High school students learn firsthand about pharmacy in California Central Valley

More than 20 high school students from California's central valley city of Fresno spent a day in early February 2005 with local pharmacists in various practice settings to get a close look at pharmacy as a career option. "There is a real disconnect between the perception high school students hold of pharmacists and the actual way pharmacy is practiced," says Mitra Assemi, PharmD, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, UCSF School of Pharmacy and director of the School's Fresno Pharmacy Education Program. "We used National Groundhog Job Shadow Day as a way to make that connection. It was a tremendous success."

Mary Pung

1. Mary Pung, PharmD, a critical care pharmacist at University Medical Center, Fresno, California, explains how she monitors the effects of medications in critically ill burn patients in the intensive care unit.
Rich Sakai
2. Rich Sakai, PharmD, director of pharmacy services for Children's Hospital Central California, Madera, California, explains the business aspects of hospital pharmacy management, cost control, and quality care assurance.
Dale Dodd
3. Dale Dodd, PharmD, pharmacy manager of Longs Drug Stores, Clovis, California, shares tips for counseling patients about their medications and helping them select over-the-counter remedies.



UC ValleyConnection "UCSF Fresno Job Shadow Day Encourages Future Pharmacists," UC ValleyConnection, Winter 2005 (PDF, 4 pages, 259 KB) [link defunct as of June 28, 2010: http://www.ucinthevalley.org/connect/UCVC-05winter.pdf].

About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy is a premier graduate-level academic organization dedicated to improving health through precise therapeutics. It succeeds through innovative research, by educating PharmD health professional and PhD science students, and by caring for the therapeutics needs of patients while exploring innovative new models of patient care. The School was founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the American West. It is an integral part of UC San Francisco, a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide.