If you're a pharmacist looking for another route to success, satisfaction, and reward, start here.
Mark BurgerThe Atlantic arrived in my mailbox. The title that caught my eye was: “The Evolution of Alternative Medicine.” I wasn't hopeful. As a pharmacist who practices compounding and functional medicine, I was ready for the usual slam: "It's not science!" "It's snake oil." “There is no 'proof.'” "It's just Big Supplements making $$$$ off unsuspecting people," etc.
Except it wasn't. The subtitle read: "When it comes to treating pain and chronic disease, many doctors are turning to treatments like acupuncture and meditation - but using them as part of a larger, integrative approach to health."
A perfect lead-in for what I propose to offer as Part I in a series that I hope will inspire pharmacists who are:
A. Beginning their careers and seeking an alternative to chain-store pharmacy;
B. Older pharmacists who are on the other side of that career choice and looking for alternatives; or
C. Members of Choice A who want to partner with members of Choice B and really do some damage as a Choice C Team.
Why me? Well, I have a relatively rare type of practice that melds independent/compounding/functional pharmacy into one practice site. We compound. We teach. We sell professional-grade supplements, vitamins, herbs, nutrition, homeopathy (no OTCs). We schedule and charge for consultations in 15-minute chunks.
We have weekly health seminars that draw 20-50 people, and we charge admission. We sponsor and promote prescribers when they want to give a seminar, and we often give them together: Pharmacist + Prescriber. We act as a clearinghouse, of sorts, for the functional medicine practitioners in our area.
I hope to awaken in you some interest in this type of practice, so that together we may salvage this noble profession of ours. Really.
Here's what I propose.
Still listening? Interested? Send me your comments and I'll elaborate further. (Rule One: Don't give them all the answers the first time out. This goes for your future seminars too. You want them to come into the pharmacy to complete the transaction). Stay tuned!
Mark Burger owns Health First! Pharmacy and Compounding Center in Windsor, California. He welcomes your questions and comments at Mark@healthfirstpharmacy.net.