Board of Directors Profile: Jaime Borkowski, Director of Professional Affairs

by By Nora Flint, PharmD, BCPS
February 9, 2010

By Nora Flint, PharmD, BCPS

Where did you go to pharmacy school?

I went to Butler University in Indianapolis, IN.

Trace your professional history since graduation: where have you trained/worked. Any special accomplishments?

I completed a PGY1 residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL then worked there for a few years after residency. Following that, I took a job as the Clinical Coordinator at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL. I took the BPS exam to become board certified in Pharmacotherapy and am currently a clinical specialist at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, IL.

Describe your current area of practice and practice setting.

I am developing an antibiotic stewardship program and an anticoagulation program at Delnor Hospital.

What initially motivated you to get involved, and what benefits do you see in being active in a professional association such as ICHP?

I became a member of ICHP when I took the Clinical Coordinator role in order to help me stay abreast with important issues in pharmacy in Illinois. I wanted to participate on a deeper level, so I joined the Division of Professional Affairs soon after I joined ICHP. It came to my attention that they were looking for a new President of the Rock Valley Society, so I agreed to serve in that capacity as well. The ICHP meetings I had attended had been outstanding with useful content and great speakers, and I was impressed with the organization. It sounded like a good opportunity to get more involved, and I didn’t want to pass it up.

The benefits of membership are quite numerous! I have met so many exemplary colleagues, and everyone is eager to give advice and share stories of what they’re doing and how they do it. I had the opportunity to speak at an ICHP Spring Meeting, and there is always potential to write an article in KeePosted. As the Director of the Division of Professional Affairs, I get to be involved in the ICHP Best Practice Award, developing toolkits for members to use, writing position statements on important issues and having a say in what goes on in the organization as a member of the Board of Directors. It has been such a great experience so far. Of all the benefits, the biggest one is all the great people I have come to know and have had the opportunity to work with in ICHP.

Is there an individual you admire or look up to, or a mentor that has influenced your career?

I look up to my older brother. He has always been a hard worker and extremely driven, and he encouraged me not to pass up any opportunity or be afraid of accepting new challenges. He is even the one who suggested I go to pharmacy school back when I was trying to decide what career path to follow.

Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?

I like to run, read, play piano and spend time with my husband and my little boy.

Do you have a favorite restaurant or food?

I love food in general but have a special weakness for brownies. I also love Coco Pazzo (an Italian restaurant in Chicago).

What is your favorite place to vacation?

I like to vacation places with access to the outdoors and interesting landscapes (e.g., mountains, lakes) where I can hike or just enjoy the view.

What is the most interesting/unique fact about yourself that few people know?

I studied in Germany in college and had a double major in pharmacy and German.

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