Leadership Profile - Antoine T. Jenkins, PharmD, BCPS

November 1, 2011

Antoine Jenkins

Where did you go to pharmacy school?

University of Tennessee Health Science Center located in Memphis.

Trace your professional history since graduation: where have you trained / worked, any special accomplishments?
After graduation, I completed a PGY1 residency at Methodist University Hospital also located in Memphis. Immediately following, I obtained a position as a clinical staff pharmacist at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, IL. During my time at that position, I became board certified in pharmacotherapy.

In 2009, I attained my current position as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy. I am involved in teaching several classes across the curriculum from P1 to P3 years. Additionally, I am one of the primary preceptors for our institutional and acute care IPPEs and one of our core APPEs.

Describe your current area of practice and practice setting.
My areas of interest include internal medicine and cardiology. At my practice site, Roseland Community Hospital, I am heavily involved in implementing clinical pharmacy services in the acute care units. Examples of my responsibilities include protocol development and patient discharge counseling.  

What initially motivated you to get involved, and what benefits do you see in being active in a professional association such as ICHP?
Professional associations are designed to augment one’s learning. In my opinion, one’s role as a competent practitioner is further enhanced by participation in organizations such as ICHP. Involvement in these groups is essential to one’s growth and development as an effective clinician. I realized as a student the significance of being active in professional associations, and it is still very important to me today.

What advice would you give to a new practitioner eager to become more involved within ICHP, to the new grad, and to the student?
I would highly encourage the new grad/practitioner to get involved within ICHP. The networking possibilities are invaluable, and the opportunities to give back to the profession are abundant. I would encourage students to join as well so that they can become exposed to the various avenues of pharmacy practice at a state level.

Is there an individual you admire or look up to, or a mentor that has influenced your career?
There is no one person that I can single out as one whom I admire. I have had the pleasure of being trained by many phenomenal clinicians and have learned valuable lessons from each and every one of them.

As a newer practitioner, what is your vision for pharmacy in the future? Or what would you like to see accomplished within pharmacy?
Over the years, pharmacy practice has overcome tremendous obstacles, and now the contemporary practice model has reached enormous heights. My vision for our profession (speaking particularly from an inpatient perspective) is the continued advancement of the services that we offer. Additionally, I would love to see pharmacists involved in upper levels of hospital administration.

What three adjectives would people use to best describe you?
Determined, inquisitive, and humorous.

Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of pharmacy?
I have recently started bicycling and I really enjoy it. I would love one day to compete in one of the bike races around Chicago.

Do you have a favorite restaurant?
Three restaurants where you could never go wrong: Pappadeux’s, Texas de Brazil, and Cheesecake Factory.

Where is your favorite place to vacation?
Any place where there are sandy beaches and 80 degree weather most days of the year.

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