Appreciating the Journey

Published on 14 December 2018

When the economy slowed down in 2008, Alex Tryson, Pharm.D. ’18, took a step back to reevaluate his career choice as an architect.

“I had devoted eight years to the profession at that point, but I realized I had lost my passion for it,” Tryson said.

At the time, he was working on projects involving health care facilities and began to grow curious about what it would be like to work as a health care provider. To gain insight, he reached out to various colleagues in the health care industry.

“I spoke with numerous health care professionals including physicians, psychologists and physical therapists, but it was a conversation with a pharmacist that resonated with me,” he noted.

The pharmacist who inspired Tryson went on to offer him a job as a pharmacy technician. Four months later, Tryson gave up his full-time job as an architect and began pursuing his Doctor of Pharmacy at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

Eager to begin helping patients improve their health outcomes, Tryson returned to college with a renewed focus and a greater appreciation for learning. He was determined to seize every opportunity to grow in the pharmacy profession.

After graduating, Tryson wanted to explore the many career paths available through pharmacy, so he pursued a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency with Mercy Hospital St. Louis. During his residency Tryson has built upon his Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences and had the opportunity to gain exposure to a variety of pharmacy practice settings including acute care, ambulatory care, infectious diseases and critical care. The residency has also helped Tryson learn more about pharmacy management, staffing and the academic side of the profession.

“During my time at STLCOP, I was able to appreciate the ‘journey’ more than the ‘destination,’ which fueled my eagerness to learn new things every day,” he said. “This reinvigorated passion for learning has been particularly vital during my residency, which stresses the importance of adopting lifelong learning habits.”

As a pharmacy resident at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Tryson works with patients on a daily basis educating them about their medication therapy. For many patients, new medication therapies can be daunting, but Tryson uses his medication expertise to put their worries at ease and empower patients to take ownership of their medication regimen.

“During my current ambulatory care rotation, I have had the opportunity to interact with patients with complex medication regimens and limited financial resources,” he said. “My job is to simplify these regimens and educate patients about strategies to manage their medication. This type of work is what inspired me to pursue a career in pharmacy. Having the opportunity to follow up with these patients and see the positive impact I have been able to make in their health outcomes is the ultimate personal reward.”

To learn more about the College’s residency programs, visit stlcop.edu/residency.

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