Student Spotlight – Mayela Warner
Hometown: Dublin, Texas
Mayela is a pharmacy intern in a retail setting and a pharmacy technician in an in-patient and out-patient environment. She was motivated by upperclassmen to get this current position at a local hospital and works alongside three of her classmates. Her professional goal is to complete a PGY1 and PGY2 Residency in the DFW area and then work in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy.
How has COVID-19 affected your position in the pharmacy?
COVID-19 has made work busier. Right now, we are at the frontline giving COVID-19 immunizations to patients or trying to get them signed up for the opportunity to do so. We are also trying our hardest to make sure our patients get the best care with all the setbacks of the pandemic. This means sending out more medications via delivery or answering any questions they may have about the virus or the vaccine.
What is the most rewarding part of your position?
The most rewarding part of my position is the ability to help others. I am honored to be trusted by patients to answer any questions they may have about their medications, vaccinations, disease states, etc., and then to be able to safely administer their vaccines and provide them with their medications.
What has this experience taught you about being a pharmacist?
COVID-19 has shown us just how vital pharmacists are in the healthcare field. This has made my educational experiences worth it even more. I truly appreciate the ability to read journal articles on the literature and listen to what our professors are teaching us about the virus and then be able to explain what I am learning to my patients, co-workers, friends, and family.