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McNair Scholar 2016Sim (Net) Youk

Sim (Net) Youk is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in biology, society, and environment. His research interests include patients’ medication experiences, health disparities, medication therapy management and pharmacist roles. Mr. Youk plans to earn a Pharm.D. in order to become a hospital pharmacist.

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My dream is to become a pharmacist that educates, empowers, and ensures that effective medicine and medication services are accessible to minorities. My long term goal is to move on from direct care to policy formulation and administration that benefit disadvantaged populations.

Research project

The association between the U.S. patients’ household income and their medication experiences

Abstract: The objective of this study is to examine the general trends, specific findings, and implement recommendations pertaining to the association between the U.S patient’s household income and their medication experiences. A cross-sectional survey was used for collecting and analyzing data through Dillman Tailored Design Method and Qualtrics. The data source was collected from the 2015 National Consumer Survey of the Medication Experiences and Pharmacists’ Roles. This study revealed that lower income patients are at higher risk for undesirable medication experiences compared to higher income patients. Lower income patients are less likely to have effective medication taking practices and beliefs. However, a large percentage of the entire U.S. population suffers from undesirable medication experiences, which are linked to a very low percentage of the population using the Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services. With an increase usage of MTM services, patients medication experiences will improve regardless of their financial background. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Jon C. Schommer, R.Ph., Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He has devoted his career to teaching and research. Majority of his work is related to the pharmacist workforce at both national and state levels. Dr. Schommer has served as President for the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science and as a member of the APhA Board of Trustees. Currently, he holds the Peters Chair in Pharmacy Practice Innovation. Furthermore, he is an Associate Department Head for Pharmaceutical Care and Health System at the University of Minnesota.