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Pharmacy Innovation Career Summit

KPIC/Pharmacy Innovation Career Summit

This summit is for anyone who is interested in pursuing a non-traditional pharmacist career pathway. Given the ever-changing health care landscape and pharmacist job market, it is important to be aware of innovative ways to practice pharmacy. During this 1/2 day virtual event, participants will have the opportunity to connect with pharmacists who have largely been practicing 10 years or less. Each pharmacist will share their unique story and subsequent career opportunity so that you can learn more information while gaining contacts for pursuing similar career opportunities in the future. If you have a curiosity as to how you can use your PharmD in innovative and creative ways, you will not want to miss the forum.

When:                     Saturday, October 23, 2021

Time:                       9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST

Registation:             Eventbrite

Zoom link will be provided to registrants on October 21, 2021


 Amanda Isac, PharmD, MPH


NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health

 Dr. Isac serves as a pharmacist for the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch at the North Carolina Division of Public Health. In this role, she helps support the implementation of various clinical programs and policies around increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, education on safer opioid prescribing practices, and overdose prevention strategies. Dr. Isac’s work also includes coordination of naloxone distribution across North Carolina for a variety of community-level and state partners. As a practicing community pharmacist, she has been actively engaged for several years in leading key pharmacist initiatives on addressing the opioid crisis. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of South Carolina and completed a postgraduate community pharmacy residency with the University of Georgia and Barney's Pharmacy. 



Nimit Jindal, PharmD

U.S. House of Representatives

Dr. Nimit Jindal is the current American College of Clinical Pharmacy – American Society of Health System Pharmacy – Virginia Commonwealth University Congressional Health Care Policy Fellow. His current placement is with the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.





Samuel C. McCallum, PharmD, MHIT

Associate Director of Clinical Safety

Genentech, Inc.

Sam McCallum is an Associate Director of Clinical Safety at Genentech, Inc., where he leads and contributes to global pharmacovigilance, regulatory, and clinical development activities in the company's oncology portfolio. Sam is an alumnus of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (c/o 2018) and also holds a Master of Health Information Technology degree from the University of South Carolina.  After his time at USC, Sam completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in partnership with Rutgers University and Genentech with a focus in pharmacovigilance and clinical research. Sam further went on to earn a Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology and Clinical Research from Stanford University. His work and research focus primarily on personalized medicine and small-molecule targeted cancer therapeutics.



Mark Pilkington, M.S., R.Ph.

Vice President, Managed Care

Drug Technology Pharmacy Solutions


Mark Pilkington is Vice President of Managed Care for AmerisourceBergen, where he oversees AmerisourceBergen’s Pharmacy Benefit Administrator programs.  His role includes identifying new markets for existing AmerisourceBergen solutions with a special emphasis on hospice management.  Mark brings more than 30 years of experience to his current role.  He serves as a source of expertise in pharmacy reimbursement systems and implementation of innovative community pharmacy services.

Prior to joining AmerisourceBergen, he led an innovative hospice pharmacy services manager that brought high quality pharmacies to hospice agencies.  In this role, he was responsible for business strategy, sales growth, and financial results.  Earlier in his career, he served as a managed care subject matter expert for a Fortune 20 health care company.

Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy and a Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration for the University of Illinois at Chicago, Graduate College.



Sally Rafie, PharmD, BCPS, APh, NCMP, FCCP, FCPhA

Birth Control Pharmacist

Sally Rafie, PharmD, BCPS, APh, NCMP, FCCP, FCPhA is a pharmacist specialist at UC San Diego Health, assistant clinical professor at UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and founder at Birth Control Pharmacist. She provides contraception care in her private practice, The Pharmacists Clinic, presently and has provided clinical services in a variety of other practice settings. Sally has held leadership positions in local and national pharmacist associations. She currently serves on the Planned Parenthood National Medical Committee. The scope of her work ranges from advocacy to implementation to research and focuses on increasing access to reproductive health services and products, particularly in pharmacies and via pharmacists. 




Helen Sairany, BA, PharmD, MBA, RPh, BCACP


South Carolina Pharmacy Association 

Helen Sairany is the former Director of Content Development and Partnership at the American Pharmacist Association. She has extensive knowledge, skills, and experiences in administrative management, regulatory, practice, healthy equity, and accreditation systems gained through her 11 years of serving the profession as a Director of Content Development and Partnership at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Director of Quality Assurance at the University of Duhok College of Pharmacy, and as a trauma-informed provider serving the needs of underserved communities at the frontline in Northern Iraq.

In her role as a Director for APhA, she strategized all the educational content associated with certificate training, advanced training, and national meetings, as well as member benefit programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, residents, and students. Her biggest contributions to APhA have been her work on addressing suicide prevention, mental health, and combating opioid abuse and misuse. As such, her work was recently recognized by the Washington Business Journal as a 2019 ‘40 Under 40’ leader. She has developed several funding initiatives, implemented marketing plans, and created and proposed strategies that led to increased membership for APhA. Examples include PharmTalk, PharmTank, various trainings on statewide protocols and the APhA Institute on SUD and Patient Wellbeing.

Throughout her career, Helen has been entrusted with additional leadership responsibilities including developing business partnerships and alliances with schools of pharmacy, state association executives, pharmaceutical companies, and leaders from government institutions such as the Drug Enforcement Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration.

Helen is a proud preceptor and mentor for pharmacy students, resident, and fellows. She is a change agent who takes pride in her efforts to serve the needs of underserved and marginalized communities both nationally and internationally.  She serves in numerous boards and committees involved in diversity, equity and inclusion work.

In her spare time, she loves to blog, read books, and spend time with her 10-month-old French bulldog, SeVay, the Kurdish name for apple. Her greatest passion is traveling the world. Throughout her years of travel, she has embarked on many adventures including trekking in Southeast Asia, summiting Everest Base Camp in Nepal, W circuit in Patagonia-Chile, Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain in Peru, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. After visiting 70+ destinations in the world, she has developed an appreciation for a diverse mix of cultures, people, and traditions. 


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