The idea of a community pharmacy residency was appealing to me for many reasons. I always knew I wanted to be a community pharmacist, and as I saw my mentors positively impact their patients’ lives, I realized I wanted more knowledge and experience so I could do the same. I felt a community residency would help provide this. I developed an interest in pharmacy ownership while in pharmacy school, so I felt a residency associated with an independent pharmacy practice site would enhance my business knowledge and management skills, which would put me closer to my goal of pharmacy ownership. I also wanted to acquire teaching experience to improve how I educate patients and precept pharmacy students.
I chose to complete a University of Iowa Community Pharmacy Residency because the program has a reputation for being one of the most respected community residency programs in the country and more importantly, offered everything I was looking for in a residency. This residency will allow me to participate in clinical programs that improve my patients’ health and wellbeing while also allowing me the opportunity to develop such programs. Working with the owners and pharmacists at my practice site, Towncrest Pharmacy, will allow me to witness multiple aspects of management and ownership in a busy, dynamic pharmacy. The University of Iowa’s Pharmacy Educator Preparation Program for Residents will allow me to teach in a classroom setting, precept students and earn a teaching certificate, all of which will help me become a better educator.
I am excited for the opportunities available to me for this upcoming year, and I am confident the experience I will have here will prepare me well for my future practice, whether it be pharmacy ownership, running clinical pharmacy programs in a community setting, teaching and precepting students, or a combination of the above.