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Josiah Land  Name:  Josiah Land
Hometown:  Lake Charles, LA
Graduation year:  2013
Current residence:  New York, NY

Share a little bit about yourself.

After two years of residency training, I'm now the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the Thoracic Medical Oncology group at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This is the first time the Thoracic group has ever had a clinical pharmacist, and I'm excited to start the new service. I work primarily on the inpatient service and manage therapy for patients with non-small cell and small cell lung cancer as well as mesothelioma. 

I live in Manhattan so there's always something exciting happening. I like going to concerts, museums, the theater, Yankees games, and eating everything New York has to offer. 

Why did you choose the School of Pharmacy at ULM?:

ULM was close to home, and I knew many successful and impactful pharmacists who graduated from the program. 

Why did you choose pharmacy for your profession?

I chose pharmacy primarily because I'm a big nerd. I think the unique ways that drug therapy works in the body (especially oncology drugs) is completely fascinating. I'm also a champion for appropriate utilization of medications within evidence-based recommendations. Finally, and most importantly, I love interacting with patients and doing anything I can to make their experience more comfortable and less stressful. 

What is your favorite memory from your time in pharmacy school?

My favorite memory has to be my year as Chapter President of APhA-ASP. I was able to work with so many student pharmacists who regularly inspired and motivated me. I worked with an amazing team who shared my vision to inspire other students to get involved at their college, in the community, and to advocate for our profession. We accomplished so much that year and the organization is still very much successful today. 

How did ULM prepare you for your career?

I would have to say two people specifically come to mind. Dr. Tibb Jacobs did so much to mentor me through the application process for residency and made sure I was prepared. Dr. Jill Comeau was my oncology preceptor and was a great professional role model to interact with while preparing to be a future oncology specialist. 

If you could give advice to a student considering the pharmacy school at ULM, what would you say?

Pharmacy school is hard work, but there is a great support system at ULM. If you take advantage of all your resources in pharmacy school (academically, professionally, and socially), ULM will prepare you for any job that you're interested in.