Leah Goeres

Leah Goeres

Alumna, Class of 2009
Major(s): Health Sciences
Hometown: Klamath Falls, OR

Post-graduate program: Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) OSU / OHSU

Pharm.D. graduation year: 2013

What are you doing now, career-wise?

Currently, I work for CareOregon which is the largest Coordinated Care Organization in the State of Oregon. We serve roughly 200,000 Oregon Medicaid and Oregon Medicare members. Most of our members are low-income and in the Portland-Metro area. Lots of pharmacists work for CareOregon and we all specialize in different disease states and different sub-populations of people.

My specific patient-population are those with Advanced Illness, generally people who have end-stage disease (such as terminal cancer) or functional impairments (such as dementia). I see most of my patient’s in their homes and they are usually in my care for about one year before transitioning to hospice or passing away.

I enjoy helping my patients access, organize, and simplify their medication regimens. I also enjoy helping people manage their pain or other symptoms. I work closely with nurses, primary care providers, specialists and social workers to help keep these patients safe and comfortable at home. We also help patients clarify their goals of care and honor their choices.

Is there any other achievement or involvement that you'd like to share?

I finished my Post-doctoral training in 2016. Here is the specific project I completed as lead investigator.

Goeres LM, Gille A, Furuno JP, et al. Rural-urban differences in chronic disease and drug utilization in older Oregonians. J Rural Health. 2016;32(3):269–279

I have also been a co-author of several other published, peer-reviewed papers studying the health outcomes of medications like statins, beta blockers and other anti-hypertensives in older patients.

What is one thing that you really appreciated about our program at Oregon Tech?

I benefited from professors knowing who I was and what my career objectives were. I felt that through various projects and even some in-class instruction, I received an education that was customized to my interest in pharmacy, yet very well rounded.

At OIT, there was a partnership that happened between me as a student and the faculty; I felt like my triumphs were their success. I also appreciated the professors with clinical backgrounds which gave me a leg-up in a clinical professional school.

What is one piece of advice that you would give to a student in our program today?

It's always good to get A's but sometimes you learn more when you get a B.

Profile updated May 2017
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