This week, we're spotlighting alumna JENNY BINGHAM, PHARMD, BCACP. Bingham graduated from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in 2010 and is now the Director of Ambulatory Care Residency Programs & Research for TABULA RASA HEALTHCARE INC. Her dedication to educating the next generation of pharmacists made her an alumna we were eager to speak with. We asked Bingham some questions about her career in Pharmacy as well as what advice she would offer to new pharmacists. Take a look!
Q: Where do you see the future of the pharmacy profession headed?
A: I believe that pharmacy is about to embark on its greatest change yet, as we advocate to establish pharmacists as healthcare providers.
Q: What is one change in the industry that has impacted you most?
A: There are actually two pivotal changes in the pharmacy industry that have drastically shaped my career. The first change occurred over 15 years ago when our leading national pharmacy organizations collectively developed the definition of medication therapy management (MTM) services. Through this act, it allowed our profession the ability to improve care continuity, patient outcomes, and overcome health disparities. The second change was when the Arizona legislature passed HB2149, allowing Arizona pharmacists to practice telepharmacy without significant limitations. The bill serves as the impetus that our profession needs to prevent access barriers related to pharmacy deserts.
Q: How did your education at UArizona help you launch your career in Pharmacy?
A: Due to the College of Pharmacy emphasizing the importance of interprofessional communication, I have been able to launch innovative, interprofessional telehealth pharmacy programs that led to improved patient care in chronic care management, transitions of care, epilepsy, and neuropsychiatric telepharmacy settings. My mentors throughout pharmacy school also taught me to think like an innovator. With their support and endless inspiration, I was humbly recognized by the Arizona Pharmacy Association as the 2017 Exemplary Patient Care Awardee and the 2019 Next-Generation Pharmacist® Technology Innovator of the Year Awardee for my efforts to successfully leverage telehealth pharmacy models to advance patient care standards and business profitability.
Q: What advice do you have for new pharmacists?
A: “Yes, and…” is, without a doubt, one of the most important attitudes you can have as you are striving to grow your career. The opportunities for professional growth are endless when we volunteer our time to support the mission and goals of our team. I would also encourage new pharmacists to be cognizant that, “the effort is the prize”. Sometimes the most meaningful moments in our career stem from the lessons that we learn along the way from our students, colleagues, and patients.
Q: What advice do you have for new students?
A: I would advise new pharmacy students to establish a strong mentor-mentee relationship early on in their studies. One of my mentors, Dr. Maryam Fazel, played a critical role in helping me to become the clinician that I am today. She taught me the importance of doing what is best for your patient, no matter what. But most importantly, she instilled in me the importance of building a strong balance between pharmacy and family life. To this day, I serve as a Past-Chair of the Arizona Pharmacy Association’s Mentor Connection Program, as well as the Residency Program Director for the PGY-2 University of Arizona College of Pharmacy- SinfoniaRx Medication Management Ambulatory Care Residency Program, with the hope that I can pay it forward to the next generation of pharmacists.
Q: What is your favorite memory at the College of Pharmacy?
A: I have so many fond memories with the Class of 2010, but if I had to pick a favorite one, it would be the excitement that we all had during orientation week as the first pharmacy class to complete their studies in Drachman Hall.
Q: What does it mean to you to be a part of the PharmCat Family?
A: To be recognized as a University of Arizona College of Pharmacy alumna means everything to me. When I was 15 years old, I became steadfast on becoming a PharmCat. To this day, I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to mentor and precept students as a Clinical Instructor and Faculty Advisor. I couldn’t be prouder to have this opportunity to give back to the College of Pharmacy that has afforded me the training to pursue my career aspirations. Go Cats!