Ralph L. Saroyan ’64 Receives 2014 APhA Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award

ralph saroyanThe American Pharmacists Association (APhA) named Ralph L. Saroyan ’64, Pharm BS, of Stockton, CA, as the 2014 recipient of the APhA Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award. Saroyan was selected in recognition of his exceptional leadership and mentorship throughout his fifty-year career.

“Although this award recognizes me for leadership & mentoring, I feel that I am the one who has been truly blessed by all those students and brothers who have touched my life,” said Saroyan. I thank APhA for this humbling recognition.I thank the Brothers of Phi Delta Chi Fraternity for nominating me. And most importantly, I thank all the pharmacy students and pharmacist who have enriched my life & my career,” he added.

The award, named for the noted pharmacy leader and former APhA staff member Gloria Niemeyer Francke, was established in 1993 to recognize an individual who has promoted and encouraged pharmacists to attain leadership positions through example, acting as a role model and mentor. Saroyan will be officially recognized during the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, March 28-31, 2014. The APhA awards and honors program is the most comprehensive recognition program in the profession of pharmacy.

Saroyan retired from the University of the Pacific in 2002, where he most recently served as Assistant to the Dean and Director of Pacific’s Pre-Health programs. During his faculty years, Ralph taught, advised and mentored more than 3,000 Pacific students.  A dedicated servant leader, he served as Grand President of the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity for eight years and was the inaugural Chairman of the Board for its Foundation. Saroyan’s service has been recognized by his receiving of the Linwood F. Tice Friend of APhA-ASP Award and the California Pharmacist of the Year Award and through his induction into the California Pharmacists Association Hall of Fame. He received his Pharm BS from Pacific.

A colleague commented, “Ralph is a sterling example of what it means to be a pharmacist leader and mentor. With his enthusiasm for the profession and focus on developing the next generation of leaders, Ralph has fostered the professional and leadership development of student pharmacists and practitioners nationwide.”  His work at Pacific, with Phi Delta Chi, and with the Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute “has made a positive impact on the lives of so many people.”

Another colleague mentioned, “I have benefited immeasurably by having Ralph as a role model. He didn’t just talk about students being the future of pharmacy; he modeled it in positive ways. He sustained their pipe-dreams and enthusiasms, which allowed future professionals and leaders to test themselves. Even if the pipe-dreams didn’t work, Ralph used them as learning opportunities. His success is measured by the hundreds of students who are now innovative practitioners and will become pharmacy’s leaders of tomorrow.”

To view a clip of his award acceptance, click here.

About the American Pharmacists Association
The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. www.pharmacist.com.

Re-printed with permission from The American Pharmacists Association.

Oppenheimer Named Pharmacy Dean of the Year

Dean's Headshot-blogThe American Pharmacy Association Academy of Student Pharmacists 2014 Outstanding Dean Award recognizes Dean Phil Oppenheimer for promoting the education of student pharmacists through community service, leadership and professional activities.

Phillip R. Oppenheimer, who has led University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for almost two decades, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Dean by the American Pharmacists Association’s Academy of Student Pharmacists.

The award recognizes Oppenheimer for promoting the education of student pharmacists through community service, leadership and professional activities.

Oppenheimer will receive the award during the American Pharmacists Association annual meeting in Orlando March 28.

“Dean Oppenheimer is widely respected for his vision and innovation in pharmacy education, and for preparing pharmacists who will give back to their communities,” said University of the Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. “He richly deserves this national honor.”

Under Oppenheimer’s leadership, the school has become a leading provider of care for underserved communities. Pharmacy students, working with faculty and preceptors, last year provided more than 100 free health care programs and served thousands of patients throughout Northern California, offering health screenings, immunizations and Medicare Part D clinics to help the elderly lower their annual prescription drug costs.

One in three pharmacists practicing in California has a degree from Pacific’s school of pharmacy. Graduates of the school, established in 1955, have included the CEO of the American Pharmacists Association and the presidents of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

And graduates attain among the nation’s highest passage rates on the Pharmacy Licensure examination.

Seven current and former students and faculty colleagues nominated Oppenheimer for the dean of the year award, among them Liliya Kolozian ’15, current president of Pacific’s chapter of the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists.


“Dean Oppenheimer has an open door policy and encourages students to approach him with any concerns or questions they might have,” she wrote in her nomination letter. “His welcoming personality allows students to open up to him and feel comfortable to ask for help or advice.”

Sarkis Kavarian ’15, vice president of communications for the student chapter, cited Oppenheimer’s emphasis on developing students as professionals.


“His support and dedication to our student body, his willingness to aid in student projects, and his selfless collaborative nature have all helped foster a spirit of excitement and compassion at our campus,” Kavarian wrote. “Life is vibrant here; students and faculty alike are eager to address the needs of our healthcare system.”

Pharmacist Michael Pastrick ’73, past president of the California Pharmacists Association, wrote of Oppenheimer’s leadership in pharmacy education. He cited such curricular innovations as Pacific’s combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. and Pharm.D./MBA degree programs; its AmerisourceBergen Good Neighbor Pharmacy Entrepreneurial Pharmacy Practice Program,  the first of its kind in pharmacy education; and its incorporation of traditional basic sciences coursework into an integrated approach to pharmaceutical care and disease state management.

Oppenheimer also established opportunities for students to gain early clinical practice in community and long-term care practice settings, well before such experiences became a requirement of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

The son of a community pharmacist, Oppenheimer received his doctor of pharmacy degree from UCSF in 1972 and completed a clinical pharmacy residency, also at UCSF, in 1973. He joined Pacific as dean of the pharmacy school in 1997, following a 24-year career as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Southern California.

University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences also encompasses speech-language pathology and physical therapy degree programs, and operates an audiology patient clinic. The school will open an additional audiology clinic at Pacific’s new San Francisco campus this summer, and next fall will introduce Northern California’s first doctor of audiology degree program.

Reprinted with permission from Pacific Office of Communications

 

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.

 

Alpha Psi – Phi Delta Chi Receives National Recognition in Multiple Areas

At the 69th Annual Phi Delta Chi Grand Council, Pacific’s Alpha Psi Chapter received national recognition in multiple areas. For the second consecutive year, Alpha Psi took home fourth place for the Emory W. Thurston Grand President’s Award which is the highest honor awarded by the fraternity and represents exemplary achievement in service, scholarship, leadership, brotherhood, and a professional window display project.

In addition, the chapter placed third in both the Prescott Scholarship Cup and Rand P. Hollenback Scholarship and in the Chapter Publication Award and Norman H. Franke Scholarship; fourth in the Ralph L. Saroyan Brotherhood Award and Desmet Scholarship; and received the 100 percent Achievement Award. Twenty three brothers were in attendance.

Myth Busters, the theme they chose for this year’s report, focuses on how brothers support each other to accomplish their goals and why students should ignore certain urban myths. One myth Alpha Psi debunked was “All you need to succeed in pharmacy school is to get good grades.” To be successful, students must also become leaders in the community and in the profession. Alpha Psi believes that brothers should “push past their comfort zone and go for leadership positions within the fraternity so that they may gain leadership experience and confidence so they can apply it to future positions.”

Alpha Psi brothers, including Mr. Ralph Saroyan '64, at the meeting.
Alpha Psi brothers, including Mr. Ralph Saroyan ’64, at the meeting.

Alpha Psi presents opportunities to the brothers to get involved and develop their skills as leaders. At the beginning of each year they host a Chapter Retreat to plan events and brainstorm ideas for the coming year. Newly initiated brothers are encouraged to share their ideas and take the lead in implementing the event. According to the report “At least 40 brothers (51.2%) participate actively in the brainstorming and planning part of chapter retreat.” If a brother is interested in obtaining an executive board position, they are given the opportunity to shadow current board members to prepare for an effective transition, if applicable. Brothers can also take advantage of mock interviews, leadership panel discussions, and more.

They also shed light on another myth: “You can sleep through school and be fine.” In the same way that they support each other to obtain leadership positions, Alpha Psi brothers believe in supporting each other to excel academically. Throughout the year, they organize several programs to help brothers achieve their academic and scholarship goals. The most prominent program is their incentive program where brothers are awarded points according to their GPA value and degree of GPA improvement. At the end of the year, the brothers with the most points win a free Rush Dinner ticket worth $50. They also organize and collect study guides, notes and study tips to create their Academic Vault. This year they moved the vault online which helped increase the effectiveness and accessibility of the materials. Other strategies for increasing scholarship include providing study hours, finals study bags, and securing library study rooms during midterms and finals.

Alex Van Zuiden ’15, who serves as Worthy Correspondent, says her involvement in the fraternity has allowed her to secure leadership positions at the School and it has provided resources for her to organize projects that will impact the community. Van Zuiden is also the American Managed Care Pharmacists (AMCP) Vice President of External Affairs and the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM) Exposition Committee Chair. Van Zuiden organized Color for Cures, a philanthropic 5K run that raised over $1,200 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“I chose Phi Delta Chi because I found a group of people who were invested in my interests and cared about me as a person. They are a wonderful family and are there to support me through all of my successes and struggles,” said Van Zuiden.

Phi Delta Chi – Alpha Psi seeks to promote scholastic, professional, and social growth in its Brothers. They strive to provide quality services to their patients, thereby advancing public health and becoming leaders in the field. To learn more about the fraternity, visit www.pdcalphapsi.kk5.org.

 

Lauren Epperson ‘14: Model Student Pharmacist

Lauren Epperson 2Lauren Epperson ’14 might come off as shy but her resume tells quite a different story. Her 4.0 GPA, leadership in student organizations and community outreach services earned her the September 2013 Pharmacy Times and Walmart Respect, Excellence, and Service in Pharmacy (RESPy) Award. This award honors an extraordinary pharmacy student who has made a difference in their communities by demonstrating excellence in pharmaceutical care and advancing the profession of pharmacy.

“This award means so much to me because it shows that throughout the entire country my accomplishments stand out amongst my peers. This kind of recognition gives me the motivation to keep up the hard work and dedication,” says Epperson.

Epperson found out about this award through Dr. Rajul Patel ’01, ’06 who nominated her. Epperson is advised by Dr. Patel through her involvement in the Drug Awareness Committee, Medicare Part D, Phi Lambda Sigma and has completed a few research project under his guidance.

As a faculty advisor for many student groups on campus and extensive interactions with students, Dr. Patel feels “Lauren is the epitome of what every pharmacy student should strive to be; a hard-working, goal-oriented student who realizes that the pharmacy education here at University of the Pacific extends beyond the confines of the classroom and spills directly into the community.”

“I feel honored to be nominated by Dr. Patel,” said Epperson.

Growing up in Woodland, California, Epperson has known that she wanted to be a pharmacist since her sophomore year of high school. As she compared her options for higher education, she said she chose Pacific for its pre-pharmacy program, faculty to student ratio and its beauty. “I had an amazing undergraduate experience and the pharmacy program has been just as rewarding. I would not change a thing about it,” she said.

Epperson just completed her ambulatory are rotation and “loved it.” She is looking forward to pursuing a residency program after graduation.

 

 

 

Yifeng Li ’13: Making His Mark at Pacific

Yifeng Li_resizedYifeng Li ’13 is well on his way to proving that he is among the most talented at Pacific. In May, he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society Chi Chapter which recognizes individuals in the top five percent of their class, earning degrees in the liberal arts with very high grade point average, fluency in a second language, and a breadth of study.

Li, a candidate in the four-three pre-pharmacy program , qualified by successfully completing a bachelor of science in biological sciences with outstanding academic distinction. The four-three pre-pharmacy program is part of the Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program at Pacific that offers first-time undergraduate freshmen three options that can lead to guaranteed admission into Pacific’s Doctor of Pharmacy program.

With English as his second language, Li struggled through grade school but with his innate determination he slowly built his vocabulary. “I had to use an electronic dictionary to look up the definitions for words I didn’t know, then put them together to understand the meaning of each sentence, and then repeat the same process to understand the paragraph, and so forth,” said Li. “This is something I could not dare to imagine back then. It’s a memorable milestone and gives me confidence for the future and motivates me to strive for more,” he added.

At the age of 15, Li and his family immigrated to the United States from Guangdong, China and made San Francisco their new home. During a career fair at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School Li met a pharmacist, an alumnus of the School who inspired him to study pharmacy. Later he volunteered at a local pharmacy as a clerk for a semester where he “got to observe how the pharmacist consulted patients on how to properly use medication. I enjoyed the personal interaction and application of science.”

Before coming to Pacific, Li mentioned he never thought about attending a private university since many of his relatives earned their degrees at a University of California. What also attracted him to Pacific was its student-to-faculty ratio. He was not proficient in English and he knew that if he chose Pacific he would “have closer personal interaction not only with classmates and friends but also professors.”

“The most rewarding part about my education here is that learning opportunities at Pacific are multidimensional. It has allowed me to observe, make and learn from mistakes, and more importantly learn to be a better person,” said Li.

At Pacific, Li was active outside of the classroom and held many leadership roles. He was a physics lab teaching assistant, organic chemistry workshop leader, Educational Resource Center tutor for calculus, physics, and organic chemistry, residency assistant and a member of the Rho Pi Phi pharmacy fraternity.

Li says what keeps him going is his aspiration to become a well-rounded and equipped individual who can serve the community and take care of friends and family. More importantly, he wants to take care of his parents because “they have sacrificed a lot to come to America for my education.” In August, Li will return to Pacific as a member of the doctor of pharmacy class of 2016.

To learn more about the Phi Beta Kappa Chi Chapter, click here (http://www.pacific.edu/Academics/Schools-and-Colleges/College-of-the-Pacific/Academics/Honor-Societies/Phi-Beta-Kappa-.html).

 

Faculty Member Receives Two Honors in One Month

sian carr-lopez-resizedIn April the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) announced the appointment of Dr. Sian Carr-Lopez ’85 as Fellow of ASHP. The ASHP Practitioner Recognition Program sought to recognize practitioners for their outstanding service to ASHP and contribution of excellence to the health-system pharmacy, including teaching, leadership, scholarly work, as well as clinical practice.

“I was so happy to learn that I was being recognized. It is extra special for me to have my contributions to the profession recognized by ASHP. In my view, this professional organization has been instrumental in moving the profession forward, and I am honored by their acknowledgment,” she said.

She attended the ASHP Summer Meeting, hosted in Minneapolis, MN, in June where she was formally recognized.

Dr. Carr-Lopez was also named the Doctor of Pharmacy class of 2013 Teacher of the Year. This marks the second year she has received this award. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2009.

Each year the graduating class is given the opportunity to vote for their top five faculty members. An overall rating is calculated to nominate five finalists which are turned over to the selection committee, which includes the dean and the most recent recipients of the Teacher of the Year and Runner-Up Teacher of the Year awards. The committee selects the winner.

“I am also grateful that they see me as a person who is doing my best for them, but may not hit the target on everything, and in those times, they are very forgiving,” said Dr. Carr-Lopez.

As an alumna and faculty member, she shares the same mission as the School which is to teach students that their first priority and purpose is to provide the best possible patient-care. “They must know, respect, and apply evidence-based medication therapy, keep up with the latest landmark clinical trials, and know that their purpose is to serve their patients and the other members of the team,” she said.

In her personal and professional development, Dr. Carr-Lopez finds inspirations from her “parents, Bill and Enid Carr, and my Pastor, Fr. Michael Downey. They truly ‘walk the talk’, love unconditionally, and they consistently remind me of my true purpose.”

 

Kim Stefan Ta Duc ‘14 Attends Student Leadership Symposium on Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Washington, DC

Ta Duc pose for a group picture with other Paul Ambrose Scholars.
Ta Duc pose for a group picture with other Paul Ambrose Scholars.

Kim Stefan Ta Duc ‘14 received a highly competitive scholarship to attend the 12th annual Paul Ambrose Scholars Program Symposium, held June 20-23, 2013 in Washington, DC. He joined 45 other medical, physician assistant, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, and graduate nursing students dedicated to bringing health promotion and preventive approaches to health professions education and their communities. The students were selected from a pool of applicants from over 80 health professions schools across the country.

Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, U.S. Public Health Service, Deputy Surgeon General, provided an inspiring second day closing that set the stage for the rest of the Symposium. Throughout the leadership development program, Ta Duc and the other participants attended presentations and lively discussions focused on perspectives on prevention, healthcare and the economy, health policy advocacy, project planning and community organizing, medicine and the underserved, public speaking and media relations, social determinants of health, and careers in public health and prevention. Public health officials, industry experts, and public health veterans led sessions. Six enthusiastic Paul Ambrose Scholar Alumni returned to participate in two panel discussions.

“What was most impactful was the encouragement they instilled in us and the belief that we are the next generation of leaders and that we have potential to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Ta Duc.

The PASP program is named for Paul Ambrose, MD, MPH a rising star in the field of prevention and public health who tragically lost his life on September 11, 2001. Through his intelligence, commitment, and heart-felt energy, Dr. Ambrose forged meaningful relationships and touched many lives by demonstrating a zest for living and passion for prevention and public health. Dr. Ambrose’s mother, Sharon Ambrose, attended this year’s symposium.

In addition to financial support awarded to travel to and participate in the symposium, Ta Duc is eligible to receive a micro-grant to implement a public health or disease prevention project focused on one of the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators on campus or in his community within the next year.

For his project, Access to Healthcare, Ta Duc will coordinate with St. Mary’s Interfaith Medical Center in Stockton, CA to provide health services to the patients. As co-chair of the Pacific PharmAssistance Committee, he hopes to enroll patients in pharmacy assistance programs to help offset their prescription medication costs, obtain free medical supplies, and more. His outreach efforts will touch approximately 20 lives per month.

“It’s an exceptional honor to have Stefan recognized for his drive to better meet public health needs. I believe that he will find a niche in the community that is not currently met and help improve healthcare of under served and under represented population,” said Dr. Rajul Patel ’01, ’06. Dr. Patel will serve as Stefan’s mentor for his Access to Healthcare project.

The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program (PASP) is planned and implemented by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR). PASP is sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

About the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)
APTR is the professional organization for the academic public health community dedicated to prevention research and interprofessional education. By bringing together individuals and institutions devoted to disease prevention and health promotion, APTR is advancing interprofessional education and research to improve the health professions workforce. APTR represents public health, medical and health professions faculty and their institutions and supports universities, schools and colleges that develop, maintain and advance graduate programs in public health, preventive medicine, social medicine and community health.

This article was adapted by Dua Her from the press release sent by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.

 

 

 

 

IPC Conference 2012 Scholarship Award

The Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC) 2012 Member Conference held its second annual conference in Savannah, GA this past June. The conference allows students to engage with owners and experts in the independent pharmacy business. The IPC sponsored 38 students from 12 universities to attend and announced eight recipients to receive a $1500 scholarship. Scholarships are awarded based on essay submissions about the students’ most impactful experience at the conference. Among these individuals was Daniel Huynh ’14 from University of Pacific.

Huynh shared some of his own experiences from the IPC conference. “I truly enjoyed the venue where the conference was held. Savannah, Georgia was an incredible place that was rich with culture and historic landmarks. The city was beautiful and the food was delicious. In addition to the wonderful venue, I enjoyed meeting and networking with many pharmacy owners from around the country,” said Huynh.

Huynh’s essay would detail his struggle with accounting and business finance, which are critical elements within an independent pharmacy. The conference would give Huynh an opportunity to learn about these topics from a lecture given by Steve Lefever. “Steve, IPC, members and staff provided me with the skill set I needed in taking the next step towards becoming a confident independent pharmacy owner. I even learned how to balance my business plan’s balance sheet,” said Huynh.

Several Pacific students also made submissions to the IPC and Huynh recognized several of his peers. “I feel very blessed to receive this scholarship. I know in addition to the many applicants from other prestigious pharmacy schools around the country that University of Pacific had some very deserving applicants. I am proud that someone from the University of Pacific won this scholarship, and grateful that it was me,” said Huynh.

In addition to the scholarship, Huynh is already looking forward to another big project after graduation. “I have always considered owning a pharmacy, but never took it serious until my good friend, Nataliya McElroy ’13, approached me about the opportunity to develop an independent pharmacy business plan. I am looking forward to creating a practice that will serve my community and its members.”