Who is the APhA member on “Jeopardy!”?
Shannon Hindahl takes second place on the legendary quiz show
APhA member Shannon Hindahl, PharmD, put pharmacy in the national spotlight—as a contestant on famed quiz show “Jeopardy!” Hindahl, who is a postgraduate year 1 pharmacy resident at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, IL, answered the Final Jeopardy clue correctly, wagering nearly double her winnings from the first two rounds for a total of $16,100 and a second-place finish.
Hindahl described “Jeopardy!” as “very fast-paced! You don't have time to get hung up on the score or wrong responses. You have to focus on the clue on the board, your answer, and timing the signaling device correctly.
“Unfortunately, I didn't get any categories that were pharmacy-related during my game, but having a background in pharmacy definitely helped me in the process of getting to be on the show,” she said. “Being a pharmacist forces me to constantly keep learning new things, which definitely contributes to my well-rounded background.”
Hindahl used her “Jeopardy!” appearance to express her admiration for her favorite musician. During Final Jeopardy, she added the footnote “I [heart] Eddie Vedder!” to her formal answer: “What is the Naval Academy?”
A practicing pharmacist for 4 years, Hindahl entered the profession as a career change upon the encouragement of her father, an optometrist. After doing some research, she decided pharmacy would be a perfect fit. She was drawn to the “wide variety of practice options as well as the impact I could make on patients’ lives.”
Hindahl described what she most values in her APhA membership. “I enjoy Pharmacy Today. It helps me keep up with news that's relevant to our profession,” she said.