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Pharmacy Leaders Podcast: Inspiring Pharmacy Leadership Interviews

Feb 4, 2018

It's Pharmacy News Sunday where I go over last week's and next week's happenings. Here are some important links:

Kevin Yee Pharmacist on YouTube and I talk about Career and Money on his YouTube channel: and his blogposts can be found here: Finding your Focus

APhA Three Travel Registration Stipend Contest link (In this episode, Shout out to our two current leaders Carleigh Roberts P2 of ULM School of Pharmacy and Bailey Rucker P3 of South University School of Pharmacy Savannah)

Full Transcript:


Welcome to the Pharmacy Leaders Podcast with your host Tony Guerra. The Pharmacy Leaders Podcast is a member of the Pharmacy Podcast Network with interviews and advice on building your professional network, brand and a purposeful second income from students, residents and innovative professionals.

Hey, welcome to the Pharmacy Leaders Podcast and welcome to Pharmacy News Sunday. So, all that happened last week and all that's going to happen next week. So let's start off with the travel stipends, we've gotten the contest off to a great start and I wanted to highlight two students who are really crushing it early in the competition. Carly Roberts is a P-2 student at the University of Louisiana Monroe. She's attending the annual meeting and hoping to network and learn from others and do more with her position with APHA and she is generation RX co-chair and she's talked to more than a thousand students about the danger of prescription and non-prescription drug misuse and helping combat the opioid death epidemic. She lost a dear friend to addiction to adderall last year. So really she's crushing it, she's in the lead right now and really just kind of, I'm just so proud of her and the way that she's gotten her tribe together. It's going to be so important that we can let others know that we're doing something and that we need their support and that we can get it from them and I know it's all of Facebook Likes but really when you think about it if you go out and ask your friends, you know, if you need help with something and we're going to be talking about things more than Facebook Likes especially a provider status goes through. So congratulations to Carly for that early lead and then the other student is Bailey Rucker. She says, hey y'all and she is currently a P-3 at South University School of Pharmacy Savannah Campus. So she was a little bit nervous about moving away from home and starting that new chapter in her life but this three-year accelerated program that uses the quarter system is obviously challenging but I've heard over and over again that leadership opportunities don't evade those who are doing their pharmacy training a little bit faster. She's happy about being part of a Pharmaly and she's file AM to sigma secretary class president for the graduating class of 2019 and pharmacy student leadership council president. So clearly qualified as well so I do hope that you take the time to look at the people that are going out there and putting themselves on the line out there in public. It's so important that we have these representatives that have social connections because when we're asking for things like provider status again we're going to need to lean into these kinds of people that know how to get other people to move. Okay, so again I hope that you guys do enter. This is just one third of it there's also the iTunes and the Audible ways to win. I'd check out the last episode with Brandon Dyson, TLDR and get more details on that.

Alright, so I haven't given an interview in a long time and I've certainly never done one this as long as I did with Kevin Yee but Kevin Yee's been on YouTube for quite a long time. He's phenomenal and just calling it like it is and this is what's going on with pharmacy and this is what we can do about it and his group and his followers are amazingly engaged with his Kevin Yee pharmacist channel on YouTube. So I encourage you to check out that video. I'll certainly put the link in the show notes and if you are, you know, reticent about listening to an hour-long interview, I understand, he really did a really great job with the time stamps talking about the different places you end up in pharmacy. So whether you're working for someone else, working as someone who leads other people in the pharmacy, working for yourself or you're the person that leads other people working for themselves.

Then what it is to come into community pharmacy and maybe find out that in the beginning yeah, this was what was for you but that maybe it doesn't end up being a lifelong career for you and that you want to move out and what are you going to do there. I struggled in the classroom and I talk about that as well, why I went into pharmacy and then I talk about some other side businesses that have very little to do with being in a pharmacy but using the skills that you need as a PharmD and so I want to make sure that I'm clear when I say that my career has gone back and forth between being in a pharmacy and being out of a pharmacy but at all times I needed that training that I got as a pharmacist. But I did have a very successful real estate practice, I was able to work my way up through the teaching ladder eventually getting a position at a college and then give you some advice for the new grads certainly some of, I don't know if you want to take my advice on dealing with debt but it's definitely non-traditional, I'll let you listen to it. It's at the 35 minute mark.

And then kind of talking about investing and in the way that that I look at it but again my life is so fortunate in that I'm, you know, when my daughter says, you know, I really want you to come for the first time I'm going to hot lunch, I can go do that. This morning my daughter was sick and, you know, I came by and my wife went, you know, was able to go work out, she took care of the other two and then we kind of switched off and then she went to go take them to get their ears pierced and then now I've got a couple hours to work and then I'll go back and take care of the sick little one. And if I was working today it would just be a tremendous burden on her and whether you're, you know, whatever spouse you are but having that autonomy is really what I think is kind of magical about the entrepreneurial process.

Okay and I'm going to talk about that quite a bit this week in our episodes but first of all, on Monday there was so much success with the TLDR interview format. Where I went back and forth with Brandon Dyson on interview questions that I said, okay well let's see if I can find someone else as well that can talk to it a little bit and Sean P Kane from Rosalind Franklin University up in Chicago was nice enough to talk with me for a little bit about what it is to do PGY-1 but then articulate PGY-2 as someone who's done a critical-care PGY-2 and then he does a really great job of answering a critical-care question. Both if you've had the critical care APPE and then if you haven't had it. So what's a reasonable answer, what shows your skill in either scenario because I know many of you are, have the lottery and you didn't get to do your most advanced APPE's clinically and you have to go to those residency interviews.

Then another thing that I hear often is I really want a home-based business that I can do in addition to pharmacy. And I brought in my friend Janine Kelbach of the Health Care marketing Network. She's got five figure side salary from some gigs that she had and I'll let you listen to that on Wednesday and I've been getting some really troubling, I want to say emails or notes and on social media that some people are really struggling out there with losing their positions in certain areas. Maybe it's no longer a fit and the pharmacy profession that they started with is so different now and going back for residency is really not an option so what I did was I went out and brought in entrepreneur Don Hutcheson who really has been an entrepreneur all of his life. He was in service to our country in the military and then went into a number of businesses and I talked to him about what it is to make your own job and career. Because I think that, you know, as someone who's 45 if I didn't have a position, well if I was working in pharmacy I don't need a pharmacy license to do what I do I teach chemistry and pharmacology at a community college but if I did and was working in a pharmacy I would definitely feel like, you know, after X number of years of working it would be really tough for me to go into a position that I wasn't maybe the manager or some kind of leader and I would want to make my own road as it were. Okay so those are going to be the three episodes for next week Monday, Wednesday Friday and that's the format that we're probably going to be keeping here.

Let's talk about some of the other podcast episodes. So, on the Pharmacy Podcast Network, what's important to know about buying and selling a pharmacy. So if after graduation your dream is to own a pharmacy, we hear from Christian Harrington, corporate vice president of pharmacy strategies with HD Smith, who gives some advice there, the next episode, 5-43 with Java although it's spelled like java, like coffee. Coleman on the Pharmacy Inspection Podcast, I really love this episode because it was about processes and how if you get the process right you can do amazing things and they talk about in compounding pharmacy how they kind of made these, I want to say it was peanut butter sandwiches or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I don't remember exactly what it was but they improved the process and got the idea across that wow, you know, there's a lot of wasted time in some of the things that we do and that if we can improve those processes we can be in really good shape. So I definitely recommend that you check that out.

Dr. Leslie Mendoza Temple, the Medical Podcast. So again marijuana is a huge, huge topic across the country and if that's something that you're interested in that's episode 544. Something that was really interesting to me and I totally would have taken advantage of this when I, if this was something that that I would have done when I graduated but there is a Spanish immersion internship with CBS and yo hablo espanol but yo hablo espanol Americano, so my Spanish is not that good but there are I think 50 cities or more that you can be in this Spanish immersion internship and you don't have to have Spanish as your primary language, you can have a some kind of Spanish background, Spanish training. I feel like it's just really the desire to learn these things. So our guest Michelle Mages, if that was something that she'd wanted to do this would have been really kind of cool to be able to do it in the states but you can see in the show notes there where those are and talk to the recruiting strategist as well about that.

And then the last thing Pharmacy Transition Services if, you know, an owner of a pharmacy, Todd talks with Chad Sanders of Cardinal Pharmacy Transition Services and talks about how important it is to be prepared for a pharmacy business, purchase, sale or transfer. And what we're hearing over and over again is that we want to preserve the independence but to do that we need to find people that are going to buy the independence, I want to do, take on that leadership role, I want that entrepreneurial opportunity and this is something that's really been coming down the line.

TLDR Pharmacy, so going from the audio blog to the written blog. Again she's, he's this is TLDR Pharmacy so Brandon Dyson, January 17th was a mock residency interview to help you prepare. Then how to ace your residency interviews, he's got a great blog post on that and then another one on winning the free registration stipends for APHA, 2018. Jackie Boyle at the, she had a really great blog post, January 29th about professional goals, finding mentors, fostering passion, giving, building network and building confidence. I really, really got a lot from it and her, most of her blog posts are very accessible, quick to read so I really love checking them out and then she has a more recent one where she has a guest blogger and he's not coming, there it is on February 3rd, where do you see yourself 10 years? And that's a really tough question when we have no idea what's going to go on this next year but I think it was a phenomenal blog post and definitely something that you should check out as well.

Okay Helix Talk did drop a new episode, they do this every three weeks Helix Talk and Joe Munch over Pharmacy Joe are both usually in the top 200 of science and medicine as far as the Apple podcast go. So really we're seeing that a couple of pharmacists are leading the way there in terms of clinical expertise and a lot of people are downloading those episodes just to say okay, well I want to hear from a pharmacist what it is that I need to do about X and they talk about, their titles are always awesome, this one's, don't go with the flow how antibiotics cause diarrhea and what you can do about it and I still have to listen to the episode but I can tell you already as soon as I go in and I hear the word augmented, immediately I'm like yeah let's go with the doc C cycle and I think that would be a better choice. So anyway that I just recommend Helix Talk, they tend to have some great stuff as well.

So again I hope that you do enter the contest. I put the money up because I do believe that networking is going to be the most important skill that you can have going into this spring and doing it at the national level is critical. So, have a great weekend and please do feel free to get in touch with me by Facebook messenger at Tony PharmD-1 or you can always find me on Twitter at Tony_PharmD.

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