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Resident Biographies - Nur Kazzaz

My name is Nur Kazzaz and I am from Newark, Delaware. For the longest time, I knew I wanted to become a pharmacist. While I was in high school, I was really drawn to chemistry as a subject. I really enjoyed learning about things such as chemical reactions, but I also wanted to be in the healthcare field. I started looking up the active ingredients that were in various over-the-counter medications and I was intrigued by the idea that this chemical can go in your body and modulate different things. I found my passion. Pharmacists have the knowledge of these drugs and are directly involved in the dispensing of drugs and treatment of patients.

I attended the University of Delaware for three years and majored in chemistry. While I was at the University of Delaware, I joined a program called NUCLEUS. This program exposed me to various aspects in the health care field that I did not necessarily learn about in class. I learned about food deserts, how lower socioeconomic class can affect health care and other aspects of health disparities. I knew that as a pharmacist I wanted to be able to work with patients and help improve their outcomes. I believe that knowledge is the key to empower patients given any disease state.

Finally I continued my journey by attending Temple University School of Pharmacy. This was my dream program and I was so excited to finally be in pharmacy school. During my time at Temple University I was able to work at the Temple cGMP to manufacture and package placebos for clinical trials. This was a great experience for me because I was able to learn the importance of following various protocols and I was able to have hands on experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing.  The most fulfilling moments in pharmacy school for me were during my rotations.  I was able to exercise what I had learned all these years. My favorite experience was in the HIV ambulatory clinic at Temple University Hospital. I was really able to educate patients on their disease state and the importance of medication adherence. It was encouraging to have patients come back with good news about their progress. This is when everything came full circle for me. I was able to take the knowledge I had from NUCLEUS and apply it with the skills and knowledge I gained from Temple and really make an impact.

But this wasn’t the end for me. I knew that in order for me to really help improve patient outcomes, I needed to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency. This would give me that platform to be able to deliver optimal patient care. I matched with Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, Delaware. I know that here I would receive the adequate training in order to become a clinical pharmacist.

In my spare time I love to hang out with my family and friends. I have four younger sisters and it’s always a blast at my house. Cooking is a passion of mine and I love to make new things for my family and friends. Upon completion of my pharmacy residency, I hope to be able to work with patients directly and address various patient populations particularly those in lower socioeconomic classes. I hope to eventually work with various public health initiatives` and teach at an institution. I am so thankful to have this opportunity and I could not have done this without the support of my friends, family, preceptors and mentors.