I graduated from UNC-Greensboro in 2006 and from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010 with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. Afterwards, I fulfilled a long-time dream of mine – I moved to Hawaii, accepting a job working in long-term care pharmacy in Hilo, on the Big Island. I have always enjoyed nature and took up diving in pharmacy school, so the Big Island was a good fit for me. After three years on the Big Island, I accepted a job to go back into community practice in Kihei, Hawaii, on the island of Maui. When not working in the pharmacy, I dove a lot more and especially enjoyed seeing the microfauna on the reef (my dive group actually started diving with magnifying glasses to get a better look!) My education at UNC-Greensboro provided me with the background to be successful as a pharmacist but was also well-rounded so that I could still appreciate other fields in the study of biology.
After five years of practice in Hawaii, I now manage an outpatient pharmacy in a hospital in Jacksonville, FL. In this role, my team and I are able to develop and implement programs that transition patients to home, improve patient satisfaction, and reduce readmissions. I also serve on hospital committees to help shape patient care for the system. I am interested in healthcare leadership and recently entered an MBA-Healthcare Management program to improve my leadership skills and business acumen.
Alex has written a great article about learning another language. Please check out his article here at Pharmacy Times.