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How to Say Yes

Published on 22 July 2016

Matt Pitlick, Pharm.D., BCPS, wants to say yes. It’s his way of maintaining a healthy balance between two major demands for his time, his faculty appointment as associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and his practice site in the VA St. Louis Health Care System. Saying yes is his own positive spin on the recent trend of books and career coaches preaching the power of the word no.

Pitlick will share his philosophy at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in a session titled Work/Work Balance and Faculty Workload Models.The session will be held Sunday, July 24 at 1 p.m.

“There are many different things to balance between teaching, scholarship and service,” Pitlick said. “The concept behind work/work balance is to prioritize your activities so you can get everything done efficiently.”

He also will relate personal stories and on-the-job lessons learned from eight years of working, what he describes as, two full-time jobs.

“For the first few years of my career, I said yes to everything,” Pitlick recalls. “I wanted to get involved and do everything at both my practice site and here at the College. Now before I say yes, I figure out for myself what I want to get out of the work.”

Pitlick says his priorities have always been focused on his patients and his students.

“My interests naturally gravitated towards those areas,” Pitlick adds. “Now I do as much as possible to be a better teacher and pharmacist. That may mean participating in a research project, taking the lead on a committee or establishing a new patient care clinic. There are always things to learn.”

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