Joined USJ: 2010
Making a Daily Difference
"If you're not making a difference in someone's drug therapy every single day, you're not doing your job." That was the standard set for his pharmacists by John Parisi, the owner of Ivery and Dudley Pharmacy and Health Education Center in Winsted for three decades, prior to his retirement in 2006. He sets the bar just as high for USJ pharmacy students. "That's what I expect of them – that they strive to be the best. I was always a do-er – I did everything a pharmacy could possibly do." His initiatives included successful smoking cessation and asthma and diabetes education programs. As past president of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association, his progressive efforts in expanding the involvement of pharmacists in the health care field gained widespread notice and respect.
Passion Building Careers
At USJ, Parisi has led the development of experiential education experiences in a range of pharmacy settings in Connecticut, New England and internationally. In doing so, Parisi's intention is clear – to pass on his passion for pharmacy. The entire third year of the USJ academic program is in the field, building on a series of shorter field rotations that begin early in the curriculum. Even pharmacy students initially do not realize the expanding range of career options now available, including nuclear, pediatric, oncology and community pharmacy, and long-term pharmacy planning.
High Standards, Field Experience
"Pharmacy training is unique. As medications get more complex, our work is more critical, and there is now a greater appreciation of our role by other health professionals," Parisi says. He vividly recalls "the tension leaving the faces" of patients realizing "they had some to talk with" about their drug therapy who was knowledgeable, accessible, and concerned about their well-being.
Preceptors hosting USJ students volunteer to do so, as Parisi did for 30 years. He is encouraged by the response of practicing pharmacists, and the professionalism displayed by students. "It speaks well of both the profession and our students." He is confident that even in an increasingly competitive professional environment, USJ students "will be great pharmacists because our unique curriculum will prepare them well." Part of that preparation is Parisi's insistence on high standards, which he says is what attracted him to USJ from the outset.
R.Ph., University of Connecticut
Pharm.BS., University of Connecticut
Smoking Cessation Specialist, Board Certified Hypnotist, Diabetes Education Specialist, Certified Asthma Educator Educator