Faculty Spotlight Victoria Seaton, Pharm.D
I wish I could say, “Born and Raised in Arkansas”, but I was born in Indio, CA, and grew up in Van Buren, AR. I’ve always had an interest in pharmacy, so when the time came for me to make a decision on what I wanted to be when I grew up, I ended up attending the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AR, for my pre-pharmacy coursework. At University of the Ozarks, I received a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I graduated from UAMS College of Pharmacy in 2010. After graduation, I completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare Systems.
Currently, I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice as well as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Veterans Health Care Systems of the Ozarks (VHSO) in Fayetteville, AR. As a faculty member, I have the opportunity to take fourth year students and introduce them into the clinical setting. Most students will see patients one-on-one for the first time. I’m often excited to see the light bulb flicker with excitement when students’ recommendations are taken by the provider. I’m even more excited when they have an interest in residency after their rotation experience! I meet students for the first time in their P3 year where I lecture in Therapeutics III and Chemical Addiction. I also am the course coordinator for a mental health elective, and participate in teaching within an interprofessional course: Primary Care Pharmacotherapy. I also lecture in the Behavioral Health Course for the UAMS Physician Assistant Program. Lastly, I currently serve as the new advisor for the UAMS-NW campus of APhA-ASP.
At VHSO, I collaborate on an interprofessional team on the psychiatric unit to coordinate the best care for our veteran population. My research interests pertain to evaluating student pharmacists’ mental hygiene, the risk of substance abuse in the student population and advocating for better screening for depression in the primary care setting.
I think this advice applies to whether you are a student, resident or even a pharmacist. Squeeze every learning opportunity you can from the different learning experiences you have while a student. Don’t forget to SMILE and fill your day with laughter along the way!
One life goal I’ve yet to accomplish…
Win the lottery. Have dinner with someone famous?! I would say my absolute favorite lifelong goals are to travel the world and be a great mother! One place I would love to visit is Laos and Thailand. I’ve never been back to my family’s native homeland. My grandparents would always say to me, “Why would you ever want to go back somewhere that has brought so much heartache and hardship to our family?” It took me years to realize I wanted to see these places to have a better understanding of the community and environment that molded my family into such strong individuals. I want to meet family that I’ve never met before! Friends have often told me how easy it was to take some time off, get on a plane and make plans to visit. It’s not that easy for me. I hesitate only because one part of this adventure is finding out the other parts of my family and identity, which have been shielded from me as a child. I also think it would be an amazing opportunity to take my husband and son to discover a part of the world that is both exotic and personal to our heritage. I was raised by my grandparents and made it a personal lifelong goal to be the best mother I could be to my children. I believe traveling to show them the world would be a unique opportunity to expand my children’s horizons and open their minds to the world around them.
People would be surprised to know…
- Victoria Amelia Sayarath is not my birth name; however it is now my legal name.
- I speak Laotian fluently.
- I was the first one in my family to be born in the United States.