Clara Ali Ghalib’s Life As a Medic
Clara, a graduate of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, is a Pharmacist, a Personal Trainer, as well as a certified Sports Nutritionist. She is from Kurdistan and currently lives and works in Ireland. She is also the CEO and Founder of CALI FIT, a Personal training and Sports nutrition service that provides women from across Europe, U.S., Africa and the Middle East with holistic health coaching. In this article, she gives us a glimpse into what life as a pharmacist working in a large teaching hospital in Ireland is like. She also tells us a bit more about her company.
I was only ten yours old when my father started to teach me anatomically correct muscle terms. Being an offspring of two extremely passionate Kurdish surgeons, my birthday gifts composed of anatomy pop-up books and standing skeletons. What a joy I always thought to be raised in a family of talented surgeons with such love for health. As I advanced in school, I became fascinated with the sciences. A strong love for chemistry ushered my studying of Pharmacy at The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where I graduated in October 2015 with my Masters in Pharmacy (M.Pharm).
Years of laughter, study, and student body counsel led me to where I am today; a clinical pharmacist in one of Ireland’s, largest, teaching hospitals; a Personal trainer and Sports nutritionist, and furthermore, the founder and CEO of CALI FIT (Clara Ali Ghalib Fitness); holistic health and fitness consulting with the intention to spread body positivity and health education.
That is me in a nutshell!
Shall we now talk about my typical day?
Actually, I’m not sure if there is such a thing as a typical day when you are working in a large teaching hospital. While many tasks are the same, every day I am faced with new challenges and opportunities. On an average day, I would usually have one ward to visit in the morning. When I’m on my ward– I speak with patients to ensure their medications are reconciled. I clinically check prescriptions to ensure the safe and appropriate prescribing of medications and review of relevant laboratory results. I liaise with medical teams and nurses when this is not the case to ensure the safe administration of medications. Other daily responsibilities on the ward include efficient drug order and supply, procurement and answers to clinical questions.
My ward duties are then followed by a quick coffee break. It is important to take a little mental break throughout the day to allow optimal work and a catch up with colleagues!
Post Americano, I transition further into my clinical role in an Infectious Diseases (ID) Pharmacy, dispensing antiretroviral medicines, directly acting antiviral medicines, tuberculosis medicines, HIV post-exposure prophylaxis, and auxiliary agents. As part of the ID team of pharmacists, we counsel over 1000 patients on a range of medications, advise medical and nursing staff in four ID outpatient clinics on the safe and effective use of medicines and undertake specialist ID Medicines Information queries.
Then the bell rings (jokes!) and it is lunchtime – my favorite time! As a qualified Personal trainer and Sports nutritionist, I love to prepare meals and explore different combinations of food. I strongly believe that working a busy schedule that involves a lot of brain power requires appropriate nourishment for continuous energy and happiness. Post lunch, I advance to my final role of the day as a dispensary pharmacist.
When I’m in the dispensary, managing the dispensary floor to ensure all drug requisitions and drug deliveries are on target is essential. The dispensary is a busy environment with a team of approximately 15 staff, all exercising excellent communication and team working skills. I dispense controlled drugs, parenteral nutrition, and transplant discharge prescriptions. I check and oversee the supply of medications that are not stocked on the wards. At 5 pm, I am relieved of my pharmacy duties!
If you asked me whether or not I loved being a pharmacist, I would say I truly love my job. I love being able to speak to patients, address their concerns and questions about medications. However, after 5 pm – ITS HOBBY TIME!
I enjoy being in a hospital environment, yet, my dream is to be able to provide my patients with a holistic care package that not only looks after medication but an amalgamation of physical, mental and emotional care. I established my Personal training and Sports nutrition service to encourage women (especially those like me – focused on career and family) to prioritize their health and contribute time to self-love and care.
CALI FIT’s aim is to instill confidence in women to achieve their health goals. I coach women from over ten countries and across four continents. Training is provided 1-on-1 and online if my client is located abroad. I provide a 24/7 support network, readily available to respond to questions and concerns. Each of my clients has personalized nutrition and fitness programs. With weekly check-ins via FaceTime, WhatsApp and emails I keep my clients’ progress on track, motivated and up-to-date with the latest health and fitness research.
Working in healthcare is a major fulfillment of mine. I am the happiest when I can help patients in a hospital setting and CALI FIT clients who are of all walks of life gain holistic health awareness, knowledge, and independence.
Now that is my day in a nutshell and I will finish by encouraging you to give time and love to your HEAD, HEART & HIPS!
Clara, a graduate of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, is a Dispensary Pharmacist, a Personal Trainer, as well as a certified Sports Nutritionist. She is also the CEO and Founder of CALI FIT, a Personal training and Sports nutrition service that provides women from across Europe, U.S., Africa and the Middle East with holistic health coaching.