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Alumni Spotlight: Juan Izquierdo

Posted: January 8, 2021 by Kasey Bowser
Image of Houston Campus Pharmacy Technician graduate, Juan Izquierdo.
Houston Campus Pharmacy Technician graduate, Juan Izquierdo.
 


Houston Campus alumnus, Juan Izquierdo, graduated in 2015 and found his passion helping patients while working at the AIDs Healthcare Foundation. After his experience working with a team of pharmacists and technicians in a specialized field, Juan moved onto becoming an instructor right back where he started at our Houston campus.
 
Here’s his story in his own words.
 
“In high school, I saw a pamphlet about Pima Medical Institute but I wasn’t sure what I wanted. My mom pushed me to become a Medical Assistant, but it just wasn’t a good fit for me. One day while walking by a classroom, I saw a diagram listing drugs, their generic name, and their actions. It caught my attention and interest. After researching, I decided to enroll in the Pharmacy Technician program. It just clicked with me and I found my new passion. One of the things I loved about Pima Medical was the special bond formed with classmates. We shared information as we studied and then shared new discoveries with our instructors. We developed a great connection.
 
I now work at the AIDs Healthcare Foundation. As a team of pharmacists and technicians, we examine patient records and check for contraindications. I even had the opportunity to go into areas and promote our pharmacy and the services we offered. Pima Medical gave me a great base knowledge about drugs and taught me how to continue learning as I moved into a very specialized area.
 
When I heard there was an instructor position at Pima Medical, I jumped at it. I love teaching and getting my students engaged. Often I will say to them, “Let’s learn this together!” Pima provided a great starting point and opened so many doors for me. Down the road, I definitely want to become a pharmacist and my ultimate dream is to specialize in HIV pharmacy.”
 
Are you looking for a fulfilling career? Check out all the programs and locations offered at pmi.edu.
 
 
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