I received a BS in Pharmacy (2002) and a MS in Clinical Pharmacy (2004) both from National Taiwan University. I joined the graduate program in Social and Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy (SAS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall of 2014. Before returning to graduate school, he had practiced in community and hospital pharmacy for 7 years. He was also an adjunct lecturer at the Graduate Institute of Clinical Pharmacy in National Taiwan University since 2009.
During my practice in hospital and community pharmacy, I experienced firsthand how medication safety in patient care could be improved dramatically via pharmaceutical services such as patient counseling and medication use education. After individualized counseling, patients got more detailed information about how to use their medicines, had better adherence and improved their self-care skills. On the other hand, the pharmacists gained more respect and trust from the public for their efforts in educating them about their medicines. I realized that with the support of appropriate health policies and effective utilization of medical resources, pharmacists did help enhance patient safety in medication use and disease control. In the doctoral program, I hope to expand his interests in the evaluation of the impact of pharmaceutical services on patients’ medication safety and further develop his ability to improve better patient self-care.