When you begin in pharmacy school you know you want to be involved in healthcare. What you don’t realize is that there are many different careers available to you after you graduate. I was unaware of what I could do with my education. As I progressed through school, I realized there’s more to pharmacy than what most people think. I learned more than just pharmacology and correct dosages. I learned to evaluate a patient as a whole person and not just treat an individual problem. While learning about medications, I was able to learn about the different career paths a pharmacist may take.
I learned about nuclear pharmacy, clinical specialties, ambulatory care, and of course community care. What I didn’t learn about in school, were provided through associations like the Missouri Pharmacy Association, career fairs, and shadowing older students. I also learned about new career paths through my own research due to my husband’s career in the U.S. Army. I didn’t consider alternative career paths such as a civilian with the military until I was considering post graduate opportunities. I discovered this career opportunity when I was looking into a professional setting that would correlate with my husband’s career. I discovered it was the best available option, not only for me but for my family. So I guess my message to all pharmacists and all pharmacy students is to explore your options and go beyond what is actually taught in school although my education gave me a great introduction to the many opportunities of pharmacy. It’s never too late to learn something new and expand your pharmacy practice.
Megan K. Baker
Missouri Pharmacy Association Rotational Student
Pharm.D. Candidate 2014
St. Louis College of Pharmacy