Editor’s Note: Gillette celebrates Annie Tchao, and all our pharmacy team members, during National Pharmacy Week October 18-24!
What is your position and role at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare? I have been an evening clinical pharmacist at Gillette for almost two years. My daily activities include entering medication orders, checking products, providing clinical consults, interviewing sleep clinic patients, and providing discharge teaching. I am also involved with several small committees to help improve the discharge medication process, pharmacy workflow and pharmacy policies.
Do you have a favorite Gillette memory? My favorite memory is when a patient’s mom told me how appreciative she was to have a pharmacist console them on the medications they would need once they left Gillette. She has never seen this service offered and was very grateful for the work I do.
Why did you choose to become a pharmacist? I wanted a career that involves both science and math while allowing me to work in the healthcare field; therefore, being a pharmacist was a great fit. I can use math to calculate the dose and science to understand how drugs affect the body.
What do you like best about being a pharmacist? The best thing about being a pharmacist is the variety of pharmacy fields you can work at. In the past, I have had the privilege to work at retail, ambulatory, mail order, home infusion, and inpatient pharmacy. I would like to continue exploring other pharmacy fields to improve patient care in the future.
Do you have any children or pets? I have one baby girl on the way, due in mid-November. My husband and I are excited to be first-time parents. I do not have any pets since I am afraid of anything hairy and on four legs.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? It would be Japan and Korea because I love sushi, Korean food and their culture.