Episode 35

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Notes of the Episode

In this episode, our guest shares her journey of embracing versatility and expanding her horizons. From growing up in New York and moving frequently, to completing her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and pursuing pharmacy school, she has gained a diverse range of experiences. As a licensed pharmacist and a PhD student in pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, she strives to be a role model for her family and others. The guest discusses the power of being a generalist, the challenges facing the pharmacy industry, the importance of building connections, and her passion for promoting research in pharmacy. Her entrepreneurial mindset and dedication to continuous learning inspire listeners to embrace versatility in their own lives.


Key Points from This Episode:

  • Originally from New York, grew up moving frequently due to her father’s job.
  • She completed undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Marist College, pursued pharmacy school at the University of Florida.
  • She is currently a licensed pharmacist and a PhD student in pharmaceutical outcomes and policy at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.
  • She is driven to be a role model for her family and others.
  • She believes in the power of being a generalist and having knowledge in various areas.
  • She discusses the potential impact of technology and artificial intelligence on the future of retail pharmacy.
  • She highlights the importance of networking and showcasing dedication and work ethic.
  • Her passion is about involving more pharmacy students in research to enhance their skill sets.
  • She reflects on the importance of saving for retirement and making long-term financial decisions.
  • She expresses passion for teaching, continuous learning, and having a business mindset.
  • She inspires listeners to embrace versatility, pursue continuous learning, and build connections in their own lives.



“So I think moving around a lot has really kind of given me those experiences to shape me into the person that I am today.” [00:17:12]

“It takes a lifetime to build your name but a minute to destroy it.” [00:24:01]

“You do have to protect your reputation and ensure you’re doing right by everybody as much as you can even if it means passing on deals to do so.” [00:24:12]

“Abundant caution is the rule of the day.”  [00:31:00]


Links Mentioned:

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein


About Kayla Smith

I recently graduated from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in May 2022. I am currently a Licensed Pharmacist and worked at a Retail Pharmacy as well as in an Outpatient Hospital Pharmacy. I am also a PhD student at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy studying Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. I have been working with Claude on various projects for the past few years including being the Pharmacist Relationship Coordinator at Rx Real Estate Investment. 

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