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  • Jobby John: Expanding a Grandfather’s Legacy

    Published: May 13, 2013

    If Jobby John isn’t starting a new outreach program, he’s volunteering in an existing one. If he’s not bringing health care to the underserved, he’s bringing it to the elderly.

    My grandfather had such an impact on people in his community. I saw that growing up, and I basically wanted to be like him.” 

    While serving as president of the Pharmacy Council, a student government organization, John helped advance Project Collaborate, in which students from pharmacy, nursing and social work come together to provide health screenings to thousands of people in the Austin area and around the state who can’t regularly afford them.

    Then he started a program — “Know Your Medicine” — that takes pharmacy students into nursing homes and assisted living centers where they inventory residents’ medications to help ensure that doses are clear and medicines aren’t conflicting. Two doctors prescribing two diuretics? Not a good idea.

    Next, the pharmacy doctoral student wants to start a career as an independent pharmacist, a direction inspired by his grandfather, who operated a pharmacy in India.

    More than a pharmacy, his grandfather’s place was a community hub, where his grandfather dispensed wise counsel as well as medications. John says he carries the example of his grandfather’s relationship with his patients.

    “I want to be there when they need me the most,” he says, “And provide them with the education they need to live healthier lives.”

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      Bethany Boyd said on May 23, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
      Congratulations Jobby! You make UT College of Pharmacy students, faculty and staff, and alumni extremely proud! Changing the world, one patient at a time!
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      Mo O'Meara said on May 23, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.
      One thing the article left out is what a great guy he is to work with. If he says he will do something, it will get done and in the most efficient way possible. If that isn't enough, his smile will make your day.
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      Greg Caldera said on May 14, 2013 at 10:46 p.m.
      Class act!! Pharmacy, the healthcare field, and the communities you serve will be very lucky to have you. Congratulations on graduating with your Pharm.D degree...Dr. Jobby John.
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      Rick Cherwitz said on May 14, 2013 at 7:52 a.m.
      Congratulations, Jobby! And thank you for paying it forward by serving as a graduate student mentor in UT’s Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre Grad Internship program. [http://communication.utexas.edu/ie/] Like your grandfather, you also are having an amazing impact on your community.
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      Matt F said on May 14, 2013 at 6:59 a.m.
      Jobby is the man! A definite leader in the College of Pharmacy and a great guy. We did it, class of 2013!
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