IACP Student Member Spotlight: Natalie Nguyen, PharmD Candidate
IACP is pleased to continue 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?
Greetings! My name is Natalie Nguyen, and I am a student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. I plan on taking the "Oath of the Pharmacist" this May of 2014.
- Why did you choose Pharmacy School?
During the summer breaks in college, I was a receptionist for a physician who primarily had geriatric patients, with many polypharmacy issues - and I wanted to resolve them. When I researched what healthcare professions would provide the knowledge and skills set to solve these issues, I realized that becoming a pharmacist would be a perfect fit.
- What is your best or most interesting rotation (good or bad experiences welcomed)?
My first rotation was at an outpatient pharmacy that included compounding chemotherapy medications. With everything that has occurred with pharmacy compounding in the news and politics, it was very important to me to gain more experience in this area. I gained a huge appreciation for the pharmacists, the pharmacy technicians, and the nurses that I worked, with to ensure that the chemotherapy medications remained as sterile as possible from, its production to its administration. If only the media could highlight what it looks like when sterile compounding is done right!
- What do you want to do when you graduate?
On the first day of pharmacy school, each student was asked to share with the class what area of pharmacy they wanted to pursue following graduation. When it was my turn, I answered "right next door, at the State Capitol". Since then, my perspective has greatly changed through being involved in the school, service learning, and especially rotations. Right now, everything about pharmacy is still very exciting. Whatever path I choose, I hope to advocate for the profession through public health efforts working with other health professionals, and changing how people perceive the role of pharmacists along the way.
- What do you think the biggest difference in pharmacy practice will be in the next 10 years?
I am looking forward to our evolving roles in chronic disease management in a team-based environment. As we continue to explore how to improve access to care in the community, as well as ensuring the continuity of care across health settings, I look forward to seeing what innovations stem from the growing interprofessional collaborations to better serve our patients.
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