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Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Carwile. 

Hi Anna, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Growing up I knew I wanted to be in medicine. I was fascinated anytime one of my brothers or I had to go to the doctor. I received several academic scholarships to help pay for my tuition. Being from a tiny town we only had one doctor’s office and no pharmacy or pharmacists nearby. So, when I went to college I started as a pre-med student at SIU-Edwardsville. I quickly switched to pharmacy once I learned more about it and discovered there was a pharmacy school at SIUE. I had a great experience at SIU- Edwardsville and highly recommend the program to anyone considering pharmacy. I then went to work for CVS right out of school because there weren’t many hospital jobs at the time. Luckily within 6 months, I got hired at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion Illinois where I worked for a few years before my husband and I decided to move back to the St. Louis area. Now I work as a pharmacist at a small community hospital near St. Louis and I love it! I really enjoy the fact that we don’t have designated clinical and non-clinical pharmacists so I get to do a little bit of everything. I can be on the phone helping a physician with a question then dosing a vancomycin then back to verifying orders and checking IV medications. Since moving back to the area my husband and I have also had two little boys who keep us very busy. We love trying out new restaurants on the weekends and finding fun things to do in the city. Find out more about me on Instagram @annaelizabea 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I applied for dozens of scholarships when I was in high school to help pay for college. I also worked every summer in undergrad then part-time at Schnucks pharmacy all through pharmacy school. I’m lucky that my parents helped pay for some of my schooling but I worked really hard for the rest. Plus, pharmacy school itself is not easy. I loved the friendships I made and how much fun we had but the classes are very tough. I’ve also dealt with anxiety and depression issues since pharmacy school. Sometimes I can manage my symptoms with exercise alone and other times (like postpartum) I’ve needed medication. I’m also a big advocate for mental health awareness on my Instagram page. I think the more open people are about mental health, the less stigma it will hold. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a full-time hospital pharmacist at a small community hospital in the Metro East. I am currently helping with our antibiotic stewardship program which means that I go through all of our patients who are on antibiotic therapy and I make sure they are being dosed appropriately for their renal function, culture results, and sensitivities. I also help with our medication presentations for our cardiopulmonary rehab patients. We educate them on any new medications they’ve started since being hospitalized for a cardiac or similar event. I think outreach is especially important for pharmacists because a lot of people have no idea what hospital pharmacists do since were always behind the scenes. 

What matters most to you? Why?
My family matters most to me but advocating for pharmacy is also very important. I’m also a big proponent of self-care and filling your cup first so you have more to give to others. 

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