EAU CLAIRE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – One man moved to Eau Claire to further his education in the world of pharmacy. Being from a small community in another country. He’s aspiring to be an example for others.

Growing up in a small community in Mexico, Alejandro Del Rio Verduzco says the role of pharmacist wasn’t quite known

“I grew up knowing and understanding the needs that a lot of people have and how difficult it can be to access proper health care.”

Seeing the lack of health care knowledge motivated Alejandro to move to the United States for higher education. Recently he joined mayo clinic health systems pharmacy residency program.

“My path essentially first led me to take a master’s of bio biomedical sciences, where that’s where I actually learned about the interplay between pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and how those things can be used to improve both the access and the way that we can benefit.”

Dr. Richard Arndt says one aspect of the pharmacy residency program is to help improve access to providers in smaller communities

“This is training our residents as a medications experts in complex disease states and patient management really allows our residents to get exposure to some of the critical access hospitals in the more rural communities.”

That’s a goal Alejandro resonates with.

“I understand the importance of being able to make a difference and reach out to those who need help and maybe have a more difficult time accessing it.”

Alejandro wants to be a role model for others in the Latin x community, but also use his own experiences to add diversity in patient care and the medical world as whole.

“I’m hoping that that will then improve access and improve representation, which in turn is going to help both health outcomes and outreach in the community itself.”

Alejandro says he’s considering specializing in oncology or studying how someone’s genes affect their response to medications.