Amy Paul, Pharm D
Pharmacy School: Regis University School of Pharmacy – Denver
Residency: Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Personal Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, split-boarding, general aviation, painting, playing the piano, Taco Tuesdays
What is the best thing about teaching at AKFMR: Residents and other learners challenge me to stay at the top of my game professionally. They ask me questions that cause me to think about things from different angles. As a pharmacist I am in a unique position to provide both patients and colleagues more in-depth information about pharmaceuticals, natural medicines, and nutrition.
How did you end up in Alaska?: I went to graduate school in Denver – most of my best friends still live there and I had a job lined up there after residency. A good friend told me about a primary care pharmacist position that was opening up at Providence Senior Care in Anchorage – the first pharmacist position of it’s kind in the private sector in Alaska. I figured what the heck- I’ll submit an application…. if nothing else it’s a free trip to Alaska in July! I never intended on taking the job – why would I leave everything and everyone I knew? Alaska in and of itself will take your breath away, but honestly for me it was after meeting the people here I knew if I didn’t take the job I would always regret it. I’d always wonder what my life would have been like if I had taken a chance on Alaska. If I hated it, I could move back to what was comfortable and familiar in Denver. Well, at the time of this writing that was almost 6 years ago and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Alaska kind of ruins you in that way. I never imagined I could live such a beautiful, adventurous life. So, I always tell people – if a girl and her dog can uproot and move thousands of miles away from anybody she ever knew and live life to the fullest – you can too! Take a chance on AK… I promise you won’t regret it.