That word, “influence,” is a word that seems to pop up often in the context of our work as health care professionals. Interestingly enough, this video was being developed by new practitioners for new practitioners- definitely not individuals that are in recognized leadership roles. Leadership doesn’t always mean a leader with a title.
Entrepreneurial leadership can be found throughout the pharmacy profession, including practices outside of community pharmacy. The column below was written by Anthony Pudlo, a 2007 PharmD candidate at Drake University. It details his experience in a non-traditional pharmacy services setting. He describes the pursuit of an opportunity and the risk he took in following a passion rather than a traditional route to pharmacy practice. Anthony’s experience is a story written to inspire other future pharmacists to pursue interests and learn more about our profession, which will provide background for future innovation and provide opportunities for change.
Purchasing a pharmacy is something that not all pharmacists would consider. In this column, pharmacist Craig Wear discusses the factors that led him to the realization that he would like to open an independent pharmacy and the goals he had for accomplishing this dream. He also describes how he gained the confidence necessary for the venture.
Peter Barron is a strong advocate of patient care and advancement of pharmacy practice, a pioneer and an innovator who introduced new models of pharmacy practice into New Zealand by opening a chain of pharmacies. He promoted his pharmacy through innovative advertising, including a radio talk show and expanding into the online realm. In this column, Peter discusses development of his pharmacies.