Thursday, April 28, 2016

Different Types of Pharmacist and Their Qualities


Different Types of Pharmacist and Their Qualities



Academic Pharmacist
1. Ability to balance research & teaching responsibilities with patient care
2. Ability to serve as a role model for pharmacy students and residents
3. Comfort with sophisticated instrumentation, statistical analyses, and other research methods

Chain Drug Store Pharmacist
1. Endurance to work long hours, often standing up
2. Ability to handle multiple tasks and heavy workloads
3. Ability to endure high levels of stress
4. A desire to help people and improve the quality of their lives
5. A strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively
6. A team approach and a positive attitude

Compounding Pharmacist
1. Advanced training in advanced compounding techniques
2. Creativity and problem-solving skills
3. Ability to work one-on-one with patients and determine individual needs

Critical Care Pharmacist
1. ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) certification may be preferred
2. Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
3. Ability to integrate patient care with teaching research duties as well

Drug Information Specialist 
1. Experience and/or training in clinical toxicology, poison, and drug information services
2. Communication skills
3. Ease with computers and other modern technologies

Home Care Pharmacist
1. Willingness to work as part of a multidisciplinary health care team
2. Effective communication skills
3. Strong record-keeping and documentation skills
4. Willingness to be flexible with hours and on-call

Hospice Pharmacist
1. Compassion in counseling and educating hospice patients and their families
2. Ability to work with a team of nurses, physicians, social workers, bereavement counselors, and volunteers
3. Ability to give clear precise directions and explanations to elderly patients
4. Clear concept of appropriate pain management techniques and palliative care medicine

Hospital Staff Pharmacist
1. Ability to work one-on-one with patients
2. Organizational skills, to be responsible for systems which control drug distribution
3. Proficient in math
4. Good communication skills

Industry-based Pharmacist
1. Ability to meet technical demands and perform scientific duties
2. Administrative, management, and/or business skills may be useful
3. Sales and/or marketing skills may be useful
4. Excellent communication skills


Infectious Disease Pharmacist
1. Ability to work one-on-one with individual patients, pharmacists, physicians and other clinicians
2. Ability to conduct general antimicrobial drug reviews and participate in the development of antimicrobial drug use policies
3. Research skills
4. In-depth knowledge of antimicrobial pharmacology

Long-term Care Pharmacist
1. Good communication skills and ability to interact well with people
2. Ability to work as part of a healthcare team
3. Must enjoy working with a geriatric community

Managed Care Pharmacist
1. Ability to perform research and analyze results
2. Willingness to work closely with physicians, case managers, and other care givers
3. Business and management skills
4. Ability to interact with clients and solve their problems

Military Pharmacist
1. Ability to handle a lot of responsibility early in your career
2. Desire for foreign travel and frequent moves
3. Desire to work in and out of a hospital setting

Nuclear Pharmacist
1. Ability to serve as a Radiation Safety Office (training is needed in areas such as radiation physics, biology and radiopharmaceutical chemistry, followed by one year of experience as a radiation safety technologist)
2. Training the handling of radioactive materials (can be obtained as part of PharmD or through company training
3. Ability to describe literature regarding radiopharmaceuticals to hospital and lab staff

Nutrition Support Pharmacist
1. Ability to work well with patients
2. Ability to function as a member of a multidisciplinary team
3. Creativity in designing treatments specific to a patient’s needs

Oncology Pharmacist
1. Board certification as an oncology pharmacist
2. Caution and sensitivity to work in an area where experimental drug therapies are frequently used
3. Ability to recognize the balance between improved survival and quality of life

Operating Room Pharmacist
1. Ability to deal with emergency situations
2. Thorough knowledge of anesthesia and surgery medications
3. Basic understanding of the anesthesia machine and monitors
4. Ability to function as part of a multidisciplinary team
5. Willingness to learn on own

Pediatric Pharmacist
1. Desire to work with children
2. Strong oral and written communications skills
3. Strong investigative, research, and problem-solving skills

Pharmacist in a Grocery Chain 
1. Strong customer service skills
2. Ability to communicate effectively
3. Business and management skills

Pharmacy Benefit Manager
1. Strong business and management skills
2. Ability to gather, analyze, and make decisions based on data
3. Ability to multi-task

Poison Control Pharmacist 
1. Ability to communicate with healthcare professionals and the public over the telephone during crisis circumstances
2. Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques
3. Data entry and documentation skills
4. Strong knowledge and interest in pharmacology and toxicology

Primary Care Pharmacist
1. Ability to work alongside physicians and nurses as part of a primary healthcare team
2. Written and oral communication skills
3. Desire to be directly involved in patient care

Psychiatric Pharmacist 
1. Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
2. A broad knowledge of psychiatric disorders and treatments
3. An interest in interacting with psychiatric patients

Public Health Service Pharmacist
1. Commitment to public health
2. Willingness to work with medically underserved populations
3. Ability to take on a variety of administrative and clinical roles

Regulatory Pharmacist
1. Project management/organizational skills
2. Negotiation and communication skills
3. Understanding of the scientific and technical background of products
4. Willingness to keep up to date with regulatory policies and procedures

Veterinary Pharmacist
1. Creativity and resourcefulness for dealing with a variety of animal patients and their owners
2. Ability to work closely with veterinarians
3. Strong knowledge base in pharmacy and the willingness to compound prescriptions
4. Ability to solve problems, prepares products, teach and consult with healthcare workers and pet owners