What energizes you?

With pharmacy, as with many professions, we get lost in all the daily demands and the negatives start to overshadow the positives.  Sometimes I need to sit down and reflect on a few things that make me happy to be where I am.

  • I miss the moment I told my family that I had received a letter of acceptance into pharmacy school. My family couldn’t have been more proud of me.mortar and pestle I was the first grandchild on my mom’s side of the family to go to college, much less have the opportunity to earn a doctorate degree.
  • I miss the first drug therapy problem I solved as an intern and helped prevent future gout attacks for a patient.
  • I miss the first time I was able to fix a patient’s insurance problem so that she could afford her medication.
  • I miss the time an older patient called me “Doc” every time he came into the pharmacy.


I love the profession of pharmacy and the life I have built around delivering patient care. I have to remind myself from time to time why I do it, because some of the battles we fight just take all the energy out of me. I would love to turn my 5 years of practice into 40 years, I just hope to have the endurance.  Remembering why I chose this profession helps.

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Joey Mattingly, PharmD, MBA is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy located in Baltimore, Maryland. Joey has managed retail and long-term care pharmacy operations in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana. Leading Over The Counter is a blog of Joey's views and opinions on the topics of pharmacy leadership and management and do not represent the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Joey can be followed on Twitter @joeymattingly.

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