?I was less interested in
the commercial aspect of
pharmacy and more focused
on patients. In primary care,
we don?t deal with a product
so much as a service.?
"Profiling the job
As a primary care pharmacist at the Edward R. Royal Comprehensive
Health Care Center, Dr. Gong is involved in evaluating physician-referred
ambulatory patients and then caring for their drug needs. This requires his
managing their drug therapy, ordering laboratory studies to determine their
medication-related status, and adjusting the dosage of new or existing drugs
as the patient?s condition warrants.
Like any other healthcare provider, he documents his interventions in the
patient?s medical record. Once the patient has stabilized, Dr. Gong refers
him back to the physician, who may call on Dr. Gong again as the need
arises. Diabetes is one of the most common conditions among patients at
the Center. Since it is a disease that requires close monitoring of the disease
condition and medications, Dr. Gong sees some patients weekly or monthly.
"Though not widespread now, it is becoming more
common. More and more pharmacists are performing clinical work and
working as healthcare liaisons to physicians and medical groups. And an
increasing number are getting more advanced training.
"According to Dr. Gong, demand for primary care pharmacists is high, as
managed care operations have more pharmacists involved with primary care
and medication monitoring. According to Dr. Gong, primary care pharmacy
is one of the fastest growing areas not only in pharmacy, but in all of
~so I voted for hospital/clinical...I guess that's the closest thing. Although with the massive amount of debt that I will be graduating with, I'll probably end up in chain retail for a while. But the question was where would I like to practice right?
My goal is to own a pharmacy (probably after working for the "man" for several years to pay off those loans!). I want to offer a lot of services that chains can't: home delivery, store credit, DME, maybe some compounding, and I am very interested in pharmaceutical care and getting NIPCO certified in hyperlipidemia, asthma, immunizations, diabetes management.... I would love to be able to spend time counseling patients (and hey, now you can get reimbursed for it) and create a network with home health nurses, dieticians, etc.
Basically I want to combine the elements of a small-town pharmacy with the new directions pharmacy as a practice is taking. I worked for an independent in college (the first time around) and loved the atmosphere - the customer relationships were great and so rewarding. I have also worked for 2 chains, a grocery store and currently in a hospital, so I feel like I have some idea of what's out there.
I want to work retail in a small town, where I can build relationships with people and really get to know them.
I've shadowed a couple of students doing clinical rotations in hospitals. I'm pretty sure that it is not for me. Most of the patients were seriously ill, lots of them die. Then the bed gets filled with another person. It's too depressing for me. I want to deal with people, not bodies.