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Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable – Thoughts on Self-Advocacy


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Join Maria Carias, Kisha Gant, Thuy McKitrick, and Kyana Stewart as they discuss the importance of advocating for yourself in both personal and professional settings. They share personal experiences, observations, and tips gathered along the way. 


Jennifer TryonThuy McKitrick is an ambulatory care pharmacist with over 15 years of experience in community pharmacy, primary care and managed care settings. Having worked in these various settings, she was able to see where pharmacists were successful which garnered more motivation to grow the profession. She is passionate about ensuring pharmacy is always part of the conversation when it comes to enriching patient care as well as being an integral part of a healthcare team.

Jade BryantKisha Gant is the Pharmacy Director and PGY1 Residency Director at Slidell Memorial Hospital. She completed her Bachelor’s degrees in biology and mathematics at the University of New Orleans. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, where she also completed a PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency. She serves on various state, local, and organizational committees and workgroups. Dr. Gant currently resides in Slidell, LA with her husband and four wonderful children.

Michelle CarrasquilloDr. Stewart currently supports the medical affairs arm of Infectious Diseases & Vaccines for Janssen Scientific Affairs as a Sr. MSL dedicated to facilitating scientific exchange and engagement with thought leaders in vaccinology research and implementation. She has served within academia and as an Infectious Diseases Clinical Specialist as well as leading Antimicrobial Stewardship program development in pediatric and adult settings. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Southern University and A&M College, M.S. in Environmental Engineering from University of Florida, and Pharm.D. from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy and completed PGY 1 residency training at Huntsville Hospital System.

Jennifer TryonMaria F. Carias, M.B.A., M.S., is the Director of Member Operations within the ASHP Office of Member Relations. In this role, Ms. Carias coordinates the operational logistics for various ASHP initiatives. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Policy from American University and both her Master’s of Science in Project Management and Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Ms. Carias was recognized as a 2020 recipient of the ASHP CEO Award for Staff Excellence.

The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.