Most days I am a practicing community pharmacist in Dallas, Texas. I received my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2013. I am a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist. I have additional certifications in Medication Therapy Management and Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery from the American Pharmacists Association and Community Pharmacy Based Point of Care Testing from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.
Pharmacy chose me more than I chose it but I fall more and more in love with it each passing day.
The variety is what keeps me engaged. Monday I could be talking to patients about the efficacy and side effect profiles of a new drug, Tuesday I could be talking to my bosses about profit and loss statements and how to best impact them, Wednesday could be spent training other pharmacists and technicians on the intricacies of pharmacy inventory management, Thursday could involve a conference call with other pharmacy managers to discuss how to improve patient experience and Friday might include a conversation with a drug rep about which immunizations we should offer patients and the best times to administer them. Then I may spend the weekend catching up on industry news, listening to quarterly earnings calls or reading journals and periodicals about novel therapies or guideline changes.
There is a never-ending stream of information to be learned and shared and if a pharmacist has a desire to be actively engaged there are a myriad of ways to do so. There is always a new topic to discover or an old disease state to brush up on. From getting better at reading financial reports and making spreadsheets in excel to learning which significant drug interactions to watch out for when a patient is started on a new therapy; the opportunities to find a niche (or not and try to learn as much as you can about as much as you can like me =)) are endless.
I am on a constant quest for more certifications and more knowledge. I love what I do. I want to share as much as I can with as many people as possible. I want to help other healthcare professionals improve their practice, skills and knowledge base. I want to help patients decipher all the medical jargon thrown at them and understand the important and pertinent information.
I am extremely passionate about the healthcare industry and want to use my skill set to improve the lives of as many people as I can and in any way I can.
I am excited to be a Medelita HIP Ambassador and you can check out my profile here!
Thank you for stopping by and please do not hesitate to let me know if there is something you would like me to write about.