2021 Grad Stories: Moneeza Mian

2021 Grad Stories: Moneeza Mian

From Shadowing Opportunity to Residency, CHSU Grad Serves Patients in Local Hospital

Dr. Moneeza Mian, CHSU College of Pharmacy graduate and Fresno native, had an interest in health care from a very young age. Both of her parents work in health care and she was inspired to become a pharmacist by the way her parents cared for people. After shadowing a clinical pharmacist before applying for a doctoral program, she realized that being a pharmacist was a great way to provide patient care to her local community.

“I shadowed a clinical pharmacist at Clovis Community Medical Center and really fell in love with what they did and how the physicians and nurses relied on the pharmacist and their knowledge. That is what made me want to pursue pharmacy compared to other professions in healthcare,” said Dr. Mian.

A pharmacist can make a great impact on patient care, whether it be through educating patients on medications or catching medication errors, and the ability to work on the health care team with physicians, nurses, and other providers appealed to her. Pharmacists are a great asset to rounds and are a valuable part of the patient care team.

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During her time at CHSU, Dr. Mian was part of several extracurricular activities including the CHSU Ambassador program, the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP), the American Pharmacist Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), Kappa Psi and SAFE (Senior Awareness and Fall Education), a program developed by the Department of Physical Therapy at California State University, Fresno that partners with CHSU to reduce falls among older adults by raising awareness, establishing a network of services and advocating on their behalf.

She also participated in a research elective, where she worked with a CHSU faculty member to examine nanoparticle drug delivery for ovarian cancer and lung cancer. She spent three semesters working on the research and presented poster and podium presentations at CHSU’s Annual Research Day. While developing a passion for research, Dr. Mian learned some valuable insights that she was able to take with her on a fourth-year Advanced Practice Pharmacy Experience (APPE) while on rotation at Community Cancer Institute.

“I developed an interest in oncology from the research I did at CHSU and the oncology course I took during didactics. When I was on my APPE rotation, it was nice to see how all of that came into play for patient care. From the research to textbook learning and seeing it in practice, it was a good learning opportunity overall,” she said.

While in her first year of pharmacy school, she started working for Clovis Community Medical Center as an intern pharmacist and has continued to work there since. When the time came to apply for residency programs, she knew Clovis Community was her first choice.

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“I highly respect the pharmacists that work there and it’s a really amazing hospital. They’re expanding, and I have really enjoyed my time there as an intern. So, when I matched [for residency] there I was really happy because their program aligns with what I want to do as a clinical pharmacist,” she said.

After graduation, Dr. Mian will begin the Clovis Community Medical Center PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program and plans on becoming a clinical pharmacist. She also may choose to pursue a PGY-2 residency to specialize in a field.

Dr. Moneeza Mian will be graduating Cum Laude this Saturday, May 15, 2021 with her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from CHSU.

The 2021 Grad Stories is a series dedicated to honoring our California Health Sciences University (CHSU) Doctor of Pharmacy graduates and showcasing their accomplishments throughout their time at CHSU while earning their PharmD degree.