Dr. Jamie Wilkey talks about the PGX Consulting Confidence Academy, which focuses on the business side of running a pharmacogenomics practice. Pharmacists don’t have a lot of business training. So, if you’re interested in creating your own pharmacogenomics practice, this episode will have a lot of value for you.
How do pharmacists use their voices in the pharmacogenomics space? How do they learn the science of PGX? How do they start their businesses and get paid? My PGX Pharmacists Series has given me the opportunity to learn from Dan, Sue, Mariam, and Jamie, and I have really enjoyed our conversations! (See episodes 133, 135, 137, and 139 of The Pharmacist’s Voice ® Podcast)
Dr. Jamie Wilkey is a pharmacist who loves what she does and brings passion and happiness to the pharmacy profession.
Jamie grew up in a small town in Wyoming where she got her start in pharmacy working at the local City Drug. She attended the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy for her Doctor of Pharmacy. She was active in student government while at UW and also served as president and later as vice-president of her pharmacy class.
For 10 years post-graduation, Jamie worked in community pharmacy while having and raising her 4 little boys. Frustrated by the stress and schedule of that position, she created her own job for herself that better suits her talents, her passions, and her family’s busy schedule. She abruptly jumped out of retail and into the world of entrepreneurship and has found her true calling in life. She is the founder & CEO of Arches Health, LLC. She serves patients in her community as a consultant pharmacist focusing on pharmacogenomics. After getting her practice up and running began to empower other pharmacists to do the same. She teaches pharmacists in her online program & active network called PGx Consulting Confidence Academy to confidently champion PGx and create their own consulting practices that bring the flexibility, freedom, and satisfaction they are seeking from their careers. She has taught over 160+ pharmacists how to change their careers. Dr. Wilkey is a member of CPIC as well as the nonprofit organization GTMR, and ASCP. She has been featured on over 15 podcasts in the past year, in Pharmacy Times, on Kajabi, and was recently voted as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in Pharmacy.
Jamie is optimistic about the future of pharmacy and knows great things are in store for those pharmacists who are willing to push boundaries, to think big, and to use the full extent of their education.
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Highlights from the interview
It all started with LinkedIn.
After 10 years in community practice, Jamie Created a LinkedIn account. Once she connected with other pharmacists at the beginning of the pandemic, she saw what was possible for a pharmacist to do. She couldn’t go back to community practice. She knew she was capable of so much more.
Having conversations and sharing ideas over time gets results.
With more than 15K connections on LinkedIn (as of February 2022), Jamie is well-connected. As time goes on, people seek connection with Jamie, and she invites others to connect. Jamie posts consistently on LinkedIn. It has drawn a following and has been rewarding. She has found her tribe and people with similar ideas.
Learning the science and business of PGX
Jamie learned the science of PGX through certificate programs. Learning the business of PGX included trial and error, talking to others who were 1-5 steps ahead of her, and using free resources through the U.S. Small Business Administration (Women Business Center of Utah).
Time management is important.
Once Jamie started working as a PGX pharmacist in a clinic, she shared about it on LinkedIn. A number of pharmacists reached out to her privately, asking her to coach them and help them.
In the early days of her PGX practice, Jamie’s time was limited due to her private practice caseload and family commitments. She knew she couldn’t work individually with pharmacists. As an alternative, she created an online course and “dumped her brain into it.” She has earned more than $200K with her online course. She recently passed her clinical PGX pharmacy practice on to one of her students, which allows her to spend more time with family and updating her online course.
A typical work week
Jamie works three days/week: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 5 AM – 7 PM. Mornings are for projects. Afternoons are for meetings. Thursdays, Fridays, and weekends are for her interests and her family.
Setting the vision
Entrepreneurs set the vision for what they want their lives to be like. Setting boundaries makes it happen.
Features of the PGX Consulting Confidence Academy
It’s a self-paced online course with live weekly online meetings. Students learn the business of PGX (not the science). The goal is to help her students build a profitable business and change patients’ lives. Students can consume the content as fast or slow as they want. The weekly online meetings are for Q&A and discussion about successes, stumbling blocks, and more. There is also an interactive, private social media group. According to Jamie, the online community is an uplifting place to be.
Prospective student info
- There are ~160 lessons (as of February 2022) and ~50 hours of content. New content is added regularly. A simple, two page blueprint gives students an overview of the course and helps them navigate it.
- The Academy has ~ 170 students (as of February 2022).
- According to Jamie, the investment is approximately $4,000-5000/year.
- Click here to learn more about the PGX Consulting Confidence Academy.
- On the website, there is a free webinar, testimonials, and a link to schedule a call so that you can determine if the PGX Consulting Confidence Academy is right for you.
There’s a new podcaster on the block!
Jamie is the newest cohost of the PGX for Pharmacists Podcast on the Pharmacy Podcast Network. Todd Eury (Pharmacy Podcast Network Founder) invited Jamie to be a cohost. According to Jamie, PGX for Pharmacists Podcast on the Pharmacy Podcast Network is the 9th most downloaded genetics podcast in the world.
Jamie isn’t good at being grumpy.
Jamie has a positive attitude. She believes that it’s more fun to be happy than to be sad. There’s a smile in her voice.
Moms are amazing!
“If you want to get something done, ask a busy mom to do it, and they will get it done…and, they will do it efficiently!” Jamie has four boys under the age of 10. She’s busy and only has time to work on what is important and will move her forward. She doesn’t have time to procrastinate or be a perfectionist. She runs her life lean and doesn’t make excuses.
At first, Jamie didn’t have systems and processes in place. To grow and get to where she is, she put in the time to figure out what worked for her. It led to more flexibility.
What advice would you give yourself 9-10 years ago as you were working full-time as a staff pharmacist in a large chain retail setting?
- Start putting your voice out there.
- Start sharing your thoughts and value with the world. Ex: Create a blog.
- It’s easy to pour your whole self into job or family. Put time aside for yourself, who you are, and what you love.
If you’re interested in inviting Dr. Jamie Wilkey to speak at a conference or event, contact her via LinkedIn. Jamie cares about expanding the pharmacy profession’s reach and empowering women.
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