December 14, 2017

A day in the life of a RESEARCH PHARMACIST

Name: Daniel Anokwah

Qualification: Research Pharmacist

Secondary School/s attended: Swedru Secondary School

Tertiary Institution/s attended: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

  • I got in to my job by successfully writing and passing the Ghana Pharmacy Professional Qualifying Examination (GPPQE) after a successful completion of a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree and one year internship. I was then registered as a Qualified Pharmacist to practice in any area of Pharmacy of my choice and so I chose to practice in the area of Academia and Research Pharmacy. 

 

  • My day usually starts at 8am and ends at 9pm

 

  • On a typical day, I teach and assist Pharmacy and herbal medicine students in the Pharmacognosy labs of KNUST from 8am to 11am and 1pm to 5pm. Between 11 am and 1pm are my break period so I attend to personal research activities and other general activities. From 5pm to 9pm, I work on my personal research in the labs  

 

  • The best part of my job is finding good result after long hours of research. I also enjoy seeing the students demonstrate good laboratory skills and having good results after teaching them

 

  • The worst part of my job is when after long hours of research, I have to repeat tests all over again because something went wrong and I have re-finance the whole experiment 

 

  • A memorable moment I have had is when I successfully provided scientific evidence to support the medicinal uses and also isolated a compound each from three different medicinal plants 

 

  • Outside of work I enjoy reading about new scientific discoveries in the health sector, watching and playing football and interacting with researchers in different fields. 

 

  • My advise is this, a man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes. So just be positive always, think right, never give up on starting all over again and surely you can achieve your aim.