Northeastern faculty member gives keynote speech at UConn Professionalism Ceremony
On October 13, Assistant Clinical Professor Tayla Rose, PharmD, RPh, BCACP, CDE, returned to her alma mater to provide keynote remarks at the University of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy Professionalism Ceremony. A 2013 Doctor of Pharmacy graduate, Dr. Rose was welcomed by UConn faculty, students and staff, as she addressed the first and second professional year students on the topic of professionalism. Her reflections “kept coming back to one thought: that the key difference between a job and a profession is a commitment to using our hard-earned knowledge and skills to serve society.” As a faculty member at Northeastern University’s School of Pharmacy for the past five years, Dr. Rose does just that each day. In her role as an ambulatory care pharmacist at Lynn Community Health Center, she serves on an interdisciplinary team providing care for underserved patients with chronic diseases – where each decision “has a direct impact on my patient’s life”. Dr. Rose expressed that she feels privileged to work in an environment where she is able to practice at the top of her license – helping her patients achieve their health-related goals and to live happier and healthier lives.
Dr. Rose’s keynote address encouraged students to reframe their experience in school, looking forward to the eventual transition from student to pharmacist. Patient-focus was the theme – learning to understand, retain and apply information in preparation for the responsibility of caring for others. Dr. Rose encouraged students to feel comfortable with ambiguous situations, to “acknowledge what you don’t know” and to grapple with uncertain situations, with a goal in mind of developing critical thinking skills and developing, through practice, confidence in clinical judgment.
The sentiments shared in her keynote address are the same ones that Dr. Rose exemplifies as she teaches and mentors Northeastern students inside and outside the classroom and at the health center. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Rose co-chairs the School of Pharmacy Admission Committee, where she seeks to ensure that future pharmacists understand the importance of professionalism as they pursue a PharmD Degree. She is also an advisor to the APhA-ASP Northeastern student chapter where she actively engages with students as they develop into the next generation of pharmacy leaders. Tayla Rose “walks the walk” – and the School of Pharmacy and its students are fortunate to have such a devoted and talented role model to lead the way.