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May Chen, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Assistant Professor

Contact

Phone: mchen2@pacific.edu
Email: 209.946.3155

Education

BA in Applied Sciences, University of the Pacific, 2016

PharmD, University of the Pacific, 2016

MS in Pharmacoeconomics, Health Care Outcomes and Clinical Services, University of the Pacific, 2019

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Dignity Health, St. Joseph’s Medical Center

Pharmacy Practice Fellowship, University of the Pacific

At Pacific Since: 2019

May Chen ’16, ’19, PharmD, MS, BCPS earned her bachelor of arts in applied sciences and doctor of pharmacy from University of the Pacific. She completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Dignity Health, St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton. She completed a pharmacy practice fellowship at Pacific and earned her master of sciences in pharmacoeconomics, health care outcomes and clinical services in 2019.

Dr. Chen is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and is a member of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Central Valley chapter. She originally pursued acute care clinical pharmacy after being involved in the care of her grandparents during a period of time when they were hospitalized. She has experienced the intricacy of today’s hospital systems from a patient’s perspective, which has taught her the importance of effective communication and transitions of care.

A Stockton native, she is proud to be a part of a community that fosters diversity. The faculty who have served as her mentors inspired her to pursue a career in academia. In her role as a faculty member, her goal is to empower students to become active leaders in their community, serving their patients with compassion and empathy. She hopes to help bridge the gap between health care and underserved patient populations, especially in the Central Valley, through pharmacist-driven outreach.

During her free time, she enjoys going bowling and practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu. She also loves drinking coffee, hiking on various terrains and listening to live music.

 

Teaching Philosophy: “My goal is to help pass on the necessary tools and skills for my students and peers to succeed. I advocate for my students to not only be able to build on foundational knowledge, but also develop the ability to apply their knowledge in a way that will result in realistic, obtainable outcomes. My approach is to merge evidence-based medicine with real-world situations through cases, simulations and practice. Students must understand the accountability and responsibility of being a patient advocate, clinical specialist and collaborative health care provider.”

Courses: 
PHRM 158 - Practicum III
PHRM 156 - Therapeutics III Cardiology
PHAR 342 - Cardiovascular Disease II Therapeutics
PHAR 432 - Case Based Practice II
PHAR 531 - Pharmacy Skills V: Professional Communications
PHAR 632 - Case Based Practice IV

 

Research Summary: “Evaluating the impact of pharmacist-driven services and interventions on patient-related outcomes.”

Research Interests:

  • Impact of energy drinks on cardiovascular outcomes
  • Impact of pharmacist-driven intervention of vaccine uptake in the community