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
The pharmacist who inspired Tryson went on to offer him a job as a pharmacy technician. Four months later,
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
“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,
“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.