Faculty Highlight January 15, 2019
Sonia Amin Thomas, PharmD, BCOP
This month's faculty highlight features Dr. Sonia Amin Thomas (Patel), assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.
Why did you choose a career in pharmacy education?
When I was in pharmacy school, I really enjoyed some of my professors who inspired
me to want to go into academia. I also was inspired by preceptors I had on rotation
who spent an ample amount of time with me to teach me. I was very impressed by how
much pharmacists could do and how they could make a difference which I didn't realize
going into pharmacy school. I wanted to be able to show other students the same vision
of pharmacy and how important pharmacists are to the community. I enjoy learning with
the students—they always keep you fresh and on your toes with having to stay up to
date for coursework. On rotations, I really love oncology and being able to teach
students allows me to give back!
What is your research interest?
My research interest stems from multiple areas. I like looking at new drugs and the
effects they have on patients in terms of side effects and how they fit into treatment
algorithms. I also like non-patient research that focuses on how to better a system
or process and develop protocols. This type of research also focuses on the value
of a pharmacist at a specific location.
What advice do you have for a person considering a career in pharmacy?
My first piece of advice is to get some experience by working or shadowing to see
if you are truly passionate about pharmacy—doing something you love can go a long
way! I would also advise to keep your options open until you get to rotations in the
fourth year because you never know what you'll end up liking or seeing the many different
areas that pharmacists can be involved. Explore different types of rotations as well
as this will be your only opportunity to do something out of your comfort zone to
see what pharmacy entails!
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla! Tied with birthday cake and oreo!