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Transitions is published bi-monthly for members of the APhA New Practitioner Network. The online newsletter contains information focused on life inside and outside pharmacy practice, providing guidance on various areas of professional, personal, and practice development. Each issue includes in-depth articles on personal financial management, innovative practice sites, career profiles, career development tools, and residency and postgraduate programs.

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March 2019

Novice home-buying

First time purchasing a home? Little idea about what to do? As a recent new homeowner, this is how I initially felt and I hope this article gives you a glimpse of my experience as you begin yours. To ke...

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The art of introspection

I have never met a personality inventory I didn’t like. I could make a case for the importance of knowing what cheese you are as well as your Myers–Briggs personality. In the past, these meaningful pe...

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Lessons learned in the first 5 years

What follows are ideas of mine which might help final-year student pharmacists and New Practitioners transition into the workplace.

Focus on financial planning
After graduating from pharmacy school,...

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Rediscover your purpose

The date was May 6, 2017. I was surrounded by my closest friends who had become my “pharmily.” We sat and listened as a series of speakers discussed our accomplishments over the previous 4 years, an...

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Tax preparation tips for the New Practitioner

As a New Practitioner, it is estimated that over the course or your career, you will earn $9 million in gross income with approximately $6 million moving through your bank account after paying taxes. By...

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Declutter your life in 2019

“Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”—Wendell Berry

If you are like me, you accumulate things. Amassing items can be a really great thing. When I was younger, Beanie Babies brought me happiness that you couldn’t imagine. I remember the day I discovered “Sting,” an ultra-rare, fourth-generation stingray Beanie Baby, at a store in our local mall. When I saw him, I immediately collapsed onto the floor and began crying. You can still see evidence of these tears on the red heart-shaped TY tag on his ear. 

Cooking with Christine

Welcome to “Cooking with Christine”! Reporting live from a brand-new kitchen, brand-new state, and brand-new job, this new version of the old Christine is rarely home in her kitchen in St Petersburg, FL, and rarely has time (or frankly, finances) to make anything fancy for dinner. However, my loss is your gain! This semi-regular column was established to bring you the quickest, healthiest, and cost-savings-est recipes for the new professional on-the-go, repaying their student loans, or even, in particularly my case, too tired or too lazy to learn how to cook.

How to live in a new location

Up until July 2017, I had spent my entire life in central Ohio, including college and pharmacy school. But living in a new place became an increasingly realistic possibility as I looked at residency programs in surrounding states and across the country.  When Match Day came, I learned I had matched to a program in Cincinnati, a few hours away from where I had called home for more than 25 years. 

Motivational interviewing: How patients motivate themselves

It is another typical day in the family medicine clinic. Your first patient of the day is a gentleman with an A1C of 12%. He has been coming to appointments in the clinic regularly with you for the past 6 months, but his A1C remains elevated. He reports missing several doses of medications each week because he forgets.

Sometimes you have to stop and pet the dog

Whether it’s their hilarity, devotion, or quirky personalities, pets make our lives brighter. As a dog owner myself, I know that even after my toughest workday, my dog will cheer me up when I get home. As  New Practitioners, we not only experience stressful days at work, but also must balance the growth of our careers with the evolution of our personal lives. There can be so much going on in a single day, week, month, or year that we can get burnt out without realizing it.