IACP Student Member Spotlight: Brahim Shettima, 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 Brahim Shettima, and I am a student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. I plan to graduate in 2014.
- Why did you choose Pharmacy School?
I chose to attend pharmacy school because I loved science, and I knew that I wanted to spend my life's work doing things that would help people. Pharmacy seemed, and seems, like a wonderful way to positively impact the lives of many people.
- What is your best or most interesting rotation (good or bad experiences welcomed)?
My most interesting rotation was probably at the Canonsburg General Hospital. It was very close to home, and offered a smaller, more congenial atmosphere than the massive tertiary/quaternary care center I was used to practicing in as an extern. I got the chance to perform sterile compounding, and had the opportunity to revise the compounding guide to bring it up to date with USP 797 and 795 guidelines. I also got to meet with two industry representatives and observe three surgeries!
- What do you want to do when you graduate?
I want to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry, helping to bring new medications to market and improve outcomes for patients.
- What do you think the biggest difference in pharmacy practice will be in the next 10 years?
I believe that pharmacy practice, now more than ever, is in a state of transition. Ten years from now, I think that pharmacy practice will have bifurcated into two distinct but related fields, with pharmacists acting as either medication professionals, specializing in the manipulation and distribution of medication, or clinical professionals, specializing in the patient care process and performing clinical services, although with a focus and an ever-vigilant eye on medication therapy.
I think that a student spotlight is a great idea!
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