Pharmacist part of new Yakima doctoral teaching team

By Lori Maricle, College of Pharmacy

Carl-Mikota-webYAKIMA, Wash. – The first students will begin the Washington State University doctor of pharmacy program in August at the Pacific Northwest University of Health extension. New clinical assistant professor Carl Mikota, Pharm.D., will be part of the faculty teaching team.

“One thing I struggled with in pharmacy school was trying to figure out what I needed to know to be successful in the real world,” he said. “Being able to share the insight I’ve gained from years of practice appeals to me, and the new teaching model we will use at the College of Pharmacy really supports this.”

Mikota began his appointment with WSU in March and also runs the cardiac risk assessment clinic at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.

“There is so much interprofessional sharing of information,” he said, citing patient education opportunities and expanding roles for pharmacists and technicians. “You feel challenged and engaged coming to work here each day, and I feel we have something to offer the students as far as introductory and advanced pharmacy practice training.”

Mikota has a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a registered pharmacist in Illinois and Washington. He holds certifications in pharmacy-based immunization, advanced cardiovascular life support and pediatric advanced life support.

His pharmacy background is in critical care and pharmacy information technology, both in the intensive care unit and emergency department. Prior to Yakima, he spent five years as a staff pharmacist at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen, Ill., where he also served as a pharmacy preceptor for the colleges of pharmacy at Chicago State University and University of Illinois at Chicago.

He is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Pharmacists Association.

Mikota comes from a family with several WSU graduates: “Cougars run in our family,” he said.

But what attracted him to working at the College of Pharmacy was the quality of the program.

“I’ve been really impressed with the students who come from WSU,” he said. “I look forward to training with them and watching them become colleagues who continue to carry the profession of pharmacy forward.”

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Lori Maricle, WSU College of Pharmacy communications, 509-368-6679,