Welcome to the real-time journey on my road to becoming an Epic Willow Analyst a.k.a. Epic pharmacist.
I chose to chronicle this journey because as I embarked on finding a job as an Epic pharmacist (and I’ve been on this road, off and on, for quite a while), I found that there was really not very much solid information from actual Epic pharmacists out in the field.
I would devour almost every piece of information I happened to stumble on that had anything to do with Epic certification or getting a job as an Epic pharmacist.
One of the ways I heard/read that one could get into the field was by working at a hospital or for a health system that was undergoing an Epic implementation and joining the Epic team. Well, that’s much easier said than done…
I did, and I did, and I was rejected by “the powers that be” from being included as part of the highly sought-after Epic implementation team.
I applied for Epic Analyst positions that I saw advertised by healthcare IT consulting firms, especially those that only required “familiarity with Epic as end user” but I constantly kept running into the stone wall of “no build experience”… Sigh…
But I didn’t lose heart (though I was very disappointed). I continued on with other pharmacy positions, you’ll read more about those in the “What We Do“ section of this website where I’ll blend in my personal experiences as a job-hopping pharmacist into the explanations of the various pharmacy practice settings.
I digress though…
So now I finally have landed a position as an Epic pharmacist and I’ll be part of the team building and implementing the Epic EMR system in a large health system.
Epic Willow Analyst
I’ll be starting in 7 days and it’s my goal and intention to chronicle my experience on an as close to daily basis as I possibly can. My plan is to share as much relevant and good information as possible, of course without violating any confidentialities pertaining to my new employer and Epic… And oh yes, there are many 🙂
So as my journey begins I am in the midst of a big move… Moving and starting a new job, two major life stressors, not a great way to begin a new anything but c’est la vie for now.
Learn more about Epic if you’re not familiar with the system and care to know more.
Tomorrow: I get to fill out all the fun new employee paperwork and take a pre-employment drug screening test.
See you then!