30 Oct 2013

Catching Up: Q&A with Alumnus Ann Katelyn Franklin



Class Year: 2008
Major at MDCC: Pre-pharmacy
Current Town/City of Residence: Cleveland, Miss.
Occupation: Pharmacist at Walgreens (Cleveland, Miss.)
Family: Husband-Wes Franklin. Parents-Bill McClellan and Angie McClellan. Brother-Matt McClellan. Grandparents-Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Al Loveless, Mr. and Mrs. Robert McClellan

Q: Describe your career path since graduating from MDCC.
A: "I graduated from Ole Miss in 2010 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. I then went on to graduate pharmacy school in May of 2012 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and then began my career as a pharmacist at Walgreens in Cleveland, Miss."

Q: Describe your job or a typical day in the office.
A: "A common misconception is that pharmacists only fill prescriptions or count pills. A typical day in the life of a pharmacist is so much more. I make consultations for over-the-counter products, counsel patients on their prescriptions, troubleshoot insurance, provide Medicare enrollment consultations, provide medication therapy management, administer health tests such as cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure, and give flu, pneumonia, shingles, meningitis, and whooping cough immunizations-all while filling and dispensing medications."

Q: What has been your most exciting/enjoyable professional experience to date?
A: "My favorite part of being a pharmacist is being a patient care advocate. Whether contacting a person's physician or insurance company to fix a problem, or listening to how his or her day went, I most enjoy that pharmacist-patient relationship."

Q: Professionally or personally, what is still on your bucket list?
A: "I hope to one day follow in the footsteps of my boss, Wilma Wilbanks, and become a great pharmacy manager."

Q: How did your MDCC experience prepare you for your vocation and/or life?
A: "One word-relationships. MDCC's small class size gave me the opportunity to form relationships with professors and classmates, and those relationships provided me with the skills necessary to form relationships with my patients and colleagues."

Q: Since graduating from MDCC, for which of your accomplishments are you the most proud?
A: "Graduating from pharmacy school at Ole Miss was definitely a defining moment in my life. Hotty Toddy!"

Q: What is your favorite memory from your years as a student at MDCC?
A: "Getting to go on field trips was the best. As a member of Phi Theta Kappa, I traveled to Philadelphia and Nashville for conventions. Through student government, I got to go on several retreats - Hot Springs, Ark., and Southeastern Louisiana were the most fun! I met my husband, Wes Franklin, as well as some of my very best friends as a student at MDCC. I will forever cherish my memories with the people from my community college years."

Q: What advice would you give to current students?
A: "You will never regret getting your education. Decide what you want to be doing for the next forty years and go for it!"