23 episodes

Welcome to Pharmacist Diaries. In this podcast we are going to explore all aspects of peoples’ lives; their passions, starting a career in pharmacy, transitioning into different roles, overcoming challenges, entrepreneurship, and innovation. My goal is to dive deeper into the secret lives of pharmacists, revealing their journeys and inspiring you to progress in your career.

Join me, my friends, and my colleagues for a new episode every week and get a look into what life is like behind the scenes of real people.

Pharmacist Diaries Anisha Patel

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Welcome to Pharmacist Diaries. In this podcast we are going to explore all aspects of peoples’ lives; their passions, starting a career in pharmacy, transitioning into different roles, overcoming challenges, entrepreneurship, and innovation. My goal is to dive deeper into the secret lives of pharmacists, revealing their journeys and inspiring you to progress in your career.

Join me, my friends, and my colleagues for a new episode every week and get a look into what life is like behind the scenes of real people.

    022 International Pharmacist: Allie Xu

    022 International Pharmacist: Allie Xu

    Allie Xu is best described as a multi-tasking pharmacy queen! I love her energy and positivity and am so pleased to launch this episode! She is a community pharmacist and holistic health coach with a special interest in mind-body connection, Emotional Intelligence and women's health, and currently studying a Masters in Chinese Medicine to learn about Eastern Medicine Philosophy lifestyle and the secret of vitality and longevity.

    She is the founder of the Global Pharmacy Entrepreneur Community and the host of Pharmacy Entrepreneur TV and podcast to support Pharmacists from different parts of the world to network and develop entrepreneur and intrapreneur mindsets and skills. She created this platform to support, inspire and encourage pharmacists from all over the world to grow, innovate, excel and make a lasting impact in the world.

    In today's episode, we explore Allie's journey into pharmacy, her passions behind building networks and entrepreneurship, and creating an amazing online pharmacy comminity. We spend a considerable amount of time discussing how we have both dealt with burnout, mentorship, developing a growth mindset, and reflection.

    Social media and contact information:

    Email: alliexu@alliexu.com

    Facebook: Global Pharmacy Entrepreneurs Community

    Facebook: Allie Xu

    LinkedIn

    Instagram

    Twitter

    A introductory video about "Who is the Chinese Medicine Pharmacist?" https://fb.watch/1W0lOpiG_M/

    Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast platform so you can be notified when a new episode is released or leave a review on apple podcasts. If you have any suggestions for guests you want me to talk to or if you’d like to come on yourself, please feel free to contact me via social media, or email at info@pharmacistdiaries.com.

    Check out the Stay Whole website for full access to my shownotes. Also subscribe on the website for email news and free content and follow Stay Whole on instagram @staywholelife

    • 1 hr 3 min
    021 Pharmacist: Catherine Duggan

    021 Pharmacist: Catherine Duggan

    On today's episode I am thrilled to introduce the current Chief Executive Officer at the International Pharmaceutical Federation, also known as FIP, Catherine Duggan. Catherine has been working with FIP since 2018. She is responsible for visionary leadership, support, advocacy and delivery of the FIP vision and mission across 144 member organisations and 160 Academic Institutions representing 4 million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists worldwide.

    Prior to her current role, Catherine was the Director of Professional Development at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB). She was responsible for the delivery of professional advice and support to all members across all sectors; the development of strategies to share and showcase good practice across the profession and development and implementation of professional standards for pharmacy. Catherine led the development, implementation and strategic embedding of RPS Faculty and Foundation programmes into continuing professional development.

    Catherine provides several "top tips" during our conversation, some of which are highlighted below:

    - the importance of understanding that life is a balancing act and that you need to accept that work goals may take longer than you want or think. Think of yourself as a slow cooker and not a fast cooking microwave.

    - believing it is never too late to do something you are passionate about - do it for the moment you are living in and not for the title or chasing the next step in the professional ladder

    - take on new opportunities, even when they scare you, but use the support and advice of people around you that you trust.

    - don't put so much pressure on yourself...what is the worst that can happen?! You might not get a job you want but you will have tried!

    - you can still look for new jobs when you are perfectly content in your current role. In fact, it is useful to do so as there is less pressure and it is usually for the right reasons that you want a change

    You can find Catherine on the following social media:

    LinkedIn

    Twitter

    Instagram

    Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast platform so you can be notified when a new episode is released or leave a review on apple podcasts. If you have any suggestions for guests you want me to talk to or if you’d like to come on yourself, please feel free to contact me via social media, or email at info@pharmacistdiaries.com.

    Check out the Stay Whole website for full access to my shownotes. Also subscribe on the website for email news and free content and follow Stay Whole on instagram @staywholelife

    • 52 min
    020 International Pharmacist: Ijeoma Ekeocha

    020 International Pharmacist: Ijeoma Ekeocha

    On today's episode I am delighted to introduce Dr Ijeoma Ekeocha. Ijeoma started her jounrey into pharmacy in 2003 as a student at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, also known as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) and now called USciences or University of the Sciences. She graduated in 2009 and began her career as a clinical Pharmacist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Five years into her career, she became the first and only Non-traditional Pharmacy resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

    She graduated from the residency program in 2016 and made a bold decision to move to New York City. With the help of one of her Pharmacy mentors, she embarked on another remarkable journey at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital as the Lead Pharmacist for the Main Pharmacy which we talk about in depth in the podcast. In May of 2020, she officially became a Clinical Pharmacy Manager for the enterprise, overseeing the Specialty Pharmacy in addition to special projects.

    Alongside a full time job, Ijeoma created her own podcast, Brown Skin Stories, which I adore listening to and have learnt so much from over the past few months. Her guests are inspirational leaders within pharmacy and their passion for our profession shines through each episode. We both enjoyed this conversation so please go check it out!

    You can connect with Ijeoma on the following platforms:

    Website: blackwomenpharmacists.com

    instagram: @blackwomenpharmacists

    facebook: @blackwomenpharmacists

    email: ijeoma@blackwomenpharmacists.com

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ijeoma-ekeocha-a9a8142b/ (Ijeoma Ekeocha)

    Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast platform so you can be notified when a new episode is released or leave a review on apple podcasts. If you have any suggestions for guests you want me to talk to or if you’d like to come on yourself, please feel free to contact me via social media, or email at info@pharmacistdiaries.com.

    Check out the Stay Whole website for full access to my shownotes. Also subscribe on the website for email news and free content and follow Stay Whole on instagram @staywholelife

    • 1 hr 21 min
    019 International Pharmacist: Gina Suarez

    019 International Pharmacist: Gina Suarez

    On today's episode we explore the journey of a Pharmacist and Certified Health Coach, Dr Gina Suarez, all the way from the island of Puerto Rico. We focus the start of our conversation on Gina's experience of community pharmacy at the start of her career. We discuss the impact of high levels of stress and job dissatisfaction in a community pharmacy setting which can lead to unhealthy habits, emotional and physical health issues, and general burnout. We dive deep into the steps Gina took to remove herself from a toxic environment and enter a space which allowed her to work with patients in a more holistic manner to promote wellness and wellbeing.

    Go and check out her website, MintLifeRx, to see how she can help you achieve your personal health goals. She offers individualised and group coaching sessions that incorporate elements of Nutrition, Balance, and Support. I love that her 4-week group program focuses a lot on diet. The program is designed to guide you to be more creative, independent, and confident in the kitchen. She provides advice that allows you to confidently prepare quick and easy nourishing meals that give you the energy you need to have a productive and fulfilled life. There is plenty of support and accountability with group coaching through Gina's facebook group.

    You will also find her on Instagram and Twitter.

    Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast platform so you can be notified when a new episode is released or leave a review on apple podcasts. If you have any suggestions for guests you want me to talk to or if you’d like to come on yourself, please feel free to contact me via social media, or email at info@pharmacistdiaries.com.

    Check out the Stay Whole website for full access to my show notes. Also subscribe on the website for email news and free content and follow Stay Whole on instagram @staywholelife

    • 59 min
    018 Pharmacist: Sarah Cavanagh

    018 Pharmacist: Sarah Cavanagh

    On today's epsiode I am absolutely delighted to introduce an inspiring and dedicated pharmacist who I consider a role model within our profession, Mrs Sarah Cavanagh. Sarah has nearly 30 years of healthcare and teaching experience in the NHS, the private, the academic and the voluntary sectors, in the UK and overseas. She starts her pharmacy career as a Medicines Information (MI) pharmacist, a role which she knew she would love and the career pathway she knew she wanted to pursue long term. She has dedicated most of her pharmacy career to medicines information services, starting as a specialist pharmacist and working her way up to Deputy Director with East Anglia Medicines Information Services, and now a national role as the Deputy Director of Medicines Use & Safety at SPS

    Her most recent project has been her involvement with the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association Global Health Fellowship Program which I discuss in detail in Episodes 9, 14 and 15 of the podcast. I look forward to hearing about Sarah's next adventure! I really hope you enjoy this episode and all the stories Sarah kindly shares with us.

    Social media links for Sarah:

    LinkedIn

    Twitter

    Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast platform so you can be notified when a new episode is released or leave a review on apple podcasts. If you have any suggestions for guests you want me to talk to or if you’d like to come on yourself, please feel free to contact me via social media, or email at info@pharmacistdiaries.com.

    Check out the Stay Whole website for full access to my shownotes. Also subscribe on the website for email news and free content and follow Stay Whole on instagram @staywholelife

    • 1 hr 29 min
    017 International Pharmacist and Pharmacy Owner: Jennifer Shannon

    017 International Pharmacist and Pharmacy Owner: Jennifer Shannon

    I am so excited to welcome Dr Jennifer Shannon onto the podcast today. Jennifer is a wonderful mother of 4 beautiful children, dedicated wife to Professor Mike, and currently the proud owner of Lily's Pharmacy in Georgia, USA. She started her career as an enthusiastic resident pharmacist; an experience which she clearly loved and her passion for this type of role at the start of a pharmacy career shines throughout our conversation. She then transitioned into academia as an Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Professor with the Philadelphia College of Medicine. During this time she also worked for the Good Samaritan Society which involved setting up a diabetes clinic. From there she makes the bold and brave decision to buy her own pharmacy with her husband and they run the business together as a team!

    I love that this episode allows us to get insider insight into what it is truly like to be a pharmacy owner, mother of four, and a wife!

    You can connect with Jennfier on the following social media:

    Instagram

    Twitter

    LinkedIn

    Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast platform so you can be notified when a new episode is released or leave a review on apple podcasts. If you have any suggestions for guests you want me to talk to or if you’d like to come on yourself, please feel free to contact me via social media, or email at info@pharmacistdiaries.com.

    Check out the Stay Whole website for full access to my shownotes. Also subscribe on the website for email news and free content and follow Stay Whole on instagram @staywholelife

    • 1 hr 5 min

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