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Digital Goodies

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

I turned a few of the popular, useful things into immediate digital downloads for you, my fab 13. Here they are!

Enjoy! And I hope you find these useful.

Imitation is NOT the Most Sincere Form of Flattery

Monday, June 5th, 2017
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My cat, Jack, the original thinker.

Someone allegedly once said (Colton?) that ‘imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.’

Both I, along with my cat Jack, respectfully disagree.

Cats kind of do their own thing, and that is probably one of the biggest reasons why I’m a cat person over a dog person. (Although, nothing against dogs, I just grew up with cats; I’m an equal opportunity pet lover.) But my preference isn’t the point.

The point is, I appreciate that cats are original.

‘Copycat,’ on the other hand, is a term with unclear origins, but there’s one thing I do know: the term is not a flattering one. It basically means “imitation of another,” and originally was associated with crime.

Lately, it seems there’s a lot of similarities among several pharmacists who write and publish with very similar topics to each other, which is rather incestuous, in my mind. Nearing 290,000 pharmacists in the US, along with hundreds of different types of practice settings available, one would think there’s less similarities. I’ll also come out and say it – some of my own work has been copied recently and not so recently, and while I’ve never read any of it beyond the titles, it’s not a sincere form of flattery; it’s just a copy of something that’s already been done. You’re frankly not doing anyone in the universe a service by regurgitating others’ work…we need you to be solving original problems–ESPECIALLY in healthcare!

On the other hand, everything has probably already been done before, and while I understand that counter argument–that’s not an excuse to pump out second rate stuff and imitate others incessantly. That energy should go toward making progress instead of wasting it.

So, I wanted to write a quick post with some gentle suggestions I personally use to be original. These below are steps I employ to try and do innovative work that is not copycat. I’m going to go ahead and ironically imitate myself here, because most of what I’m about to write I’ve already written in other places…

7 Steps to Be an Original (And Less of a Copycat):

  1. Hang out with people not like you - There’s a joke in pharmacy (and I’m sure several other professions) that it is small and somewhat incestuous, in that you always see and hear from the same people over and over at pharmacy meetings every year. Pharmacy also has one of the highest rates of marriage in the same profession, in that both spouses are much more likely to both be pharmacists (according to a calculator produced in the NY Times a couple of years ago). It really is a small world. So, remedy this if your profession is small too and - get out and hang out in other worlds! Hang with people not like you. Some of my most creative friends have absolutely nothing to do with healthcare and pharmacy, and I LOVE working with them, because they force me to get out of the pharmacy and healthcare boxes and think differently. You can do this virtually by following people online too – just DO NOT COPY them! You can also study what their big gnarly problems are and how they are solving them. Could those solutions apply to your industry?
  2. Read books outside of your comfort zone - After 4-7 years of undergrad/pharmacy school, most pharmacy students are burned out on reading and studying pharmacology, med chem and pharmacy administration. If you’ve been cramming for your professional credentials, and you’ve earned them, do yourself a favor and take a break from them on occasion. Read a thriller, or a trashy novel, or try to read a book on the topic you never had the chance to study in undergrad that you were fascinated by. I’m always trying to learn more about quantum physics. (Although, much of it still blows my mind–I wonder how healthcare works in the other parallel universes?) I love art. I’m reading about ethical decision making in big data right now. READ stuff that isn’t in your normal profession. Same idea as #1 – it will force your brain to work in different ways.
  3. Listen to podcasts that are different - Same reasons as 1 & 2, and they’re free and perfect for you if you commute and/or work out regularly.
  4. Attend at least one meeting outside of your profession once a year - This year, I went to HIMSS17. I’m going to #BlogHer17. I spoke at SXSW. These are 3 meetings I’ve never been part of or attended before…ever. I’m speaking at Indy Big Data and Social Media Dames (#SMDames17) this year, on topics that have very little or nothing to do with pharmacy. While I admit that I’m very lucky to have the time and resources to attend and participate in all these meetings, you may need to make some tough choices and only attend one meeting outside your profession due to time or financial constraints. If this means cutting back on your first profession’s meetings, it still might be worth it for you, IF you’re constantly trying to find new ideas, rather than recycling everybody else’s stuff inside your profession.
  5. Focus on your own stuff - Comparison really is the thief of joy. Both of these aforementioned statements I did not originate – to be clear, but I do practice these to stay original. As I stated above, I pay attention to what’s going on out there in my profession, but if I see copycat articles, I really don’t read past the headlines. I’m focused on what I’m going to do NEXT. What’s still missing? What’s an unmet need? Frankly, healthcare needs more innovation anyway – so I’m going to focus on fixing more problems over here, rather than wasting my time on critiquing copycats over there. If you’ve actually been lucky enough to find something that has never been tried or done before–run with it*–you just received a fabulous gift from the universe! (*As long as it’s not going to hurt you or someone else.)
  6. Travel - Get out of your daily ‘to-do.’ While travel sounds expensive, it doesn’t have to be…hop on a bus or in your car and drive to a city an hour away for dinner. Take a road trip on your weekend off. Go see how other people live! Get out of your routine. The weirder and the more remote the travel, the better. When I went to Beijing for a month, I appreciated small things, like being able to drink tap water, and ICE when I got home. I don’t take cold drinks and potable tap water for granted anymore! Travel makes you appreciate different ways of living, but most of all, makes you appreciate the small things that we really take for granted every day in our lives, and again forces you to adapt and flexibly think about your approach to the universe.
  7. Thank people who help you - The world owes each of us absolutely nothing. Kick entitlement to the curb immediately. When people help you out, call them out on it and celebrate! Catch them doing something good, and share it with the world. Send them a thank you note. Ask them how you can help them in return. Never skip over the gratitude part and just start copying them, either. That’s a big middle finger to them helping you, actually.  You’re already in the social capital hole with them in the first place, and then to turn around and copy them is just digging yourself into a deeper hole, which eventually will come back to bite you in the dupa via karmic retribution. (If I catch people doing this once with me, they don’t get a second chance to do it again.  And yes, I have a clear list in my mind of the guilty here, and while I won’t name names, I’ll never, ever forget who made this naughty list. I digress.) Gratitude can become a spiral upward prophecy, because if you start thanking people around you, they in turn return the favor and pay it forward. Sometimes people aren’t even aware of the impact that they have on us for original ideas, and so when we find that eureka moment and it was due to a chat we had with someone, we need to recognize and foster that behavior by promoting gratitude. It also can help us attract more innovators and creatives into our lives. Most of all, people are helping you with their most precious resource of all – their time. And time you never get back, so be sure you’re approaching your gratitude with enthusiasm, because you got lucky that others helped you – they didn’t have to!

There. I wanted to share this on this very crazy Monday with you, as these seven steps really help me be more creative in the work that I do and deliver to the universe. Let’s keep it as original as we can out there – the universe needs us to stop wasting time being copycats and start being original problem solvers!

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Erin Albert is a writer, podcaster, pharmacist, curator, lawyer and original thinker–the last bit of which she shares in common with her cat, Jack.

 

2016 & 2017 Podcasts on Pharmacy Career Development – An Update

Monday, 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!

The First and Annual Women’s Leadership in Pharmacy Panel at #RBC2017 from Cardinal Health

NABP and the .pharmacy Initiative: Deterring Rogue Online #FakePharmacies

Part 3 of our Conversation with Former DEA – Joseph T. Rannazzisi

Breaking Into the Pharmaceutical Industry: PharmDs – A Chat on the BCMAS Certification

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:

Pharmacy Podcastastic

Friday, December 9th, 2016

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-12-19-44-pmNot going to lie – this just made my day!  Thanks to Todd Eury and his crew over at the Pharmacy Podcast for this tremendous honor in 2016!  Most of all, I hope my colleagues in pharmacy found it helpful.

If you’ve got more you want to discuss on #pharmacy career development in 2017 – hit me with it and let’s keep on rocking out there!!!

5 Roads into LOVING Retail Pharmacy

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

erin-albert-retail-pharmacy-podcastIn a 180-degree-move, I started a podcast miniseries today on LOVING retail pharmacy as a career.  After just completing a leaving retail series, I wanted to flip to the other side of the coin.

I’ll be putting the podcast episodes here too for my merry pharmacy friends.

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Ok, I’m starting to feel a bit…guilty.

In writing an original post, then creating a 5-part mini series about the 5 Roads out of Retail Pharmacy over at Pharmacy Podcast, I’m worried that I may appear to be discounting or even trashing retail pharmacy.

I’m not.  Really!

I learned a LOT of valuable lessons about managing people and caring for patients through my various retail pharmacy practice experiences. I also learned a lot of soft skills through those experiences as well – like patience, fortitude, endurance, creativity and problem-solving – that I never would have learned inside a classroom.

So, I’m going to propose that I do this. I’m going to write 5 Ways to LOVE your Community Practice Pharmacy Career, right here, right now. I’m going to include ideas that I employed during my retail pharmacy times that helped increase my personal job satisfaction, or actions that others have employed, and hopefully it will in turn help you, if you’re in pharmacy, healthcare, or maybe even any profession.

Ready?

5 Roads Into Loving your Retail Pharmacy Career:

1. Own it – why not own your own store? It’s becoming a reality for many pharmacists these days. Shout out to one of the wholesalers in particular who helps pharmacy owners take their businesses and their professions to the next level. Many pharmacists long to be their own bosses. In fact, back in the day, EVERY pharmacist was a business owner, because there were no pharmacy chains. So, if you’re going to be in it to win it, why not own it? I’ve never owned a pharmacy, but I acted like an owner when I was the pharmacist in charge of my first pharmacy – so “ownership” doesn’t need to be literal–it can be a mindset here too!

2. Get out of the fishbowl – Just like Hazel Walker described this week on the Pharmacy Podcast, you need to build a network inside the profession of pharmacy and OUTSIDE. That INCLUDES networking in your local community, with the patients you serve. My first couple of pharmacy experiences had me surrounded by glass around the pharmacy – so we used to joke that sometimes, we needed to “get out of the fishbowl.” Examples of this: could you get out into the community and discover nursing homes that need adherence packaging for their patients that you could help with? Is there an acute facility in a rural setting that could use your pharmacy’s help? Do you have a hospice program in your community you could partner with? If you’re the new kid on the block, why not get out and say hi to the doctors in your local community? Get out of the fishbowl and investigate!

3. Niche it – I have a friend in retail (large chain) who created a really interesting niche for herself in community practice pharmacy, which led her to meeting the US Surgeon General! There are pharmacies (yes, even in chains) that specialize different areas of pharmacy practice. So, even if you work in a huge chain, ask yourself the following: what are my passions within this profession? Also, ask your CUSTOMERS what their needs are as well. Do you have an older population, a younger/new family population, or something else? Find and fill their needs, and in doing so, you may just have created yourself an amazing career corner in practice! Even better – once you become the “go to” guy or gal, can you help train others about it in your company? Who does compounding in your neck of the woods? If everyone is a hot potato with it, why not own it and run with it? What about wellness? What about preventative care?

4. Step up – Volunteer. Do extra work. Show upper management that you want to train/teach/beta test/write/speak/ manage/help/recruit others and grow within your company or chain. Be the liaison between your pharmacy school alma mater and your chain. Take students on rotation and precept. The more you do and do well, the more you’ll get noticed, which is critical if you want to move up in the company you’re working within.

5. Play nice with others – This is a combo of all the 4 previous steps, but ask yourself how you and your pharmacy business can play nicely with others. Is there a visiting nurse service you could partner with in the community? Is there a way you could organize a community task force for disaster relief if, God forbid, something happens to your community? What about a tox away day? Can you set up a phone tree with other pharmacists to prevent theft and diversion in pharmacy? What can you do with strong non profits in your area that would help the community? Can you bring the community IN to your pharmacy to hang out and be a spot of joy and hope for your neighborhood, instead of another icky task they have to check off of their list? Ask yourself one more time what your strengths are, and how you can add them to your world around you to create a better retail pharmacy world. Maybe that’s through a broader, interprofessional pathway that could lead you to feeling FANTASTIC about your career of pharmacy.

After all, you picked a great profession! The sky is the limit….!

Pharmacy Podcast Miniseries:

Episode 1 – Introduction to the mini series

Episode 2 – Dr. Amy Lenell

Episode 3 – Dr. Kathy Campbell

Episode 4 – Dr. Chad Lesczynski

Episode 5 – Mr. Ron Snow

Another Educational Angle for Pharmacists: Teaching and Learning Certificates

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 9.39.42 AMAs I continue the #5RoadsOutofRetailPharmacy series for the Pharmacy Podcast, one item on education I didn’t even think of right away that might be useful (without a 5 figure price tag), is a teaching or teaching and learning certificate program.

These were originally designed for residents and fellows to learn to how to…shockingly, teach and formalize learning for other pharmacy students, in preparation for the residents to teach in the classroom and outside the classroom as a preceptor.

However, there is value in all pharmacists considering these programs to enhance their knowledge and skill sets.

So, I have begun tracking the teaching and learning certificate programs that I am aware of on the pharmacist and healthcare certifications tracker.  Scroll all the way down to the bottom and you’ll see a few.  If you know of others, by all means, tweet me at @ErinLAlbert and I’ll add them to the list.

Largest Pharmacy & Healthcare Groups on LinkedIn: 2016

Monday, July 4th, 2016

As a LinkedIn Group owner of several groups for several years now, I’ve found that managing groups has become a larger pain-in-the-you-know-where over the past few years.  They’ve made it harder for us to communicate easily with our pending and current group members, in my opinion.  I even had to beg them to allow me the privilege of letting in more than 20,000 members in one group.  And, I get to deal with complaints of posts that are “too salesly” or “inappropriate” about a member from another member. Fun!

I have day jobs.  So, when I went in today to inventory and clean up my groups, I did a little fishing around to see what the largest groups are (at least the public groups) for pharmacy, the associations, and healthcare.

That, and after High Fidelity, I love a solid top 10 list…

Here’s what I found as of 7/4/16:

Pharmacy/Pharmacist Groups:

1. Pharmacist and Pharmacy Jobs – 38,556 members
2. Pharmacy Professionals Network – 25,615
3. Pharmacy MTMS – 23,307
4. Pharmacy Entrepreneurs – 19,351
5. Community Pharmacist Association – 19,306
6. PharmacyWeek – 17,634
7. The Pharmacists’ Group – 17,623
8. Pharmacist Career Network – 14,053
9. Specialty Pharmacy, PBM, Home Infusion, Mail Order and LTC Professionals – 8,839
10. Pharmacy Times – 6,821

Pharmacy Association Groups

HIMSS – 170,989
Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) – 42,769
DIA – 36,021
ASHP – 24,176
ASCP – 13,962
AMCP – 11,629
ISPOR – 7,287
APhA Students – ASP – 6,236
AMWA – 5,673
AACP – 5,186
AHLA – 4,869
HBA – 3,855
ASPL – 2,077
FDLI – 1,677
ABA Health Law – 1,509
NACDS – 1,124
ACCP – 1,065

Pharmaceuticals

1. Pharmaceutical Jobs Biotech Life Science Healthcare Pharma & Medical Devices – 336,687
2. Professionals in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industry – 206,791
3. Managers of Pharmaceutical (& Healthcare) – 114,331
4. The Pharmaceutical Marketing Group – 112,978
5. Medical & Pharmaceutical Sales Jobs – 45,818
6. American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists – 30,373
7. Pharmaceutical Clinical Recruitment – 26,449
8. Biotechnology, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical Clinical, Regulatory, Drug, Lab Jobs – 23,311
9. Pharmaceutical Distributors – 23,164
10. GMP/GDP Quality Management Documents and Training for Pharmaceutical Companies – 22,993

Biotech

1. Pharmaceutical Jobs Biotech Life Science Healthcare Pharma & Medical Devices – 336,687
2. Professionals in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industry – 206,791
3. Biotech & Pharma Professionals – 65,663
4. Biotech and Pharma Professionals – 58,801
5. MolecularLab (Community of Molecular Biology & Biotech companies, students, researcher) – 54,361
6. SIRE Life Sciences – Recruitment & Executive Search in Pharma, Biotech, Medical, Food & Healthcare – 43,123
7. Biotech/Pharma Opportunities in US – 19,320
8. Global Oncology group (Pharma, Biotech, Medtech, Medicine & Surgery) – 13,003
9. Oncology Jobs in Biotech and Pharmaceuticals – 10,373
10. Pharmaceutical/Biotech/Medical Devices: News, Career Management & Jobs – 9,698

Healthcare

1. Pharmaceutical Jobs Biotech Life Science Healthcare Pharma & Medical Devices Careers HR Recruitment – 336,687
2. Healthcare Executives Network – 251,938
3. Managers of Pharmaceutical & Healthcare – 114,331
4. Healthcare Executive US Networking Group – 80,659
5. Healthcare Industry Professionals Group – 74,841
6. Healthcare-IT/HER/HIS – 51,677
7. HFMA – Healthcare Financial Management Association – 50,135
8. Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) & Quality Innovators – 48,187
9. Healthcare Reform – 42,409
10. Jobs IT Healthcare – 36,878 

Managed Care

1. Managed Care Connections – 26,678
2. Managed Care Executives – 19,833
3. Medicaid Managed Care – 16,185
4. AMCP – 11,629
5. Managed Care Contracting Group – 9,792
6. Managed Care Provider Contracting – 5,995

I thought I’d share these before LinkedIn decides to get rid of the N on each group, or worse yet, gets rid of groups altogether…

Introducing…The Inaugural #STEMPrincess Advisory Board!

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Inaugural #STEMPrincess Project Advisory Board Announced by Pharm, LLC

INDIANAPOLIS – June 30, 2016 – Pharm, LLC created a new national advisory board for its book series and movement to encourage more girls to choose STEM/STEAMED* careers under the #STEMPrincess book trilogy project.

The advisory board is comprised of 9 women in STEM careers, or leadership positions from the US to ensure the #STEMPrincess educational events, resources and programs are ‘edutaining’ and compelling for the next generation of girls choosing to pursue STEM careers.  The 9 advisory board members include:

Mandi Bishop – Firebrand, Social Entrepreneur, Women-in-Healthcare & Health IT Evangelist– Jacksonville, FL

Holly M. Davis – Executive Director, Center for Women and Democracy – Seattle, WA

Kristin Eilenberg – CEO, Lodestone Insights – Indianapolis, IN

Christi Garcia – Sales and Business Development Manager, E-gineering, LLC – Indianapolis, IN

Crystal Grave – Founder, President and CEO, Snappening – Indianapolis, IN

NaShara Mitchell – Founder, Studio B – Indianapolis, IN

Shelley Myers – VP, Consumer Health & Wellness, Fuzion – Carmel, IN

Tasha Phelps – President & CEO, Phelco Technologies – Indianapolis, IN and Independent Candidate, Indiana State Senate – District 30

Jennifer Ruby, Esq. – Attorney-Owner, Ruby Law and Founder, Finances 101 for Young  Professionals – Indianapolis, IN

Heather Torlina Hatcher – Biologist, research scientist, and STEM educator – Fishers, IN

“I have been humbled by this tremendous cadre of women who are already in STEM and said yes—to champion STEM education for girls with the #STEMPrincess project nationally,” commented Erin Albert, CEO at Pharm, LLC, STEM academician and author of The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM children’s book series.

“These women all want the STEM Princess movement out into the wider world in different, meaningful ways to in turn spark a new generation of women in STEM.  We know from the research that women in STEM are paid closer to parity with men, and have higher wage earnings. I’m excited to have this group of women already living the STEM dream help spread the broader message: that girls CAN be STEM superstars!”

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About The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: This children’s book series for girls and boys ages 5-9 is currently a story book (book 1), a hands-on activity book (2), and a coloring book (3).  The series is available online for sale at the author’s website: https://squareup.com/store/pharmllc.  More on the author at: http://erinalbert.com.

About Pharm, LLC: A service consulting think tank to healthcare, life sciences and pharmacy professionals, Pharm LLC educates on career development pathways through books, courses and articles to inform. Contact: pharmllc@gmail.com.

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Beyond the press release – these women are all going to kick my dupa into gear on my STEM Princess dream – which is to get 50% gender parity in all corners of STEM.  Let’s do this, ladies!!!!

My First AJPE Co-Written Article

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

After a not-so-great-day, thought I’d share some better news.

I had my first co-written publication out today in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE)! Woot! Always a crowd pleaser with the academic pharmacy peeps.

As you know, I like to write books, but I haven’t done a ton of peer reviewed articles.  Have one now!

(And seriously, if you are into experiential education in pharmacy, you might want to read it – there are some really good ideas in it!)

Pharmacy Stuff

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Pardon my organizing for a moment, but I need to warehouse all of the pharmacy stuff I’m tracking or updating online in one post.  (And BTW, I still don’t know what the proper way is to represent one’s social media/online stuff on a CV; if you have a clever way to do this, I’m listening!)

Clean up on aisle 2015….

Pharmacy 2015, 2016, 2017+ National Meetings

Pharmacist Certifications (and in Healthcare)

Butler COPHS CE:

Tools & Techniques for Preceptor Development (homestudy)

Advocate to Vaccinate

Butler COPHS Ex Ed page on Faceplace, and Twitter

Pharmacy Times/Pharmacy Careers Articles

The Pharmacy Podcast interviews

The Student-Driven Open Access Multimedia Journal – BU Well

Slideshare – where I post slides from presentations

LinkedIn long posts – some of which are pharmacy-focused

I’ve posted a couple of times on how I use the most awesome SurveyMonkey in my work at their blog

And incoming board member for ASPL.

That, I think for now is it.