Kimberlinh Kim, a P3 at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy (Class of 2021), realized she had a passion for pharmacy after she started a career as a Registered Nurse.
"I started working in a pharmacy to gain healthcare experience for nursing school," she explained. "Even after completing nursing school and working as a Registered Nurse, I continued working at the pharmacy. After a rapid response one day – we had to provide Narcan to a patient – I realized that there was a reason I didn’t stop working at the pharmacy after I graduated, it was because I had a passion for pharmacy."
Kim is interested in practicing as an ambulatory care pharmacist after graduation. "Working with patients and helping them to manage their long term disease states and assist them in their medication management is a major aspect of the pharmacy profession," she explained. "Working as an ambulatory care pharmacist will help me to do that by establishing a long-term relationship with my patient and their families, provide education, manage their medications, and provide collaborative care."
Collaborative care is what she sees as the future of pharmacy. "I see it as being more collaborative in all settings," she said. "I’m hopeful that pharmacists in our community, especially in rural areas, will be able to do more health screenings that lead to collaborating with the doctors to initiate medications and help with their management."
Kim draws inspiration from her mother, who immigrated to the United States as a child after being orphaned. "When I was old enough to learn her story," Kim shared, "I asked her how she could be so happy all the time. She told me: 'Life isn’t always easy, but it is still yours, you make of it what you can.' What she said often helps me gain perspective when things get stressful."
And when things get stressful, Kim remembers some advice she once was given: "We all know we should be kind to others, but don’t forget to be kind to yourself," she said.
She encourages those new to pharmacy school to get envolved and find their passion. "If you have the mindset of ‘get into pharmacy school, get done, and go out into the workforce’, I encourage you to keep an open mind, she said. "Join an organization, find your passion and your reason for ‘why pharmacy’. Remembering why you chose this amazing profession and what you’re doing it for will definitely provide that motivation.
"Pharmacy school is difficult and it's important that when you’re stressed that you remember you’re studying for your patients not just a grade."