Professor Clifford Young is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Regional Coordinator in Fresno for the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience program at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science from the University of California, Davis and his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Washington.

Before coming to Pacific in March 2009, Young was a Consultant Pharmacist for Apothecary Service, LLC. He continues in that role while serving at Pacific. He provides services to institutional and individual clients regarding medication regimen review, facility regulation compliance, and medication device administration education.

Young is an active member of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists where he has served on various national level committees and as President of the local chapter. He is also a dedicated member of the California Pharmacists Association.

As a preceptor, his main focus is his students and preparing them to be competent professionals. “My focus is to develop a site that caters to the student’s future practice desires. The students need to understand they need to develop their presentation skills, so they can maximize their clinical knowledge and leadership skills to advance their careers and profession,” said Professor Young.

He also mentioned that students with successful rotations are those who work hard, have a good attitude, and a thirst for knowledge.

Young is currently working on a proposal to add a new elective to the pharmacy curriculum called Pharmacy Political Advocacy that will provide an honest examination of this topic.

His hobbies include armed and unarmed martial arts training. Young has earned his rank as Ikkyu with Alameda Aikikai, which teaches Aikido, a self-defense that blends with the energy of the opponent to render their attacks harmless and is also used as a means to enhance and maintain health and flexibility. He is also a Sandan, a student deemed capable of teaching independently as a teacher or instructor, at Wado Ki Kai.

One of Professor Young’s most memorable memories is witnessing the graduation of his first APPE students but he says nothing outshines meeting his wife. Young and his wife live with their daughter, dog, and cat in Fresno, CA.


By Dua Her '09
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