Monthly Archives: January 2015

Does it Matter What Pharmacy School You Go To?

A common question that comes up:

“Does it Matter What Pharmacy School You Go To?”

Choosing a pharmacy school can be a difficult choice for many students. This choice for myself was not too difficult. I knew I wanted to stay close to home where all my family and friends lived. The other variable I was considering was the location I would be practicing as a pharmacist. This was important for networking in the area to get a job after graduation. Thus, I chose to apply to both of the pharmacy schools in the state of Washington.

To answer the question, yes, it does matter what pharmacy school you go to.  Here are the top 4 reasons why it matters what pharmacy school you go to: Continue reading

What is the Pharmacist Take Home Salary?

Many people strive to make a six figure salary. This obviously should not be your #1 reason for becoming a pharmacist. I believe you should be passionate about what you do, however, it should be something that pays well too. People will always tell you to “follow your passion” and not worry about the $$$ involved. “Money is not important, money does not buy happiness”. I think this is ideological advice that will bite you in the ass. Those who have an inheritance from their parents/family are the only ones that can afford to truly follow their passion without worrying about how much money they are going to make.

Growing up in a modest income family, I learned to work hard and be conscious about earning and spending money. I will not inherit any assets, in fact, I will be the provider for my family in the end. I have accepted the role of being financially responsible for my parents when they are not able to support themselves anymore. In addition, I will always be there if my brother needs financial help. Without proper management of my finances I would be unable to do this. Thus it was important to me to also consider salary when choosing a career to pursue.

As a high school student I never thought I would make a six figure salary. I grew up in a family of 4 with my parents only making about $40k per year. My goal in high school was to make at least $50,000 per year after college. I far exceeded this goal. Now I have new goals to be financially independent by the age of 40. If everything works out my goal is to scale back to 16-24 hours a week. I may have to work full time past my goal, as I suspect my parents will need my assistance in the future.

What is the Pharmacist Take Home Salary?

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How Hard is Pharmacy School

I have been asked numerous times by friends, family, YouTube and the readers of this blog:

“How Hard is Pharmacy School?”

Unfortunately, there is no straight forward answer to this question. It can depend on so many factors. Often times I will give people a short and quick answer that it just depends on the person going to pharmacy school. Let’s take a close look and analyze this topic more in depth: Continue reading

What is it like to be a Hospital Pharmacy Intern

I received a question on:

“What is it like to be a Hospital Pharmacy Intern?”

I started a hospital pharmacy internship during my 1st year of pharmacy school. Before starting the internship I felt intimidated and anxious about the program and what was expected of me. Prior to this job, I had little experience in the hospital inpatient setting. The only experience before this involved delivering medications to the floors as a volunteer.

I struggled at first because there is so much information to take in, especially if you have not been exposed to the practice of pharmacy. It would benefit those who have experience as a pharmacy technician. However, I would not recommend becoming a technician just for this reason. If you want to be a pharmacist just go for it and skip being a technician. The only reason to be a technician is if you are not sure about being a pharmacist or become a volunteer. Having little background in pharmacy, I had to learn the different pharmacy laws, hospital protocols, hospital policies, different regulatory agencies that oversee pharmacy and the hospital, learn the pharmacy workflow, learn pharmacy technician workflow, and also learn pharmacist workflow. Each pharmacy internship program will be different: Continue reading

10 Ways to Boost Your Pharmacy CV to Get More Interviews

Guest blogger Alex Barker is a full time clinical pharmacist and founder at Pharmacy School HQ which is dedicated to helping students become pharmacists.

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As I’m sure you’ve heard, your Pharmacy CV is critical to getting your foot in the door with prospective employers. And in this job market, a “good enough” CV simply will not cut it.

Many years ago, I was in your shoes and banging my head on the keyboard while trying to write my pharmacy student CV (<- that’s the result after 3.5 years of pharmacy school). Spoiler alert: It turned out to be uninspiring and not a CV that I would be impressed with.

I may have learned some lessons the hard way, but the good news is that I am going to share what I learned with you.

I’m not going to bore you with the basics—being the conscientious future pharmacist that you are, I know you’ve already run the spell-checker, followed a template, and created a professional-sounding Gmail address (not h0tyankeefan1994@yaho0.com).

To take your CV from lackluster to legendary—and grab the attention of hiring managers/residency directors/admission committees—I recommend the following: Continue reading