As a pharmacist, you are much more than a mere dispenser of physician-prescribed medicine. You also take on the responsibilities of working with physicians and other health practitioners in determining dosages, looking for drug interactions, counseling people on side effects of medications and, in some settings, monitoring the health and progress of patients to ensure what you dispense is used safely and effectively. Depending on where we find you — in community settings such as retail drugstores or in health care facilities, such as hospitals and clinics — we know you are also experts at advising consumers on over-the-counter medications as well as prescription drugs. In addition to being versed on health topics, such as diet, exercise, and stress management, you are adept at providing information on products such as durable medical equipment or home health care supplies. Your skills help patients with conditions such as asthma, diabetes, smoking cessation, or high blood pressure, making you a convenient, valuable go-to resource for consumers for general health concerns. If you are a pharmacist employed at a health care facility, your position carries a great deal of responsibility as well as vulnerability, since you advise medical staff on the selection and effects of drugs and the preparation of intravenous sterile solutions, as you plan, monitor, and evaluate drug regimens. You may also counsel hospitalized patients on the use of drugs before they are discharged, making your ability to explain things in everyday language a vital part of your expertise.