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Improving the healthcare continuum through innovative pharmacy practice

Akers with studentsSPOKANE, Wash. – Pharmacist Josh Akers spoke with student pharmacists on October 20 about improving patient care across the many levels, service locations and options, and different referral networks that make up what is referred to as the health care continuum. The presentation was part of the Washington State University College of Pharmacy Preparing for Your Career in Pharmacy Seminar Series. The purpose of the seminar series is to expose student pharmacists to career opportunities and leaders within those fields.

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Seminar speaker discusses the economics of patient decision-making

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On November 10 Senior Economist Brett Hauber spoke with Washington State University pharmacy students about patient decision-making based on the benefits and risks of health care alternatives. Hauber is the vice president of Health Preference Assessment at RTI Health Solutions. This company conducts research and consulting for the pharmaceutical and biotech sector. » More ...

Driving advancement in the pharmacy profession: One pharmacist’s journey from school to Olympia and DC

On his first day of pharmacy school Jeff Rochon took a chance and volunteered to be a class representative. Unknowingly this risk would benefit him greatly in in his pharmacy career and lead him to meet upper classman, faculty, and industry leaders in the area. Now as the CEO of the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) Rochon attributes much of his success from taking risks at the right time.

“Surround yourself with smart people and you get smarter,” Rochon stated. He continued to surround himself with brilliant minds as he joined state and national associations and attended national meetings. “At that point I was hooked.” … » More …

Opportunities in toxicology

Washington Poison Center director tells his journey from the Bronx to Mr. Yuk

seminar participantsAlexander Garrard is a nationally recognized expert on poison. He has been interviewed on CNN and brought into courtrooms to talk as an expert on poisonings and drug related issues. On February 12 he spoke to student pharmacists at the Washington State University Health Sciences campus in Spokane about the path he took from his pharmacy education to his current position as the clinical managing director at the Washington Poison Center and diplomate for the American Board of Applied Toxicology.

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