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2016 & 2017 Podcasts on Pharmacy Career Development – An Update

May 22nd, 2017

This is about to be a long post, but I wanted to put, in one place, all the 2016 & 2017 Pharmacy Podcast Shows for the fab 13, AND for your listening pleasure! And I moved it up, since it was starting to get buried in the blog.

If you’re a pharmacist or leader in healthcare, IT, pharmacy practice and/or elsewhere, the following episodes will be of benefit to you.  And to all the guests during the year on the podcast, a SINCERE THANKS for helping us reach over 63,000 listeners and for sharing the pharmacy healthcare love!

DEA Part 2: Our Chat with Joseph T. Rannazzisi, cont.

A Chat with Co-Founder of GoodRx, Doug Hirsch

Career Development: Working for DEA

For the Class of 2017: Congratulations!

Manbassadors: Sponsors for Women in Healthcare

57 Cool Jobs for Pharmacists

SXSW 2017 – A Recap

InfoSAGE: Healthcare Informatics Leader Dr. Charles Safran

5 Steps to Manage Through a Career Crisis

HIMSS 17 Post Show

HIMSS 17 Pre Show

A Valentine for Women, Gender Parity and Leadership in Healthcare:

The Future of Work in Pharmacy & Healthcare Part I – With Special Guest, Jacob Morgan:

The Future of Pharmacy Work – Part II

Certifications for Pharmacists – Another Way to Enhance Your Pharmacy Career:

What is a Medical Science Liaison?:

7 Steps to a Super 2017:

“Men”toring Women – Why it is critical for Men to Mentor Women

Merry Midyear – 4 part miniseries coming to the podcast with Dr. Lauren Steinbach hi-jacking the mic:

5 Roads into Loving your retail pharmacy career – 5 part series:

The American Society for Pharmacy Law – an Intro with Aaron Moore:

5 Part series on the 5 Roads out of Retail Pharmacy:

Pharmacy as a Third Space – Tisane Pharmacy (NYC):

Disruptive Women in HIT – Mandi Bishop:

How to get more Leadership in Pharmacy – Alan Spies:

BU Well: A Student-Driven Multimedia Publication – Anne Leighty:

Unusual Career Paths in Pharmacy – Shaun Young of Ardina:

Feeling the Burn…Out – How to manage burnout in pharmacy:

Writing to Enhance Your Pharmacy Career – Dr. Elaine Voci

Maximizing Medical and Pharmacy Meetings – Kristin Eilenberg of Lodestone Insights:


May 19th, 2017

Fielding lots of questions on the #Manbassadors panel. Here’s my 90 second spot on attending 6/13/17 in Indianapolis. I hope to see you there!

Here’s the link to registration – grab your tickets!

Introducing…the Waverly Water Stewardship Badge from the #STEMPrincess Series!

May 17th, 2017

waverlybadge3EXCITED! Today is the day the first ever students on planet Earth will be receiving the first of its kind, the Waverly Water Stewardship Badge tonight at the Brownie troop for Hamilton County Indiana!  Thanks to Tammy, the Troop Leader and Kristin, supermom and epiphany gal around the water stewardship concepts this year for the Brownie troop.

Here’s some ideas if YOU want to be a water steward of planet Earth and earn the Waverly badge:

1. Get a group together – maybe it’s Girl Scouts, a church youth group, Boy Scouts, a meet up – whatever.

2. Read the story of Waverly and the STEM Princesses, here.

3. If you want to focus on water, here are some ideas for your group to explore during the year:

-Visit an actual wastewater treatment plant. See what we actually do to our water, and how the treatment plants recycle it.
-Visit your water public utility and understand water tables/water sheds in your area, and how water moves throughout your state. It’s actually fascinating, and I learned a lot when I visited Citizens Water in Indianapolis. There are people who do what Waverly does each and every day in your own water utility as water stewardship super heroines and heroes!
-Clean up a natural area that has water–and/or organize a bigger group to volunteer and clean up an area with water. Maybe you can work on a park with a stream, river, or pond. Trash around any naturally occurring water can pollute it, so it’s important to keep natural water NATURAL!

Other ideas:

Project Wet
Sustainability Projects on Pinterest or here on Pinterest
See if your state has a water stewardship program for kids, like Michigan or California.
Learn about a body of water near you – in Indiana’s case, Lake Michigan.

The Hamilton County Indiana Brownie troop did projects around water throughout the year.

4. At the end, share what you learned along the way with others.

5. Grab your badge. The only place you can get Waverly is right here.  If you have a whole posse of peeps to buy for, feel free to reach out to my peeps and we can work out a bulk discount.

6. Most of all, share what you did – inspire others to make sure our water stays clean.

And to the Hamilton County Brownies – CONGRATULATIONS for your accomplishment, and wear Waverly with pride – she’s excited to be part of your uniform!

Pharmacy + Law = A Roundup on the Career Combo

May 14th, 2017

pharmacylawI often get asked about the pharmacist and law/attorney career dynamic duo….so I wanted to put all the stuff I refer peeps to in one post again.  Here we go!

Life Science Lawyer – the book.

American Society for Pharmacy Law – and the podcast on it from pharmacy podcast.  There’s also the pharmacy law podcast at Pharmacy Podcast.

Law School: A Few Short & Plain Statements – book on the warping of my own brain during law school, after pharmacy school.

Career Alternatives for Pharmacy & the Law – linkedin post.

57 Cool Jobs for Pharmacists – some of the pharmacy law gigs intersect with this post.

Indiana General Assembly pharmacy and healthcare law roundup – for 2017.

Going back to law school after pharmacy school is also addressed in 46 Doses of Advice.

More for the Class of 2017

May 6th, 2017
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My last graduation – from law school.

Dear Class of 2017,

I wrote this post over at LinkedIn this weekend, as graduation and commencement season begins.

Here are a few other bonus pieces of advice for the class of 2017:

1. Try not to be high maintenance – As you move your way into the world of work, try not to be high maintenance.  Don’t demand the corner office just yet instead of the cubicle – you’ve got a few years of work to earn it before you can ask for it.  It’s OK to challenge your elders (in tenure) at work, but you should also respect them too. They can also teach you a thing or two about the School of Hard Knocks. The last thing you want to be branded early in your career is high maintenance.  Focus on hard work, learning, and stretching yourself instead of demanding European Lager and Carmex in your dressing room.

2. Go out of your way to be old-fashioned.  I’m not talking about the drink, or go hipster. I’m instead suggesting that you be old-fashioned with your gratitude. Write people thank you notes. By hand. With a pen or pencil. The old fashioned way. Put them in the snail mail. With a stamp. The old-fashioned way. Make sure you try to distinguish and establish your very own old-fashioned brand of gratitude for those who take time to meet with you and help you along the way.  People are busy, and the universe owes you nothing. So, when people stop and help you, celebrate that.

3. Read. Again, this may sound a lot like #2 above, but you really need to read those old fashioned things called books. Get a library card – you don’t need to buy every book off of Amazon and go broke either while furthering your education. Read everything you can get your hands on too. Read trashy novels if you like – but just keep reading!  A great imagination can be your best friend over time and serve you well.


The Older I Get…

April 30th, 2017

…the less I seem to be working on things I actually went to school to do.

Is anyone else experiencing this, or is it just me and my weirdness?

As I sent off an email to my personal girl crush fan club (and by fan club, I mean people I admire, not the other way around) today, I realized that a lot of the really exciting, awesome, fun stuff I’m working on – the stuff that gets me geeked – is stuff I really never studied in school.

Writing books, podcasting, putting together awesome content that changes minds – this is stuff I never learned in school. And I’ve been in a school a few times…

Is it that the world is just changing too fast these days, or is it something else that’s going on here?

More questions…

“This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time”

April 26th, 2017

Guess which movie this is from?

Well, it’s Fight Club.

And yes, I know, the first rule of Fight Club is…to not talk about fight club.

But, we’ll acknowledge that first rule, then move on tonight to my point with this post, which is this.

I was asked recently why my work is so “intense.” That’s easy. It’s because of the quote of this post. Literally, our lives are ending one minute at a time.  Our time on this big dirt ball is finite. No one is going to live forever. (Except maybe Elon Musk, or some other eccentric bajillionaire who figures out how to live forever on the internet….but who would want to live there forever?)

I digress.

What I don’t understand is…why would anyone sign up to do half a job? Why not either say NO and move on, or say YES, or @#$% YES,  and give it 150%? Why are you doing it if you only want to do something kinda, sorta, but don’t?

The bottom line: the clock is ticking. What are you doing about it? What are you doing to leave this Earth better than you found it? Why are you doing what you do, and most of all – are you doing what you were meant to be doing while you’re here?

The clock is ticking…

New Pharmacy and Healthcare Laws from the 2017 Indiana General Assembly Session

April 25th, 2017

screen-shot-2016-12-28-at-6-01-05-amIndiana Peeps of the Pharmacy and Healthcare Persuasions:

While the local Indianapolis news spent a lot of time on the really important news this week, like the controversies swirling around the Unicorn Frappuccino, it appears that the Indiana General Assembly was hard at work creating new statutes for all of us in health to follow this past session! Now that it’s over, officially, I wanted to take a looksie and see what will be changing soon, if not already, in the land of pharmacy, medicine, healthcare, and allied/public health.  Here’s what I found.  I haven’t read them all myself just yet, but… happy reading!

HEA 1019 – Controlled Substances – Looks like we have some new C-Is.

HEA 1278 – Cervical Cancer Prevention

HEA 1642 – Diabetes in Indiana

HEA 1308 – Various Professional Licensing Matters

SEA 175 – Healthcare Consent (sorry IGA, Healthcare is one word in my mind.)

SEA 549 – Health Record Information

SEA 112 – Hospital Police Departments – an interesting read if you work in a health system

SEA 303 – Direct Primary Care Agreements

SEA 392 – Emergency Medications (in schools)

SEA 497 – Medicaid Eligibility of Former Foster Children

SEA 499 – Opioid addiction

HEA 1069 – Immunizations for Higher Education Students

HEA 1273 – Network Provider Referrals

HEA 1336 – Department of Health Matters

HEA 1337 – Telemedicine Matters

HEA 1439 – FSSA Matters – Medicaid issues in here.

HEA 1148 – Cannabidiol and Treatment Resistant Epilepsy - (This bill is not yet signed by the gov as I write this on 4/25.)

HEA 1493 – Long Term Care and Home Health - (This bill is not yet signed by the gov as I write this on 4/25.)

HEA 1541 – Addiction Treatment Teams - (This bill is not yet signed by the gov as I write this on 4/25.)

SEA 59 – Professional Licensing - (This bill is not yet signed by the gov as I write this on 4/25.)

SEA 156 – Drug and Alcohol Treatment Reporting

SEA 243 – Substance Abuse Programs

SEA 404 – Abortion, child abuse, and human trafficking

SEA 510 – Substance Abuse Pilot Program

Legislators – if I missed any, do let me know so I can share it with my friends in health!  And actually, I did leave out a few. In fact, I left out the top 5 most important bills for pharmacists that were either passed this session, or sitting on Gov Holcomb’s desk right now, waiting for autographs.  

What are they, you ask?

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In the meantime, you have PLENTY to read above…!


A Rant, with Friendly Reminders

April 18th, 2017

After some seriously bizarre energy over the last 2+ weeks coming my way, and pleading for the universe to take it away over at the faceplace, I need to state the following for the record, as a reminder to myself more than anything. If it helps the fab 13 out too, great.

1. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t and won’t have all the answers.

2. In fact, every day I have fewer answers. As I’ve said here, I just tend to have more questions.

3. I try to be fair and look out for the majority, even sometimes the minority (when there is injustice), but when that doesn’t work and I’m fighting an uphill battle, I do start asking why, then I think about quitting, just like everyone else. Sometimes, quitting is OK. In fact, quitting is better than doing something half-baked.

4. While I’m generally a rule-follower, I have a problem with rules if there is no rationale for them, or worse yet, nothing better than “that’s the way we’ve always done it” as the excuse for why something is done the way it is.  Or, if a rule was founded on something antique. Rules must change, just like everything else.

5. I am doing the best job I can, with the resources I have, and the time allotted. If that’s not good enough, see #3 above.

6. (Caution: the link I’m about to share has rated R language, so don’t go there if you’re PG), but...this. Said another way, the past is in the past for a reason. It should probably stay there.

7. I have no crystal balls, special powers, or magical abilities. I just work hard.  There are no shiny secrets to being ‘successful’ either. If there are shiny secrets when I do get to the land of successful one day, I’ll be sure to share them. For now, I’m just working hard.

8. Success is the best revenge.

9. Ok, I lied. THIS is the magical shiny secret to success (sorry, more R rated in the link).  And I needed this reminder this week.

10. Quit fighting weird energy/arguing and get back to work. Make things that matter.

Rant. Over.’s 2Q17 Media Kit

April 16th, 2017

For your viewing pleasure – it’s updated and ready to go! media kit – 2Q17 – one sheet from Erin L. Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD, PAHM