"The only way we can continue to grow and advance as a profession is if we join together to enact change."
Jessica DiLeo, PharmD '13, has had a connection to pharmacy ever since she was little. The child of a pharmacy technician, she was inspired at a young age by pharmacists’ enthusiasm for educating patients. When her mother retired from her technician role, DiLeo, then age 17, took over her position and has never looked back. Since then, she has experienced great professional growth; her current career focus is geriatrics and ambulatory care. Dr. DiLeo is a Medication Management Specialist at the UA’s Medication Management Center and the current President of the Arizona Pharmacy Association’s Board of Directors.
“Women are natural born nurturers,” she said. “That is what we do as health care professionals - we nurture our patients by supporting, educating, and motivating them to improve their own health.”
One of Dr. DiLeo’s greatest passions is teaching. Her own mentors greatly influenced her career, and she hopes to do the same for the next generation of pharmacists. Her greatest advice for up-and-coming pharmacists is to get involved in their own local, statewide or national pharmacy associations. “The only way we can continue to grow and advance as a profession is if we join together to enact change. I am a true believer that change starts small and what better place to start than within your own state.”
Oct. 12 is National Women Pharmacist Day. The College of Pharmacy is recognizing women leaders in pharmacy this week - UA students and alumni - to learn about the impact they have contributed to the profession. Read more inspirational stories on social media by searching for #WomenPharmacistDay.
|Alli Benjamin, APR
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