Reflection #1: Jessica Che, PharmD Candidate 2019
Today’s seminar speaker was Dr. Gates, who has shown that he has been making an impact on the profession of advanced practice pharmacy. Dr. Gates went over his diabetes clinic for patients under the safety net, but after Medi-Cal came into play, these patients no longer could be covered under the safety net and had less care than they did before the ACA. Pharmacists had to become providers to change this and that is the role that SB493 played. Dr. Gates actually took part in the passing of SB493 and we now have an entire scope of advanced practice pharmacy.
However, many people felt that in order to become providers, pharmacists had to undergo extra steps to be able to become advanced practice pharmacists just like how physicians have to undergo a few years of residency before they become providers. It is a great direction for our profession because right now, we want people to go into residency but there are not enough advanced practice pharmacists to practice under. It is still a growing area in the field of pharmacy that can provide much benefit to patients.
My keeper is that as pharmacists, we must be the drug experts! If we were not, who else would be? We would walk into clinics and have no idea how to handle patients with potentially complicated cases. I will apply this to my life by learning all that I can and making sure I have the adequate knowledge required of me in this field.
Reflection #2: Thu Nguyen, PharmD Candidate 2019
During his seminar, Dr. Gates spoke in detail about the opportunities permitted with advanced practice pharmacy and how the landscape of the field was changing with new legislation. He gave us a little bit of his background working on the bill that passed, SB 493, and working on the national bill. In addition to his legislative advocacy for the field, he has opened up a diabetic clinic and a pharmacy-consulting firm servicing medical groups. In his presentation, Dr. Gates spoke to us with urgency to retain our clinical skills and to utilize the opportunities for the expansion of the pharmacist. A keeper that I related to this presentation was the idea of “networking – to network with colleagues and professionals in your field.” I like this keeper because my own ambition is to also open a clinic in an underserved community, which would require a supportive group of colleagues to initiate. Speaking with Dr. Gates after his presentation, he made it clear that producing good patient incomes was incentivized with money. In order to achieve this goal, I would need to work with other healthcare providers as well as medical systems in collaborative practice. I hope to instill this in the future as I venture to create changes in healthcare and advocate for the pharmacist’s role in manage drug therapy.