The forging of pharmacy

forWe all ventured through the seemingly endless trek of school to get to this very important time in our lives – the beginning of our career. When you step out into the world after your graduation day, you should feel an immense wave of pride enter your body through the soles of your feet. Each step you take will now be as a Doctor of Pharmacy. No longer tied to the title of pharmacy student, you will have endless opportunities present themselves, many of which you have already forged yourself through internships and networking. You are being welcomed into the field at a transformative time, one in which every step we take as a professional counts more than ever.

The pharmacist has stepped out from his or her counter or desk to take on a role that is more direct in terms of patient care. Whether through medication therapy management, inpatient medication counseling, therapy discussions with clinicians, or any other form of interaction, pharmacists are affecting patient care on a large scale. As the very nature of our health care system and its economics are folded, bent, re-shaped and re-formed, we are finding new areas for our services to be used. You will be asked to do much more than you may have planned and the ever looming thought of “Am I prepared?” will surface in your mind. But the wonderful thing is… you are prepared. You are ready and you have been trained adequately to adapt to the changes.

Alumni have given the gift of lecturing, involving themselves with planning for the College, assisting as preceptors or simply by reflecting on their experience. As an alumnus, you are actively involved in this dynamic field and can help to prepare the students who will join us in the fight against the ailments that affect our loved ones and friends. Through keeping in touch with the Alumni Association, we can establish a better, stronger network that can assist in helping the College prepare its future graduates, and invest in our careers by adding value to the services we can offer. Please consider staying involved in the Alumni Association. Whether it be today, tomorrow, or in 10 years, your connection to the College will always be invaluable.

Mike De Luna, Pharm.D., BCPS

Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy

President, Alumni Association