Alex Barker, PharmD
Alex Barker, PharmD
Alex Barker is the founder of The Happy PharmD, which helps pharmacists create an inspiring career, break free from the mundane "pill-flipping" life. He is a Full-time Pharmacist, Media Company founder, franchise owner, Business Coach, Speaker, and Author. He's also the Founder of Pharmacy School HQ, which helps students get into pharmacy school and become residents.
Articles
Dec 5, 2018 @06:09 PM
We know that burnout continues to plague health care professionals.

Nov 29, 2018 @02:00 PM
Your residency cover letter might be the most challenging part of the whole application process.

Oct 11, 2018 @02:00 PM
Although it can be intimidating to talk to new people, networking can also land you big opportunities.

Oct 2, 2018 @07:00 PM
Given the knowledge that a single pharmacy position can attract hundreds of applications, you must do everything possible to keep yourself in contention.

Jul 9, 2018 @01:00 PM
The 2018 World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, hosted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, is scheduled for Sept. 2-6 in Glasgow, Scotland. 

May 24, 2018 @04:35 PM
We spend much of our time talking about work-life balance, and chasing after it, but such a balance is not possible.

May 19, 2018 @05:00 PM
Your pharmacist resume is likely failing you if you aren’t hearing back from potential employers

May 16, 2018 @08:15 PM
While focusing on funding their eventual retirements, pharmacists should also make sure that they are not stuck in unrewarding jobs.

May 10, 2018 @04:59 AM
This adult fantasy game provides a first-hand view of psychosis and the symptoms its patients often experience.

Apr 28, 2018 @02:00 PM
Pharmacists, it turns out, can impact their own outcomes by the kinds of people they spend time with most often.

Apr 2, 2018 @08:12 AM
Ruminations on governing body recommendations and guidelines that dictate what pharmacists do.

Mar 28, 2018 @04:25 AM
The show highlights the aspects of the profession that can make it unbearable.

Mar 11, 2018 @02:00 PM
Feeling stuck in your career? Changing your outlook is possible.

Mar 8, 2018 @01:00 PM
Pharmacists are exposed to increasing job stress. Why does that matter?

Feb 24, 2018 @04:00 PM
There are many mistakes, pitfalls, and unknowns that pharmacists routinely fail to consider before transitioning to another job.

Feb 5, 2018 @06:40 AM
Pharmacists, especially those in a retail setting, are feeling the pressure.

Feb 3, 2018 @05:00 PM
In 2017, the match rate for pharmacy residencies was just 69%, so the pressure is on for interviewees.

Jan 25, 2018 @03:24 AM
Experts are finding, though, that burnout doesn't limit its impact to the workplace. It also impacts parts of your life that extend well beyond the pharmacy.

Jan 10, 2018 @12:00 AM
Cloud pharmacy Roman is helping men avoid the stigma of erectile dysfunction and navigate treatment.

Jan 3, 2018 @03:08 AM
Those familiar with the technology hope that the concept will develop enough that it can be integrated into daily life, as with an Apple Watch or a smartphone.

Dec 18, 2017 @06:11 AM
The match for residency programs is a competitive process.

Dec 14, 2017 @05:21 AM
Beth Breeden, a professor at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy, discusses the emergence of bitcoin and Healthcoin.

Nov 10, 2017 @02:56 AM
Why wait until January to take positive steps to improve your life? Dig into at least one of these volumes now to get a boost.

Oct 30, 2017 @08:47 AM
Having lots of possessions isn’t wrong, but research demonstrates that possessions don’t equal happiness.

Oct 25, 2017 @07:24 AM
It only takes 1 small step to begin the process of freeing ourselves from professional burnout.

Oct 25, 2017 @07:05 AM
Here are 8 benefits to simplifying our lives, which can potentially set us free from jobs we dislike.

Oct 18, 2017 @02:35 AM
Unfortunately, a major reason that most pharmacists don’t quit jobs they hate is because of their financial obligations.

Oct 2, 2017 @03:00 AM
Burned-out pharmacists exhibit exhaustion, chronic fatigue, alienation from work-related activities, loss of appetite, and insomnia.

Aug 24, 2017 @01:44 AM
The truth is it’s one thing to hate your job, but it’s another thing completely to hate your job and do nothing about it.

Aug 23, 2017 @06:47 AM
Everyone should be looking for new opportunities and great prospects.

Aug 16, 2017 @03:03 AM
Some pharmacies are putting these lessons into action.

Aug 14, 2017 @03:43 AM
These innovations could mean big advances in the delivery of health care — and some may even become widely available during our lifetime.

Aug 8, 2017 @06:14 AM
Empowering pharmacists with information and autonomy enables them to care for patients in the best way possible.

Aug 7, 2017 @02:33 AM
When I first interviewed a pharmacist about her pharmacy position for my column, I found what I was meant to do and what I love to do: tell stories.

Jul 25, 2017 @02:49 AM
The demand for innovation is not slowing down. 

Jul 25, 2017 @02:15 AM
Although many of Heather’s clients enjoy taking care of patients, she has observed that recent changes in the practice of medicine are leading to increased burnout rates among physicians.

Jul 24, 2017 @05:28 AM
We spoke with him to find out how he got the idea for the site, how it works and what his plans are for the future.

Jul 20, 2017 @11:34 AM
It’s human nature to lose focus on your existing job when you begin searching for a new one.

Jul 13, 2017 @11:32 AM
I receive about 2 emails per week from pharmacists who say that they need help looking for a job.

Jul 11, 2017 @12:50 PM
When I talk to people about their careers—especially when they are about to transition into a new one—sometimes people have a similar “what did I just do?” feeling.

Jun 16, 2017 @04:08 AM
A job offer means that the company wants you more than all the other candidates. This should be encouraging!

Jun 15, 2017 @12:36 PM
Although you are aware that this is a reality for many people in this economy, you never thought that you would join the no-raise ranks.

Jun 2, 2017 @02:12 AM
If you get really lucky, you might find that your company has a policy already in place that provides extra compensation for obtaining certain certifications regardless of employee performance.

May 4, 2017 @02:05 AM
It may also be helpful for you to create a chart or presentation that includes your information (as well as the sources) so you can share it with the hiring managers.

May 1, 2017 @01:59 AM
Pillsy, a smart pill bottle and mobile app, is the latest device in the quest to help patients and their loved ones manage medications.

Apr 28, 2017 @02:02 AM
Still struggling with student debt? This is the book for you.

Mar 21, 2017 @01:10 AM
Working in sales was so appealing to Brad that he decided to start his own business as a manufacturing representative.

Mar 10, 2017 @08:16 AM
By taking small steps toward an end goal, you create momentum.

Mar 8, 2017 @04:48 AM
The story of how one person turned an idea into a way to help others.

Mar 3, 2017 @04:41 AM
In this series, my goal is to provide you with different, positive solutions to help you overcome procrastination.

Feb 20, 2017 @02:16 AM
Workaholics and procrastinators can't win when it comes to play. If you play, you feel guilty; and if you don't play, you become so tired that you can’t do your best work.

Feb 7, 2017 @06:47 AM
If you love a pharmacist, why not show them how much you care by getting them a creative, cool gift this Valentine’s Day?

Feb 2, 2017 @04:19 AM
Exponential technology, which refers to technology that is doubling in power and speed each year despite a continuous drop in price.


Dec 29, 2016 @02:17 AM
Rather than have success in life and relish in it, we reject it and turn to procrastination because of our fear of winning.

Dec 28, 2016 @01:36 AM
Writing books is a great way to open new doors, or open the doors that currently might be closed to you.

Dec 20, 2016 @09:48 AM

Dec 9, 2016 @09:53 AM
You need to make sure that you realize what is influencing your career.


Oct 12, 2016 @02:37 AM
We're acknowledged as professionals, but we're still thought of as being overpaid for what we do. Our jobs are perceived as simple, mundane, click-button positions that don't take much thought or effort. But we know the truth.

Sep 27, 2016 @04:30 AM
It's completely normal to not want to be blamed for something, and it's also completely normal to blame others.

Sep 22, 2016 @05:19 AM
The pharmacy profession seems to be decreasing in popularity among millennials.

Sep 20, 2016 @03:10 AM
Are you willing to form agreements with your coworkers?

Sep 9, 2016 @07:17 AM
I often think about what my future pharmacy career will look like.

Sep 9, 2016 @07:08 AM
To fight burnout, it helps to stay as motivated and engaged as possible at work.

Sep 9, 2016 @02:46 AM
There are some (practical) things most pharmacy schools simply don't cover.

Sep 2, 2016 @05:04 AM
Professional development is a huge part of pharmacy, and attending conferences is a huge part of professional development.

Aug 25, 2016 @04:59 AM
If you don't take time to sharpen your blade, you'll become ineffective.

Aug 22, 2016 @06:36 AM
A lot of pharmacists can probably identify with the word synergy."

Aug 15, 2016 @09:25 AM
Poor communication in the workplace causes many pharmacists to feel misunderstood by their patients, bosses, and coworkers.

Aug 9, 2016 @06:19 AM
A pharmacy manager recently mentioned to me how difficult it is to motivate some of his employees.

Aug 5, 2016 @03:31 AM
Ever feel like you're constantly putting out fires?

Aug 2, 2016 @08:55 AM
Are you truly doing what you believe you were called to do?

Aug 1, 2016 @09:40 AM
When I first discovered the power of a proactive mindset, it was a truly freeing experience.

Jul 13, 2016 @12:58 PM
I'm devoting 8 weeks to helping you become a more effective pharmacist, based on my research and experience.

Jun 27, 2016 @12:47 PM
Most pharmacists have had the unfortunate experience of assisting a patient who's unable to afford a prescription medication.

Jun 21, 2016 @03:29 AM
If you scroll through enough message boards online, you'll see convincing arguments for and against pharmacy technician training programs.

Jun 14, 2016 @03:28 AM
There are pros and cons in every pharmacy practice setting, but independent pharmacies may have more cons than others.

Jun 6, 2016 @03:37 AM
There are tons of perks to being a pharmacist, some of which involve actual perks.

May 31, 2016 @01:17 AM
Pharmacy technicians are the backbone of the pharmacy.

May 23, 2016 @02:27 AM
Pharmacists have likely heard parents' flawed fears that vaccines cause autism, sudden infant death syndrome, febrile seizures, and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

May 18, 2016 @01:53 AM
When a patient lies to you, you may forgive the first offense, but if it continues, it can become tiresome.

May 10, 2016 @04:29 AM
Did you know more than 100 pharmacists commit suicide each year?

Apr 14, 2016 @02:48 AM
The following 19 memes have been collectively liked and shared by more than 100,000 pharmacy lovers.

Apr 13, 2016 @02:25 AM
It's finally time for the 2016 Pharmacy Salary Guide.

Apr 6, 2016 @05:42 AM
Nearly every student pharmacist graduates with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans.

Mar 23, 2016 @12:56 PM
Failure is a hard thing to admit.

Mar 22, 2016 @03:01 AM
Physicians and pharmacists usually work well together as part of a patient's care team, but there are some things that many physicians would prefer pharmacists not to know.

Mar 17, 2016 @03:36 AM
The life of a typical pharmacy student isn't easy.

Mar 15, 2016 @07:17 AM
While medications can cure what ails your patients, they can also be associated with side effects.

Mar 12, 2016 @06:14 AM
The medicinal properties of plants and herbs have been recognized almost since the beginning of human history.

Mar 2, 2016 @03:41 AM
Pharmacy school interviews don't only involve interviewers asking you questions.

Mar 1, 2016 @07:17 AM
Have you ever wished someone would invent something to help your patients adhere to their medication regimens?

Feb 19, 2016 @04:27 AM
Like any other licensing exam out there, the NAPLEX can be a little scary, especially if you're not a good test taker.

Feb 16, 2016 @03:15 AM
The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination is essentially the pharmacist's law exam.

Feb 11, 2016 @10:23 AM
The following are questions that I ask my clients as I coach them through the residency process.

Feb 10, 2016 @04:38 AM
The pharmacy community is close-knit network.

Feb 9, 2016 @08:17 AM
The dark side of pharmacy is easy to find.

Feb 8, 2016 @03:09 AM
Prospective pharmacy students are better served by finding a school that is a great fit, rather than getting hung up on rankings.

Feb 4, 2016 @09:32 AM
When you're just starting your pharmacy journey, you want to make sure that you get a high-quality education.

Feb 1, 2016 @02:24 AM
This dreaded question isn't so dreaded when you understand its context and know how to respond.

Jan 29, 2016 @04:40 AM
The truth is, there plenty of pharmacist jobs out there, but many of them are taken and the competition for open positions has increased.

Jan 28, 2016 @03:35 AM
Pharmacist salaries can widely vary from state to state.

Jan 22, 2016 @02:13 AM
Once you know what areas are important to your desired pharmacy school, you can refine your PCAT study schedule and study more intently on practice tests.

Jan 20, 2016 @05:02 AM
There are some things you can do to remedy this situation.

Jan 18, 2016 @02:32 AM
From 19th-century English romantic poets, to reggae musicians, to Twitter users, many have commented on pharmacy, offering funny, quirky, and sometimes negative musings.

Jan 12, 2016 @02:32 AM
Taylor Swift represents characteristics and habits that can help pharmacists perform their jobs better.

Jan 4, 2016 @04:45 AM
The Pharmacy College Admission Test would be great to avoid altogether. Fortunately, a number of pharmacy schools do not require it.

Dec 18, 2015 @04:03 AM
Drug names are about as unpronounceable as Latin animal names.

Dec 9, 2015 @03:09 AM
I'm a big believer in small gestures of gratitude going a long way, especially for hardworking pharmacy workers.

Dec 7, 2015 @09:29 AM
Why not give your favorite pharmacy technician one of these 10 thoughtful holiday gifts?

Dec 1, 2015 @07:25 AM
I once believed that the majority of pharmacists were type-A, anal-retentive, detailed-oriented, and grade-obsessed.

Nov 23, 2015 @09:14 AM
Obesity is one of America's greatest health challenges, affecting more than one-third of US adults.

Nov 17, 2015 @02:42 AM
Despite the professional challenges, I am thankful to be a pharmacist.

Nov 12, 2015 @04:14 AM
Here are 3 lessons about paying off student debt that I learned the hard way.

Nov 6, 2015 @02:43 AM
When you're out and about in your community, you will probably stumble upon a funny sign or billboard, and pharmacy signs are no exception.

Oct 29, 2015 @04:56 AM
No matter where you are on your pharmacy career path, having extra cash on hand is a nice safety net.

Oct 28, 2015 @12:41 PM
Take this quiz to test your knowledge of medication administration.

Oct 27, 2015 @03:26 AM
Every good pharmacist knows that his or her team is what really makes the pharmacy tick.

Oct 26, 2015 @01:55 AM
Patients don't need to make elaborate gestures to acknowledge the hard-working pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in their community.

Oct 21, 2015 @02:59 AM
Pharmacy staff across all care settings can make Pharmacy Week a success.

Oct 19, 2015 @02:34 AM
Pharmacy Week is a time to celebrate one of the best professions in health care.

Oct 5, 2015 @01:41 AM
Anyone who has ever worked in a pharmacy has dealt with angry patients.

Sep 30, 2015 @04:52 AM
Every job has moments that make it all worthwhile.

Sep 22, 2015 @02:31 AM
Take this short quiz to find out your chances of getting into pharmacy school.

Sep 21, 2015 @03:00 AM
The demands that pharmacists are expected to meet can make burnout commonplace.

Sep 15, 2015 @06:04 AM
If medications had personalities, take this quiz to find out what yours would be.

Sep 14, 2015 @04:45 AM
Rankings are based on the number of views and overall creativity.

Sep 10, 2015 @02:21 AM
Use this month-by-month guide to plan out your last year as a pharmacy student.

Sep 3, 2015 @12:59 PM
Everyone forgets to take their medication from time to time.

Aug 27, 2015 @02:01 AM
What advice would you offer the younger you?

Aug 26, 2015 @01:31 AM
Did you know that about 73% of antibiotics are inappropriately prescribed every year?

Aug 12, 2015 @01:16 AM
Pharmacists' refusal to fill prescriptions for birth control and emergency contraception has sparked national controversy.

Aug 4, 2015 @02:14 AM
As pharmacy schools graduate more and more pharmacists, the next 20 years of the pharmacy profession could see job placement challenges.

Jul 29, 2015 @01:04 AM
With pharmacy robberies on the rise, it is more important than ever for pharmacy professionals to know how to stay safe in the event of an armed robbery.

Jul 21, 2015 @02:25 AM
Here is a breakdown of the top 20 states for pharmacy robberies.

Jul 13, 2015 @01:27 AM
Fill a prescription for love with these pharmacy pick up lines.

Jul 8, 2015 @01:45 AM
Pharmacy technician pay is one of the hottest topics on pharmacy forums, social media groups, and blogs right now.

Jun 29, 2015 @01:20 AM
What can a pharmacy technician really expect to earn in today's economy?

Jun 24, 2015 @02:09 AM
Lester Nathan, The Pharmacy Sage, discusses the future of independent pharmacy.

Jun 22, 2015 @01:46 AM
Being a pharmacy tech can be tough.

Jun 16, 2015 @04:22 AM
side from the obvious networking and career-advancement benefits, online pharmacy groups provide a number of perks.

Jun 11, 2015 @02:30 AM
Here are 8 pet peeves pharmacy technicians face on a daily basis.

Jun 3, 2015 @02:16 AM
It's no secret that pharmacy technicians are becoming a more integral part of the pharmacy team.

May 26, 2015 @04:39 AM
The future of pharmacy is uncertain at best.

May 19, 2015 @01:54 AM
Much controversy surrounds the medicinal properties of marijuana and its byproducts.

May 5, 2015 @01:23 AM
Pharmacy school doesn't prepare you to manage a pharmacist's salary.

Apr 13, 2015 @01:04 AM
Learn what other pharmacists are making across multiple niches in pharmacy.

Feb 23, 2015 @02:24 AM
Working at the pharmacy drive-thru is a retail rite of passage.

Feb 9, 2015 @02:59 AM
Three long-time retail pharmacists provide their take on the retail pharmacy profession.

Feb 2, 2015 @02:38 AM
There are many pharmacy-related blogs out there, but who has the time to keep up with every single one, or figure out which ones are useful and which ones aren't?

Jan 26, 2015 @02:33 AM
Do you whistle while you work? That's exactly what Kmart pharmacist Eldon Wilson of Hutchinson, Kansas, does every day.

Jan 20, 2015 @02:15 AM
If you've ever been asked to fill a "genetic subscription" or had a patient confuse hydrocortisone with hydrocodone, then you know that pharmacy-related mispronunciations can be a recipe for hilarity.

Jan 16, 2015 @02:10 AM
Most pharmacists are making more money than they did a year ago and are happy in their jobs, but they are also experiencing increased on-the-job stress related to an increased workload.

Jan 15, 2015 @02:34 AM
Two elderly health care professionals in Houston were recently charged with peddling 1.6 million pain medications over a 3-year period.

Jan 13, 2015 @02:47 AM
Part of a pharmacist's job description is to remain professional and composed. This usually is not a problem-until someone completely butchers a drug name.

Jan 7, 2015 @02:18 AM
Position yourself for success by giving your goals some serious thought upfront.

Dec 30, 2014 @04:16 AM
Want to make 2015 a banner career year? Here's my advice: DO NOT make a New Year's resolution.

Dec 18, 2014 @01:58 AM
Pharmacists really do have great profession, and here are 10 reasons why.

Dec 9, 2014 @05:36 AM
Here are 3 ways to secure a pharmacy residency.

Dec 5, 2014 @02:30 AM
Pharmacists work hard all year to keep their patients healthy and safe, so why not surprise your favorite pharmacist with a fun, original holiday gift?

Nov 21, 2014 @02:16 AM
There are hundreds of pharmacists on Twitter, but who should you follow? Here, I have listed the top 10 pharmacist influencers, in no particular order.

Nov 13, 2014 @03:33 AM
Here are 4 ways to conquer your interview anxiety.

Nov 7, 2014 @03:01 AM
Unless you personally know a residency director, it's difficult to connect with one. That's where pharmacy conferences come in.

Nov 6, 2014 @02:23 AM
The World Health Organization is criticizing the drug industry for delaying the development of an Ebola vaccine.

Nov 4, 2014 @02:17 AM
Here are 5 tips you must implement in your next interview.

Nov 3, 2014 @08:15 AM
Your social media profiles are used in the interview process. For that reason, I want to share with you lessons I have learned from my own social media failures.