Hamlet Hamadi, PharmD Candidate 2019
Today, Dr. Don Ross talked about his journey as a pharmacist from a newly graduated pharmacist to a hospital pharmacy consultant. He has held several positions such as clinical pharmacist, director of a hospital pharmacy, CEO of a hospital and then director of pharmacy for 40 hospitals. In 2007, he started his own pharmacy consulting company. There are different type of pharmacy consultant companies out there such as: operational, billing and regulatory. Dr. Ross is a regulatory hospital pharmacy consultant. He helps hospital pharmacies to deal with regulations, inspections and medication error reduction. He has hosted several state wide medication safety regulatory compliance webinars so far. He is the director of a continuing education subscription service for hospital pharmacy directors called “Hospital Pharmacist Monthly”.
Keeper idea: “An idiot with a plan is better than a genius without one”, In order to be a successful hospital consultant, I have to have the following plans:
A business plan: I need to figure out what it is that I know the best.
A marketing plan: How am I going to put my name out there?
An education plan: I need to update my knowledge frequently.
Mark Lansang, PharmD Candidate 2019
On December 2, 2015, Dr. Dan Ross conducted a seminar about his journey to become a hospital pharmacy consultant. He talks about how he started as a staff pharmacist in a hospital and was later given a position as a Chief operating officer. As a COO, he was able to manage the hospital’s medication safety and regulatory compliance. He then became a quality control director for another hospital and finally became a hospital pharmacy consultant hired by different hospital pharmacies. During his seminar, Dr. Ross mentioned how health care managers impose their power to hospital pharmacies to basically save money, but not necessarily help the pharmacies in terms of safety and quality of service. He then went over tips on how to become a consultant and ended his presentation by stating that the number one universal responsibility of a consultant is to provide value.
The keeper that stood out for me on this presentation is “Applying your knowledge.” Dr. Dan Ross stated that the goal of health care managers is to save money. For the most part, they do not have the clinical knowledge to know what is important to provide quality and safe service for patients. The good thing about having knowledge is your ability to actually apply it. Dr. Ross has the clinical capability to provide consultation to hospital pharmacies that are suffering with their compliance in safety and efficacy. In pharmacy school, you will learn a plethora of information that will be crucial to your future and current careers. So far, working as an intern pharmacist in an outpatient pharmacy had able me to apply my knowledge in assisting patients. And, being able to do so gives me pride to be in a rewarding career where my expertise has vital importance to patient’s lives.