Resident Biographies - Shola Olubode
My name is Shola Olubode and I am from Dallas, Texas. I graduated from South University School of Pharmacy, Savannah Georgia in June 2013. Prior to graduating I accepted a pharmacy resident position at Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, DE which was to start in June 2013 almost immediately after my graduation.
Prior to attending pharmacy school, I had no pharmacy experience whatsoever. My background was actually in banking and technology but I have always had an interest in health. My precipitation into actually pursuing pharmacy began when my father had a stroke. He later died from this illness after a few years. Upon his death, I decided to pursue my dream and hence my road to pharmacy began.
Once I started pharmacy school, I knew I wanted to practice in the clinical field. During my pharmacy IPPE rotations, my interest only became greater in clinical pharmacy. I enjoyed it so much that I became a volunteer at the pharmacy of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah, Ga. I took an elective informatics class in my last quarter just prior to starting my APPE and I knew I had found my niche. I saw a way of merging two of my passions, health and technology. My other areas of clinical interest include cardiology, ambulatory care, internal medicine and infectious disease.
During pharmacy school and on my rotations, I had the privilege of delivering several presentations to faculty members and health care providers. Some of the topic areas I presented include stroke in atrial fibrillation, diabetes, 340B program, azithromycin and qt prolongation, IV valproic acid in prolonged acute migraine headache, congestive heart failure, qt prolongation by drug class, blood pressure variability and hypercholesteremia. Some patient cases include acute coronary syndrome, therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest, and osmolal and anion gap. I also had the opportunity of taking a Hazmat course during my APPE.
In pharmacy school, I was active in a couple of organizations. I was the founding treasurer of Society of Student Clinical Pharmacists. In this role, I managed the budget and was responsible for the disbursement of funds. As APhA member, I participated in various health fairs and drug take back programs. I was part of the organizing committee for the Christmas splash for the Savannah Baptist Center. The committee organized a fundraiser and food bank for the Center which helped in obtaining gifts and food items for the kids and their families. As an ASHP member, I took part in various parent university events such as health screenings and various presentations to the public.
I was part of the first smoking cessation program that was initiated by my school in conjunction with the Good Samaritan Clinic in Savannah, GA.
My other interests outside of pharmacy include being with family, traveling, listening to music and dancing. In the future, I hope to work as both a clinical informatics pharmacist and part time in retail. My goal is to become the head of informatics/technology in a hospital. I also want to be a preceptor so that I can mentor and share my knowledge with upcoming pharmacy students