For May Chen ’16, ’19, PharmD, MS, BCPS, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, Stockton is home. After earning her bachelor of arts in applied sciences and doctor of pharmacy from Pacific, she completed a post-graduate year one pharmacy practice residency at Dignity Health, St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton.

She completed a pharmacy practice fellowship at Pacific and earned her master of sciences in pharmacoeconomics, health care outcomes and clinical services in 2019. Dr. Chen is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist. She is currently the president-elect for the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Central Valley chapter.

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Q&A

What is your hometown?

“I was born and raised in Stockton, growing up in my parents’ local restaurant.”

Why do you love teaching at Pacific?

“As a Stocktonian and Pacific alumna, Pacific has always been home for me and a small oasis that fostered diversity and offers immense potential. The amazing faculty that have served as mentors and inspiration play a major role in my decision to teach at Pacific and contribute as an educator in this tight-knit community.”

What are your goals in your position here at Pacific?

“As part of the pharmacy practice faculty, my goal is to empower students to become active leaders in their community and serve their patients with compassion and empathy. I advocate for my students to not only be able to build on foundational knowledge, but also develop the ability to apply their knowledge in a way that will result in realistic, obtainable outcomes. I hope to be able to bridge the gap between health care and underserved patient populations, especially in the Central Valley community, through pharmacist-driven outreach.”

What led you to pursue a career in pharmacy?

“I originally pursued clinical pharmacy in the acute care setting after being involved in my grandparents’ care during their hospitalizations. Having experienced the intricacy of today’s hospital systems from a patient’s perspective taught me the importance of effective communication and transitions of care.”

What are your hobbies? 

“During my free time, I enjoy practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, as well as sharpening my bowling skills. I also love to hike various terrains and catch live music of all sorts. I am an avid coffee drinker and loved to barista. My guilty pleasure is playing the cellphone game Candy Crush, on which I have surpassed level 3500.”

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