September 11, 2023

18 Questions with Mazin Elamin, PharmD ‘21

Pharmacy Alumni

1. So, Mazin, what are you currently up to?
Currently, I am working on my collaborative practice agreement and test & treat certificates. Additionally, I am working with the PBMs to get insurance contracts for MD Pharmacy.

2. Congratulations on the recent opening of MD Pharmacy. Can you tell us about MD Pharmacy and what makes it unique?
Thank you! MD pharmacy is an independent, community-based pharmacy located in the beautiful city of West Palm Beach. Unlike other independent pharmacies, MD Pharmacy has an inhouse minute clinic, family practice clinic. This collaborative practice between our pharmacy and nurse practitioner staff closes the communication gaps which result in a comprehensive patient care. As well, we offer other services including retail, immunization, non-sterile compounding, test & treat, and managed care for assistance living facilities

3. Your journey to GSOP is a very interesting one. Can you share a little about how you came to be a student at the Gregory School of Pharmacy?
After receiving my bachelor’s degree in clinical pharmacy from Sudan, I wanted to further my education here in the United States, so I started the journey of applying for different PharmD programs. I got offers from different programs including GSOP. The reasons for choosing GSOP were: the warm welcoming I received from the faculty/staff, the beautiful WEATHER, and the scholarship I was offered.

4. What advice would you give your P4 self?
Take some time to reflect on your personal growth and mental health – then the rest will follow. Also, make as many connections as you possibly can!

5. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am proud of all my accomplishments because none were easy tasks. Nevertheless, owning an independent pharmacy was always my dream, so now I can say MD Pharmacy is my biggest accomplishment.

6. In what ways were you most impacted during your time at GSOP?
On a school level, the humanitarian medical missions and the impact it leaves on these people. On a personal level, I would say my sickness during my first semester at GSOP. The prayers and love I received from my GSOP family had the biggest impact. It was truly a blessing. I felt home away from home. So, I want to take this opportunity to thank all the faculty, staff, upperclassmen, and special thanks for class of 2021.

7. What do you do for fun?
I sing for my wife and daughter.

8. What is the best professional advice you’ve received?
If someone else did, so can you.

9. What is something you learned at GSOP that you will never forget?
Never forget your units and your decimal points.

10. What is the best way to start a day?

11. Who was your most influential professor at GSOP?
All of the GSOP professors have influenced me in many aspects. I want to take this opportunity to thank each one of them. If I must choose one, it would be Dr. Mitroka.

12. What has been the best professional decision you’ve made?
To become board certified pharmacotherapy specialist

13. If you weren’t a pharmacist, what job do you think you’d be good at?
Basketball player

14. What song do you have completely memorized?
“Turn Your Light Down Low” by Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill

15. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their life?
TRAVEL as much as possible!

16. What is your favorite memory of GSOP?
Fall fest! Lost of food and fun times

17. What is something you thought you knew about the pharmacy profession, but it turns out it was different?
The Pharmacist’s role in different pharmacy fields, not only retail and hospitals.

18. If your life were a movie, what would the title be? Who would play you?
A Better Life. Starting Rami Malek and narrated by Morgan Freeman.
You can visit Mazin at his MD Pharmacy located at 1367 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach

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