“I’m the type of person who loves to learn. I like to be challenged and be able to expand my knowledge and contribute more.”
Jackie Ho, PharmD, MPH
Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator
Alameda Health System–San Leandro Hospital
After college, I decided that I wanted a career in pharmacy, but I also really wanted to provide care to the underserved. So I chose a program that gave me avenues for both paths. I got my doctor of pharmacy degree and master of public health.
During pharmacy school, I did a lot of community service work and leadership as class president, and a lot of research. I had great mentors and teachers who encouraged me to do residency. After I attended residency I decided to do a second residency in pharmacy administration because I really wanted to learn not only the day-to-day of what a pharmacist actually does, but how we can utilize our services effectively to provide better care for patients.
At first I was just working at San Leandro, but now I’m also working at Alameda Hospital as their clinical pharmacy coordinator. Both communities have their special needs, so I always have to think about the patient population and what kind of care I can best provide for them.
I’m the type of person who loves to learn. I like to be challenged and be able to expand my knowledge and contribute more.
In this role as the clinical pharmacy coordinator, I get to precept students year-round, and that’s been really rewarding. I also get to run the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, which is looking at reducing inappropriate use of antibiotics to prevent resistance.
I’m very grateful for having really supportive leadership and mentors. That has made my job much more rewarding.