very interesting. Pediatric pharmacy is something I have always considered because I would like to specialize and I also love children. This talk furthered my interest in pediatric pharmacy. She went over specific things that are important to pay attention to when dealing with children, such as renal and hepatic development in neonates and development ofa fever. She also talked about how important the weight of a child is when figuring out dose of a medication. She showed us various formulas for each age and I found it interesting how specific each one was. She also talked about the neonate intensive care unit, and the various reason that the premature babies are in for, such as RDS and sepsis. This is also something I am interested in. Dr. Suh gave a very good presentation about specializing in pediatric pharmacy and it is definitely something I am interested in pursuing.
Reflection #2: Sun Hyee Park, PharmD Candidate 2021
The seminar on October 11, 2017 was presented by Dr. Helena Suh, a clinical pharmacist currently working at the White Memorial Medical Center on the duties of a “Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist”. Her presentation provided an overview of what it meant to be a pediatric pharmacist, the kinds of patients encountered within the specialized practice, how one would treat these pediatric patients, and the path pharmacy students should take if they wanted to pursue a specialty in pediatric pharmacy. I really began to learn that when a pharmacist is working with a specialized population, such as pediatric patients, there are so many considerations to take into account. Especially with pediatric patients, pharmacists need to think about the unique pharmacotherapy, due to the under development of key organs involved with drug metabolism and the fact that the weight of pediatric patients change constantly. In the end, Dr. Suh’s presentation provided me with a lot of helpful, introductory information regarding pediatric pharmacy.
The Multiprofessional Case 1 Session was facilitated by Sam Shimomura, PharmD who covered the history and background of interprofessional education, Gwen Oroco, RN reviewed the course requirements and David Dicker covered reflective learning. This was one of 5 concurrent sessions for WesternU students from the various professions on campus. A couple of excellent video were shown as part of the class 2 hour class.
Ten pharmacy employers participated in the WesternU Career Day on October 2, 2017. The employers set up booths and then arranged individual interviews later in the day.