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Pharmacy Leaders Podcast: Inspiring Pharmacy Leadership Interviews


Mar 31, 2018

Happy Easter weekend where I talk about the blog posts, podcasts, and videos of the week. If you want to do an APPE academic teaching rotation in fall contact me at aaguerra@dmacc.edu my new book is on Amazon.com here: https://www.amazon.com/Memorizing-Pharmacology-Mnemonics-Physician-Pharmacist-ebook/dp/B07BRNP1C3/

 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 from building your professional network brand and a purposeful second income from students residents and innovative professionals hey welcome to the pharmacy leaders podcast and the Easter edition many of you I know are taking your kiddos on Easter egg hunts which with some of the parents and craziness that's going on it looks a lot like The Hunger Games but my daughters were well prepared it's kind of cold out here so they've got plenty of padding for the bumping and bruising and everything but they had some successful Easter egg hunts this morning so happy Easter to everybody the big topic for us as a family is we have a drug not covered and it's a big one right now our worst case scenario is to pay $1,800 a month for the next six years so I back of the quick math on that something like 100 it's a little over a hundred thousand dollars over the next six years and it's what I would call kind of a catastrophic loss and I'm kind of curious to see not just you know with your kids medicine or with your medicine but as sandwich generation we also have to deal with maybe our parents get sick or we have to help them navigate things and I want to put this in the perspective of how a pharmacist can be helpful both my wife and I are pharmacists so we're so fortunate that we understand what's going on with the process we can figure out exactly what happened with prior authorizations they know exactly what plan exclusion means and we can look at biosimilars and see exactly what kind of therapy is going to help but your patients can't necessarily so on although yes as Americans we pay more for drugs than any other country in the world because there are no caps on what they can charge for it and it's painful to know that although a drug might be an this case this drug actually is from another country it the drug isn't from another country is manufactured in the US but it's a subsidiary of one that is from another country but in general we tend to pay more because we have no caps on you know drug prices it's fine for you know X number of dollars so instead of taking it down that road though I just want to say how thankful I am my wife and I you know we had our daughters at 27 weeks in three days if you guys don't know us and our daughters were born at one and a half and one and a half and two pounds and one of our daughters we almost lost three months after she came home we had to do CPR on her I was right next to her when she stopped breathing she had pyloric valve stenosis which meant that the what was in her stomach was blocking her airway and she was vomiting and she turned purple but we had got her airway cleared Ankeny police were fantastic in terms of getting there in a couple of minutes so we were very very fortunate so on this Easter weekend I'm not here to say goodness gracious look how much we're paying for drugs I'm just saying how thankful I am that I have children to have these problems with I'm thankful that I'm in a country where I have the opportunity to make money as a pharmacist and also to make money as an entrepreneur to pay for my kids medicine so it's just a lot of thankfulness I have for this weekend but let's talk about what's going on in the news and what's going on in pharmacy I always look to the mother ship to kind of see what's going on and there was a number of pharmacy inspection podcasts or those compounders are really doing a great job when they say you want to niche down till it hurts well a pharmacy is small relatively small you're talking about maybe 350,000 people that are pharmacists and then the pharmacy technicians you add maybe another half a million or million but that's still not a huge audience but then when you get to pharmacists compounders that's a very niche and I really applaud them on their brand when someone is a compounder listening to their podcast you really really know that oh that's that's speaking right to me Todd interviewed again this was the third in the series for the Spanish immersion internship I put on the pharmacy leaders podcast and internship for sophomores that are in high school maybe thinking pre-pharmacy but where they can go out to Boston and wooden socket where Rhode Island is and CVS is and and I had worked for CBS for a while I was a manager and was able to go to a number of national meetings I was a Paragon award winner and it's very fortunate to get that so but I definitely check that out if you know someone who's a sophomore in college that's a big deal to our d-max students here and then Todd was talking with them about the Spanish immersion internship so again if that's something you're interested in you don't have to be a native speaker you just have to have an interest in helping a population that speaks a different language and that it's it's not only you know culturally sensitive and all of that but it's just plain polite so if somebody's preferred language is a different language it's just polite to start the conversation in that language I don't go to the fancy French hotels and things like that but I've heard that at other hotels in other countries they will speak to you in such a way as to use both languages to see what you prefer and then you just reply and which one you want so they'll you know say like bone juicer or something like that where they'll say you know one or the other and you'll just start off in French or English Spanish or English whatever it is but it's just polite and just good for the patient if you can speak to them in their language aaron albert interviewed MRCP you say who is in self-publishing school I think with her the self-publishing school podcast is something I listen to Chandler Bolt is doing ridiculously well and he does have great content I definitely recommend his podcast it comes out once a week on think it's Tuesdays and he gets some ridiculously high-end authors on there and what he really gets though is always the interview about but tell me about your first time tell me about how you started off and how you got things going and I get a lot of value from that no but that was Aaron L Albert who was giving that interview on the pharmacy leaders podcast I have almost all of April done and I always like to leave room because there's always cool stuff that that comes up but I wanted to make sure that I wanna let you guys know what's going on in the next episodes Jackie Boyle interviews dr. Becky Winslow then Lindsey tillow who was my P ap PE student and that was kind of cool her last day here was her last day of pharmacy school aside from graduating so it was definitely kind of cool to let her see her kind of countdown towards the end and she interviews Jessica Anson who was a resident in North Carolina Charlotte North Carolina where she's going and that's the kind of cool thing about this rotation is that you get to interview someone and then I'll interview you and we'll certainly get to my interview of Lindsay later in the month but there's always someone that you should talk to before you try to take your next step and for one ap PE student it was talking to another ap PE star somebody who'd just graduated and was just ahead of her in the same industry another talk to a residency director to see if that area would be something that she's interested in and then Lindsay reaching out to Charlotte North Carolina and where she's going to live and start her career with CBS and Target so it's just a really really great opportunity for those students to not only get their voices heard but also get an opportunity to talk to somebody who's in the field where they want to be then I get to interview well I've interviewed I'm just gonna post it on Friday Kelly Jo welter is a Drake University p2 student she is the APHA ASP president-elect and that's the National APHA ASP and she is so articulate about life balance as it relates to being a student she's also on the dance team at the same time that she's you know doing this doing pharmacy school and then serving APHA in this way so we're first hear from her on Friday about how she kind of got to where she is and then on Monday we'll learn more to help the APHA ASP chapters out there and kind of talk about some of the goals that she has as part of the APHA ASP group and what she hopes for over the next two years as she's president-elect and then president on Wednesday I take us to Bath England it's very exciting Joanna Penn who has the creative been calm and that's Penn with a double end she has the podcast she has the website fantastic branding not only with her nonfiction but also with her fiction as jf Penn and her first interview we talked quite a bit about her road to becoming an author and then also as it relates to her new book which just came out the healthy writer but really her book really fits with pharmacists in that it's not just a healthy writer who has to sit down all day but just as we have to stand up all day it's about being in the same place how do you make your body better now when that's happening and then we take it from that health perspective to more of let's talk a little bit about how to make a living as an author and she started off not being a part of the author group she started you know she had a 13-year career I think where she was in the cubicle and she just decided one day that she was going to start this journey and you see where she is today like oh my gosh I could never get there but here she was in the beginning and just like you there was nothing going on but once Kindle came on and all these opportunities for us to self-publish then we're in a different place so I really think you'll enjoy Joanna Penn she's really fun really nice and a tremendous businesswoman I will go then I'll have my interview with Lindsay til oats or my p4 student and kind of talk to her about what she's thinking and really how she approached getting a job and she started early she started I want to say August or September and started talking to people about where she was gonna go and and what she wanted to do and stay with the company that she works as an intern for then I have a physician author on who were going to talk to about his book titled physician and so many of us want to work with physicians but I think its first seek to understand then we'll have a better understanding of what we can provide or how to work with them because and I'm not just saying read his book because I read it but I listen while I don't read I listen to it and I thought it was a really great beginning to end summary of where physicians were where physicians are and how we can help them especially with certain areas because if you talk about radiology well really some of the artificial intelligence is starting to take over in those areas but in some place like psychology mental health that's where there's really huge gaps in the need versus the available resources and it's just hearing from another physician how is it that as pharmacists we should connect with you and things like that and then to top it off Mahesh kotaki is a comedian pharmacist who is has both New York and West Coast representations so he talks not just about like hey you know I got up on stage and I was funny and and then everything worked out for me he said hey I got up on stage and I found out what I thought was funny was not funny and how he worked really hard to build his craft but also that you need more than just okay well your comedian what else do you have because you know are you somebody that they somebody can use for commercials or for other things so really excited about the next three weeks on the pharmacy leaders podcast well let's also make sure to take a look at what else has been out there TLDR pharmacy I didn't see on his website because I get the email so if you are on TLDR pharmacies email list you got the special bye into the most recent cheat sheet and it's it's really helpful because I got the I got the cheat sheet for diabetes and Here I am writing the audio for you know the audio script for this book which I completely forgot to talk about memorizing pharmacology mnemonics which I wrote so let me go to my book to memorizing pharmacology mnemonics is an add-on to memorizing pharmacology so for those of you that don't know or don't listen to the last part of the the episodes memorizing pharmacology a relaxed approach is a way to learn the top 200 drugs but what I was always kind of looking for is a bridge is there a bridge between the what you learn in the classroom and then getting to your nap like studying or for nurses the NCLEX or for physicians to be the USMLE and how do you take going from okay I know a couple of drugs in the class to knowing you know six proton pump inhibitors or four h2 blockers or you know when you're getting into antifungals you're talking about 12 to 14 antifungals how do you start brain you know bridging that and I started writing the book and it's available as an e-book right now for $4.99 on Amazon and I'm working to try to get a narrator so if that's something you do definitely go on ACX and put in your application or put in your your audition but I really don't want to read it myself I can I'm just hoping that there's enough that there's a talent out there that has you know the ability to read most of the drug names and most of the the word so it's not a problem but I forget how easy this is and I wanted to bring this back to patient care where we forget how easy it is for us to pronounce all the drugs and all the issues and all the know things to go along with that and we got to remember you know we need to meet the patients where they are as well okay so anyway back to TL DR pharmacy if it's on his email list then get the cheat sheet if you are not on his email list I recommend you do now he gives you three free things if you do an antibiotic cheat sheet residency job interview evaluation form and then chapter one of his book pharmacy school the missing manual let's see so the pharmacy girl let's see I think she had a new blog this week I read it every every week but sometimes she doesn't have a new one sometimes she does but I think she was too busy with the podcast episode that she put together for us which you'll hear on Monday but her last one was on mentorship and if you haven't checked it out I definitely recommend that you do Kevin Yi talks about recovering from burnout and as pharmacists it just I remember being at the grocery store and not even wanting to shop for groceries I didn't even have that energy just like no I'm just not I'm just going home I'm done and he does a good job of talking about that and then Brian Fung has a series of videos that came out last week if you're still kind of looking at that talking about not matching in the residency and then what to do with the residency scramble all right well happy Easter hope you guys have a great weekend and I will talk to you guys again next Sunday support for this episode comes from the audiobook memorizing pharmacology a relaxed approach with over 9,000 sales in the United States United Kingdom and Australia it's the go-to resource to ease the pharmacology challenge available on audible iTunes and amazon.com in print ebook and audiobook thank you for listening to the pharmacy leaders podcast with your host Tony Guerra be sure to share the show with the hash tag hash pharmacy leaders [Music]