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Today we will be talking with Jaclyn Aremka, P4 student at Drake University from the Chicagoland area who is looking forward to a career in community or ambulatory care pharmacy. She’s a past Division I athlete, she’s a painter, and soon to be graduate.

Some topics she answers include:

  1. Tell us a little bit about your leadership road from Chicago to Des Moines?
  2. How does work/life balance work for a division I athlete who also is completing both pre-pharmacy and pharmacy school while competing?
  3. How do you build pharmacy connections through the pharmacy fraternity?
  4. How did you help other athletes academically in your fifth year of college?
  5. How do you develop a talent in design and painting during your academic career?
  6. Did you really get a whiteboard for Christmas?
  7. How do you incorporate visuals in learning?
  8. What do you do to break up long study or teaching sessions to re-engage students?
  9. Did anything go wrong on your pharmacy journey?
  10. What are you looking forward to in the coming months and years?
  11. What’s it like to just focus on school rather than be in the classroom and on the field?
  12. How are there so many opportunities at Drake in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Minnesota?
  13. What are some opportunities that Drake students get outside of the traditional state-wide rotations?
  14. What’s some blanket advice you’d have for getting involved in pharmacy school?
  15. What kind of advice would you give to current rotation students?
  16. What is your best daily ritual to keep your work on track?
  17. What is the best career advice you have received or given?
  18. What is the best advice you’ve gotten from your family?
  19. What inspires you?

How would you prefer people contact you?




Direct download: PFL_-Jaclyn_Aremka-mp3.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:36am EDT

We often think of marketing our business externally only, not looking inside the pharmacy at our own employees. When in truth, your employees are your biggest asset, and they can be your cheerleader or thorn.

Guest Ben Coakley and Nicolle McClure discuss how to create and implement an internal marketing program, ideas for engaging employees and dealing with disgruntled ones, and offering incentives.

Learn how a successful internal marketing strategy can translate into a successful external one as well.

GRX Marketing

Nicolle McClure

2929 Westown Pkwy., Suite 100,

West Des Moines, IA 50266


Direct download: The_Internal_Marketing_Factor.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:47pm EDT


Pharmacy Podcast Network and National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) have joined forces to launch the industry's #1 podcast "about the business of pharmacy" and delivering the Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Industry - the Specialty Pharmacy Podcast. 


The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) will host its fifth annual meeting in Washington, DC, on September 17-20, 2017. The NASP Annual Meeting is the most effective way to stay abreast of rapid developments in specialty pharmacy, including national legislative and regulatory policy, which will be featured at the meeting.

The NASP Annual Meeting & Expo is the only comprehensive national specialty pharmacy conference in which all stakeholders can fully participate.

Who Attends the NASP Annual Meeting?

Senior executives, pharmacy directors, staff pharmacists, consultants, and other management- level personnel from specialty pharmacy providers, infusion pharmacies, pharma/biotech manufacturers, institutional pharmacies, managed care organizations, GPOs, distributors, and suppliers to the industry.

When Does the NASP Annual Meeting Take Place?

Save the dates for the NASP Annual Meeting & Expo:

September 17 – 20, 2017

About the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy NASP:

The mission of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) is to improve specialty pharmacy practice by promoting continuing professional education and certification of specialty pharmacists while advocating for public policies that ensure appropriate patient access to specialty medications and related care services on behalf of the stakeholders we serve.

The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy is a 501(c)(6) trade association representing all stakeholders in the specialty pharmacy industry. Our members include the nation’s leading specialty pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers, GPOs, distributors and ​​​more. With over 100 corporate members and 1,200 individuals, NASP is the unified voice of specialty pharmacy in the United States. NASP is dedicated to education, national policy advocacy, and engagement of all stakeholders in the specialty pharmacy industry.

Direct download: NASP_Specialty_Pharmacy_Podcast.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Millions of times a day, pharmacists are helping people on their path to better health—from advising on prescriptions to helping manage chronic and specialty conditions. Because pharmacists are present in so many moments, big and small, they have an active, supportive role in shaping the future of health care. 

Today's interview is with Colin DeWald, PharmD about his career with CVS Health

CVS Health Careers with Colin DeWald, PharmD

  1. Introduction
    1. Name, current job position, graduate of URI CoP
    2. Background of career path since entering college (started off as biology major, transferred into pharmacy, became CVS pharmacy technician, became an intern, became a graduate intern, became a full time floater pharmacist, became a pharmacy manger)
  2. Why did I choose a career with CVS?
    1. CVS was very eager and willing to help me get started as a student hoping to go the pharmacy school to become a pharmacist
    2. Many career paths available (other than the role of a traditional community pharmacist)
    3. Patient interaction
  3. Transition from student to pharmacist
    1. Can be very stressful, but you have many resources available to make this transition go smoothly
      1. Work experience early on
      2. Develop a relationship with your Rx supervisor
  • Use your rotations as a time to prepare for your license exams
  1. What is the first day/ first several months like as an RPh?
    1. Day 1- expect to feel nervous, but rely on your team/supervisor for help. You are not alone and you should never feel like you have no idea what you are doing. It is expected that you will run into roadblocks so use your resources!
      1. Its ok that you are “slow,” it takes time for every RPh to adjust
    2. It will take at least a few months to master the basics of daily workflow- and to really feel comfortable
    3. There will always be new challenges to develop your skills as a leader
      1. Learning new things everyday
      2. While the job is retail, I am constantly using my clinical knowledge (the profession is shifting more and more in this direction)
    4. Leadership Opportunities within first year
      1. Pharmacy Manager
        1. Most rewarding role I’ve had with CVS so far
      2. APhA certified Immunization trainer for my district
      3. Foundations for leading

 Check out - CVS Careers 

Direct download: CVS_Careers_Colin_DeWald_PharmD.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 8:48am EDT

Interview with Jamie Gramz Vice President of Product Management at McKesson Pharmacy Technology & Services. 

About McKesson Pharmacy Technology & Services:

You want to run your business your way. McKesson Pharmacy Technology & Services (MPTS) gives you the freedom of choice when it comes to picking the right pharmacy technology for your organization.

MPTS pharmacy management software and services are focused on making it easier for you to start, run and expand your pharmacy. The team with leaders like Jamie listen to your needs and help you select the system and services that best align with your pharmacy workflow, business goals and budget.

MPTS solutions provide improved efficiency and margins, increased profits, and have led to better overall patient care in retail pharmacies across the country. But that doesn’t mean you need every solution or that you share the same goals as other pharmacists. Maybe you want to optimize your business without making big changes. Maybe you want more time to focus on patients. Maybe you want innovation. Or maybe you want a packaged set of proven solutions. No matter what your priorities, we have solutions that can help.

Solutions that lead to better health in a way that works for your business and your patients. MPTS will make it easy for you to find the right solutions for your business, by grouping them based on how they can help you achieve specific priorities.

Interview with Victor Vercammen, Pharm.D Vice President, Innovation & Industry Relations at Supplylogix LLC

About Supplylogix

Founded in 2010, Supplylogix applications process millions of transactions every day on behalf of more than 12,000 national and regional retail pharmacies. Supplylogix is a high-growth software company that develops and delivers practical supply chain intelligence solutions for pharmacy and related businesses. Supplylogix, a division of McKesson Corporation, is based in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, and services a wide array of healthcare providers nationwide. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter at @supplylogix.

Direct download: 03_MPTS_ideaShare_2017.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 6:00am EDT


Today we’re going to be talking with Megan Bereda, a fourth-year student pharmacist at Purdue University College of Pharmacy. She has 4 years of pharmacy technician experience at Vibra Healthcare hospital in Crown Point, Indiana and was a 2016 pharmacy intern at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in critical care and surgery pharmacy. She is currently finishing her last year of pharmacy school which includes a 6-month track at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, a month at Purdue medical center in safety advancement, and ending in Eldoret, Kenya. 

  1. Everyone’s leadership road is a little different, tell us a little bit about what you are doing now and how you have gotten to where you are.
  2. You were part of the student council very early and went through the progression to eventually being the student body president. How would you recommend to someone to get involved and to make connections with such a large group of people?
  3. How did you manage to balance sorority life with pharmacy?
  4. Explain how you got involved with your summer internships and what those entail?
  5. How did you integrate these projects on your CV and how did you get involved with them?
  6. How did you go from a P1 to a P2 to a summer internship with John Hopkins?
  7. What did you do while you were at John Hopkins?
  8. Explain the relationship you had as a pharmacy student with pharmacy technicians.
  9. Tell us about your 6-month track at Northwestern and how you got this rotation through Purdue.
  10. How do you see yourself leading in the future as a full-time position?
  11. Why did you decide to travel to Kenya for a rotation experience?
  12. Do you have plans for residency or to go to Midyear?
  13. What is the best way to contact you?
  14. What is your best daily ritual to keep your life on track?
  15. What is the best career advice you have either received or given?
  16. What inspires you?


Megan Bereda

PharmD Candidate, Class of 2018

Purdue University College of Pharmacy

Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Megan_Bereda.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 4:35pm EDT

The Pharmacy Podcast Network CEO, Publisher, and Founder Todd Eury was the moderator for the Cardinal Health 1st Annual Women in Pharmacy - Leadership Forum during the RBC 2017 Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio TX, July 28, 2017.

During this session, the leaders will shared abiut their unique leadership journeys and life lessons, how they break down barriers and stay on course to achieve their career goals. 

The leadship panel discussed how to create a movement for change and inspire others to lead including how to thrive as an entrepreneur in the new pharmacy landscape. 

The leadership panel:  

  • DeAnn Mullins, PharmD
    2017 NCPA President CEO and Owner of Mullins Pharmacy
  • Theresa Tolle, PharmD
  • 2016-17 APhA Speaker of the House
    CEO and Owner of Bay Street Pharmacy
  • Aimee O’Reilly, PharmD
    CEO and Owner of O’Reilly Family Pharmacy
  • Erin Albert MBA, PharmD, JD, Entrepreneur
  • CEO of Pharm LLC
  • Cohost of The Pharmacy Podcast®

Special thanks to Eden Sulzer, Director of the Women in Pharmacy initiaitve with Cardinal Health. 

For more information about 'Women in Pharmacy' please go to the following website:

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent official policy or position of Cardinal Health or its customers. The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute and is not intended to offer medical or other professional advice or services.

Direct download: Women_in_Pharmacy_Leadership_Forum_RBC_2017.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 3:28pm EDT


Today we will be talking with Jake Ready, new graduate of Butler University class of 2017. Jake has recently accepted a position as a staff pharmacist with Walgreens, but has explored several aspects of pharmacy prior to landing on the retail route. Throughout his time at Butler, Jake has acquired experience in various nontraditional pharmacy areas. Specifically, Jake spent a rotation with Eli Lilly exploring the industrial side of pharmacy, as well as a rotation abroad in Ecuador. While in school, Jake had work experience not only as a retail intern, but also as a clinical contractor for a company based in London, England. Despite his busy schedule, Jake also managed to plan his wedding on top of all of his pharmacy commitments. 

  1. How did you decide on the career path of pharmacy? And how did that path lead to you become a bulldog at Butler?
  2. You are a new Butler graduate, can you speak a little bit about the new NAPLEX, how you studied for it, any tips or tricks for those preparing to take it in the future?
  3. Looking over your CV, it is apparent that Butler has prepared you well for your future. Butler is a small private liberal arts college. Can you tell us about your transcontinental pharmaceutical involvement? You have worked as a clinical contractor for 2 years in London, England, and you went abroad for one of your rotations to Ecuador. First of all, how did you become involved in these experiences and what did they entail?
  4. You also volunteered your time for an international medical trip back in 2015. Do you have a strong desire to travel, or how did you become involved in this and what was your draw to going abroad?
  5. You not only balanced pharmacy school, work involvement as an intern at Walgreens and an RA on campus, several different community service opportunities, but you also planned a wedding! How did you balance planning a wedding, pharmacy school, and quickly after the wedding embarking on a year of rotations?
  6. While at Butler you spent a few semesters as a laboratory assistant. Can you speak to why you were interested in teaching experiences?
  7. It really looks like you have explored many different avenues that pharmacists can practice in. Specifically, you spent a rotation involving industrial pharmacy at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis. Usually when people think of pharmacy they think either hospital or retail. What was your time like at this rotation?
  8. What is next on the docket of activities for your personal and professional future?
  9. What kind of advice would you give to current rotation students?
  10. What is your daily ritual?
  11. What is the best career advice you have received or given?
  12. What inspires you?
  13. What is the best way to contact you?

Jake Ready, PharmD

Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Jake_Ready.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

Senior Program Manager - Marty Allain with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) joins Pharmacy Podcast Network Co-Host Dr. Erin Albert to review the vital impact the NABP is making within the Pharmacy Industry and helping to eradicate #FakePharmacy --- throughout the globe. 

Show notes:

1. National Association of Boards of Pharmacy:
2. .pharmacy initiative:
3. The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies:
Erin Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD, PAHM
CEO, Pharm, LLC
President, HBA Indiana Chapter 2017
Mentor, SXSW17
Post Office Box 335
Fishers, IN 46038 USA

Direct download: National_Association_Board_of_Pharmacy.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:27am EDT


Today we’re talking with Matt Paterini, co-founder of The Nontraditional Pharmacist: a platform company that exposes, connects, and educates pharmacists and pharmacy students to nontraditional pharmacy. At the University of Michigan School of Pharmacy, Matt recognized the many outside the box opportunities available, and Matt’s role at IBM as a cloud software seller to healthcare payer, provider and industry accounts is a measure of that. There he bridges the gap between healthcare and technology helping clients innovate and adapt the changing healthcare landscape.

  1. Everyone’s leadership road is a little different, tell us about what you’re doing now and how you got involved with this nontraditional role.
  2. Sales tends to have a negative connotation, especially when talking about healthcare – can you talk about your experiences in sales in a way that shifts the focus from money to helping people?
  3. How did your education at Michigan’s School of Pharmacy help you to become a problem solver to finding a job in a different field with a similar skill set?
  4. What was the toughest part of your collegiate or pharmacy journey?
  5. Tell us about your passion project of The Nontraditional Pharmacist. How did this project come to be, and how each co-founder works together?
  6. Where is The Nontraditional Pharmacist today, and where do you feel it is going to go in the future?
  7. What kind of advice would you give to current rotation students that they could do right now?
  8. What is the best way to contact you?
  9. What is your best daily ritual to keep your life on track?
  10. What is the best career advice you have ever received or given?
  11. What inspires you?


Matt Paterini, PharmD

The Nontraditional Pharmacist, Co-Founder

Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Matt_Paterini_PharmD__Mixdown_2.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT