Medicare Part D Students Share Their Favorite Memories

Thomas J. Longs School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences hosts Medicare Part D outreach events in several cities like Stockton, Modesto, San Jose, Lodi, Sacramento and Berkeley in order to assist the under served, the uninsured, the disabled and the elderly. Trained student pharmacists work with patients, under the supervision of preceptors, to provide Medication Therapy Management (MTM). Patients can set appointments or walk in to the events to have their Medicare Part D plans evaluated for full efficacy, as well as receive vaccinations and get screened for blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, bone density, memory decline and more.

The students and faculty share their favorite memories from this year’s event.

Guest Blog: School Announces New Doctor of Audiology Program

I am delighted to announce our new professional doctorate degree program, Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Pacific’s Au.D. program will be the first in Northern California. It will be one of four accelerated programs in the country, and the only one in California. This program will be located on the new San Francisco campus with clinics on both the San Francisco and Stockton campuses. This three-year accelerated program will serve a cohort of 15-20 students per year and will draw students with undergraduate majors in speech-language pathology, biology, and pre-health. The first class of Pacific’s Doctor of Audiology students will begin in the fall of 2015 pending approval of the audiology accrediting agency.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, “employment of audiologists is expected to grow by 37% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hearing loss increases as people age, so an aging population is likely to increase demand for audiologists. The early identification and diagnosis of hearing disorders in infants also will spur employment growth. Advances in hearing aid design, such as the reduction of feedback and a smaller size, may make the devices more appealing as a means to minimize hearing loss, leading to more demand for the audiologists who provide hearing aids.” There is currently a shortage of audiologists in California since the only Au.D. Program in San Diego currently graduates eight to 10 audiologists per year.

Rendering of New San Francisco Campus
New San Francisco Campus

The Audiology Clinic on the Stockton campus will serve as a clinical site for students and has successfully operated since 2004. Our new Audiology Clinic on the San Francisco campus along with anticipated collaborations with many Northern California medical and audiology centers will provide student clinical experiences. The San Francisco Clinic will begin seeing patients in August 2014 and will provide residents throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with audiology and hearing aid services through patient visits and community outreach events.

An audiologist shortage statewide makes this new Doctor of Audiology Program critically important to both the region and state health care systems. The program will continue Pacific’s long history of producing graduates who are highly skilled health care practitioners. It will build upon Pacific’s reputation and strengths in health sciences, reach new student markets, and align with our strategic plan, Pacific 2020.

We are pleased to offer a wonderful opportunity to create a permanent legacy by naming the new audiology clinic, classrooms, labs, sound booths, and offices. Naming opportunities are recognized forever in our beautiful new San Francisco Campus building. We invite you to partner with us. Contact Susan Webster at 209-946-3116 or for more information.

Robert E. Hanyak, Au.D.
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Audiology
Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Spotlight: Kylie Rowe, PT

Kylie RoweProfessor Kylie Rowe joined the Department of Physical Therapy as Assistant Clinical Professor in September 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy from Sydney University in Australia. She is currently working towards completing a transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of South Dakota.

Professor Rowe has been practicing in physical therapy for 27 years working in fields ranging from outpatient and inpatient care through rehabilitation and home health. Her clinical work has allowed her to work with patients of all ages ranging from infants to adults as old as 104. Before coming to Pacific, Professor Rowe provided physical therapy in the orthopedic outpatient center at Sanford Health in North Dakota for seven years. While there she worked with patients who suffered from low back pain, neck pain and chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia.

“Being a physical therapist is a gift,” says Professor Rowe who believes that Pacific has very caring students. They are the reason she loves to teach. Her goal is to spark enthusiasm and curiosity in the students, nurture their thoughtfulness and cultivate a desire to continue lifelong learning.

Professor Rowe hopes to become more active with state and national physical therapy associations and explore research opportunities and practices nationwide. She also plans to continue her work with people suffering from chronic pain and develop relationships with community groups that serve these people.

Outside of the classroom, Professor Rowe enjoys swimming, walking, listening to jazz music and attending musical theatre performances. Professor Rowe lives in Concord, CA with her husband and three daughters.


Alumni Spotlight: Sue Ulmer ’83

Sue-Ulmer“I want to be a positive role model and teacher for a profession that I continue to love!” exclaimed Sue Ulmer ’83 when asked why she takes Pacific student interns. Sue is the Department Chairperson for the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Stockton Unified School District and has held that position for over 12 years. Ulmer feels that she was selected as Department Chairperson because she volunteered for numerous committees and wanted to be involved in decision making for the department. Sue remarked, “I wanted to train other SLPs to do the best job they can do with therapy and the never ending paperwork.”

Transferring to Pacific in 1981, Ulmer’s selection of the communicative disorder major was inspired by her deaf parents. Ulmer has always loved working with the deaf and even used sign language for her talent portion of the Junior Miss Pageant when she was at Tracy High School. “I have attended Symposiums where Simalee taught visual phonics, which I still use with my students, whether deaf, hard of hearing or hearing. Since my area of interest was working with the deaf or hard of hearing, and she had an interest in it too (she taught sign language as well as visual phonics), I learned a lot from her. She was very encouraging, had a calming presence about her, and was easy to talk to, especially when things became challenging with workload and comprehensive exams.” She went on to say that she also enjoyed Professor Virginia Puich’s classes and her encouragement while she was in the undergraduate and graduate programs. “Both women were positive influences during that period of my life,” Ulmer recalled.

“My students make me smile, especially when we have been working on something (could be a sound such as “s,” “r,” etc. or language skills) and they finally ‘get it!’” She also has a 2 ½ year old grandson who amazes her with his language skills. Sue looks forward to traveling the United States and hopes to visit historical sites on the East Coast. “I would like to drive across the country in the fall to see the tree leaves changing and all of the beautiful colors!”

Jeralyn Oliveira ‘13, ‘14: Homegrown Tiger

When asked to chose one word to describe Pacific, Oliveira chose perseverance.
When asked to chose one word to describe Pacific, Oliveira chose perseverance.

Born and raised in Stockton, California, Jeralyn Oliveira ‘13, ‘14 is proud to call it her hometown. Actually it was one of the reasons she chose to attend Pacific. Oliveira doesn’t hesitate when asked about her background. She is a first generation student and comes from a low-income background, something Oliveira also takes pride in. Oliveira was awarded Pacific’s Community Involvement Program Scholarship and said “Without the program, I wouldn’t be here today.” The program recognizes students from low-income backgrounds and who have demonstrated potential for sustainable leadership, community awareness, and involvement.

Growing up Oliveira said she always wanted to be a physician assistant. When asked why not the physician, she said she didn’t know why. Through the encouragement and motivation of her fourth grade teacher, Mr. Strawn, she slowly started to realize her potential. “Mr. Strawn taught me to never settle for anything that was lower than my potential. He gave me the courage to become the physician and not the physician assistant,” said Oliveira.

Oliveira is a graduate student in the 15 month master of science in speech-language pathology (SLP) program. She recalled the haze that came with graduating from high school and not even knowing where to begin with choosing a career. “I was so excited when I learned that I was accepted to Pacific, but I had no idea what to major in.” Luck was on her side when she was roomed with a graduate student in the SLP program. “I loved listening to her talk about her classes and clinical experience. It seemed so challenging yet fun.” Encouraged by her roommate, she enrolled in an introductory course and never looked back.

In spring 2013, she received the Tolley Endowed Scholarship. “I felt relieved because it recognized and validated my hard work and gave me confidence going into the graduate program.” Oliveira acknowledges that access to higher education isn’t available to everyone and it’s one of the most important factors that pushes her to work hard. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to go to college. I want to live up to my full potential and be a good role model to my nieces and nephews,” she said. She is an aunt to three nieces and one nephew.

Role models that have made an impact in Oliveria’s life are Dr. Michael Susca, Professor Department of Speech-Language Pathology, and Alison Dumas, Director for the Community Involvement Program. She admires Dr. Susca’s work and his passion for the profession and appreciates how he challenges his students to become the best clinicians. “Alison is so supportive and compassionate and it’s great to be mentored by someone who understands and shares a similar background,” said Oliveira.

If she could offer some advice to prospective students, Oliveira said she would encourage them to take an introductory class or make time to observe some courses and schedule a meeting with Professor Simalee Smith-Stubblefield ’83. She also added that it is important for them to learn how to be organized and keep busy but also find “me” time.

Outside of the classroom, Oliveira enjoys painting and spending time cheering for her nieces and nephew at their sporting events. One of her nieces plays softball, a sport she loved and grew up playing. Some interesting facts about Oliveira are she has a fear of pregnant bellies because they look so delicate, loves to shop, is learning how to coupon, and loves trees. “I don’t know much about trees, but when I imagine where I’ll live someday, it’s a home surrounded by trees.”

Support students like Oliveira by contributing to the SLP Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship by contacting Susan Webster at or 209.946.3116. Click here to see how your support impacts our students.


Derek Isetti ’08 Receives A $10,000 Scholarship at National Meeting of Communication Professionals

Derek Isetti ‘08 received a $10,000 American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship during the recent 2013 Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), held November 14-16 in Chicago, Illinois.

The New Century Scholars Research Doctoral Scholarship supports doctoral students committed to working in a higher education academic community in the field of communication sciences and disorders in the United States. This program is made possible through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s (ASHFoundation) Dreams and Possibilities Campaign.

Isetti is currently a doctoral student studying speech and hearing science at University of Washington in Seattle. He received his master of science in speech-language pathology from Pacific in 2008 and his bachelor of arts in drama from University of California, Irvine. After receiving his bacherlor’s Isetti worked as a Broadway performer for 10 years. “There is currently a television show on NBC entitled “Smash” which chronicles the making of a new Broadway musical. I mention this because for most of my life, this was no television drama; this was my world.”

On Broadway, Isetti was an understudy for John Stamos in the musical “Cabaret”. He was fortunate to be able to perform the leading role of the Emcee over a series of performances. During this period in his career, Isetti knew very little about the field of speech language pathology

When Isetti decided to pursue his education in speech pathology, his initial goal was to work with the performing community and other professional voice users. During his time at Pacific Isetti realized that “great professors are often performers in their own right” which motivated him to pursue the doctor of philosophy with the potential to make a huge impact on the community and profession.

Isetti is passionate about working with patients who suffer from spasmodic dysphonia (SD). “I am especially interested in how the knowledge of diagnosis and information about a disease might alter these listener impressions to facilitate smoother interactions with communication partners.” The scholarship will help further his research on SD and support his dissertation research on workplace barriers faced by individuals with voice disorders, and how severity of symptoms may differently affect hiring outcomes.

“Thank you so much. I am grateful, but just as important, I am proud to represent an organization whose mission has always been to serve others,” said Isetti.

The ASHFoundation is a charitable organization that promotes a better quality of life for children and adults with communication disorders. The ASHFoundation is affiliated with ASHA and is part of the Association’s annual convention?the most comprehensive development conference for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
ASHFoundation’s mission is to advance knowledge about the causes and treatment of hearing, speech, and language problems. The ASHFoundation raises funds from individuals, corporations, and organizations to support research, graduate education, and special projects that foster discovery and innovation in the field of communication sciences.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 166,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

Greg Alston ’77: Turning Challenges into Opportunities

greg alstonOn a daily basis we encounter individuals who have different personalities which may make work difficult sometimes. It is especially challenging when you are the boss or dealing with a difficult boss. Gregory Alston ‘77 recently wrote his book titled The BossHole Effect,Three Simple Steps Anyone Can Follow to Become a Great Boss and Lead a Successful Team which provides guidelines on how to use this challenge as an opportunity.

Based on his 35 years of experience operating retail and independent pharmacies, Alston says this book is about “how not to be a BossHole.” In addition to his pharmacy management experience, Alston also coached softball for 10 years. Many of the examples in the book will refer back to his interactions as a coach. He is also a professor and has taught management courses to student pharmacists. It is this mentorship role that inspired him to write the book “to help these young folks learn how to treat people well so that they can become great bosses rather than BossHoles.”

“The BossHole Effect is the ability of this boss to cause their team to disengage and perform less than stellar work. The chapters walk a person through the process of becoming a great leader. Each chapter includes three big ideas that can be implemented by anyone to begin acting like a good leader which will eventually cause you to become one,” said Alston.

Alston also developed a rating tool to help you determine if your boss is a BossHole. Find it here:

The book was rated as number seven on the Amazon Best Seller list for books in the field of Management Science and continues to receive good reviews on other websites such as goodreads and Readers Favorite with numerous five star ratings.

Prior to publishing this book, Alston was a book editor for McGraw-Hill on Pharmacy Management Third Edition in which he wrote two chapters. Other publications included articles in academic journals such as his original theorem, The Relative Value Theory, but Alston says his very first publication was a poem called Stream which was published in a book of poetry at Pacific.

Next in the works is a book he and his wife, June Alston ’77, plan to write together. It will be a fiction series titled Tony’s Tavern based on their forty plus years together and will feature “an apprentice angel loosely based on my father who has this unique blend of pithy brilliance but the inability to keep away from the ladies. He has been sent back to earth to try to overcome his human frailty and earn his way back to heaven but just can’t seem to do what he’s told.”

Alston is the Assistant Dean for Assessment at Wingate University and serves as the Pharmacy Manager for the Matthews Free Medical Clinic in Matthews, North Carolina. He and his wife are parents to Jeffery and Valerie who Alston said helped him write his book.

To learn about his book visit his blog for the book at Keep up with Alston at or find him on Youtube at:


Medicare Part D Continues to Make a Positive Impact

Student pharmacist provides Medicare Part D consultation.
Student pharmacist provides Medicare Part D consultation.

“What plan should I join, a PDP or MA plan? What are the benefits entitled to me? What is this costing me?” These are just a few of the questions many American citizens ask their doctors, insurance companies, and even families. With all the legal and medical jargon, we sometimes don’t understand our medical coverage and we end up overpaying for the prescription drugs we really need. Fortunately, Thomas J. Longs School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences hosts Medicare Part D outreach events in several cities like Stockton, Modesto, San Jose, Lodi, Sacramento and Berkeley in order to assist the under served, the uninsured, the disabled and the elderly. Trained student pharmacists work with patients, under the supervision of preceptors, to provide Medication Therapy Management (MTM). Patients can set appointments or walk in to the events to have their Medicare Part D plans evaluated for full efficacy, as well as receive vaccinations and get screened for blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, bone density, memory decline and more. It is important that Medicare patients evaluate their plans as they are changed every year. These events function primarily to identify the optimal plan for patients to save them money, to manage and counsel patients on drug intake and to identify medication-related issues.

One of the outreach events took place at First Congregational Church where patients were directed to teams of two student pharmacists who would provide MTM. Patients would bring their Medicare cards and their prescription and non-prescription medications to be evaluated by the team. Under the strict supervision of a preceptor, the team would first find the optimal plan for the patient in order to save them money on their prescriptions. The team would then counsel the patient on drug interactions, as well as safety and efficacy of the drugs. During MTM, students find ways to improve lives by counseling patients on when and how to take their medications, and can potentially find and solve issues regarding taking medication, as well the gaps of care within the fragmented healthcare system. After the counseling, patients can head to the other stations where different screenings were taking place. As a result of Pacific’s Medicare Part D outreach events, over the past six years student pharmacists have been able to save patients a total of $1,579,429, or $557 per patient. They’ve also been able to identify severe medication related issues in over 200 people.

At the cholesterol screening station, teams of two student pharmacists screen patients for high cholesterol and glucose levels. In order to measure High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, or the good kind of cholesterol, as well as blood glucose, the students prick patients’ fingers with lancets and use a capillary tube to place blood on test strips. Based on the reading of the test strip, the team of students can provide a mini consultation. Though they cannot diagnose patients, they can give patients tips on how to treat high levels of part d 2

The First Congregational Church is owned and managed by Mary Linquist, emeriti staff, who not only opened her doors to help the community, but also worked to raise awareness of the event. The outreach event was filled with people just like Linquist; Pacific pharmacy students, volunteers and mentors put in the time and effort to assist and encourage their ailing community. Not only did the event allow for students to participate in the betterment of the Stockton community, but it also prepared them for working in real clinics. Stephanie Zhao ‘15, said, “The event gives great exposure for Pacific, as well as a reputation for having a positive impact on the community. It’s a good opportunity for students to become professionals. I hope to develop a greater passion for helping patients, and applying practical skills and knowledge while working at the event. The event also helps students explore different industries because they can talk to preceptors and other professionals.” To add onto that, Craig Barker ‘14 said of the benefits, “The students learn about patient interaction, they get exposure to older patients, and since medication therapy management is a core, the students are getting really good practice.”

Bobbie Sebastian, a senior information and assistance specialist who advocates for the elderly said, “The students are in a learning process; they learn about responsibility as well as contacting and socializing with professionals, patients and the community.” Other benefits for students are the hands on detective skills used during medication therapy, which are difficult to learn in the classroom. Students also get exposure to Medicare and the health insurance system in the US.”

Though the pharmacy students are gaining tremendous practical skills, we have to wonder; what do the patients gain? Patients are encouraged to take full advantage of all the services offered at the event. This means they can receive individualized assistance for their coverage, medication therapy and get screened for several illnesses all for free. This free service has generated many willing patients, and a good reputation for the School. “The patients get great benefits: they get necessary assistance from students who are great mentors, intelligent, social, and knowledgeable. Seniors come in to get information about their medications, they get shots, and the support they get from this group is amazing,” said Sebastian.

Allen Shek, Professor and Vice Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Program, said, “The event turnouts get better and better every year. People are more aware of our services and they tell their friends who tell their other friends. There is a large community demand at this point, so we’ve set up additional Medicare Outreach sites.” Reggy Genasci, a patient who attended the event said, “I’m a first time patient and I’ve had my prescription analyzed and I found out I could save $30 on my medication if I switch to another plan. I would definitely come to the next event and even bring my friends. I’m very satisfied with the services and the students and professionals who helped me.” The elderly patients get more than just vaccinations though. According to Linquist and her friend Judy Craig, both of whom volunteered at the event, the seniors enjoy the friendly interactions between themselves and students. Craig pointed out that she and Linquist had visited clubs and nursing homes which were not receptive to the event, however due to the attractive services offered many seniors had showed up anyway. “The event is a great free service; it saved my friend $200 on her medication. Not just that, but the patients seem to be happy speaking to young people!” Linquist replied laughingly.

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Learn about how the Medicare Part D outreach events have influenced the students’ lives and what their favorite memories are here.


NCPA-Pacific Places Second in Business Plan Competition

Team Pacific with faculty advisor Dr. Ed Sherman.
Team Pacific with faculty advisor Dr. Ed Sherman.

Pacific’s National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) took home second place in the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. The purpose of this competition is to promote interest in independent pharmacy ownership.

“To be recognized as one of the top three teams made all of the hard work worth it in the end and more importantly, it helped us become more determined to open our own independent businesses in the future,” said John Chu ‘14, one of four team members that represented Pacific at the meeting in Orlando.

In preparation for the competition, the team, made of Chu, Akram AbouKhalil ‘14, Xin Fang ‘14 and Pedram Gabayan ‘14, met often to create their presentation. Chu stated that writing the business plan didn’t require much coordination when compared to the presentation. “The presentation was done by numerous nights on webcams crafting the exact wording of our presentation as well as meeting up at School during rotations to practice in front of a mock audience.”

Dr. Ed Sherman, faculty advisor, was instrumental in helping the team make it to the final round. “He encouraged us to be professional presenters which helped set the stage for us to create a polished and fluid presentation without stuttering or relying on our slides,” said Chu.

Their business plan laid out the foundation for the purchase of an existing pharmacy that failed due to mismanagement. In order for the pharmacy to regain its place in the market and be profitable the team will offer new services such as travel medicine, a wide range of immunizations, compounding cosmetics and hormone replacement therapy. “Once the pharmacy is stable, we would also introduce clinical services to take advantage of the exciting new bill, Senate Bill (SB) 493, which just passed in California,” said Chu.

SB-493 allows pharmacists to provide expanded patient care services in collaboration with physicians and other members of the health care team and was passed on October 1, 2013.

Chu developed interest in independent business at an early age having two grandparents who were successful businessmen. He favors having his own private company because of the “freedom to take ownership, express yourself and if done well, profit can be nice too.”

From the competition, Chu was able to gain insights on how to “tailor products and services to your target population, new ideas for your business, and how important a good mentor is.” Chu would highly recommend students to take interest in NCPA and participate in the competition to learn more about independent pharmacy, issues and challenges that may rise and the competition in the industry.

Last year, Pacific-NCPA was also named runner-up in the competition. In 2011, they were recognized as a top-ten finalist.

Learn more about our students entrepreneurial spirit here.


Pacific Takes Home Majority of Awards at Regional Meeting

Christopher Pham ‘15, Khoa Luong ‘15, Urvish Italia ‘14, Jason Kurian ‘15, and Thomas Person ‘15 at the meeting.
Christopher Pham ‘15, Khoa Luong ‘15, Urvish Italia ‘14, Jason Kurian ‘15, and Thomas Person ‘15 at the meeting.

Students in the Pacific American Pharmacists Association (APhA)-Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) received a number of awards at the annual APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM) in Denver, Colorado taking home three of five possible awards.

“Pacific stood out among the schools and received numerous compliments from chapter leaders in other regions. I’m proud to be a Tiger,” said Liliya Kolozian ‘15, Pacific’s APhA-ASP President.

Pacific’s APhA-ASP chapter won the Region 8 Legislative Award for their innovative and unique approach in raising legislative awareness and promoting the profession of pharmacy.

Two committees were also recognized for their achievements. Pacific’s Operation Heart and Operation Diabetes committees were both awarded the Region 8 Award for Patient Care Initiative; taking home two of four awards in this category. This is the second year in a row that Operation Diabetes has been honored for their efforts in patient care.

Alicia Yeh ‘15, APhA-ASP Vice President of Professional Affairs, was selected as the recipient of the MRM Chapter Member Recognition Award which recognizes an individual who is a dedicated and valued member of the chapter.

Other students including Urvish Italia ‘14, Chinye Nalls-Ahaiwe ‘14 and Jason Kurian ‘15 were recognized for their contributions to the profession.

Read more about their accomplishments from last year here.


School Hosts Inaugural Physical Therapy Employer Showcase

pt showcaseDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students of the Thomas J. Longs School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences suited up on October 30, 2013 to take advantage of one of Pacific’s greatest assets: its network of professionals. Similar to the University’s Meet the Firms event, the Physical Therapy(PT) Employer Showcase featured employers from Stockton, Modesto, Sacramento and elsewhere who were specifically looking to hire Pacific graduates. The DPT students were able to meet and greet practicing physical therapists as well as recruiting and staffing managers. Some of the exhibitors at the showcase were Burger Rehabilitation, Golden Bear Physical Therapy, Therapists Unlimited, Therapy Specialists and even our very own Pacific Career Resource Center (CRC).

As the students waited eagerly to connect with the showcase attendees, Allen Herinckx ‘15 shared what he hoped to gain from his first experience at a PT showcase. Herinckx explained, “Just talking to possible employers and seeing what they can offer. I want to get a different perspective of physical therapy, and learn new things.” Hannah Main ‘14 responded, “The benefits for me are being able to gain new skills, and hopefully being able to find a job. It also gives me experience in talking with possible employers.” A majority of the students there had the same idea; they all wanted more practice speaking to not only professionals but also potential employers.

The event gave students the opportunity to promote themselves with real recruiters in a casual and stress-free environment, which gave them practical interviewing skills they needed. Other benefits and take-aways of the showcase were getting an idea of what to expect in the future, what different practices settings are like and what employers are looking for in future graduates. Although most of the exhibitors at the showcase were looking for local graduates to recruit, they were also able to provide insight on the different types of organizations to graduates who plan to return home. Nevertheless, the employers were able to give them insight on the different types of organizations out there; Shanna Herman ‘15 said, “I was able to see different offices from different areas that could offer me a lot of opportunities. I learned that some organizations offer specialties like aquatic therapy.”pt showcase students

This event helped the students realized they had options after school that they could pursue, but what exactly did the employers gain? The PT Employer Showcase was an opportunity for not only soon to be graduating PT students to expand their career horizons, but also a chance for local employers to take a look at Pacific’s graduates; Pacific’s reputation for producing outstanding health care practitioners drew many employers to exhibit at the showcase. When asked what the benefits of attending the showcase were, Jocelyn Sarmiento, a recruiting manager for Burger Rehabilitation said, “By going to these showcases, we can make positive contact with students, increase our brand awareness, market job opportunities and hire passionate people.” Many of the exhibitors were looking to hire on the spot. Karen Fabreo-Hittle ‘02 of Therapy Specialists emphasized, “I’m actually looking for one recruit right now, so spread the word!”

So what exactly are recruiters looking for in students? Christine Richards, staffing manager, responded, “We’re looking for a PT student who is passionate, loves physical therapy and who wants to make a positive impact regardless of their setting. More specifically, we’re looking for someone who can take assignments, travel and be adaptable.” Bobby Ismail ‘94 of Golden Bear PT said, “We want someone well-rounded, with great interpersonal skills. We also want someone who is compassionate and looks after a patient’s well-being. Most importantly, we’re looking for someone who has a compatible personality with our organization.” To add onto that, Deb Crane from the CRC had a few suggestions, “The best person to hire is someone who can be a leader, and also someone who does community service or volunteering because it shows that they’re well-rounded.”

Our Pacific tigers are students who go above and beyond, and commit to academic achievement, but how do they fare in the eyes of real-world professionals? According to Sarmiento, Richards, and Ismail they all see great potential in Pacific grads. Ismail said, “We see huge potential in Pacific grads. The DPT students are great clinicians; they have a great personality, which is fitting for outpatient physical therapy.” All signs point to great careers for our future Pacific DPT grads. For those looking for great opportunities, recruiting and staffing managers have suggested that students attend trade shows or conferences, have a referral, and make contact with PTs online or by phone. With an established reputation in the field and an army of alumni to support them, DPT graduates have a bright outlook.


2013 5K Tiger Dash and Cub Run

tiger dash 1 resizedThe Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2014 hosted the 8th Annual Tiger Dash and Half Mile Cub Run during Pacific Homecoming 2013 on Saturday, October 19. The nearly 250 runners more than doubled the number of runners in previous years . There was a free health fair and multiple educational booths from local organizations.

“We all had a great time hosting the event, and we were very happy with the turnout this year! We hope to see everyone out there next year,” said Chelsea Keys ‘14.

Every year this event is organized to help sponsor students from in the Class of 2014 to attend the annual American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in February 2014. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the local YMCA to help support youth sport scholarships and further promote healthy lifestyles in the community.

This event was sponsored by 20 community organizations and businesses including Central Valley Physical Therapy/Delta Physical Therapy, Dry Development and Investment Corp, Twirling Tiger Press, Chuck’s Hamburgers, Mid Cal Body Shop, In and Out Traffic School, Lodi Physical Therapy, Golden Bear Physical Therapy, Aqua Chlor, Pine Street Physical Therapy, Big Tree Organic Farms, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Stockton Thunder, In-Shape Fitness, Fleet Feet, All Family Optometric Vision Care, Velo Vino Clif Family Winery, Bayside Printing Products, Stenson’s Engraving and Dr. Cathy Peterson, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy.

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