Born and raised in Jamaica, Jason Miller ‘14 moved to the United States in 2005 as a senior in high school. After graduation, he studied at St. Philips College and later at University of Texas at San Antonio where he earned his bachelor of science in biology. He is currently a member of the doctor of pharmacy class of 2014.
At a young age, Miller knew he wanted to pursue a career in healthcare and found pharmacy to be the ideal career. He wanted to find a career where he can help others and have the opportunity to make a difference in patients’ lives. Miller considers his mother to be one of his role models and feels she is the “epitome of a hard worker and strives to put others, especially her patients, above her own needs”. His mother is the supervisor of the specialty medications department at a mail order pharmacy in Texas.
Miller is also self-driven and finds motivations in his life to inspire him to work hard. “Growing up in Jamaica, resources were limited in comparison to the US and I figured from an early age that if I have the opportunity to do remarkable things, then I need to appreciate that opportunity and always strive to be the best,” he said.
Prior to coming to Pacific, Miller was already serving as a leader in his community. He co-founded the Pre-Pharmacy club at St. Philips College where he held the position as the Public Relations Officer. In addition, he continues to serve as a mentor and moderator for the Student Doctor Network (SDN), an online forum where potential students, professional students and residents can gain insight and knowledge about various practice settings, clinical topics related to patient care, application processes for professional schools and residency programs, tips for interviewing, etc. “I’ve always tried to be involved as much as possible and that is one of the things I am most proud of,” commented Miller.
At Pacific, Miller serves as the President of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA – ASP) and is a member of the Phi Delta Chi pharmacy fraternity. Miller says his desire to get more involved in school and the profession and growing his networking opportunities motivated him to run for office as APhA-ASP President. One of his goals is to inspire and encourage more students to become involved in at both the local, state, and national level.
“It is important to get involved early. Pharmacy is a small world and the sooner an individual can distinguish themselves from their peers, the better prepared they will be,” says Miller.
As the APhA-ASP President, he will lead his executive board in celebrating the annual American Pharmacists Month (APhM) in October. Miller and his team hope to highlight the roles of pharmacists, why it is so important for pharmacists to be involved in all aspects of patient care, and how beneficial pharmacists can be in reducing healthcare costs through their advertising campaign. One of the ways they hope to celebrate APhM is by creating a billboard that will be located off Highway 80-E in Sacramento. This billboard is projected to reach at least five million people throughout October. If you are in the San Joaquin Valley during October, also be on the lookout for advertisements in the movie theaters!
Miller loves to cook Jamaican food, when he can find time to, travel, and is the pickiest person you will ever meet; he will only eat chicken breast. “My friends give me a hard time about that one,” says Miller.