Board of Directors Profile: Jacob Gettig, KeePosted Editor

April 1, 2010

Board of Directors Profile

Jacob Gettig, PharmD, MPH, BCPS
Editor, KeePosted

Where did you go to pharmacy school?

Purdue University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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

I graduated from Purdue with my Pharm.D. in 2002. From there, I completed a Drug Information Specialty Residency with Eli Lilly and Co., Inc., Clarian Health Partners and Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana. In July 2003, I was hired as an Assistant Professor at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) with a drug information practice site at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Illinois. In 2005, I became board certified in pharmacotherapy (BCPS). In 2006, I decided to go back to college to earn a Masters in Public Health and completed my MPH coursework at Benedictine University in 2008. In January 2009, I began my newest role in the CCP Dean’s Office as Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Education.

Describe your current area of practice and practice setting.

I am currently Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Education at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. My main responsibilities in this role include managing administrative aspects of the College’s pharmacy residencies and fellowship; continuing education programs; pharmacy exam review courses; and CareeRxPO. I also continue to teach in the required drug information course students have in their first professional year.

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

Former Vice Chair at CCP and now Chair of Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy – Glendale, Professor Lynn Patton, actually first inspired me to join ICHP as part of my professional development as a new faculty member. Upon joining, I met a number of people and got involved in the New Practitioners Network and later as Assistant Editor and eventually Editor of KeePosted. The main benefits of ICHP membership are twofold. First, the people I have met and all of the networking opportunities have been fantastic. Second, being specifically responsible for editing Scott Meyer’s articles has acted as an excellent built-in mechanism for keeping up with pharmacy practice in Illinois! (Thanks, Scott.)

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

From a personal standpoint, I look up to my parents. They raised 7 children (yes, I have 4 brothers and 2 sisters) on my father’s modest salary. I can’t honestly say that I would be able to do the same.

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

I wish it were a more productive hobby, but alas, it is not. I love video games, especially role playing games like Final Fantasy and other games in that genre. I also like spending time with friends, anything to do with trivia, going to movies and sadly...watching reality television.

Do you have a favorite restaurant or food?

Definitely Mexican food – the spicier, the better!

What is your favorite place to vacation?

I have no favorite place per se; however, I have been on two cruises and have absolutely loved them. I haven’t really been out of the country yet, so I hope to one day travel to Europe and Australia/New Zealand.

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

I wanted to be a veterinarian ever since I could remember...until I actually worked at an animal hospital in my early 20s. After about 3 years working there, I changed my focus from pre-vet to pre-pharmacy.

What 3 adjectives would people use to best describe you?

Perceptive, candid and witty

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