What should people know about you?
- My name is Deven Jackson. I am from the small town of Rydal, Georgia and the eldest of three boys. I graduated from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2017 and am thrilled to be a part of the UNC community-based pharmacy residency program. During my time at UGA, I worked as a pharmacy intern at Young Brothers Pharmacy, an independent community pharmacy in Cartersville, Georgia. Perhaps the first thing anyone would notice about me is that I am an avid fan of all Georgia sports (Dawgs, Braves, Falcons, and Hawks). Some of my other hobbies include attending concerts, playing video games, and enjoying craft beer.
How did you became interested in pharmacy?
- I actually did not have any interest in pharmacy until college. I applied to the University of Georgia as a physics major. Oddly enough, it was my high school physics teacher who talked me out of physics and suggested I look into other career paths, such as pharmacy. I took his word for it, went out on a limb, and changed my major to pre-pharmacy. I had the opportunity to work at Young Brothers Pharmacy since my freshman year of college and learned to appreciate the wide variety of services a pharmacist can provide.
What are your future pharmacy plans?
- I firmly believe that good pharmacists are a cornerstone of quality patient care. I hope that my career will focus on providing not only medications, but medication knowledge and clinical services that enrich patients’ lives. I hope to end up back in my native Georgia to provide these services and push the profession forward.
What makes working at Sona exciting?
- When I chose to pursue a residency I had two goals in mind: learning how I could better serve my patients, and to work towards advancing this great profession. I felt that the Sona team was the perfect group to help achieve these goals. I know that during my residency year I will have opportunities to grow tremendously as a pharmacist and as a professional.
How is Sona different than other pharmacies?
- As soon as I stepped into Sona Pharmacy + Clinic for the first time, I quickly realized that the Sona team is trying to break the mold of what a pharmacy can be. The entire culture of Sona is focused on delivering high-quality services that truly put the patient first. Moreover, the Sona leaders are constantly working to improve patient care, introduce new services, and redefine the role of the community pharmacy in patient care.