CUSP Legislative Week Events Recap

With the ending of October as American Pharmacists Month, CPhA-ASP Legislative Week 2016 was a joint effort from all California schools to host events that highlighted updates in pharmacy legislation and to encourage members to stay active and informed!

Throughout the month of October, we shared stories from Chapman University School of Pharmacy's faculty with #IAmAProviderBecause to showcase the full scope of care that pharmacists can provide. Thank you for your inspiring stories! 

On Sunday, 10/30, we had 16 Chapman pharmacy students volunteer to give flu shots at a local health clinic hosted by our local state legislator, Senator Janet Nguyen. This event provided free medical, dental, and vision care to the underserved residents in the Orange County area. Senator Janet Nguyen has been a huge ally in the support for American Pharmacists Month and one of our pharmacy students administered the Senator herself a flu vaccination!

We had a great turnout for our Pizza Policy event hosted by Dr. Siu Fun Wong on Thursday 11/3. Dr. Wong explained the importance of advocating for changes to safe medication disposal especially in regards to hazardous oral chemotherapy medications. With the intention to better educate the public and modify current medication take-back procedures, Dr. Wong's advocacy supports safer environmental practices, improving public health and safety, all while empowering pharmacists. 

On Friday 11/4, Dr. Tony Park facilitated Chapman's Get the Scoop on Legislation discussion yesterday. While students enjoyed ice cream sundaes, Dr. Park informed us about updates within pharmacy law and current legislation that is moving forward to enhance and expand the role of pharmacy. 

Hope everyone enjoyed all of the events provided for the month of October and feels inspired and motivated for the future scope of pharmacy! 

#IAmAProviderBecause: Dr. Mary Gutierrez

#IAmAProviderBecause the medication education groups I provide for both inpatients and outpatients have been so rewarding and filled with many “thank you” from patients. I am very grateful that I have years of experience where I can provide education and recommendations for my patients based on their questions during medication education groups. Med Ed groups are very helpful for the patients because they learn from each other with the issues and questions they present during groups. I am very blessed to work with patients who can also help each other. I am a provider and I am blessed to help others.”

Dr. Mary Gutierrez is currently a professor of pharmacy practice at Chapman University School of Pharmacy and faculty-in-residence at Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach working with patients with chemical dependency and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Gutierrez received her bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from USC. She completed her residency and fellowship training in psychiatric pharmacy practice at USC. After her fellowship training, she joined the faculty at the USC School of Pharmacy. She has received several Professor of the Year awards and Preceptor of the Year awards from both USC and Loma Linda University Schools of Pharmacy.

#IAmAProviderBecause: Dr. Kimberly Won

"A big part of clinical pharmacy practice is working with other healthcare professionals. Several studies have shown the impact that a clinical pharmacist can have on a healthcare team. This is especially true in the fast-paced and challenging environments of the emergency department and intensive care units. Every patient is unique and has special disease and medication considerations and it is important to tailor their medication therapy appropriately. I love working with the other health care providers to provide the best patient care possible. During medical emergencies, it’s all hands on deck and everyone on the healthcare team does whatever they can do to help. As a pharmacist in the emergency department and ICUs, I help with whatever I can—anywhere from making medication recommendations, drawing up medications at bedside, calculating doses, etc. to priming the IV tubing, setting up the medication pumps, running to get a warm blanket, or getting in line to help with chest compressions. 

#IAmAProviderBecause of the patients. Everything that I do in my profession is for the patients, whether it is through direct patient care at the hospital or indirect patient care via conducting clinical research, teaching and precepting students, providing in-services and serving on committees; everything is for the patients and to promote excellent patient care."

Dr. Kimberly Won earned her B.S. at UCLA, and her Pharm.D from University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY1 at UCSD in acute care, and her PGY2 at University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy in critical care and emergency medicine. She is currently a clinical ED pharmacist at Mission Hospital and an assistant professor at Chapman University School of Pharmacy.


#IAmAProviderBecause: Dr. Viet Nguyen

#IAmAProviderBecause I work for the VA system and I believe that veterans deserve the best care possible and part of the best care is having a collaborative provider network including physicians and pharmacists that can promote the best healthcare.

I helped create the clinical pharmacy specialist position in epilepsy at West LA VA, and the VA Epilepsy Center of Excellence was actually created through a grant in 2008. That's what I mean when I say the VA is a leader, because they recognized that epilepsy is an epidemic in returning war veterans from the traumatic brain injury that they receive, and so they knew that we needed to face this epidemic head on. They prepared their centers to receive these incoming epilepsy patients and had the foresight to realize that a whole team is needed. Epilepsy, in general, is very team-oriented so if you ever look at the national agency for accrediting epilepsy centers, they will list personnel and services that they think are required for the best epilepsy management and the availability of a pharmacist with expertise in epilepsy is part of their criteria for being a level 3 or level 4 specialized epilepsy center. If CPhA is looking for leaders to lead this movement, I think that VA pharmacists have been in this arena for a long time and have done a lot of great things.”

Dr. Viet Nguyen was a clinical pharmacy specialist in neurology at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and is an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Chapman University School of Pharmacy. She graduated from USC in 2003, UCSF pharmacy school in 2007, and completed her PGY1, PGY2, and PGY3 residencies at the VA.