Operation Immunization Chair
Mitchell Blewett is a fourth-year pharmacy student at the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. He is originally from Northern Kentucky and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Thomas More University, where he was also a collegiate athlete (basketball). Mitchell has pharmacy work experience in the community setting, an insurance company and PBM, and now currently in an inpatient hospital setting. Mitchell has clinical interests in cardiology, pediatrics, and diabetes. His true passion, however, is for administration and leadership. Currently, he plans to pursue a two-year residency in Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership.
At the age of 12, Mitchell was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, a defining moment in his life. It was an interaction with a pharmacist shortly after his diagnosis that initially got him interested in pharmacy. The knowledge and care displayed by the pharmacist made a lasting impact on him and empowered him to make that level of impact on patients he interacts with. He describes living with Type 1 Diabetes as the greatest challenge in his life, but through this battle he has become stronger and a better healthcare professional.
Mitchell is involved in many clubs and organizations on campus in addition to some outside of pharmacy. In addition to SNPhA, his extra-curricular activities include American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Student Society of Health System Pharmacy (SSHP), and the Admissions Committee at the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. He is also a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and a member of the Emerging Leaders Council for the Cincinnati Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Mitchell is dedicated to serving the SNPhA organization and its members. He originally joined due to its mission, as he believes we are all called to make a difference in the lives of those around us in our communities. Specifically giving a voice to those unheard and serving the underserved. Mitchell believes that Operation Immunization serves as one of the biggest areas for pharmacist and student pharmacist involvement. He believes that we are the most accessible healthcare practitioner, and that the process of vaccinating is a great way to increase the visibility of the pharmacist in our communities. Mitchell is also excited to expand on our partnerships with key organizations such as Shot@Life, which is dedicated to ensuring that children all around the world have access to lifesaving vaccines. What Mitchell looks forward to most about his position is the connection with all of the chapter representatives and working together to protect patients through vaccinations.