Two Lives Intertwined

Last weekend I went on a date with a guy that I thought was cool. He was attentive, and seemed to really be into me. He had just moved to my town, and is here on a long term assignment. Well, he had told me he had never been married, and since he hadn’t given me a reason to suspect him, I believed him. While I was on my walk with my friend’s dog, he called and told me that he lied and that he was married, but he hasn’t been with his wife for 3 years. We have mutual friends and acquaintances. It turns out that he had told that that he was married, and no interest in meeting anyone other than as friends.  When my friends told me that he had told them he was married, I blocked him from all forms of contact. It had confirmed my suspicions about him. He seemed like a classic cheater, blaming me for his behavior, and not remembering which lies he told.

I bring this up on my pharmacy blog, because what he did affected my mood, and my work professionally. I wasn’t as attentive as I should have been, I was constantly looking at my phone, waiting for a response from him, even though I wouldn’t get one since I had blocked him. I wasn’t as cheery as I was before. But in the end, whatever happened with this guy didn’t matter. I had a job to do, I had patients to take care of, and I had technicians, nurses and physicians counting on me to be the pharmacist. My problems with this guy had nothing to do with my job, and no one in the pharmacy or clinic cared.

We all have good days and bad days. Our personal and professional lives are linked, and often one will leak into the other. Whenever we are going through something difficult in our personal lives, it comes out in our professional lives. I was lied to and betrayed by this guy, and so I had my guard up at work. I wasn’t as open and friendly as before. have a coworker who feels like she has no control in her marriage, so she micromanages at work. It isn’t just the negative feelings that cross over into our professional lives; our positive feelings cross over as well. When I was first asked by this guy, before knowing his marital status, I was giddy like a teenage girl, and everyone at work saw it. Whenever my favorite technician told me she got into pharmacy school, her excitement was contagious. Everyone in the clinic was as excited as she was, and we all wanted her to succeed in school.

The opposite is also true. Whatever happens at work leaks into our personal life. Whenever we are frustrated or stressed at work, it seeps into our personal lives. Sometimes we take it out on our loved ones; sometimes we just hide in our own shells (this is what I do. I become a social hermit). Sometimes we drink more than we should.

In the end, we can control only so much that goes on in our lives, either professionally or personally. However, we can control what we allow in our other lives. However, this is very hard to do. And it is unhealthy to compartmentalize and shut down our feelings. So, what can we do? For starters, we can minimize our negative emotions. When I realized that I deserve better than that lying cheater, it was easier for me to get a better grip on my emotions. Then I was able to focus on the patients and the pharmacy. It also helped that I felt love and gratitude from everyone in the clinic. Whenever I’m frustrated with work, I exercise or go for a walk (although it has been harder to do this summer, with the temps being over 100). I have my friend’s dog Gri to help me as well. She loves me, and allows me to take her to the nature preserve near her house. Friends are great diffusers, both animal and human.

This weekend, I’m going to forget about the lying cheater, and make new, happy memories with people that love and respect me. And of course, get lots of hugs and kisses from this girl.

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I know she will never lie to me, or cheat on me 🙂

Eiffel Tower — Texas Style

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I work as a coverage pharmacist for an oncology clinic here in Texas. We have sites all over the state. This week, I’m working in Paris. Yes, there is a Paris, Texas. Actually, there are a lot of towns in Texas named after European cities. If you cannot afford to go to Europe, just come to Texas and buy a bus ticket.

It will be 2 years next month that I have been working as a coverage pharmacist. Many people first ask me what it is like to be a traveler, and then tell me that they can’t do my job. The truth is, I’m starting to think like them. Each site that I cover has its own personality, and its own way of doing things. I hate that I have to know so many different ways of doing the same tasks that is mandated throughout the entire company. I also have to deal with many different types of personalities from the staff, and with that, comes drama. I have not dealt with so many petty people before. Finally, the last minute schedule changes make it hard to make and keep plans, and have somewhat of a social life.

With that said, I DO love my job. I have met so many amazing people throughout the company. Like this week, the technician I’m working with took me around town and showed me the Eiffel Tower. I learn about different regimens used in different populations, and spread ideas that other sites have implemented successfully. For example, when I have my own site, I want to put cartoon stickers on the chemo infusion bags, so the adult patients can smile when they see the stickers. Getting chemotherapy is tough enough; such a small gesture makes a BIG difference. And yes, for the most part, I am appreciated for covering the site. Most of the pharmacists that I have covered know that their site is in good hands when I am there.

It is hard to be appreciated, and find joy in your job, especially in pharmacy. There are so many negative aspects that just beat a pharmacist down: irate customers/patients, phone ringing off the hook, impolite representatives from the physicians’ offices, insurance companies and reimbursement cuts, mountains and mountains of paperwork, being compliant with state and federal rules and regulations, mounting tasks from management (who are not pharmacists and really have no clue how the pharmacy is run), drug shortages, rising costs of medications, and so forth. So why are we in pharmacy in the first place?

Just remember WHY you got into your field, whether it be pharmacy or something else. Did you make someone smile today? Did you utilize your skills and make an important intervention? Did you pop some bubble wrap next to a nurse’s ear? Oh wait, I did that today. Remind yourself that it was YOU that did that: brought a smile to someone’s face, made a huge intervention, pop some bubble wrap, etc. Because of YOU, someone’s life got a little better and brighter. For that, you should be really proud of yourself.

I wonder if I can find some Texas style crepes …..

Grateful for My … Failures?

Over my 10 year pharmacy career (thank you Facebook for the lovely reminder), I have had a lot of failures. Anyone who has seen my LinkedIn profile knows I have held A LOT of positions over the last 10 years (coming up on 2 years in my latest position). I knew I wasn’t the right fit in those positions, yet I kept trying …. and kept failing.

In my spiritual center, we are taught to be grateful, even for our mistakes and failures. And even though I had thought that each nonlasting position was a failure, I realized that each position was just a stepping stone to further my career. I have learned so many skills at each position, as well as made lifelong friends (as well as enemies) along the way. Many of them have helped get to the next position.

Walgreens taught me how grueling retail pharmacy can be. It gave me a better understanding about how insurances and PBMs (pharmacy benefit managers) work, how to deal with irate patients and frustrated coworkers. I learned conflict resolution at Walgreens; and no, I DON’T give gift cards. Through my mistakes made at Walgreens, I learned that accuracy is WAY more important than speed, to check ALL DUR (drug utilization review) and drug-drug interactions, and how to look up information for the vast amount of dietary supplements out there (“how could it be harmful to me? it’s natural!” Yes, but so it is poison ivy)

My time in West Texas taught me how much I hate sand storms! But that was my first real hospital experience. I learned how to handle NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) orders, CCU (cardiac care unit) and ICU (intensive care unit) orders, how to look at antibiotics and be a part of the stewardship, how to interpret labs and which are clinically significant vs statistically significant, and the flow of hospital pharmacy. I had a clinical coordinator that treated me more like a student than a licensed pharmacist, but even though I hated her at the time, right now I am truly grateful.  I gave presentations in front of other pharmacists, which I hated at the time. It gave me the confidence to speak in front of small crowds and other healthcare professionals. I also learned how to look up different information for physicians, and how to present case studies.

My time in Sherman (North Texas) taught me that racism and discrimination is alive and well. Although most of the pharmacy was happy that I was there, there were a few that didn’t like that I was the only non-white and non-Christian person in the entire pharmacy department. I was able to enhance my clinical skills with the antibiotic dosing, and I got my first taste of oncology pharmacy. Even though my time there was miserable because of the blatant discrimination I experienced there, I did have the greatest pleasure of meeting my close friend and mentor, JS. She is the one who got me the position that I hold currently.

My time at CMC has definitely opened my eyes to a new field of pharmacy. I had never worked in the ICU full time before, let alone dealing with children in the ICU. Most people found find this extremely scary, and I was also extremely scared when I first started. Pediatric pharmacy was incredibly different from what I was used to practicing. But, I learned how to be calm during a code situation, which has helped me calm during high stress environments. I can work more comfortably with pediatric patients, especially in my current position. I realized that no matter how much I did, or how many extra shifts I took, it will never be enough to satisfy my coworkers. In that case, I just realized that I need to do what’s best for ME and my body, which was to leave. It broke my heart to do so, as I thoroughly enjoyed working there.

Currently I work as a coverage pharmacist for an oncology group. I travel all over the state. I have learned different management styles, different ways of doing the same thing (which can be extremely difficult to remember as a coverage pharmacist), how to deal with different personalities, and of course, the world of oncology. There are so many components to oncology pharmacy; and we hit on almost every other medical specialties as well. Yes, it does suck to be away from home, and I feel like I miss out on having a social life (which is very important when you’re single like me), but I have met so many fantastic people in many areas of the state. I also got to see different parks, attractions, cities, etc that most people in Texas have not experienced. I love what I do.

I would have called those previous positions failures in my life, mainly because I couldn’t keep the positions long enough. However, looking back, I am so grateful for those opportunities, as I would not have been the amazing pharmacist that I am today. Sometimes you just have to look back and say, THANK YOU.

So, my challenge for you is to find 5 things that you are grateful for in your current position. If you do not have a position, find 3 things that you are grateful for because you don’t have a current position. And … GO!

Fear … of success?

I haven’t posted much lately, because of all the changes I’m trying to incorporate in my life. I know that reaching out to other professionals and helping them achieve their career goals, or help them find and be successful in their new careers is my ultimate dream, but sometimes life just get in the way.

But does it really? Does life really get in the way? I had talked to my coach earlier in the week, and honestly, even though I am incorporating lifestyle changes (like working out at least 4 days a week, and being more social whenever I’m not out of town for work, and try dating), I could still make time for my own coaching business. So, what really is stopping me?

I learned that fear is what is stopping me. To be more specific, the fear of success. Most have a fear of failure, which is why they do not start their goals in the first place. Both fears have the same result: distraction, aka LIFE.

I had excuses of my friend visiting me from out of town, or I’m working out of town, or I’m trying to go to the gym. Then I realized that if something is important to me, I WILL make the time to go do it. For example, I told my friend that I wanted to get some gym time in. The original plan was for her to come with me. In the end, I ended going to the gym, while she went to an evening church service nearby. The point is, even though she was out of town visiting me, and I was entertaining her, we both found ways to achieve our goals.

I wish I could say I had an epiphany and tell everyone that I overcame my fear and now I’m going to be the best career coach ever. Sadly, that is not the case. I am FAR from overcoming my fear, and lots of other fears keep popping up. However, I have the greatest blessings by having people around who love me and support my goals. Because of them, I am able to get myself back on track on certain goals, and hopefully overcome some of the fears that are blocking my success.

I’m sure many people can relate to the fear that blocks their success, whether it be fear of failure of fear of success. Either way, they make themselves busy with other distractions, and use life as an excuse. I hope they can share their stories of how they overcame their fears and push through achieving their goals. I could definitely use some inspiration.

In the meantime, even though Texas has been experiencing multiple 100+ degree weather and no rain in sight, I still find time to enjoy the nature park near my friend’s house.

 

 

Desperate Makes You Stupid

I was following up with someone the other day. He is a recent grad, who has been looking for a pharmacist position for a long time now. I had asked him what had changed since the last time we had talked. He said that he had talked to some of his friends and classmates who were managers, and hire for their companies. They had given him the advice of keep applying to different positions, that it’s a numbers game. Anyone who has the least amount of understanding of today’s pharmacist market knows that this is the WORST. ADVICE. EVER. I had asked him how his friends got their jobs, and he said through fraternities and people they knew while in school. So basically, they gave him the most generic advice that they didn’t follow themselves. I was following up with someone the other day. He is a recent grad, who has been looking for a pharmacist position for a long time now. I had asked him what had changed since the last time we had talked. He said that he had talked to some of his friends and classmates who were managers, and hire for their companies. They had given him the advice of keep applying to different positions, that it’s a numbers game. Anyone who has the least amount of understanding of today’s pharmacist market knows that this is the WORST. ADVICE. EVER. I had asked him how his friends got their jobs, and he said through fraternities and people they knew while in school. So basically, they gave him the most generic advice that they didn’t follow themselves.
I tried to give him advice that I DID use myself, and I gave my own experiences. I am not ashamed to admit that I got my current position through a personal connection. My friend J had worked for this company as PRN for over 20 years, and she knew the Executive Director for Pharmacy really well. She told him to give me an interview, and luckily, he liked me and hired me.
Anyway, I digress. I told the recent grad that I got my current job through personal connections, his friends got their jobs through personal connections, and nowadays it’s not about WHAT you know, but WHO you know. Of course, the recent grad didn’t take my advice. He even told me he is studying to take the license exams for the neighboring state because he saw that there were jobs posted there.
However, I do understand where he’s coming from. He’s desperate to find a job, ANY job. I was there, too. There were times in my pharmacy career that I was out of a job, and I had to borrow money from friends and family so I could pay rent, and not be homeless. I hated selling my possessions, just so I could have money to eat. I remember what it was like to be that desperate. And desperate makes you stupid.
Desperate makes you think that you can’t get any good job, so you have no choice but to accept anything that is out there, even if you KNOW you will not be happy there. Desperate makes you stubborn, and you end up ignoring the advice from those who have been what you have been through. Desperate gives the feeling of panic. Desperate makes you do the same actions over and over again, yet you expect different results. DESPERATE MAKES YOU STUPID.
I know that the pharmacy market has been really tough, especially as of late. And yes, it is very easy to become desperate. But you can take certain steps to increase your chances of getting a position, even if it is used as a stepping stone to get to the position you really want.

1) USE YOUR CONNECTIONS! Reach out to old colleagues, supervisors, classmates, professors, etc. Social media has made it really easy to find and connect with people from the past. I use Facebook and LinkedIn a lot. LinkedIn also tells you connections of connections, so if there is someone you know that knows a hiring manager or employee of a company you would like to work for, don’t be afraid to ask for a referral.

2) If you are still in school, talk to your professors and preceptors. Ask them what the likelihood of their companies hiring new grads is. We recently had hired a new grad for a PRN position based on one of the pharmacists’ recommendation, as she was his preceptor. Make sure you stay in touch with the preceptor, even after that rotation is done.

3) JOIN LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS! APhA and ASHP are the biggest pharmacy organizations, but they also have state and city chapters.  There are also non-professional organizations out there that could be beneficial. There is a Meetup group here called Dallas Health Entrepreneurs Network, which looks at looking at healthcare from a startup perspective. Even personal Meetup groups can have professional benefits. I have met a few pharmacists through various personal interest groups. If I ever want a job change, I have a few people I can call.

4) If all else fails, talk to pharmacy recruiters. They are able to give you posts of where the need for pharmacists is (remember, they get paid for your placement). Yes, most will be in rural areas, but it will get you the experience needed, until you’re able to reach out to pharmacists in your desired location. Who knows, maybe the area you were dreading to go to may be the best move for you personally. I thought I would never leave Illinois and move to Texas, but now Dallas is my home.

If you could take away just one thing from this post, it is to just reach out. Don’t try to find a job, any job, on your own. Avoid being desperate, and if you can’t avoid that, then avoid being stupid.

Time to head to the gym. I’m desperate to work off the brownies I had for lunch.

Moving On Up

My coach and mentor posted on social media that he had turned in his resignation at his current position. He is giving up his full time position as an anticoagulation pharmacist at the VA to become an entrepreneur full time. I am very excited for him and his journey, and I am very happy that I get to see him from the sidelines. A, you’ve been successful in your endeavor so far; I know you’ll go on to create more opportunities for yourself and for others.

When I read that post, it got me thinking about my own pharmacy journey, as well as my general life path. Am I truly happy with where I am right now? The answer is yes and no. I am very lucky to be in a job that I love. To be honest, I love my job most of the time; there are some times when I hate it. I have a job where I am challenged mentally, my schedule is normal business hours, I have great rapport with the physicians and nurses, the patients are grateful for my help and expertise, my colleagues and managers are always there whenever I need them, and the technicians I work with are extremely hardworking and loyal. Seems like every pharmacist’s dream job, right?

So why am I not truly happy where I am right now? There are so many reasons. The first reason is the direction that pharmacy is heading towards right now. There are too many players in the pharmacy game, and most of them are not even pharmacists. We are constantly fighting with the PBMs (pharmacy benefit managers; these are the companies that take care of the prescription insurance claims). Most of the medications dispensed in our pharmacies are high cost anti-cancer medications, they cost $5,000 to $20,000 per month. So of course we are fighting for reimbursement, and the right to dispense at our pharmacy, instead of forcing the patients to use their mail order specialty pharmacies. It gets REALLY hot here in Texas (we’ve already had several days in a row where the high has been over 100 degrees), and leaving medications out on the porch in this heat, or in a non climate controlled area, is just a waste of money, time, and resources (if a medication gets too hot, it can lose its efficacy). Patients then can get unexpected delays in their treatments, or their out-of-pocket costs are too high. This is especially true for Medicare patients, who are exempt from taking advantage of copay cards or other assistance from the drug manufacturers. It does break my heart to see patients unable to get their medications because they cannot afford it.

The biggest reason is that I feel like I’m not doing enough to make an impact in the world. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a pharmacist, especially in the oncology setting. I love the path that pharmacy journey has taken me. I am definitely a well rounded pharmacist, because of my experiences; I do not have a narrow field of vision when it comes to pharmacy, which is a dangerous risk with those who specialize. However, I love helping people realize their dreams or overcoming their limitations. I have helped friends and strangers overcome fears and limiting perspectives, and they’ve had their lives change for the better. But I always feel like I can do …. more. I could help more people realize their potential. I could guide more people to find what their true passion is in life. I could advise more people to take the necessary steps needed to get their dream job. More importantly, I can help MYSELF more by sharing my wisdom and talent so others can achieve their goals and dreams.

I’m hoping to follow A’s footsteps, but in my own journey. A has done incredibly well for himself, but I know that his path is not my path. My path will lead me to my own success and experiences. Nonetheless, words cannot express how grateful I am for A’s guidance in my journey.

Until then, I’ll just keep singing the “The Jeffersons” theme song in my head. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L09qnRfZY-k

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

In a previous post, I had mentioned that I need to put myself first. Well, I have been trying to do that. I have been *gasp* going to the gym more, and trying to be more active. Did I mention that I HATE going to the gym? The last time I went, I sat in my car in the parking lot of the gym for over an hour, procrastinating, until I finally gave up and went in.

The biggest reason I hate going to the gym, besides the actual working out, is that I have a real fear of people judging me. I do not have an athlete’s body, as most people do while at the gym. I do not lift 200 pounds, like I have seen some of the people do. I cannot run on the treadmill for 30+ minutes. To see people do this is very intimidating for me.

I joined the gym because my friend J convinced me to, and J promised to work out with me. He only worked out with me the first time, and every other time he had an excuse not to go to the gym. He is still very proud of me that I still went on my own, although I will admit that I probably didn’t work out as hard as I could have, because he wasn’t there to push me. I got scared of everyone there judging me, and what I can and cannot do. It stems from the fear of rejection, as stated in my last post.

So, what now? Despite me being intimidated at the gym, I’m still going. Will I ever get over my fear of rejection and intimidation, and just work out for ME? Most likely not. For those that say that going to the gym is half the battle, I say FTS! To me, going to the gym is like, 1/10th of the battle. Convincing myself to not compare my own journey to everyone else’s, and not run away just because I see a very muscular man bench pressing 500 pounds is half the battle. Actually working out is about 40%. I’m hoping that the more I go to the gym, the more comfortable I will be in my own skin, and my own fitness journey. We shall see if that continues.

If anyone else tells me to give up sugar one more time, I will cut that b****.

Fear Has Killed My Career

I have a fear of rejection.

I am definitely a people pleaser. I want to make sure people have a good opinion of me, therefore I will do what the majority says, even if it’s against my instincts, or against company policy. I often want to go with the flow, not against the grain.

That has definitely hurt my career. I didn’t have a backbone. I didn’t stand up for myself, and sometimes I was drowning in work. I would rather have people like me than ask for help. Sometimes, I would stay 2-3 hours past closing just to catch up, so the next crew wouldn’t have a hard time. I would take on more overtime shifts, even though my body would be SCREAMING for rest, to look like I’m a team player. I have followed bad managers and technicians, because I thought they were wiser and more experienced; sometimes I went against company policy because “that’s the way we’ve always done it.”

What became of my decisions? If I didn’t rest, I made more mistakes, potentially killing the patients. If I went against company policy, I would be thrown under the bus and punished, because it was ME that knowingly went against company policy, despite everyone else doing it. If I stayed late to help the next crew, I was never appreciated for my hard work; sometimes I was criticized for taking too long to do my work. I was called during my time off because the supervisor or technicians just assumed that I would come in and work, despite my personal plans. In every situation, I didn’t advance in my career, and I sacrificed a lot of time and effort to colleagues and employers that just didn’t care what I did for them.

I would like to say that I grew a pair and started to stand up for myself, but the truth is, I am still very much a people pleaser. My fear of rejection is still real, and it does affect my pharmacy career, as well as personal relationships. I wish I had a better game plan on how to stand up for myself, without making anyone mad, but in all honesty, that is just not possible. I know I will go crazy if I try to please everybody; in my mind, I do know this, but I still try to please everybody. There are times that I still stay late to help either the current staff so they can get out earlier, or to help whoever I am covering for. I have taken on more projects that my area managers have given me that are outside my generic job description. I keep telling myself that I am passionate about the projects, and I’m not sacrificing a lot of my personal time and effort; plus, I will gain some valuable skills that eventually will help me in the future, both personally and professionally. I do buy lunches and treats for the technicians that I work with, as it is not easy to work with a coverage pharmacist. I tell them it’s to thank them for their hard work, but in reality, I do it so they will like me more.

I have learned a few tricks, though. I have learned NOT to go against company policy, just because “we’ve always done it this way.” The potential risk, especially to the patient, is just not worth it. I have also learned to listen to my instincts. If someone tells me to do something that just feels wrong, no matter if it is a manager, or a technician who has been there a really long time, I will not do it. Yes, I do get in trouble initially, but more often than not, my instinct was right. When in doubt, I have learned to ask someone I trust for a second opinion before making a choice. No one is weak by asking for help.

I still have a very real fear of rejection. I have started to take the steps to manage it. I hope that eventually, this fear will stop killing my career and other life endeavors.

 

My Love Life and My Work Life

I have been crying over a guy who has made it clear over and over again that he will only see me as a friend. I met up with another friend, who asked me why I was letting my emotions get the best of me. My second friend, whom I will call J, very bluntly told me that I shouldn’t be chasing a guy that doesn’t want a relationship with me, and that I really should focus on myself. J then asked me, if I’m not happy in all areas of my life, then why would anyone want to come to me for help?

I was taken aback by his by his question. I answered back, saying that I’m a career coach, not a love coach, and I’m already doing great things in my career. He then pointed out that my emotions have affected me in my career. Looking back at my career, I saw that he was right. I was doing well in my career when all other parts of my life were going well. When I wasn’t happy with one part of my life (in most cases, it happened to be my love life), even though it seemed like I was doing well in my career, I didn’t feel happy in it; I felt either restless or stuck, or stressed.

When I first talked to my coach, we didn’t even talk about my career. We talked about my love life, or more specifically, lack of a boyfriend. We spent the entire hour finding ways to improve my chances of getting a husband. I felt better after a while, and I was doing almost everything in the game plan laid out for me, and that is when I had become excited about becoming a career coach myself. Now, I am still boyfriendless, but to be of better service to other people, I really do need to focus on myself.

With that said, I really am trying to be happy in all parts of my life. Tomorrow, J and I are going to the gym to sign up for the membership, and I’ll be calling J to go to the gym with me. By day, I am a floater pharmacist for a specialized company, so I know it will be hard for me to go to the gym at the same time every day. Also, I love meeting up with people in the evenings, so I either have to work out in the  early morning or late at night. These sound like excuses, and they absolutely are. I hope I can overcome my excuses otherwise I’ll get a good butt kicking from J.

What about the first friend, the one I have feelings for? The truth is, I don’t know what to do about him just yet. One complication is that I am totally in love with his dog (dogs are like children, right?), and I REALLY don’t want to leave her. He is a good friend. Some friends have told me to just cut off ties and move on, but some friends have told me to save the friendship, as he does make me happy, and he’s really a good guy. Both choices have pros and cons, so I have to follow my heart, and see which is the better choice. Until then, I will follow J’s advice and work on myself.

Tell Me Why You Went Into Pharmacy

Dear readers, I would like to know: why did you choose pharmacy as your career?

I actually didn’t choose pharmacy as my career; my dad chose it for me. I am Indian-American, and when I was growing up, we did everything our parents told us to do, including major life choices, like career paths and marriage. It was when the pharmacy shortage was happening. My dad had read about pharmacy, from the job markets to the salaries. He thought it would be an easy choice for me, as I was studious and hard working. My dad had an interest in chemistry, as did I. He even researched the best schools for pharmacy (at that time there were way less schools than there are now). So, being the obedient daughter that I was, I went into pharmacy.

While in school, I HATED pharmacy. Too many things to remember, not enough of a social life. I remember my business school friends getting done early on Thursday afternoons, and they didn’t have classes on Fridays. So they would go out on Thursday nights, and I felt like I was missing the fun (Pharmacy always had 8am labs). I couldn’t memorize everything, and I felt bored in my classes. Pharmacy didn’t excite me, and I definitely was not interested in the “rat race” of being the top student. I did get my pharmacy degree, and went to work.

The first few jobs I had didn’t help my attitude with pharmacy. I had thought about quitting several times, but never did because I wasn’t skilled or trained in anything else. Over time, I gained a lot of skills needed to be a GOOD pharmacist, and my hatred disappeared, and love and passion took its place. I love being a pharmacist now.

So tell me, how did you get into pharmacy? Why did you choose pharmacy as a career? Would you do something different if you could?

Thank you!!