As a clinical services manager, Jocelyn Kerl, PharmD., BCPS, makes up one-third of the National CooperativeRx clinical team. While overseeing her own book of business within the organization, she also plays a major role in daily clinical work.
While anyone who interacts with Jocelyn is impressed by her immense knowledge, one would be surprised to learn she didn’t always plan on being a pharmacist. “My dad cut out a newspaper article when I was in high school that talked about the shortage of pharmacists,” Jocelyn says. “I did some research and found they are paid well and it’s easy to work part-time, which would be great if I decide to start a family.”
From Janesville, Wis., Jocelyn decided on UW-Madison for her pharmaceutical path. After becoming licensed, she completed her residency and worked at multiple hospitals, without feeling fulfilled. “With night and weekend hours, I felt I was not achieving an appropriate work/life balance,” Jocelyn explains.
After joining National CooperativeRx, Jocelyn feels her impact at work is much greater. “Given my prior work history, I feel I’m able to take more of a public health approach to pharmacy and help employer groups rather than solving individual clinical problems.”
Another reason Jocelyn enjoys working at the Cooperative is that no day is the same. “The pharmaceutical world is constantly evolving, meaning I’m always learning something new,” Jocelyn states. “The fact our members have so much control over their benefit plan allows me more variety — I enjoy the fast pace of it all.”
In addition to her busy work schedule, Jocelyn also finds time to network with peers, as a member of Madison Magnet. She’s also interested in volunteering and plans on seeking opportunities at Second Harvest Foodbank or a free medical clinic.
When I asked Jocelyn what her career path would look like if she wasn’t a pharmacist, she responded, “A personal stylist. I love to shop and enjoy finding styles that are figure-flattering.”
When Jocelyn isn’t designing clinical programs or shopping, you can find her staying active, eating healthy and exploring downtown Madison, where she recently moved. “I just completed The Whole30 program, which excludes grains, alcohol and dairy from your diet,” Jocelyn explains. “It’s challenged me to try new recipes, like wonton meatballs and avocado pesto.”
Jocelyn is also an avid traveler, having been abroad multiple times. “My favorite trip was Italy with some girlfriends. It was my first time traveling overseas and we indulged in lots of food and wine. I’m confident returning to Italy will be my next major trip,” Jocelyn says.
Click here to see memories from Jocelyn’s favorite trips!