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You might be the perfect person to be a pharmacist! :)
Instant notion, pharmacists are always behind the counter and they are quietly doing their own thing ... MYTH BUSTER!
Pharmacy is one of the broadest categories in the health field.
Let me count the ways:
1) retail - the people counting the meds = technicians/interns, pharmacists actually counsel a lot and are in the aisles guiding OTC therapies
2) independent - want to own a pharmacy? - they specialize in compounding as well to drive the market, and they definitely have a good patient relationship with the people who come to them
3) veterinary medicine - maybe you like to focus more on animal patients
4) hospital - clinical pharmacists beats the ranks - they talk to drug reps, doctors, oversee lots of stuff vs staff pharmacist - more on data entry and medication safety - they all can provide counseling to patients who discharge or enter the hospital
5) industry - drug companies, office type, medical technology, FDA, government
6) navy/military/public health pharmacists - yea they're there too, and you can travel
7) traveling pharmacists - go to those 3rd world countries and be the change!
8) ambulatory care pharmacists - woo hoo, counsel patients in clinics like primary care, you see the most patients in this setting, i love to talk with patients for the hour :)
9) psych - one of the toughest topics for me, but some people love doing neuro meds
10) nuclear - maybe you are a night owl? they have night shifts, though they also rotate to morning shifts as well
11) internal medicine - the craziest and smartest people i've met, find a teaching hospital and you'll round with doctors and nurses
12) infusion pharmacy - likely home infusion - but you never really meet patients - so probably not for you
13) oncology pharmacists - cancer patients
14) hematology pharmacists - those kidneys ...
15) managed care pharmacists - if you like to work on formularies and the background side
16) academia - great, more school ... but you'll be on the other side this time! be easy on the students though, you were once a student lol --> you can be associate professor or just an adjunct and only do a few lectures while maintaining a full time job elsewhere
17) transitions of care - from the hospital to the real world, you are the bridge!
18) Researching pharmacists - CDC, john hopkins ... you know there's more to it :)

*** OVERALL *** - you MUST be great at communicating to patients and others in the workplace and to the public! ... You definitely will make a difference in people's lives, and there's so much room for growth and switching around that you'll never get bored! Be a strong advocate of the profession as well! :) I hope that helped ... cough cough, PHARMACY is the place to be!

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Rock Jenkins

Here's a thought: Find 5-10 highly people who share the traits you listed and ask them how they discovered their passion. Don't limit this just to people you know. Connect online or over email with noteworthy, accomplished professionals. Tell them you admire what they've done and would like 30 minutes by phone to ask them 3 questions about how they became so successful. Use the same 3 questions for all of them and compare their answers. You'll likely find common threads among their responses and gain useful insights. You might even create valuable network or mentor contacts in the process.

Answered 2 years ago

Rock Jenkins