The UT College of Pharmacy is proud of its exceptional graduates who contribute to the profession and to public health wellness in a variety of different practice settings. We are excited to feature some of our alumni on this page to show how our very own Longhorn pharmacists are changing the world. If you are interested in being profiled on this page or would like to recommend someone to be profiled, please contact us.
Christine Wicke, Pharm.D.
Class of 2012
1) What is your current position?
I am a clinical pharmacy specialist at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Austin Texas, a position I have held since 2013 where I practice and precept students and residents. Additionally, I currently serve as TSHP Chair-Elect for the New Practitioner Section Executive Committee and as an Austin Regional Representative for the UT Pharmacy Alumni Association Executive Council.
2) What attracted you to the pharmacy profession?
I was attracted to pharmacy because of patient interaction, specifically direct patient care; pharmacists are the most accessible health care professional.
3) What is your fondest and/or most vivid memory of being a pharmacy student?
My fondest memories of being a pharmacy student at UT include the relationships I formed with the College of Pharmacy faculty, staff, and fellow students. The support we receive as students is unmatched. I am extremely pleased that I attended UT College of Pharmacy, not only for my stellar education, but for the incredible people I met while in attendance.
4) How do you stay connected to
After graduation, I completed a residency program at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Temple, Texas that had an Academic Certificate Program with The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. I seized every opportunity to get involved with the College of Pharmacy including leading Pharmacotherapy Labs, giving OTC lectures, and finally facilitating OTC labs. I truly enjoyed every minute of my academic experience and knew I'd continue to be involved in academia for the remainder of my career.
5) What are some of the biggest challenges in the pharmacy field today?
As an ambulatory care pharmacist, I think that the profession of pharmacy faces a number of challenges with regard to direct patient care. Pharmacists are slowly gaining respect and recognition as providers. Though it has been our hopes for many years, we will continue to push to moving from "behind the counter" to being at the forefront of drug management - acting prospectively, versus retrospectively. We must maintain close oversight of dispensing functions while carving out adequate time to serve as a patient educator and advocate. We must consistently demonstrate the value that we bring to patient care and integrate ourselves within the health care team. We are the medications experts.
6) What are your plans or goals for the future?
My goals for the near future include increasing my involvement with the College of Pharmacy, continuing involvement with local pharmacy organizations, and volunteering at an indigent care clinic that is in need of pharmacy services.
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Katherine Perez, Pharm.D., Class of 2010, has been named recipient of the 2013 Literature Award for Innovation in Pharmacy Practice.