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Joel Seth Aronson, RPh Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Retired) Veterans Affairs Medical Center Natick, MA Drawn to a career in pharmacy due to his longstanding desire to help people, Joel Seth Aronson, RPh, was further inspired by his grandfather, who was a pharmacist, as well as his early experience working in an Eckerd drugstore warehouse. Mr. Aronson initially earned a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1972. Soon thereafter, he refined his skills as a retail pharmacy intern with Steven’s Pharmacy and as a pharmacy graduate intern with Brookline Pharmacy before obtaining licensure as a pharmacist in the states of Louisiana, Massachusetts and Florida. Mr. Aronson has subsequently excelled as an inpatient clinical pharmacy specialist and conducted considerable work verifying physicians’ orders in addition to discharging and counseling veterans. Mr. Aronson began his career as a pharmacist with Boston City Hospital in 1974, a position he held for over 20 years until the hospital merged with the Boston University Medical Center Hospital to become Boston Medical Center in 1996. He flourished in the same post with the Boston Medical Center until 2002. In 2003, he worked as a parttime pharmacist with the Family Med Pharmacy, the Costco Pharmacy, CVS Procare, and the Target Pharmacy, prior to serving the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Rhode Island as a full-time pharmacist in 2004. Mr. Aronson was promoted to a clinical pharmacy specialist position at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2011, a role in which he remained until his retirement in 2019. Attributing much of his success to his compassion and listening skills, Mr. Aronson has contributed his time and resources to a number of other professional endeavors over the course of his 45-year career. During his tenure with the Boston Medical Center, he was active as a member of the patient/family education steering committee, and at the Providence VA hospital, he worked and served as a volunteer trainer for pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students and pharmacyresidents. Inorder tostayawareof developments in his field, Mr. Aronson maintained his professional affiliations with the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association, and the Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists.