Reflection #1: Minh Luu, PharmD Candidate 2020
Commander Thomas E. Addison gave a lecture on 02/22/2017 about the topic of US Public Health Service Pharmacy and how pharmacists are currently contributing to the healthcare field through the federal programs. This is an interesting topic as it further expanded the role of the pharmacists beyond being a healthcare provider in direct patient care to fields that affect public health culture in the United States. Commission officers are dispatched to several federal programs, most of which are working with the Indian Health Service (I.H.S), Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The end goal is to promote improved public health culture in all stages of life through various means and approaches, ultimately with the intention of preventing diseases on top of treating at the community level. Students also have various opportunities to work as commission officers through internships opportunities with the Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Programs (COSTEP) and rotations with the USPHSP. The COSTEP programs are paid internships and scholarships programs that are aimed at providing further services to the underserved communities.
Reflections #2: Andrea Ly, PharmD Candidate 2020
Today, we had a speaker who was exceptionally unique compared to other speakers. Dr. Addison spoke to us as a commander and a pharmacist specializing in US public health services. An interesting topic was surgeon general initiatives. These people guide patients in being compliant with their medications as well as recommend healthy lifestyle. They have other duties such as serving underserved communities, delivering top notch health care, providing behavioral therapy for wounded warriors and their families, and researching new ways to provide help. He informed us of the various federal agencies with career opportunities. There are student rotations at the IHS, FDA, NIH, CDC, USCG and other federal agencies. I am especially interested in FDA because there are many branches to utilize my clinical knowledge. I am, however, intimidated and am not sure how to put my foot in the door. Luckily, Dr. Addison provided websites to refer to. I am also interested doing a residency for IHS since I am challenged to work in a rural area. They also hire many people for these positions.