Debbie Yoro’s Answer
I work with a pharmacist in a primary care clinic. The pharmacist is always looking for ways to decrease our patients medications (more meds doesn't equate to better care). She also meets with patients for 30 - 60 minutes to discuss lifestyle changes including nutrition and exercise. She bills the insurance for her services too. Primary care is a good place for pharmacists to use all of their skills to help patients with health and well being.
I was told (not sure from who), "there's a medicine cabinet in our own bodies, we may as well make use of it". The "Food as medicine" concept has also become part of the primary care conversations. I like this question, thanks for asking it.
Debbie Yoro recommends the following next steps:
- Take classes in motivational interviewing and get experience talking to people with chronic conditions or new diagnosis.
- If you are interested in this type of position, look into working at a large medical system (they usually have more funds to cover this position) rather than a small independent practice.