Nancy Gadelsayed earned her BS Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Cairo in Egypt in 2005. She has multiple certifications, including Certified Pharmacogenomics Consultant Pharmacist and Certified APhA immunizer. As the Pharmacist in charge at her Walmart Pharmacy in Texas, Nancy loves helping her patients and is a passionate preceptor who equips pharmacy students with the tools and knowledge they need to be successful upon graduation. Nancy founded Texas Pharmacogenomics Consulting, LLC in 2020, and enjoys entrepreneurship. Stay tuned later this year for Nancy’s debut as a podcast host on the PGX for Pharmacists podcast, which is part of the Pharmacy Podcast Network.
Mentioned in this episode
Nancy Gadelsayed’s LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancy-gadelsayed-bs-rph-318b7680/
Nancy Gadelsayed’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nancygadelsayed/
Personal Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/nancy.helmy.54
Business Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/DrNancy83
Texas Pharmacogenomics Consulting, LLC (business website)
PGX for Pharmacists Podcast https://pharmacypodcast.com/podcast/pgx-for-pharmacists/
Pharmacy Podcast Network https://pharmacypodcast.com
PharmaSis Magazine https://www.pharmasismag.com
Dr. Jerrica Dodd https://www.linkedin.com/in/drjdodd/
Highlights from the interview
This episode is a follow-up to The Pharmacist’s Voice Podcast Episode 97: Interview with Maureen Garrity, NABP Competency Assessment Director, on how a foreign pharmacy graduate can become a US Pharmacist.
Here’s how Nancy went from University of Cairo graduate to US Pharmacist:
- 2005 BS Pharm University of Cairo
- 2007, Passed the FPGEE
- 2008, Passed the TOEFL-IBT
- 2008-2011, earned 2,000 internship hours to become eligible for the New Jersey MPJE and NAPLEX exam.
- 2011, passed the New Jersey MPJE and the NAPLEX.
- 2012, passed the Texas MPJE and became a Texas-licensed pharmacist
Nancy loved learning English. She started in high school, and she also learned by watching/listening to American television shows, like Dr. Phil.
Nancy struggled with getting hired by a pharmacy to complete her internship hours. They underestimated Nancy’s value.
Nancy found a good opportunity to work as a pharmacist in Texas (2012), so she earned her Texas pharmacist license and relocated from New Jersey to Texas. After 6 months, she was promoted to the position of Pharmacy Manager. In 2014, she left that job for another retail Pharmacy Manager job. She has been with the same company since 2014.
Nancy gave birth to three daughters between 2008 and 2014. Working in a community practice setting while pregnant is a challenge. Standing for long hours is hard; doing it while pregnant is even more difficult! Much respect to all the pregnant women pharmacists who work long hours on their feet with little or no breaks!
In September 2020, Nancy founded Texas Pharmacogenomics Consulting, LLC. She is an entrepreneur outside her FT community practice job. (She is not an intrapreneur for her employer.) Her patients find her through her website, social media, and marketing in town. To learn more, visit https://texaspgx.com.
PGX (Pharmacogenomic) testing is done using a cheek swab. It is sent to a lab. Nancy looks at lab data for information about a patient’s genes, enzymes, and more. She considers drug interactions, lifestyle, and alcohol use. Then, she collaborates with prescribers and makes plans and recommendations. Nancy works with individuals patients, prescribers, and laboratories.
Through Texas Pharmacogenomics Consulting, Nancy coaches other pharmacists who want to start a PGX practice. She saves them money on tools they don’t need, tells them which labs to collaborate with, instructs them on how to read a lab report, and more.
Nancy pursued additional education to learn about PGX. She is a Certified Pharmacogenomics Consultant Pharmacist. Nancy shared a PGX success story about a patient with PTSD. The patient got what he needed and avoided using an inappropriate medication.
Nancy will join the PGX for Pharmacists podcast as a podcast host soon. You can find PGX for Pharmacists on the Pharmacy Podcast Network. https://pharmacypodcast.com/podcast/pgx-for-pharmacists/
Nancy’s value as a pharmacist was underestimated when she first came to the United States. She encourages foreign pharmacy school grads who dream about becoming US pharmacists to keep dreaming. Don’t let anyone crush your dreams. Keep pushing. Believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.
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