I am a Clinical Pharmacist working for a company that provides solutions to improve outcomes for payers, pharmaceutical companies, and patients within the pharmacy healthcare field. I work to review annual spending trends to find lower-cost alternatives. I also research the most up-to-date guidelines and clinical trials to learn about various medications. This research provides the foundation to form drug policies, which help physicians understand the coverage criteria for certain medications. Lastly, I assist in reviews of the potential drugs that are expected to be released soon and identify those that will have the most impact to the market. All of these responsibilities help clients reduce costs, which in-turn helps reduce overutilization within the healthcare industry.
I used the summer following graduation to familiarize myself with the business aspects of the pharmacy world. I spent my time with a fellow pharmacist in the field and refined my research capabilities. I would review clinical trial data and provide feedback on the significance of the trial results.
The transitioning process from graduation to becoming a working professional is similar to the college freshman experience. You know just enough to get your foot in the door, and after that each day is a moment to learn and grow. I wish I had known that it is okay to not know or understand everything before beginning a new career. Your team is there to help guide you and provide all the tools needed to ensure you succeed!
"I wish I had known that it is okay to not know or understand everything before beginning a new career."
PBA’s pharmacy program 4th year provides opportunities to work in a variety of pharmacy-based practice sites. During my time at those sites, I was fortunate enough to work on a project for the hospital where I analyzed how three medications were being utilized in the emergency room and compared that utilization to the cost of each medication. I then took that data and reviewed cost-saving alternatives for the higher-priced medications. This project took a month to complete, but it was one of the most interesting projects of my 4th year. This experience led me to find a career within a similar field of work.
Challenge yourself and continue to ask questions. This was the same advice given to me when I began my first full-time career. It can get hard when first starting at a new job, but through asking questions you are able to learn and grow within your field of practice.
In this field, it is important to have both clinical and business expertise. I am lucky enough to have incredible mentors for each area. After graduation, I had clinical knowledge and understood my capacity for research and comprehension of clinical trials. Each of my mentors built off my foundation and showed me how to apply my knowledge to the clinical world and how to expand my knowledge into the business side of pharmacy. Their patience and mentorship continues to shape me into a better pharmacist each day.
Spotlight posted in May 2018. For more information about Emily, visit her LinkedIn page.