Brooke Kulusich is the host of the Gavel & Pestle Podcast: The Fusion of Law and Pharmacy. Kulusich interviews industry-leading experts to dissect legal and regulatory issues impacting the business of pharmacy.
Kulusich is a third-year student pharmacist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Her passion for patient care has remained the driving force in her educational journey spanning a variety of internship settings: from an independent community pharmacy, to a pediatric academic medical center, to an underserved Catholic healthcare ministry. These experiences have instilled in her a deep appreciation for the role of pharmacists in the community, inspired her to scale her impact beyond the individual patient level, and demonstrated a need to engage pharmacists in shaping policies on a broader scale.
Throughout pharmacy school, Kulusich has sought opportunities at the intersection of law and pharmacy to enhance her understanding of this highly-regulated field. She currently interns with the Digital Therapeutics Alliance, a global non-profit trade association representing industry stakeholders, which has exposed her to the regulatory processes that govern the rapidly-expanding digital health ecosystem. She works closely with association leadership to engage regulatory bodies in decision-making, research product pathways to market, and improve patient access to these life-saving technologies.
Additionally, Kulusich’s involvement in professional pharmacy organizations at the School, state, and national levels has informed her of current issues facing public health and the important role that pharmacists play in overcoming them. She currently serves as the Chapter President of the American Pharmacists Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, where she oversee chapter operations to stimulate professional growth, active participation, and political engagement of 300 student pharmacist members. Additionally, she was elected as the Chair of the Student Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association in a statewide race. In this role, she presides over 500 student pharmacists across the commonwealth and engages them in advocacy efforts on behalf of the profession of pharmacy.
Kulusich also works closely with leadership of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network, an enhanced pharmacy services network, to support independent community pharmacies across the state in practice transformation initiatives. Through her involvement, Kulusich has had the opportunity to guest-host the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s Beyond the Sig Podcast, part of the Pharmacy Podcast Network, which helps community pharmacists implement practice transformation.
Upon completion of pharmacy school, Kulusich plans to attend law school or complete a fellowship in association management, which will enhance her ability to leverage her patient care experiences to advance policy decisions and improve patient access to safe, quality care. Ultimately, she hopes to pursue a clinical or commercial role in a healthcare, government, private sector or public sector leadership position.
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