By Stephen Vodhanel, PhD
The sixth professional networking event of the year for the Class of 2014 was held May 8, 2014, at the second annual Viceroy Resort in Palm Springs. The reception and dinner was hosted by department chair Dr. Naomi Florea and the Department of Experiential and Continuing Education, and was attended by well over 100 students, alumni, preceptors, and recruiters.
Albertsons, CVS, Desert Oasis Healthcare, Desert Regional Medical Center, and Target preceptors, directors and recruiters were among the guests. The Viceroy Resort professional networking event provided students a great and fun opportunity to strengthen the relationships between many of the LLUSP alumni and pharmacists who presently precept students in the Palm Springs desert region.
“The Viceroy Resort professional networking event furthermore provided an immediate benefit to students with 17 formal interviews and at least one job offer. PY4 student Jayrom Acorda (pictured below) has also been selected as a PGY1 resident at Desert Regional Medical Center for 2014-15. Desert Regional Medical Center has been a very valuable partner in the education of LLUSP students,” said Dr. Florea.
PY4 student Jayrom Acorda agrees. “These networking events are important for students as it allows opportunities to make vital connections with pharmacy professionals that we do not meet at school. Students need to make the most out of these networking events because the professionals you meet are the people that provide real career opportunities,” said Jayrom.
The Viceroy Resort event wraps up a year of professional development opportunities for the Class of 2014, with networking events held in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, and Palm Springs.
Photo L-R: Associate Director/Clinical Coordinator Craig Elg, PharmD, BCOP, Desert Regional Medical Center; Jayrom Acorda, PY4; Naomi Florea, PharmD; Tim Perlick, PharmD, CGP, Director of Pharmacy Services, Desert Regional Medical Center.