Joined USJ: 2014
An Inquiring Mind
Jennifer Podoloff was an inquisitive adolescent. So much so that when she saw a commercial in which four out of five pharmacists recommended a particular product, she wanted to know why. Why did all the pharmacists like it? What made it so great? These were the questions that inspired her to earn a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and begin a career in hospital pharmacy. For 18 years she managed pediatric patients in the acute care setting. “I always knew I wanted to be in this setting, taking care of the immediate problem and interacting with the patients, being part of the health care team on rounds,” said Podoloff. She is passionate about improving health care for children and advocates for the development of safe and effective medication use in the pediatric population.
Following a New Path
Podoloff always planned to return to school for her Pharm.D., knowing that to remain competitive and marketable, she would need it. While she was in her doctoral program, doing group work and giving presentations, she began to think of teaching as a career. She enjoyed speaking in front of a group and received positive feedback from colleagues who told her she had “great teaching skills and should consider academia.” When the opportunity at USJ presented itself, she knew it was the right path to follow.
When many people hear pharmacist, they think of the person working in the local drug store, rather than in a hospital route. Podoloff reminds students that working in a hospital setting allows them to be part of a health care team and more directly involved with the patient.
Representing your Profession
She also instills the value of professionalism, teaching them that they are part of a respected team and will work alongside other health care professionals. “As a pharmacist, you will represent not only yourself, but also the profession and you need to present yourself in the most positive light,” said Podoloff. She also reinforces the importance of interacting with clients and educating them about their medications.
Podoloff appreciates the University’s commitment to community service, which she models by participating in health fairs, drug take back days, and volunteering at the migrant farmers clinic.
Pharm.D., University of Florida
B.S., University of Connecticut