IACP Student Member Spotlight: Jay Fajiculay, PharmD Candidate
IACP is pleased to debut the first in a series of IACP Student Member Spotlights - focusing on the future of our pharmacy compounding profession - our Student Members!
- Tell us about yourself, what pharmacy school are you attending, and what year do you expect to graduate?
Hello, my name is Jay Fajiculay and I am currently a PharmD Candidate for the 2014 Class of Midwestern University- Chicago College of Pharmacy.
- Why did you choose Pharmacy School?
My decision to complete pharmacy school was due to my desire to pursue a career that was greatly community and healthcare related. I wanted a career where I could wake up every day and know that I can make a difference in the lives of those around me, and be able to be used as a source of medication information for others. The impact that pharmacists have on the health of the community is immensely great, for it is us that are the medication experts and can help patients use their medications in the most therapeutically effective ways possible.
- What is your best or most interesting rotation (good or bad experiences welcomed)?
I am proud to say that I have been lucky enough to have completed my IPPE Hospital Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacy rotations with two of the top teaching hospitals in the Chicagoland area. The implementation of various Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) systems for continuity of care and the development of automation to make sterile preparations has been one of the best experiences yet. Next year, I will be completing my final year Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations in some of the top teaching hospitals in New York and northern New Jersey; but, am most looking forward to my elective rotation with the Division of Drug Information at FDA. I am excited for the opportunity to utilize all of the therapeutic and clinical knowledge gained throughout my past three years to help the American public learn how to most safely and efficaciously use their medications.
- What do you want to do when you graduate?
In the practice of pharmacy, there are so many avenues to where one can end up in the future. At the present time, my goals after graduation are to pursue continued post-graduate pharmacy opportunities by participating in either a Fellowship or Residency program to further develop my skills. My future career interests include somewhere within the realm of compounding and industry, and I hope that my experiences throughout my APPE rotations may aid in solidifying a concrete career choice for my future practice in pharmacy.
- What do you think the biggest difference in pharmacy practice will be in the next 10 years?
Pharmacy is an ever-changing profession and I believe that there will be much that changes within the next 10 years, especially in the specialty of compounding pharmacy. One of the current issues that I believe will be addressed is increased regulation over specially compounded preparations. With increased regulation, a standard may be set that will allow for approved third-party reimbursements. Following, this may lead to the promotion of third-party reimbursement for specially compounded products, due to the realization that patient-centered preparations that are not often commercially available can help to decrease costs associated with inadequate or toxic medication therapies.
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