A Day in the Life of a Pharmacist – Christina Cipolle

Hi I’m Christina Cipolla. I work at
Community University Health Care Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and this is a
day in the life of a pharmacist. Sometimes people get confused when I say I’m a pharmacist and I work in a clinic, and I explained that I work with
patients one-on-one to fix all of their medication related problems and improve
their health outcomes. A lot of the patients that I care for are ones that
have many chronic conditions and many chronic medications. So there can at any
time be between ten and twenty some bottles that the patients are bringing
in of various medications that they’re bringing from home that they take we
work really hard with the patients to not only educate them about what they’re
taking, but then also making sure that what they’re taking really is the best
regimen for them. The advantage is that I’m able to meet with the patients
one-on-one, sit down with them and go over what their concerns are and that’s
really where the the best decisions can be that can have great impact on
patients lives. My name is Dr. Chris Reif, I’m a family medicine doctor and
director of clinical services here at Cooke. Medication management that
Christina and her team brings to our team is very important. A number of the
people that we see here are immigrants and immigrant families they often come
with quite a sort of like backlog of health problems and health conditions. So we often have to start them up with a number of medications at one time. We
consult back and forth so it feels very collegial. So Christina is vital as with
the rest of our team and helping our patients get the best care. I chose to go to the University of
Minnesota because of the opportunities in seeing patients and learning how to
provide patient care services in pharmacy. One thing that surprised me
once I graduated from pharmacy school and have been in practice now is really
what it means to take responsibility and caring for a patient. I had a patient
come in recently who lost her job and her medications are very stable but the
cost had gone up exponentially now that she doesn’t have insurance and so with
working with her, we were able to reduce the cost of her medicine by hundreds of
dollars. And I was now able to help her family and just have this be less of a
worry for her. You know you’re not just helping them with their health, but
you’re helping them manage within the rest of what they’re trying to do. You
really have to feel that gravity of the decisions that you make every day and
caring for a patient to have the best outcomes.