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Career Story: Manager Of A Retail Pharmacy

Manager Of A Retail Pharmacy

Job Title: Pharmacy Manager

Type of Company: My company is a nationwide big box retailer.

Education: BS, Pharmacy, Albany College of Pharmacy

Previous Experience: I worked as a staff pharmacist and pharmacy intern for the same company.

Job Tasks: I manage a pharmacy department for a big box retailer. My job requires me to assume sole responsibility for the pharmacy's operations. This entails meeting all state and federal regulations as they pertain to the ordering, storing and dispensing of prescription medications and maintaining all records. I am also responsible for the physical maintenance of the department, including cleanliness as well as meeting all OSHA requirements. Also included in my responsibilities are the screening of job applicants, interviewing them and hiring and training them. The positions involved are staff pharmacists, pharmacy interns, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy cashiers. In addition to doing this I am an adjunct faculty member for the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences which means that candidates for the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree spend five weeks working with me. During these five weeks, during the candidate's sixth and last year of studies, we focus on expanding and improving disease state pathology and knowledge, pharmacology, pharmacotherapy, patient counseling and communication skills as well as communication skills with other health care professionals. These students are not paid; it is part of their education. In addition to them I also teach and train pharmacy interns after their third and fourth years of education. These are paid positions in which I teach the skills needed to operate a retail pharmacy.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts of my job are twofold. One is the ability I have to help people overcome their medical problems and educate them on how to live a healthier life. Two is the role of educating future pharmacists. I enjoy passing along my knowledge and experience, in much the same way that it was passed to me when I was a pharmacy student

Job Tips:
1. Study hard in high school and stay focused on your goals. For a small sacrifice you can make a huge difference not only in your life, but in the lives of others.

2. Be passionate about the profession you choose and practice it as a true professional

3. Wherever your path may take you, remember the hard work and dedication it took to get where you are and don't ever do anything to jeopardize your career

Additional Thoughts: If you are considering a career in Pharmacy, I would suggest you do some job-shadowing in various work environments and possibly get a part-time job working in a pharmacy while in high school.

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