Oh boy… I honestly intended to make this “Epic Willow pharmacist” blog a daily entry blog but then when I actually started the job I thought… “Okay, a daily write-up may not be practical… I’ll make is a weekly blog post.”
Well, now 11 months into the job and I realize that I had seriously under-estimated what I thought was possible with this job.
Being an Epic Willow Analyst and a Clinical Pharmacist is great!!!
It’s a tough job, and there’s a steep, really steep learning curve, and even after all these months on the job, I’m still climbing it almost every day.
So I’m going to try and fast-track the last 10 months in this blog post and then move forward on at least a weekly basis from here with continuous updates about the goings-on in my IT Epic Analyst job.
So I went to Verona, WI for my classroom training and the Willow application requires you to go out there multiple times… So I made all those trips.
The nice thing is that once you register for the classroom training, you get access to the Epic User Web so you can actually start studying before you get there and I would advise everyone to do this because it really helps you keep up in class.
In-between the trips to Wisconsin, we had projects to work on and mini-tests to take along the way, all of which count towards your overall certification score. After getting back from all the classes it was time to buckle down and study study study for the big certification exam.
It was intense…. And tough… But woohoo… I made it!!
I passed the certification exam and got my very own certificate directly from Epic. It was framed very nicely and all. It was so rewarding and such a huge relief to get that email from the Epic folks asking me what address they should send my official certificate to. When I received it I could see that it was like an actual diploma!!
Then the real work began…
It was time to put all that hard grueling work into practice. And then the real work began. I was thrown head first into an active implementation of the epic Willow application. Now I know that probably means nothing to you but essentially the translation is simply: “I started actually building the Epic Willow software for the pharmacy folks”.
Since then I’ve been actively rolling out the Epic software to the pharmacies in phases.
And now you’re all caught up.
From here forward, I’ll continue on with the day-to-day or week-to-week goings on. If you’re finding these posts beneficial or you have more questions please feel free to leave a comment below because I’ll be really glad to hear from you.
In the meantime, I also just added a page where I answer the questions I get from other readers and you can check it out here. I’ll continue to add more Q&As over there as I get them.
I know that not many pharmacists get to say this, and not very often either, but right now, I love my job!! 🙂