Gabriel (Gabe) Johnson is pursuing his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy with an anticipated graduation date of May 2019. He received his Bachelors in Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota College of Biological Science in 2015 and a Business Management minor from the Carlson School of Management.
Prior to pharmacy school, Gabe was involved in various leadership positions during his undergraduate career.As a member of the College of Biological Sciences Dean’s Scholars Program, he learned theories of leadership practice and example in a structured course setting. He also had leadership experiences outside of courses, such as serving as a founding member of a new chapter of the co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, at the University of Minnesota. As a founding member and serving as the chapter’s first treasurer, this experience helped him developed skills in organizational management, finance, and leadership.
During pharmacy school, Gabe has been actively involved in learning more about innovations in pharmacy and changing the practice of pharmacy in our healthcare system. In the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) student chapter, he helped organize the first Midwest Regional AMCP Conference at the University of Minnesota. This experience helped him to build on leadership abilities from his undergraduate experiences and also helped Gabe realize his passion for engaging others in finding solutions to a fractured health care system.
Gabe has also been researching for the PRIME institute at the College of Pharmacy since his first year, analyzing drug pricing and federal policies around the approval and marketing of prescriptions. He will be presenting his work at the APhA 2017 Annual conference. Working with large data sets has helped Gabe realize the importance of data, technology and research for answering questions of health disparities and the potential for finding solutions. To explore better use of technology in enhancing pharmacy practice and health care delivery, Gabe has decided pursue a Masters in Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota in conjunction with his pharmacy education.
In addition to his involvement at the College, Gabe also works as a pharmacy intern for Walgreens counseling patients on medications, and for St. John’s Hospital where he conducts medication reviews in the emergency department. Gabe is also an independent contractor for Rx|X Consulting to assist with data analysis and federal compliance review for 340B health systems.
Gabe has long term goals of pursuing a career that helps improve affordability, efficiency, access and outcomes in health care delivery through inter-professional collaboration and use of innovative technological solutions.
In his spare time, Gabe enjoys participating in running races, helping at his local church, reading, and spending time with family and friends.