David Dakwa, PharmD, MBA

PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident
PGY-1 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident


Hometown: Chino Hills, California

Pharmacy School: Palm Beach Atlantic University, Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy

PGY-1 (if current PGY-2): Michigan Medicine

Why did you choose Michigan's residency program? I applied to Michigan Medicine's HSPA residency program because the program is located at a large academic medical center that allows the resident to focus on leadership development, clinical skills, research, and teaching while providing the ability to practice at the top of their license. Pharmacists have an impressive level of autonomy and collaborate extensively with other healthcare professionals. The strong leadership team, clinical preceptors, and mentorship in the HSPA program will provide me with unique opportunities in my career interests of adult/pediatric operations, regulatory compliance and mediation safety.

Research Topic: Drip Refill Process Optimization

Hobbies outside of pharmacy: Outdoor/indoor soccer, working out, hiking, photography, personal training

Favorite Book: People Can't Drive You Crazy If You Don't Give Them the Keys by Mike Bechtle

Favorite Movie: Inception and Gladiator

Advice for future residents: Residency is all about comfort, culture and fit for every individual. Although it is an exciting and challenging point in your career as you research programs, keep in mind places that can push you out of your comfort zone while developing you into a competent clinical pharmacist. Always remember to find time for yourself

Favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor (and why): Chela's Restaurant and Taqueria - if you want to feel like you're eating actual good Mexican food from California, this place will not disappoint

Advice on how to prepare for Michigan winters: As a California boy, good luck! Get that WINTER coat early!!

Best advice received from a preceptor: PGY1 is about the breadth of experiences you gain and PGY2 is all about depth into the specialty of your choice. Be sure to be exposed to as many clinical opportunities within your scope before focusing on a specialty.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what drug would you bring? (and why): Methadone or fluoxetine because of their long half-lives! Greater chance of being rescued :)

Favorite part about doing residency at Michigan Medicine: Collaboration with healthcare professionals and the bonds created with your co-residents and leadership team