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Sunish Shah PharmD’17 and Christine Dimaculangan PharmD’17 were featured on the Pharmacy Future Leaders Podcast, a national podcast by the Pharmacy Podcast Network, where they spoke about the opportunities students enjoy at USciences and how the Doctor of Pharmacy program helps students to determine clear pathways for future careers.
Shah, a pharmacotheraputics tutor at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) and an intern at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, discussed his passion about crucial care medicine, infectious disease, and mentorship within pharmacy and clinical research. Shah, who was awarded first place for a parenteral nutrition study by the Delaware Valley Society of Health-System Pharmacists, also discussed his ambitions to pursue a residency after graduation and his interest in direct patient care.
“While I do enjoy contributing to medical literature through research, I do enjoy reading studies and using that data to directly benefit a patient’s health,” said Shah, adding that he was influenced by pharmacists that he shadowed during his Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience rotations.
It was the promise of fruitful experiences like these that influenced Shah’s decision to attend USciences when he was a senior in high school.
“I was looking for a program that was well established and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy wins that one, because it was the first,” said Shah during the interview.
He knew others who attended USciences and they raved about the personalized attention that students receive. “The student to faculty ratio made it easy to engage in research projects at the school,” Shah said.
Dimaculangan, who has specific interests in serving the underserved, working in a community pharmacy and public health, discussed how her experience at PCP helped her work hands-on with at-risk patient populations and gain valuable interdisciplinary care experience.
Dimaculangan said her time in USciences’ interprofessional education (IPE) experience has changed her perscpective on patient care.
“I think we are all used to working in silos,” said Dimaculangan. “But, I think it is a really cool turn in terms of collaborating. In order to get that exceptional patient care you have to look at all sides.”
Dimaculangan said she was elated to participate in an IPE experience with medical students at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University's Cooper Rowan Clinic, where student pharmacists and medical students worked with patients who could not afford care.
A passion for public health is driving Dimaculangan to pursue a career as a community pharmacist, where she hopes to help her patients gain access to the care they need. This is a barrier she experienced first-hand during a rotation with Esperanza Health Center’s Summer Medical Institute, an interprofessional outreach program to address the health needs of North Philadelphia communities.
“It’s given me a whole different lens in terms of looking at my patients,” she said. “It was a great point of view to see, even at the bottom, there are still people who still need our help. As pharmacists it is our role to show them the resources that they can have and the healthcare that they deserve.”
The podcast, hosted by Tony Guerra, PharmD, the chair and instructor from Des Moines Area Community College, highlights different student leaders from various pharmacy schools and focuses on their unique perspectives about the future outlook of the industry in each episode.
The podcast is one of many from the Pharmacy Podcast Network, which was launched in 2009 by Todd Eury and has since accumulated more than 50,000 listeners and subscribers, making it the most popular and downloaded podcast network about the pharmacy industry.
Listen to Christine Dimaculangan's full episode of the Pharmacy Future Leaders Podcast.
Listen to Sunish Shah’s full episode of the Pharmacy Future Leaders Podcast.