Alena M Korbut, PharmD
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 08/08/2022

LCDR Korbut was born and raised in Belarus, and moved to the United States in 2003.

In 2010, she started her journey of education at State College of Florida (SCF) and in 2013 graduated with Associates in Arts, summa cum laude. While attending SCF, she took a pharmacy technician course and became a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Although she never worked as a technician, it played a vital role in her decision to become a pharmacist. In May 2013, LCDR Korbut was accepted to LECOM School of Pharmacy.

During pharmacy school, LCDR Korbut learned about the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) through a meeting with a USPHS officer at the school career fair. In the summer of 2015, she applied to the USPHS and was accepted as a Junior Commissioned Officer Externship Program(JRCOSTEP) to serve the American Indian population of the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance, AZ. During that summer she discovered where her heart belongs and her future direction. In the summer of 2016, LCDR Korbut completed a second JRCOSTEP internship at Yakama Service Unit in Washington State and prepared herself for her future residency with Indian Health Service (IHS).

Upon her graduation in 2017 with Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, LCDR Korbut was fortunate to be accepted into one of the longest running IHS residency programs at Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital in Oklahoma. Upon competition of her residency in 2018, LCDR Korbut was offered a position as a clinical pharmacist at W.W. Hastings Hospital and was able to continue her Commissioned Corps career. In 2019, LCDR Korbut received her Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy and was awarded Junior Pharmacist of the Year award for Oklahoma Area IHS.

During her residency she spearheaded the use of Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) for our >250 uncontrolled diabetic patients (A1C>9%) within the pharmacy IDMS (2019-2021)

During her time at Cherokee Nation Outpatient Health Center, LCDR took a role of Acting Intensive Diabetes Clinic Manager and established new strategy to accommodate patients during COVID-19; designed and implemented patient-provider model, which assigns patients to a specific pharmacist to allow development of better patient-provider relationships and more consistent care plans. LCDR’s passion about reaching out to our community and the need for public health education continued to grow leading to LCDR’s establishment of the Northeastern Oklahoma Surgeon General’s Education Team (SGET).  LCDR serves as appointed Team Lead for Northeastern Oklahoma SGET and recruited 24 multi-disciplinary officers to deliver public health educational lessons. Team hosted 15 presentations educating over 1000 contacts on vaping and opioid misuse (2020-2021)

In 2021, LCDR Korbut received her Master’s in Healthcare Administration to further her career.

She truly enjoys her work and inspires others to apply for residency and join Indian Health Service Team. LCDR Korbut is married and has two wonderful daughters and a son, who always have been a part of her pharmacy life.