Faculty Highlight
Samuel M. John, PharmD, BCPS


November 14, 2018

Professional headshot photograph of Dr. Samuel JohnThis month's faculty highlight features Dr. Samuel John, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and director of the PCOM School of Pharmacy Residency Program.

Why did you choose a career in pharmacy education?

I’ve always enjoyed teaching/mentoring since I was very young. After I graduated from pharmacy college and while working as a hospital pharmacist I was often asked to train pharmacy students and new pharmacists who were being cross trained in multiple areas of pharmacy practice. When I was pursuing post-graduate residency training, I looked at programs with a teaching component since I knew that was what I wanted to do. These experiences made me choose a career in pharmacy education.

What is your research interest?

My current research interests include scholarship of teaching and learning, cardiovascular and anticoagulation management and infectious disease outcomes in patients.

What advice do you have for a person considering a career in pharmacy?

My advice to those considering a career in pharmacy is to keep your options open and never limit yourself. Careers in pharmacy include community, ambulatory care, clinical specialties, operations, managerial, administrative, medical writing, research, pharmaceutical industry and so much more. I know pharmacists who work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The sky’s the limit when you are determined and focused on the prize.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Coffee with chocolate.