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Building Your Pharmacy Career w/ Colin DeWald, PharmD

Building Your Pharmacy Career – Pharmacy Podcast Series part I Sponsored by CVS Health Careers:  Millions of times a day, […]

August 22, 2017 Community Pharmacy, Pharmacy Students

Building Your Pharmacy Career – Pharmacy Podcast Series part I

Sponsored by CVS Health Careers: 

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