Danielle Ghag - Clinical Pharmacist
Submitted by PHC Communications
Pharmacy Department/St. Paul’s Hospital on almost all of the units
Describe your job in one (long) sentence:
I uncover drug therapy issues, make a plan on how to fix the issues and then liaise with the medical team and Allied Health on how to carry out this plan – all of this while keeping the patient in the loop and answering any questions they have.
What’s your favourite thing about your work?
No two days are the same. And I am always learning something new!
How long have you worked at PHC?
It’s my two-year anniversary this June.
I volunteered at St. Paul’s during my undergraduate degree. I started as a visitor in the Geriatric Unit and then moved to the Renal Units where I became a coffee-cart volunteer (or “volunteer barista” as I called it in all of my applications). I loved my time at St. Paul’s as a volunteer and this was further solidified during my fourth-year pharmacy rotation here on CTU. I had amazing preceptors who helped me grow into the pharmacist that I am today and now I am honoured to call them my colleagues.
If you weren't a pharmacist, what would you be?
This is a tough question. I would want to make YouTube videos educating the public about different drugs, be the next JK Rowling, be a teacher and maybe become a Super Spy –the last one seems the most realistic though.
If you had a year off with pay, what would you do?
I would make educational YouTube videos about drugs and, since it’s such a portable gig, I would do it from a different country every month to see more of the world at the same time.
What is a quote that you think of often?
“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know.” –Albert Einstein.
What is your number one tip or tool for staying mentally well?
Exercise and be around people that make you laugh.
What is your best $100 or less purchase?
My programmable coffee maker. I have a strong cup of coffee waiting for me every morning when I wake-up.
What is your number one tip/tool you use to manage workload?
Prioritize. Prioritize. Prioritize.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
The TV series Supernatural, but if it has made it 12 seasons I can’t be alone.