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Pharmacy Leaders Podcast: Inspiring Pharmacy Leadership Interviews

Feb 10, 2018

Last couple of days to enter the APhA Free Registration Travel Stipend Contest:

Only one entry for a book review:

Only five entries for a podcast review!

Twelve entries for most Facebook likes:

Winners announced Wednesday!  

The Pharmacy News Sunday is a weekly tour of the pharmacy podcasts, blogs, and videos you should be paying attention to. 

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.

Welcome to the Pharmacy Leaders Podcast, Pharmacy News Sunday and we have a ton to talk about. So first the contest on Facebook has been going great and it's been a lot of fun. I'll announce the winners on Wednesday again, there's three different ways to win. The first way is to get the most Facebook Likes and I'll talk about those very courageous pharmacy students in a minute, the second is to post and tell me on iTunes which was your favorite Pharmacy Leaders Podcast episode and then fourth, third, third, third was to write a review on about Memorizing Pharmacology, a relaxed approach.

So let's first go through the courageous pharmacy students. Carly Roberts at the University of Louisiana Monroe School of Pharmacy, she's a P-2. Bailey Rucker who is representing South University School of Pharmacy from Savannah Campus, she's P-3. Casey Rathburn, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, APHASP chapter, she's P-2. Tania Wright, West Coast University, Elena Darvey, University of Tennessee, she is a P-4, she's at the Knoxville Campus. Anthony de Angeles, the third, he is a P-2 at URI University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy a zero to six program. Colin Anderson P-3 at Butler, Winnie Woo, P-2 an Appalachian College of Pharmacy in Oakwood Virginia, it's literally in the mountains, I've seen pictures, and it's amazing. Catherine Aloha, Creighton University, P-1, she's distance student I believe and Mattie Harvey P-2 at West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and then one from just a couple hours down the road Amy Dunleavy, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and she's going to be a P-4 and then Christina Petrellis, P-2 at University of St. Joseph in Hartford Connecticut. So I really appreciate you guys putting yourself out there. We'll have the results on Wednesday but again if any of you guys want to meet with me while I'm at APHA I'd be happy to do an interview with any of you guys and we'll kind of talk it up, what you want to talk about, what's especially important to you for example, are you working with the opioid epidemic or are you part of PLS, you know, what is it that you're really good at, fundraising or there's the caps lead team and just a bunch of different things that these students have done. If you want to get yourself out there I'll be happy to interview you, just give me a, contact me by email or on Facebook messenger.

Okay, so let's see what's going on in terms of the actual contest. So we have two that are in the lead Carly Roberts from ULM College of Pharmacy and then Anthony de Angeles the third also has a number of Facebook Likes but I wouldn't count anybody out because I've seen things happen in the last couple days. So we're just three days away from the big reveal I guess on Wednesday if you want to call it that. The second way, the iTunes I think there are about three or four entries. I'm just kind of amazed like they did so much work for this Facebook thing and then there's this opening with the iTunes and then also there's only a single person who is doing the Memorizing Pharmacology way of winning it. So right now they stand alone as the only possible winner which kind of just blows my mind but it's kind of funny, I think I've told this story before where I went to ASHP and there were literally thousands of people going in trying to get the attention of residency directors, talking to residents, current residents and all that stuff but then if you go to the particular social gatherings after like the Maryland reception, I remember the very first thing I went in was a PGY-1 residency director and he was in charge of six sites and then another residency director for PGY-2. So it's kind of funny if you've got this backdoor way of winning this prize but again, you know, kudos to you guys for taking advantage of that and of course I'll put those up on Wednesday mornings episode. So Tuesday night I'll be looking at those for the winner.

And then let's go over what's going on in, when I say pharmacy news it's what podcast episodes, what bloggers are talking about in pharmacy and what's going on. So the mothership had a number of different episodes last week, Senior RX Radio, the state of senior care pharmacy with Justin Rash interviewing Frank Gosso the CEO of ASCP about the state of senior care pharmacy. I've always loved to hear Dr. Adam Martin, the fit pharmacist and he was interviewing Brian McAldria, hopefully I got that name right. He's got his Bachelor of Science from Morehouse and then Doctor of Pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and that was a really powerful message, I always feel inspired when I hear fit pharmacists talking. PGX for pharmacists, so what's concierge pharmacists, if you're looking for something that's maybe a non-traditional role this is this pharmacogenomics is a tremendous opportunity and then I understand there's no one online from master's program in pharmacogenomics at Manchester University. We hear from McKesson about pharmacy software and how that impacts patient care and HD Smith again at the NCPA 2017 conference, we hear about choosing the right pharmacy wholesale partner and that was really kind of an interesting math that you have to do as an owner in terms of getting drugs at fair prices and being able to sustain profitable business.

And so that's the podcast for now then two of the bloggers that I follow, TLDR pharmacy, of course if you're going to be interviewing for residency interview you really want to check out his, the mock residency interview to help you prepare blog post. We did that interview where we went over residency questions back and forth and for 15 bucks I think it, he has that interview mastery guide, the TLDR guide to interview questions. It really is a step-by-step and phenomenal book that really can help you so that you're not surprised by any of the questions. Another interview helped a little bit different coming from the Pharmacy Girl is talking about what you should be wearing and how you should dress for the interview and some of the things that you may not think about in terms of making sure that you have everything that you need to succeed in that interview. And then also on YouTube a couple of videos Bryan Fung published one, I want to say it was a month ago, January 6th around there where he did a mock interview and it's pretty extensive, it's almost 40 minutes long and I definitely would check that one out and one of the guys I love to follow is who, honestly it's his voice he has the British English Marvin Munsu, he has tell me about yourself great answers for pharmacy interviews, I really like him as well and to kind of round out that YouTubers Kevin Yee who I've been following quite a bit.

On the other side of things as many of you are looking for jobs, there are some pharmacists out there that are really struggling and kind of rethinking after, you know, X number of years of practice if they want to continue in the practice because I feel like we're just in an economy that it doesn't seem like we're going to stay with the same company for 30, 40 years that after about six or seven years and, you know, the seven-year itch from maybe relationships and things like that but this is in terms of well, you know, what's a good amount of time to be with the company and do things get stale, is it do you need to make a lateral move because maybe where you're at is not the best place for you and you don't really recognize how much your, and I hate to say the word putting up with because I remember leaving a job as a pharmacy manager and I had plenty of money in the bank to, you know, sustain me for a while but I only took I want to say a week or two off and I did immediately start kind of looking for jobs but that week was really powerful and that I just had all kinds of time no stress and this is when I was single, no kids and all that stuff but it was in many ways kind of nice to take a real break. And I think it gives you, sometimes life helps you with that break and that's what Kevin Yee talks about but I've been following him for years and he's just always kind of told it like it is but he's got it been going crazy with the videos recently and if you want to kind of follow a number of them. I talked with him and talking about pharmacy debt and just having a career that you love and that's always been something that I really care about is making sure that I can, I'm there to help anyone that ask me what did you do to kind of start your entrepreneurial journey, what did you do to find satisfaction with your career and those types of things. He talks about pharmacy burnout and what to do about it. It's something we don't talk about too much but he has a 15-minute video about that. He talks about his recent unemployment and he had something kind of tragic happen in his life and I had something like this happen in my life during a residence a year. So I really really not only empathize with him but also know that sometimes these things happen and we need to take some time to really look at what we're doing in life, are we spending enough time with the loved ones and things like that. Is the career that you have something that you're kind of putting up with or is it something that's maybe getting in the way a little bit. And then he then kind of goes into another one, a little bit about kind of a little bit of regret in terms of choosing pharmacy as a career and I'm not trying to be down about it but it's just so valuable when somebody's able to say hey, you know, this is what I would have done differently or this is how I would have looked at things a little bit differently in the future. So it's so powerful to be able to look at someone else's success and avoid the pitfalls that they avoided and then succeed in other ways that they, you know, help you out with.

So again I do hope in this last couple of days some of you do take the time to rate and review the iTunes podcast. It really helps me understand what it is that you guys need because I don't really get to talk to the people that listen and then the Memorizing Pharmacology thing, that's really important to me if you can do a review on Audible if you have it. I know 10,000 people have bought it, where like ten thousand one hundred or ten thousand two hundred have downloaded the audio book. So it would be really helpful for me if you're, you know, somebody that's going out to Nashville if you could rate and review that as well, it really really means a lot.

So I hope you guys have a great weekend. If you need anything Tony PharmD-1 on Facebook is the easiest way to get a hold of me. Also you're welcome to use my d-mac email but have a great weekend, enjoy the Olympics and we will hear on Monday from Neo-med student with Jackie Boyle from Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy. So this is really exciting because we have a professor interviewing a P-4 and on Friday really cool, we have the APHA student member at large interviewing Mudit Verma who has done a tremendous amount of international travel, has been recognized through the college at the University of Maryland, not only the College of Pharmacy but the entire College where he was able to work with the college president and then on Wednesday I think I'm just going to keep it to kind of a congratulatory thing. Maybe some advice for anyone that is going to APHA, my own journey I know that my life really changed when I went to that first national conference because my perspective really changed on things and I just I really came out of my shell after that in terms of pharmacy school and really understanding what's going on out there. So happy weekend enjoy the Olympics and I will talk to you guys next weekend.

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