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[Podcast] Interview with Doctors Without Borders Pharmacist Jordy van Enkhuizen

by | Oct 23, 2016 | Consulting Pharmacist Education

Sometimes, I just want to interview amazing pharmacists to satisfy my own curiosity.  This was one of those interviews!  As soon as we connected on LinkedIn, I knew I wanted to get to know this person.

This interview with Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF aka. Doctors Without Borders) pharmacist Jordy van Enkhuizen even exceeded my high expectations for it.  

A bit of a challenge logistically due to Jordy’s location in the non-internet-friendly country of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but it was so well worth it.  I want to thank Jordy for being wiling to share his inspiring journey with us and to make such an effort to accept this interview.

Instead of giving you my key takeaways, I thought I’d share my barrage of questions Jordy so graciously endured.

My questions for Jordy:

  • Where did you attend pharmacy school?
  • How did you get involved with MSF?
  • Do you get to choose your mission location and length?
  • What is a “normal” day like?
  • How much collaboration and education does the job require?
  • What languages are you required to speak?
  • What impact has this service had on your life?
  • What advice would you give to a pharmacist interested in serving in such a capacity?

About the Author

Blair Thielemier, PharmD, is an MTM consultant pharmacist specializing in pharmacy billing models. She consults on and produces e-learning programs for state and national organizations, pharmacy wholesalers, payers, technology start-ups. She has books and online courses available for individuals looking to leverage their pharmacy knowledge into monetized clinical programs at She speaks internationally about trends in leveraging pharmacists to improve value-based care.


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