Utah society of health-system Pharmacists
The Technician Committee holds quarterly meetings. All technicians and technician students are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you have a topic you would like discussed, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can add it to the agenda.
The next Technician Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. The location in Salt Lake City will be determined shortly. If you would like something added to the agenda, please email the committee at email@example.com.
Get to know your Technician Committee leaders:
Adam Kijek, CPhT - USHP Technician Committee Co-Chair
Gentry Phillips, CPhT - USHP Technician Committee Co-Chair
My name is Gentry Phillips. I have been a certified pharmacy technician since 2007. For over 10 years, I worked for Walgreens as a senior pharmacy technician. About six years ago, I was offered a position as an adjunct instructor at Davis Technical College in the Pharmacy Technician program. I took this job while I was in college and continued to work part-time at Walgreens. Upon graduating from Weber State University (in an unrelated degree, nonetheless), I realized it was more lucrative to remain a pharmacy technician and soon accepted the position as the head instructor of the Pharmacy Technician Program in 2013.My involvement in USHP started because my program is going through an accreditation process via ASHP (American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists), and one of the requirements was to join the Utah chapter (USHP). Through the past two years, I have been involved in the committee and am now a co-chair of the committee. It has been a great experience and I have met many incredible technicians. I am so thankful for this committee and its ability to unite technicians and maintain high standards for our profession.
Zach Tolman, CPhT - USHP Technician Committee Board Liaison
My name is Zach Tolman and I have been a Pharmacy Technician since 2008. The second day of my pharmacy technician externship I was held up at gunpoint for narcotics. That event led to my being hired by Associated Retail pharmacies as soon as I was licensed. I worked at various stores within the chain and took every opportunity to learn and expand my experience. I particularly enjoyed helping out with the various health screening and vaccination events. I worked with Associated Retail pharmacies until 2014 when I began working at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital. I worked my way onto the prior authorization team which then evolved into the Medication Access Coordinator team.
My involvement with USHP started by just attending CE events. The first Technician Committee meeting I attended, my “friend” volunteered me to be the next Committee Co-Chair. I decided to go for it, and it has been a great experience. It’s very rewarding to be involved with so many technicians across the state who uphold high practice standards in diverse settings. I intended to be a pharmacist, but found my work so enjoyable that I am now happy to state that I am a career technician. I hope to help expand the pharmacy technician field so that any accomplished technician can find the same satisfaction I have.
Sample Policy and Procedure for Tech check Tech
Technician Committee Bylaws:
The Technician Committee is responsible to promote issues related to Pharmacy Technicians in USHP. The Board Liaison for the Committee shall appoint and work closely with the Committee Chair in promoting technicians' issues to the USHP board.
Technician Committee Bylaws:
The Technician Committee is responsible to promote issues related to Pharmacy Technicians in USHP, as well as promoting greater use and awareness of pharmacy technician’s skills. As appropriate, the Technician Committee will assign committee members to liaise with other standing committees. The Board Liaison for the Committee shall appoint and work closely with the Committee Chair in promoting technicians issues to the USHP board.