The best part of being a pharmacist is undoubtedly the relationships you form with your patients. Another question previously asked what the most rewarding part of being a pharmacist was, and this was my response: “As mentioned above, the relationships you build with your patients are by far the most rewarding aspect of being a pharmacist. As the most easily accessible healthcare professional, you will form a bond with your relationships that may be stronger than they have with their physicians. Helping patients navigate through their health when they are confused, when they are having trouble reaching their provider, or when their provider is closed is crucial to their health. In addition, they will form a bond with you unlike any they have with other providers due to the accessibility of community pharmacists.”
Recently, I returned to work after getting sick with COVID, and I learned how extraordinary this relationship with patients is. So many of them stopped by the pharmacy to say hello and ask how I was feeling. It was a great feeling to see that my efforts to help them did not go unnoticed. However, I couldn’t help but think, “what exactly did I do for them to care about me so much? I just did my job.” However, since then, I’ve realized that you cannot be successful as a pharmacist without forming these relationships, and it is the absolute best part of the job.
A close second is making connections with your patients.
Other great things include:
- constantly learning new things
- doing something with more variety than a typical "desk job"
- working as a team, whether that's with their technicians or with doctors and nurses
- not taking work home (depends on the job)
- decent income for your family
- jobs everywhere (not limited to say, Silicon Valley or NY/LA)
Thank you for your question and your interest in pharmacy.
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