Pharmacist joins teaching team at WSU PharmD Yakima extension

photo of carl mikotaCarl Mikota, Pharm.D., is a new clinical assistant professor for the WSU College of Pharmacy in Yakima, Washington.

This August, the first group of student pharmacists will begin the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the extension location on the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences campus, and Mikota will be part of the WSU pharmacy faculty teaching there.

“I look forward to leading any labs or discussions that I can be involved with in the classrooms at the PNWU campus,” said Mikota. “One thing I struggled with in pharmacy school was trying to figure out what was truly important during class and what I needed to know to be successful in the real world. Being able to share the insight of what I’ve gained from years of practice really appeals to me, and the new teaching model we will be using at the College of Pharmacy really supports this.”

Mikota has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is a registered pharmacist in Illinois and Washington. He holds additional certifications in pharmacy-based immunization, advanced cardiovascular life support, and pediatric advanced life support.

Mikota’s pharmacy background is in critical care and pharmacy information technology, both in the intensive care unit and emergency department. Prior to Yakima, he spent five years as a staff pharmacist at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen, Illinois, where he also served as a pharmacy preceptor for the Colleges of Pharmacy at Chicago State University and University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently a member of ASHP and APhA.

Mikota came to Yakima in November 2013 as a clinical pharmacist at the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. He began his appointment with WSU this March, and will keep dual appointments with the college and the hospital where he is currently running a cardiac risk assessment clinic.

“There is so much interprofessional sharing of information, countless education opportunities to perform with patients, and pharmacists as well as technicians who are working to expand our roles and provide services that are truly meaningful to our patients and providers. You really feel challenged and engaged coming to work here each day,” said Mikota. “I really feel that we have something to offer the students as far as introductory and advanced pharmacy practice training.”

Mikota comes from a family with several WSU graduates. “Cougars run in our family,” he said. But what attracted him to working at the College of Pharmacy was the quality of the program.

“I’ve been really impressed with the caliber of students that come from WSU. I look forward to training with them and watching them become colleagues that continue to carry the profession of pharmacy forward.”

[June 1, 2015] by Lori J. Maricle