AMCP Hosts Special Guest Speaker Dr. Catherine Misquitta
By: Mikhaela Sarmiento '12
On March 14, 2012, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) invited guest speaker Dr. Catherine Misquitta '96 to discuss with students her journey on becoming a managed care pharmacist.
Dr. Misquitta graduated from University of the Pacific in 1996 and completed her residency in pharmacy practice at University of California Davis. She then completed a clinical based residency at Marshal Hospital where she helped integrate pharmacists in the hospital to have a more active role. "In the early days, pharmacists were not allowed to write on charts but before I left things changed; pharmacists were expected to be on the floor with the doctors and write on charts", said Dr. Misquitta. After building her experience at Marshal Hospital, she started to work for the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) as a clinical coordinator and worked her way up to director. After years of hard work and dedication, she was given the opportunity to work with Health Net where she now enjoys her career as a managed care pharmacist.
Dr. Misquitta has worked in managed care for 12 years and explained why she loves her career at Health Net so much. "Well, I get paid to be a pharmacist!" Dr. Misquitta said humorously, then added, "Health Net is in the Western region (of the United States) and is a smaller organization compared to Kaiser but I still have job security and there is never a same day." She elaborated on some of her job responsibilities, including analyzing drugs in phase three development before the Food and Drug Administration approves them, as well as figuring out a system to improve adherence for the patients who are not taking their medication regularly. Dr. Misquitta shared her passion for her career as a managed care pharmacist and informed her attentive students that Health Net offers accredited residencies if they are interested in joining one of their multiple programs.
The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy presented a wonderful opportunity for students to get more insight on managed care from Dr. Misquitta. Anil Mallya '13 said that "we (AMCP) try to educate students in fields they don't really know about." Lalitkumar Rajora '14 also shared that Dr. Misquitta discussed a very different aspect of pharmacy compared to what they learn in the classroom. While students are still learning how to become pharmacists, Dr. Misquitta gave them a new perspective of pharmacy by sharing her experience as a managed care pharmacist and made them think of another avenue in pharmacy worth pursuing.