Meet Zach Mueller '16
Any time St. Louis College of Pharmacy PGY1 resident Zach Mueller '16, Pharm.D., was sick as a child, his mother would give him a “magic pill” to make him feel better. This memory sparked his interest in pharmacy and how medications work.
“I fell in love with pharmacy,” Mueller said. “And I never looked back.”
Though Mueller worked in community pharmacy during most of pharmacy school, his Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations during his P4 year opened his eyes to clinical pharmacy. “I knew right away the fast-paced clinical pharmacy environment was for me,” Mueller said.
Now a resident at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Mueller enjoys the dynamic demands of his residency from rounds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to the clinic. Mercy Hospital is a 979-bed hospital that specializes in medical and trauma services and is the only Level I Trauma Center in St. Louis County.
“The pharmacists at Mercy Hospital are world-class,” Mueller said. “After meeting many of them during my APPE rotations, I knew that Mercy Hospital would be the perfect place to further my education.”
Mueller was encouraged by his mentors to pursue a residency and make an effort to learn something new every day. He advises current pharmacy students to do the same.
“Residency is a time to practice the skills you learned in school to develop into a confident and capable pharmacist,” Mueller said.
Once finishing his residency, Mueller hopes to continue in clinical pharmacy as an inpatient clinical staff pharmacist.
“My residency has allowed me to develop the confidence to care for patients safely and effectively.”