George Do, Pharm.D.

Consultant Pharmacist – Skilled Nursing Pharmacy Pleasant Hill, California

I had already been attending other CPhA leadership events, I wanted to be able to provide the best impact to those I interact with and these events provided some great insight. I had a hard time though, applying these lessons. So, what did I decide to do? I asked some of the other attendees how things were going? The ones that offered the best advice on moving forward and changing things for the better happened to be LDI graduates. They also suggested for me to consider LDI as well. LDI appeared to have everything I wanted: a year-long, in-depth program, a focus on application, and working with likeminded people always looking for more.

With that, I applied in-order-to further my education and improve upon the lessons CPhA places an emphasis on.

I am very thankful to have people that I can ask for advice. Sometimes the best advice you can get is from someone that has been around the block.

This is part of the encouragement for my LDI project: “From Apothecary to Pharmacist: The Lives that Shaped Pharmacy.” It is a podcast to allow for the most established pharmacists to share their lives and show some of their greatest successes and largest pitfalls. There is a lot of information out there to learn from, and you can get sense of it when you talk with these giants of pharmacy. A big issue though is access. Not everyone gets the chance to have a one-on-one conversation.

My hope is that this project will allow some pharmacists to reflect on their lives and offer advice. This would also allow us to hear great insight to help propel ourselves forward and perhaps avoid situations that may sound good at the time but really are not — to avoid barking up the wrong tree as much as possible. The initial format is a podcast in-order-to maximize exposure while allowing ourselves to fit it into our lives more easily. A podcast allows for participation during other activities: while we are commuting to work, cooking a meal, waiting in line at the checkout, etc. We do have limited time, so I hope that this podcast would allow us to properly inherit the great leaps our elders worked tirelessly to build, so that we can spend less time struggling and more time living and improving the fruitful lives that every generation wishes for the next.

LDI introduced me to a group of complex, forward thinking people. I could pick their brains about pharmacy and life at a time where I am still establishing myself. Being in a group like that can get intimidating, but one of the most helpful things I learned was to ask people for help and create a culture to ask more questions. This is especially useful in my work setting, since I oftentimes go to new areas as a consultant pharmacist. I am not going to know where everything is, but I can figure that out if I ask the right questions with the right people. I have at numerous times, could get much more information asking a nurse about how someone is doing rather than trying to dig for the information myself. A relationship is built and they become comfortable with me and ask me questions that ultimately leads to better patient care. We all become uniquely valuable resources that can help each other out rather than indifferent people that work around each other. I hope to be able to continue to build a great culture where people can learn from each other and grow individually, and grow pharmacy in general.

LDI education is also valuable as it helps give a framework that illuminates areas that lead to a lot of issues in the work or life setting. You can only address a problem if you know it exists. This program helps with knowing about different angles or avenues in-order-to get a more complete view of a project. The individual components are not rocket science, but once you hear it all together, everything seems so simple. And after coming out of the sessions, you get to realize it really isn’t and that brings up one of the best things in the program — the program challenges you to live up to your word. The ideas sound great and easy, but until you put it in practice, you can’t make the claim that they’ll work seamlessly in life. A big part of LDI is these applications, and wrestling with these ideas. You try, you learn, you grow, and you try again.

It is also relaxing to an extent, to have people struggling in their own ways as you find your own path. There is an African Proverb that goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Each of us in the program could and have gone to leadership seminars before, but I do feel this one is particularly successful because we do have each other. How many times have we tried to embark on something on our own and we let the wheels come off the road then leave things unfinished? It becomes a lot harder to go back on promises that you make with other people than solely on the ones you make for yourself. We work together and keep ourselves honest so that we can realize the change we like to see in the world as today is never enough and tomorrow can be better.