by Stephen Vodhanel, PhD
For the Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy, the preparation of pharmacy students for careers as community pharmacists relies upon the good-natured and professional relationships of many external entities.
Since the beginning of LLUSP, Walmart has been a valuable partner committed to the development of community pharmacists. Through the precepting efforts of Walmart, many pharmacy students have chosen the community pharmacist career path.
With the opening of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Loma Linda, Walmart again remains committed to being a valuable partner in pharmacy students’ education and career paths.
Under the management of LLUSP alum Larry Rutebuka, Pharm.D. (Class of 2010), the new Walmart Neighborhood Market pharmacy will provide pharmacy students the experiential education of community pharmacy. From the start of his career at Walmart, Dr. Rutebuka has long expressed the desire be an active mentor to LLUSP students, and to contribute to the education and development of community pharmacists.
For Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy, this particular location presents ideal learning situations for the community rotations. “Because we are located in the heart of Loma Linda between dozens of medical offices, several hospitals, and the VA, students will get the experience to interact with health practitioners throughout the health professions,” said Dr. Rutebuka.
“This site will be a practice site for both IPPE and APPE students, with learning experiences ranging from the introductory to community pharmacy, to challenging PY4 students with the complete corporate experience,” according to Dr. Rutebuka.
“This site is also the market champion for all Walmarts in the Inland Empire, which means additional corporate exposure for students. For instance, we will be utilizing the pharmacy for in-house training, trial initiatives, new medication therapy management and immunizations, as well as investigational business procedures. Here, students will experience pretty much the entire spectrum of the community pharmacy,” added Dr. Rutebuka.
"The corporate relationships with Walmart play a vital role in the success of our school as well as our students. Our relationship with Walmart reaches beyond the new Neighborhood Market. In addition to precepting, Walmart has been a loyal supporter by providing scholarships and sponsoring our student-led health fairs," added Senior Development Officer John Nafie of the School of Pharmacy.
The School of Pharmacy wishes to acknowledge thanks and appreciation to Dr. Rutebuka and the entire Walmart organization.
Dr. Larry Rutebuka and PY3 student Sarah Choi.