Board Profile: Carrie Sincak, Pharm.D., BCPS Dir. Organizational Affairs

by Ann Jankiewicz, Pharm.D., BCPS Past President
January 16, 2009

This is the next article in a series spotlighting members of the ICHP Board of Directors. Carrie Sincak is an active member of ICHP with her current role as Director of Organizational Affairs and previous roles as Secretary and Director of Marketing Affairs. Here are Carrie’s answers to some key questions regarding how she got involved in ICHP and where her career has taken her so far.

Where did you go to pharmacy school?
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

Trace your professional history since graduation: where have you trained/ worked? Any special accomplishments?
I completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at University of Michigan Medical Center. I started my career at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy in 2001 as Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and was later promoted to Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice.

Describe your current area of practice and practice setting
I am an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and the Vice Chair of Acute Care at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. My practice site is Loyola University Medical Center where I practice as a Clinical Pharmacist in Internal Medicine.

What initially motivated you to get involved, and what benefits do you see with being active in a professional association such as ICHP?
I became actively involved in ICHP to be a part of something larger than myself to advance the practice of pharmacy and promote and advocate for change. The networking opportunities and the inspirational people I have encountered while being part of ICHP have been invaluable.

Is there an individual you admire or look up to or a mentor that has influenced your career?
There are a few people that I have to mention that influenced my career choice. I did an academic rotation with Drs. Bradley Cannon and Nancy Kawahara as a clerkship student. Their mentoring and dedication to pharmacy students influenced me to pursue a career in academia. I have to give a special thanks to Ann Jankiewicz and Scott Meyers for encouraging me to become more involved on an executive level within ICHP. They are probably unaware of the influence they had and continue to have on my commitment to the organization.

What advice would you give to new practitioners?
New Practitioners should become involved. Being involved means being aware. Other reasons to be involved include the benefits of mentorship, the professional relationships created and lifelong learning.

Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?
Currently my spare time is spent with my daughter and husband.

What 3 adjectives would people use to best describe you?

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