“I like the environment because it fosters innovation.”
Jason began his career at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as a new grad over 10 years ago when he finished his residency. He was looking for opportunities to teach, and as a teaching hospital UCLA was the perfect environment. After leaving for several years to pursue other professional opportunities, Jason found himself back in 2013, at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. He now serves as the pharmacy’s Clinical Coordinator.
“We’re doing so many innovative things here.”
“I was looking for more growth and leadership opportunities,” he tells us. Pharmaceutical Services at UCLA Health, which is one of the nation’s top ranked pharmacy departments, provides those opportunities in abundance. “We’re doing so many innovative things here, I think it’s fair to say we’re helping define the future of the hospital pharmacy.”
“We use evidence-based guidelines.”
“One thing we’re doing is really broadening the field into patient care delivery,” Jason said. CareConnect, UCLA’s advanced electronic records systems, is also enabling important changes. “We can verify right away if the drug ordered is appropriate according to evidence-based guidelines and check for potentially adverse side effects based on the patient’s medical history or tests taken while in the hospital. It’s a natural system of checks and balances.”
“The philosophy is the same throughout UCLA Health.”
Having worked at both Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Jason understands what’s different, but also what both have in common. “The patient populations differ. But the philosophy – the physicians, nurses, pharmacists working together to innovate, to listen to new ideas that can translate to improved patient care – that doesn’t change. Which is what UCLA is really all about.”