JANUARY 01, 2007
Elizabeth S. Roop

CVS/PHARMACY HAS SPENT more than 4 decades focusing on bringing value to the communities it serves by striving to be the easiest pharmacy retailer for customers to use. The company also takes pride in the corporate values that have guided its growth to more than 6100 stores nationwide—values centered on integrity and respect for colleagues, customers, and patients.

Since the beginning, pharmacists have been integral to the company's success. As such,CVS/pharmacy is constantly seeking pharmacists who believe that the sum of their career is "not just defined by the number of prescriptions filled, but by the number of lives touched and relationships made."

"Pharmacy is the heart and soul of our business. As a pharmacist with CVS/pharmacy, you'll serve as a teacher, leader, and role model to your colleagues and your community every day," states CVS Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Tom Ryan—himself a pharmacist—in company recruitment literature.

According to Papatya Tankut, vice president, pharmacy professional services, individual achievement leads to corporate success, which is why CVS's philosophy is to promote from within—and why pharmacists hold more than 50 different positions throughout the company.

Through its Emerging Leader Program, CVS grooms pharmacists for future positions as pharmacy supervisors, district managers, and regional managers. For those seeking opportunities outside the pharmacy, corporate positions are available in Health Care Services, Pharmacy Operations, Clinical Services, Legal, Human Resources, Pharmacare, Information Systems, Merchandising, Real Estate, and The company also encourages its pharmacists to take advantage of professional opportunities with state pharmacy boards and pharmacy associations, as well as to serve as adjunct professors, preceptors, and intern coordinators.

For pharmacy students, CVS's internship program is designed to provide the chance to develop professional skills in a community practice setting by allowing them to apply their learnings from school to practical experiences in real-life settings.

To ensure its pharmacists have every opportunity to thrive, CVS/pharmacy offers a state-of-the-art environment designed to provide all the resources and tools they need to succeed, according to Tankut.

For instance, its Pharmacy Service initiative combines workflow systems and pharmacy design, including such tools as interactive voice response, physician fax capabilities, and prescription prioritization, as well as refill reminder and generic drug programs. Pharmacists also have access to the latest technology to streamline and enhance care, including Script-Pro, SureScripts, RxNet, CVS LearnNet, Pharmacy Capsule, Clinical Focus, Pharmacist Letter, CVS Express, Carecheck Plus, and Rapid Refill— which enable pharmacists to spend the majority of their time interacting with customers and patients.

Finally, to make sure it retains the top-level talent it recruits, CVS/pharmacy offers comprehensive benefits and compensation packages, including investment and personalized health care options, such as a range of insurance programs, as well as domestic partner benefits, adoption assistance, dependent care reimbursement accounts, and professional liability insurance. Reward programs include the Pharmacist Incentive Plan, community outreach, continuing education, education assistance, merchandise discounts, and service recognition.

The bottom line, says Tankut, is that CVS/pharmacy is committed to making extensive ongoing investments in its pharmacists, providing them with all the tools, support, and resources they need to best serve their patients, as well as to seek new opportunities to excel within the profession.

More information on career opportunities with CVS/pharmacy can be found on-line at

Ms. Roop is a freelance writer based in Tampa, Fla.

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