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Pharmacy Future Leaders - Brandon Gerleman - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 353

The Pharmacy Podcast


Social Media and a Social Mission in Small Town Pharmacy

Guest: Brandon Gerleman (email: )

P4 University of Iowa College of Pharmacy


Welcome to the Pharmacy Podcast Network, I’m your cohost Tony Guerra for the #PharmacyFutureLeaders podcast broadcasting from Ankeny, Iowa.

We’re going to talk with innovative new pharmacy practitioners and soon to be pharmacy graduates.

Connect with me on Twitter at Tony underscore PharmD or you can find my email information on my TonyPharmD YouTube channel with over 700 pharmacy related videos. If you are interested in being part of the pharmacyfutureleaders show, please contact me there and if you are a P3 or P4 going to ASHP Midyear, you have until October 28th, to link on Twitter or Instagram with hashtag pharmacy future leaders, we will pay for one registration to that meeting.

Today’s guest is a 4th year University of Iowa pharmacy student who was president of the NCPA student chapter which recently won the national NCPA most improved chapter of the year. He was also vice president of the graduate and professional student government. He comes from Winterset, Iowa, in Madison County made popular through the novel and film The Bridges of Madison County and Winterset is the birthplace of John Wayne. Before entering pharmacy school he earned his bachelor’s in health science and a minor in economics from the University of Iowa

Everyone’s leadership road is a little different; tell us what you are doing now and how you got there.

Tell us a little bit about your current APPE rotation, we have an elective non-clinical APPE rotation here at DMACC, what’s your current rotation like?

The pharmacy podcast is about the business of pharmacy. You’re a millennial and you and the pharmacy you work for have embraced social media as part of the business of pharmacy. I talked with you earlier about what people respond to in a smaller town of about 5,000. Can you speak to what events your specific population is looking for from your social media content?

Tell us a little bit about your local political aspirations when you return home.

As mayor, you decide to tweak the shop small campaign to "shop small, sell big" meaning that not only is it important to buy in town, but that the area businesses work together through social media letting those outside of town know about what Winterset offers.

You’re involved in an initiative that helps bring and keep professionals moving towards rural underserved areas.

What do you feel is your area of expertise and what are two things that we can really learn from what you do?

Tell us how you became a leader and how your perception changed when that happened.

What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you as a leader and how did you get out of it?

Tell us about a time when you had an epiphany that changed how you thought about something?

We’re hearing mixed messages about the job market for pharmacists, you personally have had a very positive interaction in that regard, can you talk more about that even though you’re committed to going back to Winterset.

What’s the one thing you’re most excited about now?

What blanket advice do you have for someone wanting to get to where you are?

How do you prefer people contact you?

I invite everyone to connect with me on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or via email!


Twitter: @BGerleman (

Facebook: Brandon Gerleman (

LinkedIn: Brandon Gerleman (






Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_Brandon_Gerleman.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Merry Midyear - Part 1 Pharmacy Podcast Episode 352

Part 1 of a 4 part series:

Maximizing Your Way to a Merry Midyear:

Preparing for your first Post-Pharmacy School Gig 

Co-Host for the Series: Fellow Lauren Steinbach, MBA, PharmD

Co-Host for the Series: Erin Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD


Show notes: Part 1

  1. Know Thyself Kit:
  1. How to download your LinkedIn Profile into a resume: Google it! There are several.
  1. How to get a custom URL on LinkedIn:

Adding Slideshare to LinkedIn:

  1. Resources to make a 1-page infographic resume:





Adobe Illustrator or InDesign:


If you’re not good on graphic design, hire someone on:


99 designs:


  1. Cool business cards:

Uprinting (great for weird shapes):

Erin’s funny shaped B-cards: – custom cards: – lower cost:

School/College/University cards – another option at some schools

  1. How to write a match needs cover letter:

  1. Dont forget your email footer!

LinkedIn to your footer:

  1. Co-hosts sample 1 page resumes:

Erin via PPT (slide 3):

Erin in Adobe:

Lauren’s via Picktochart: At her LinkedIn profile below, and at:

  1. Where to ask questions for this series!

Erin Albert on Twitter: @ErinLAlbert

Erin on Snapchat: @ea6603

Erin on Linkedin:


Lauren Steinbach on Twitter: @lsteinbach16

Lauren on LinkedIn:

Lauren’s email:


And ALWAYS feel free to contact us at: @pharmacypodcast and!

Direct download: Merry_MidYear_2016.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT

iMedicare Presents "The Patient's Perspective"  - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 351
A very special Pharmacy Podcast Show episode sponsored by iMedicare with pharmacy owner BRIAN CASWELL with WOLKAR DRUG in Baxter Springs Kansas and a long-time patient-customer Marilyn talk about the iMedicare benefits to better healthcare services. 
Brian Caswell
Wolkar Drug
1920 Military Ave
Baxter Springs, KS 66713
Siobhan Gilbert
Marketing Associate
Phone: 704.769.0540 Ext. 201
Direct download: iMedicare_the_Patients_Perspective.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 8:42am EDT

5 Roads into Loving Your Retail Pharmacy Career - PART2 - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 350

5 Roads into Loving Your Retail Pharmacy Career

PART 2: Amy Lenell, PharmD, CLC Pharmacy Manager, Walgreens

Amy's focus is to bring the highest level of care to patients in the community practice setting, to promote health and wellness in her community and to enhance the education of future pharmacists. 

2. Get out of the fishbowl – Just like Hazel Walker described on the Pharmacy Podcast, you need to build a network inside the profession of pharmacy and OUTSIDE. That INCLUDES networking in your local community, with the patients you serve. My first couple of pharmacy experiences had me surrounded by glass around the pharmacy – so we used to joke that sometimes, we needed to “get out of the fishbowl.” Examples of this: could you get out into the community and discover nursing homes that need adherence packaging for their patients that you could help with? Is there an acute facility in a rural setting that could use your pharmacy’s help? Do you have a hospice program in your community you could partner with? If you’re the new kid on the block, why not get out and say hi to the doctors in your local community? Get out of the fishbowl and investigate!

-List of pharmacy certifications: 
-Amy Lenell is @AmyLenell on twitter.
Direct download: 5_Roads_into_Loving_Your_Pharmacy_Career_Part2.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 6:49am EDT

The Patient's Podcast - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 349

Today - we release a new podcast to the Pharmacy Podcast Network dedicated to our patients. The Patient's Podcast, where the Voice of the Patient is the most important voice in healthcare. 

Our host Kristy Sobel is a dynamic Entrepreneur and sufferer of chronic pain & Autonomic Neuropathy.

Kristy writes: "I believe everyone is born with a talent. Some are blessed with more than one. It's not always clear what it is, so it begins with one foot in front of the other. With each challenge and task it becomes apparent. I've always been an out of the box thinker and somewhere along the way, I found my niche in the fashion world. I created something out of necessity that turned into a must have for busy women. One concept turned into many other wonderful branches. Once established, I created products for people with special needs. Then the bottom fell out of my life in an instant.

Everything I built became meaningless. I was given 2 months to live. The decision to give-up or find a way to not just exist or survive but find the strength to become a live-r again. I found the expert I needed to beat this incurable illness. The expert lived in LA but was retiring, so he didn't want to get involved.

With my life hanging in the balance, I bought a ticket and flew to LA and sat on his door step. I told him if I was going to die, he was going to watch. He decided to take me on. We put together the best of the best team of Drs. from all over the world. Drs. that deal strictly with modern medicine and other Drs. that practice out of the box medicine.

Seven years later, I've become the trail blazer in beating the illness. By sharing my story it proves anything is possible as long as you never let anyone steal your "Hope". I want you to share my story with other to stop those who are contemplating surgery and bring awareness to atrocity that has occurred in the United States. We need help reaching others who had this surgery and are suffering with similar complications as I am.

It's a must for them to be tested for Autonomic Neuropathy. It's a difficult illness to be diagnosed. We need funding for research and a law passed that All Artificial Disc's must be tracked in the human. As it stands right now in my medical records, the surgery was a success.

The claims that artificial discs are successful is baseless and unfounded. We have no way of knowing how many people who has had this surgery and are suffering. It's my crusade to be the voice for thousands who had their lives taken as I have. I have the strength to not let my life be in vain." 

Please reach out to the show and submit your story and help reach other's suffering with a serious disease or condition. 

Direct download: the_Patients_Podcast_First_Episode_.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

Doctors Without Borders - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 348

Blair Green Thielemier, PharmD interviews Jordy van Enkhuizen Pharmacist at Médecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Doctors Without Borders helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care. 

Jordy's publications: 

Via Twitter: 

Direct download: Jordy_van_Enkhuiz_Mixdown_1.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 11:14pm EDT

5 Roads Into Loving Your Retail Pharmacy Career - Part 1 - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 347

Ok, Pharmacy Podcast listeners, I’m starting to feel a bit…guilty.

In writing an original post, then creating a 5-part mini series about the 5 Roads out of Retail Pharmacy over at Pharmacy Podcast, I’m worried that I may appear to be discounting or even trashing retail pharmacy.

I’m not.


I learned a LOT of valuable lessons about managing people and caring for patients through my various retail pharmacy practice experiences. I also learned a lot of soft skills through those experiences as well – like patience, fortitude, endurance, creativity and problem-solving – that I never would have learned inside a classroom.

5 Roads Into Loving your Retail Pharmacy Career:

1. Own it – why not own your own store? It’s becoming a reality for many pharmacists these days. Shout out to one of the wholesalers in particular who helps pharmacy owners take their businesses and their professions to the next level. Many pharmacists long to be their own bosses. In fact, back in the day, EVERY pharmacist was a business owner, because there were no pharmacy chains. So, if you’re going to be in it to win it, why not own it? I’ve never owned a pharmacy, but I acted like an owner when I was the pharmacist in charge of my first pharmacy – so “ownership” doesn’t need to be literal–it can be a mindset here too!

2. Get out of the fishbowl – Just like Hazel Walker described this week on the Pharmacy Podcast, you need to build a network inside the profession of pharmacy and OUTSIDE. That INCLUDES networking in your local community, with the patients you serve. My first couple of pharmacy experiences had me surrounded by glass around the pharmacy – so we used to joke that sometimes, we needed to “get out of the fishbowl.” Examples of this: could you get out into the community and discover nursing homes that need adherence packaging for their patients that you could help with? Is there an acute facility in a rural setting that could use your pharmacy’s help? Do you have a hospice program in your community you could partner with? If you’re the new kid on the block, why not get out and say hi to the doctors in your local community? Get out of the fishbowl and investigate!

3. Niche it – I have a friend in retail (large chain) who created a really interesting niche for herself in community practice pharmacy, which led her to meeting the US Surgeon General! There are pharmacies (yes, even in chains) that specialize different areas of pharmacy practice. So, even if you work in a huge chain, ask yourself the following: what are my passions within this profession? Also, ask your CUSTOMERS what their needs are as well. Do you have an older population, a younger/new family population, or something else? Find and fill their needs, and in doing so, you may just have created yourself an amazing career corner in practice! Even better – once you become the “go to” guy or gal, can you help train others about it in your company? Who does compounding in your neck of the woods? If everyone is a hot potato with it, why not own it and run with it? What about wellness? What about preventative care?

4. Step up – Volunteer. Do extra work. Show upper management that you want to train/teach/beta test/write/speak/ manage/help/recruit others and grow within your company or chain. Be the liaison between your pharmacy school alma mater and your chain. Take students on rotation and precept. The more you do and do well, the more you’ll get noticed, which is critical if you want to move up in the company you’re working within.

5. Play nice with others – This is a combo of all the 4 previous steps, but ask yourself how you and your pharmacy business can play nicely with others. Is there a visiting nurse service you could partner with in the community? Is there a way you could organize a community task force for disaster relief if, God forbid, something happens to your community? What about a tox away day? Can you set up a phone tree with other pharmacists to prevent theft and diversion in pharmacy? What can you do with strong non profits in your area that would help the community? Can you bring the community IN to your pharmacy to hang out and be a spot of joy and hope for your neighborhood, instead of another icky task they have to check off of their list? Ask yourself one more time what your strengths are, and how you can add them to your world around you to create a better retail pharmacy world. Maybe that’s through a broader, interprofessional pathway that could lead you to feeling FANTASTIC about your career of pharmacy.

After all, you picked a great profession! The sky is the limit….!

Let's see what you all think about this post.  If it gains enough traction, I'll do another Pharmacy Podcast miniseries on it, because I know people who fit all 5 of these suggestions above.  Leave your thoughts below and we'll see if we need to create another mini series on this...until then, keep on rocking retail!

p.s. This is GAME ON! Watch for this over at the pharmacy podcast this fall, beginning in October, 2016.

Episode 1 - Introduction to the mini series

Episode 2 - Dr. Amy Lenell

Episode 3 - Dr. Kathy Campbell

Episode 4 - Dr. Chad Lesczynski

Episode 5 - Mr. Ron Snow

Other items I mention in this show:
-Healthcare Businesswomen's Association -
-American College of Sports Medicine -
-Indiana Rural Health Association -


Direct download: 5_Roads_into_Loving_your_Retail_Pharmacy_Career.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 10:10am EDT

THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA DEBATE - OCTOBER 21st - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 346


On behalf of the Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy, we would like to cordially invite you to join us on October 21, 2016 for the event; Florida’s Future: The Medical Marijuana Debate. This is an opportunity for students, faculty members, staff and members of the community to learn about the health, political, legal and social issues related to Florida’s proposed Constitutional Amendment 2, or Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, which will be up for a vote on November 8, 2016.

Presented by: Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy:

Hosted by- Scott Kjelson Pharm.D., C.Ph.

Register HERE:

About Scott Kjelson Pharm.D., C.Ph.

Scott Kjelson, PharmD, CPh, is a pharmacist from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a strong advocate for pro-pharmacy legislation.  In fact, Scott has referred more than 80 of his pharmacy friends and colleagues to join the Pharmacists Provide Care campaign!  In his own words… “I chose to support the Pharmacists Provide Care campaign because I see a greater value in what we as pharmacists could be doing to help save lives. I work hand and hand with patients to see how I can improve lives and make lifestyle changes.”  

PDI Medical - Joseph Friedman, RPh

Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

Pharmacy Future Leaders - Anna Shields - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 345


Welcome to the Pharmacy Podcast Network, I’m your cohost Tony Guerra for the #PharmacyFutureLeaders podcast broadcasting from Ankeny, Iowa.

We’re going to talk with innovative new pharmacy practitioners and soon to be pharmacy graduates.

I’ve gotten a lot of emails from prepharmacy and new graduate students about decisions they are making right now, feel free to connect with me on Twitter at Tony underscore Pharm D or subscribe to my YouTube channel at TonyPharmD where you can find over 700 videos on drug pronunciation, memorization, and the Top 200 that support my audiobook Memorizing Pharmacology.

If you’re a P-3 going to ASHP Midyear 2016, make sure to link your leadership accomplishments on Twitter to hashtag Pharmacy Future Leaders we’ll be providing a stipend for one student registration. We’ll announce that person on October 28th, 2016

Anna comes to Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group from NuCara Pharmacy in Pleasant Hill, Iowa where she served as an entrepreneurial pharmacy intern as part of Drake College of Pharmacy and Health Science Delta RX. Additionally, she served as a curricular development assistant for the pharmacy technician program at Des Moines Area Community College.

Anna grew up in Menasha, Wisconsin and graduated in May, 2016 with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree along with her Master’s in Business Administration from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. As a student, Anna served as president of Drake’s National Community Pharmacists Association Student Chapter and was an active member of Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity.

Everyone’s leadership road is different, let’s start with where you are today, and how you got into your current position?

Discuss how you first felt you became a leader at Drake University and how the opportunities you had there helped you. I think we first talked about NCPA and Phi Delta Chi and a summer internship.

The more I talk to students, the more I’m finding the activities they do outside of their regular classroom are the ones that are leading them towards the most satisfying opportunities. You seem to be a magnet for awards and opportunities, can you talk about winning that award for your P4 year and the other opportunities you had?

What activities are you doing at Kelly Ross Pharmacy Group? You mentioned some exciting work with keeping patients with cardiovascular conditions out of the hospital.

Washington State is gearing up for January provider status, can you tell us what Kelly Ross is doing to move forward with that opportunity?

My wife completed her community pharmacy residency at an excellent program at the University of Iowa and landed a very clinically focused job working at the VA hospital. I think many of our listeners are familiar with the residency match, but some very good residencies are outside the match including some community residencies, can you explain how you chose which residencies to apply to in and outside of the match?

What blanket advice do you have for the many residency hopefuls as they descend on New Orleans on October 15 to 19, 2016 for NCPA and Las Vegas this December 4th through 8th for ASHP?

LinkedIn - Anna Shields, PharmD, MBA 

Twitter @annashields4


Recording date: 10/10/16 @ AM/PM Central Time

The PharmD/MBA and PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency

Guest: Anna Shields, Pharm.D./MBA  (email:

PGY1 Resident Kelly Ross Pharmacy Group





Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_Anna_Shields_.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Are You a 'Fit Pharmacist'? - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 344

Dr. Christina Tarantola & Dr. Adam Martin -- are the "Fit Pharmacist" 

The Fit Pharmacists team strives to provide practical and fun tips to empower people to be the healthiest they can be. If you feel better, you can fully give to the ones you love, do what you are passionate about and enjoy life! Your wealth is in your health!

Dr. Adam Martin is a licensed pharmacist, having earned his doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 2012. Engaging with patients and seeing how they would continually seek out his guidance for improving their health without medications, Adam sought out resources to help them live healthier lifestyles.  Adam is a lifetime-natural competitive bodybuilder, competing only in drug-tested competitions for over 2 years.

He came to work with founder of The Diet Doc Dr. Joe Klemczewski in 2013, and seeing how well the directors combined science-based recommendations with strong support and guidance, joined The Diet Doc team as a licensed operator and weight loss consultant in 2014.  Having a passion for learning and serving his patients, when Adam is not at work he enjoys learning more about new therapy regimens and furthering his abilities, as he is currently studying to become a Certified Diabetic Educator (CDE). He is an inaugural member of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s Leadership Excellence and Advocacy Development (LEAD) program going on now through fall 2017.  

Dr. Christina Tarantola is a Licensed Pharmacist, Certified Health Coach, Reiki II Master and published author. She graduated from St. John’s University in Queens and loves New York (and she has the accent to prove it!). She incorporates nutrition/lifestyle modification, energy healing and stress reduction techniques into her personalized coaching approach. She is passionate about increasing awareness about disease prevention through personalized health coaching, having provided health talks around the NYC/Long Island area, creating educational YouTube videos and writing health articles. She now joins Dr. Adam Martin in a synergistic approach to best serve their patients and clients.

Website: the Fit Pharmacist 

Instagram: ADAM

Instagram: CHRISTINA 

Direct download: Are_You_a_Fit_Pharmacist.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT