Kate McCulley

Pharmacy Trainee

Traineeship Year:

Kate received her BS in Kinesiology from Arizona State University and her PharmD from the University of Arizona. Kate loves to spend time with her family, friends, and her two dogs Dragon and Amare. In her free time she likes to do Crossfit and is extremely passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle.


     When I reflect upon my time with the Pediatric Pulmonary Center I am filled with feelings of gratitude and pride. This traineeship was a one-of-a-kind opportunity unlike any other available to current pharmacy students in the United States. Every conversation I have about my experience in pharmacy school brings me to talk about this program and the experiences that will continue to guide me in my future endeavors. 

     The PPC has one of the most integrative interdisciplinary teams I have ever been a part of. I had the opportunity to participate in direct patient care with Dr. Hanna Phan, Pharm.D., FCCP, FPPA alongside other team members like Medical Doctor’s, Medical Residents, Respiratory Therapist’s, Social Worker’s, Nurses and Nutritionists. Bearing witness to the exceptional level of care provided to our patients due to this interdisciplinary practice was revolutionizing for me. I now aspire to practice pharmacy in an ambulatory clinic setting that encompasses collaborative practice for the betterment of our patients care. 

     The curriculum over the 2-year traineeship was incredibly diverse. We had various lectures ranging from life course theory to research ethics to medical topics I had not seen before. I learned a great deal about other disciplines within the PPC which will only empower me to be a more collaborative pharmacist. Additionally, we had the honor of attending multiple conferences and leadership trainings. These opportunities helped me to develop my professional and networking skills. For our longitudinal project my co-trainee, Liz Vuong, and were able to disseminate a survey to assess the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on medication access and telehealth in the Cystic Fibrosis population. This project allowed us to see what level of effort goes in to producing a high-quality project to be submitted for presentation at a conference. We are planning to develop a manuscript and to submit it for publication which I am especially excited for. 

     Overall, this traineeship has helped me to develop a clear image in my head of what I want my future career to look like. I have made friendships and gained mentors that I will cherish throughout the years. I want to say thank you to the PPC faculty, the patients and my co trainees for an experience of a lifetime.