Rebecca Miller Wise, BS, MEd, PharmD, RPh holds many titles at Lake Erie College Of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). She serves as the Director of Admissions, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and a clinical pharmacist specializing in Ambulatory Care. She has been with LECOM for two years now, but has been an educator for 20 years. She also has been offering her expertise and advice as a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) member at Great Lakes Institute of Technology since 2010.
LECOM is a professional school that produces top level healthcare practitioners, physicians, pharmacists, and dentists. LECOM is set apart from many medical schools because it offers the osteopathic philosophy of whole-person, preventive health care, a three-year and four-year pharmacy program (with a physician as dean of the pharmacy school), and a dental school. The college also has three separate locations: locally in Erie on West Grandview Blvd; at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA; and in Bradenton, Florida. We are thankful to have Rebecca as an asset to our Pharmacy Technician program at Great Lakes! We recently spent some time with her, and you will see why she loves our school and our students:
What value do you find personally from attending PAC (Program Advisory Committee) meetings?
I find great reward in knowing I am furthering a program that generates high quality technicians that will one day work alongside the pharmacists from LECOM.
What do you look for in hiring new employees?
As a pharmacist, I prefer technicians that take initiative to complete tasks with confidence, without having to constantly ask for direction. I like techs that know the drugs nearly as well as I do, so they understand the concerns I have for each patient's therapy.
What skills should graduate students master that you find are essential in your business?
They should have drug knowledge including indications, adverse reactions, interactions, contraindications, counseling points, and insurance processing.
What advice do you have for new graduates in securing their first job?
Apply everywhere and accept a position as soon as possible, then work that job for at least three years. Your first job may not be your "dream" job, but the more experience you have, the more likely you are to secure that job later, and sometimes, the job we work long enough to be an expert at becomes our dream job.
What positives do you see in grads/students from our GLIT?
The level of drug therapy knowledge that GLIT students possess upon graduation is impressive and they also come with a strong understanding of all the legal regulations that go with our profession.