Utilizing the pharmacy community for ownership success
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An interview with Christine Lee-Wilson, Pharm.D.
Owner of Professional Pharmacy, located in Baltimore, MD.
What attracted you to the pharmaceutical industry?
Christine Lee-Wilson: Patient care is what initially attracted me to the profession. I grew up in a small community and I experienced firsthand how resourceful the independent pharmacist was in my town. As a child I had an acute illness and he was available, so I learned quickly the impact a pharmacist could make in the lives of their patients.
Can you share a little bit about your pharmacy education and how you worked to the point that you are at in your career today?
CLW: I attended St. John’s University in Queens, NY, and earned my Pharm.D. in 2005. After that, I completed my residency at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, where my emphasis was in community pharmacy. After the completion of my residency, I participated in the P3 Program®, where specially trained pharmacist coaches apply a model of care that provides step-by-step guidance in medication adherence, lifestyle changes and self-care skills. Throughout the program, I had the opportunity to develop relationships with other independent pharmacists and network with providers and self-insured employer groups. After observing and providing patient care in the pharmacies, I decided independent pharmacy was definitely the way to go.
I worked in an independent pharmacy for six years. I co-developed two collaborative agreements in diabetes and anti-coagulation therapy, and I would go to the physicians’ practice once a week to see patients and manage their medication therapy. With the purchase of my store, I am still able to continue the collaborative practice that I developed years ago.