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Pharmacy…It’s a man’s world… and a Woman’s…

I saw a tweet today that definitely got my wheels turning.  This is one of those posts you contemplate the remorse that may come after the fact.  I saw a post about #WomenInHealth Day or something.  I didn’t get past the feed…honestly…that’s what you guys love most about me right?  So I am a professional woman.  I am also a traditionalist.  This will not be a men versus women post.  This is a post about some of my latest adventures and lessons I’ve learned.

First of all, I recently changed my name.  My husband and I were married in Disney this summer.  It was a magical experience that may need to be explored in a later post!  Back to the point at hand.  I have fielded many questions lately about the name change. Read more

The lone nut


I have had the absolute honor of speaking to many pharmacists over the past couple of months.  No joke!  I think of it as an honor.  As a pharmacist myself I know the value of a 5 minute phone call with a “consultant”.  I guess that is why I was a little hesitant at the title “Clinical Community Pharmacist Consultant”.  Regardless of the title I get to connect with practicing pharmacists across our country…heck even outside the states (Hi Renee!)

Through my relationships I’ve become a stronger pharmacist as well!  Pushing people to think or ReThink about things is so exciting to me!  It makes me go further and further and hopefully not off the edge.  I love you family!  Looking for inspiration in every corner I usually turn to Ted videos to reenergize.  One of my favorites is from Derek Sivers.  Ted talks have to be under twenty minutes.  Twenty minutes is the maximum time for a human being to “pay attention to something and retain it”.  Ever wonder why we have to attend so many one hour CEs…me too!  Think about the person (me) up there talking to you guys for an hour about star ratings.  Sorry off track :)!  Anyway Derek was able to deliver the most relevant Ted talk to our current practice, at least my take on our practice, in under THREE minutes.  A must see! Read more

The Perfect Pairing

This is a bit of a follow up to a previous post of mine. I promised it would be a work in progress! I think it is time to build on the concept of pharmacist led smoking cessation.

There are numerous collaborative practice agreements out there. One that we could specifically model after is the anticoagulation protocol. Have your local physician sign with an agreement with you. Use the protocol to dispense appropriate therapy. Monitor and check in with patient throughout course. Bill as a medication therapy management claim. Simple. You may say well no one is doing it? If we continue to wait for others to tell us how to care for our patients we will surely be left out of any decision making! Read more

Three BIG ideas from small groups

It has been a while since I have had time to sit down and put my thoughts on paper…well pages…well type on my Mac.  You know what I mean!  Things have been busy and I could not be more proud of that!

Pharmacist Jamie is here to report to you some things I’ve been noticing.  At Creative Pharmacist we have developed what we call ReThink groups or small groups.  Our intent was to tackle the CP Basics::  Medication Adherence, Medication Therapy Management (MTM) and Immunizations.  Innovation in practice is our driving force but we understand the importance of quite honestly keeping the pharmacy doors open.  Anyway, first groups have already had their second call and some of the newer groups are just getting started.  Let me tell you what we found.

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I’m going all in

I usually try and keep my posts as relevant to pharmacy practice as possible. This post is not that far off base. I do hope you will follow me.

This holiday season has been a very out of the ordinary one for me. I lost a very dear friend of mine. He was only 44. I want to talk about him for just a moment. I do not want to dwell on his illness or the past few months but rather on his spirit. Myles was a gambler. He was always looking for the next bet. The only time I ever saw him lose his cool was at ME in a Texas hold-em style card game. Myles did not like for anyone to “go all in” on cards unless your hand was appropriately suited. Once I went in on a 2 4 off suit and beat him on the flop card. He did not like that! Was not the way it was supposed to go! He threw his cards down and stormed off as I giddily swept up his poker chips. I will always remember that night. I beat Myles at his own game. I did not follow the so-called “rules” and the outcome was not what anyone expected. Read more

Cessation: It fits our skillset so let’s do it.

I am currently overly obsessed with a pharmacist led smoking cessation model.  I hear from colleagues that we don’t need a specific guideline or program to help us treat our patients.  I disagree with this approach.

The current practice is typical pharmacists believe we deliver great healthcare and are usually not reimbursed for these services.  Well I say why would someone “pay us money” if we cannot show what works.  We cannot simply expect to sit on our stools (yes reference to a previous post) and be compensated for helping our patients stop smoking. Read more

Real life value in real life pharmacy. #RealLifePharmD

I’ve been focusing a lot lately on a vision for the future of pharmacy and how we can elevate our status in the health care realm. I do believe that you can’t achieve direction without vision and you can’t reach goals without an underlying principled foundation. However, I also understand that high-minded ideals and a lot rah-rah talk aren’t enough to get the job done alone. Trying to stay true to my mantra of “real life pharmacy, real life pharmacist,” I’d to give a few examples I’ve encountered of “keeping it real.” Read more

Get off your stool and pull up a chair…We’re about to have a seat at the table.

Pharm 2 Table, 2015. It starts here.

I knew I wanted to be a pharmacist since I was in high school. I entered into the profession just as the sea change in health care was on the horizon. Baby boomers were no longer booming but looming. “Biotech” was morphing into “Life Science” and redefining its relationship to Wall Street. Independent pharmacy was faced with the choice of being either Mom&Pop Mart or Wal-Mart. And I, as a fresh-faced wanna-be pharmacist, first heard how in the new health care landscape we “didn’t have a seat at the table.” Read more

Counterintuitive… or is it? Premium care leads to lower costs, higher revenue, or…

… “Fail fast, fail cheap – applying the entrepreneur model to 21st century pharmacy.”

If you participate in a Startup Weekend, work with a business incubator, or spend much time at all around 21st century entrepreneurs, you will learn quickly that the model for success in this new economy is rooted in failure.

Oxymoronic?  Counterintuitive? Countermoronic??? Maybe. It also happens to work.

everyone-will-become-entrepreneur-610When I say that the model is rooted in failure, what that means is the mantra of the entrepreneur is “fail fast, fail cheap.” This actually isn’t a new idea. It’s the same notion that Thomas Edison took when subscribing to the notion that every failure of the new fangled electric light bulb was just one step closer to the solution. The trick was to accomplish these “failures” as cheaply as possible and spend a minimal amount of time doing so. The question is, how can we apply this model to 21st century pharmacy?

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. “But Pharmacist Jamie… we’re pharmacists, not entrepreneurs. We’re not founding tech companies… we’re not developing  apps that let you put things ‘on the line‘… we are health care providers, not entrepreneurs.”

Yeah. Let me know how that works out for you. In the meantime I’ve got a suggestion: Read more

Would you like fries with that?

I vacillated long and hard about writing this post, much less it being my first post on my new website. Truth is, there’s a good chance it’s going to tick some of you off. And I say “tick” because I promised Google this would be a “PG” website.

We pharmacists today, in general, bemoan the fact that we’ve been relegated to second-class citizenship in the nation of health care providers. We like the salaries we draw. For the most part we like the hours we keep. We do not like how far we have fallen in terms of value within the patient’s hierarchy of trusted treatment experts.

It has struck me, however, that the problem doesn’t really exist with patient perception but rather with our value proposition. Health care and patient management have undergone tremendous evolution over last 30 years in practically every part of the sector. Every sector except the pharmacy. Read more