Category Archives: How to Become a Pharmacist

how to network in pharmacy

How to Network in Pharmacy

Thousands of pharmacists will graduate in the coming months. They will all join the work force either through residency programs or look for a new job. Often times we hear the advice to “go out and network”. There is no guidance or instruction on “How to Network in Pharmacy”. Many YouTube viewers and subscribers to this blog have asked this very question: “How do I Network in Pharmacy?”

How to Network in Pharmacy

The key approach to networking is being able to ask for help. A common misconception to asking for help is feeling that you are bothering someone. Some may feel that people will think less of them or it could be their own pride preventing them from asking for advice.  Research from University of Pennsylvania Behavioral Science found that asking for advice is beneficial to networking. Why? It is a method of ego stroking. Asking for their advice makes the adviser feel important or smarter. Not only do you gain valuable insight and knowledge, this will help establish a network connection. This is the foundation to networking in pharmacy. Here is a 5 step process on how to network in pharmacy: Continue reading

is a pharmacy residency worth it

Is a Pharmacy Residency Worth it?

Pharmacy residencies are optional coming out of pharmacy school. They are programs that expand a pharmacist’s skill set and experience at an accelerated rate. A pharmacy residency is highly recommended if you want to give your resume a slight edge, work in a hospital setting, or specialize in a specific area. It has been increasingly difficult for new pharmacists without residencies to get jobs outside of community pharmacy (retail pharmacy). Here is a link to the ASHP Residency Page: http://www.ashp.org/phorcas

Is a Pharmacy Residency worth it for Community Pharmacy?

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Tips for a new pharmacist graduate

Tips for a New Pharmacist Graduate

It is officially 3 years since I graduated from Pharmacy School. It is crazy how fast time passes by once you start working. When I was in school it felt like an eternity. Every single day I dreamed of the day I would finally graduate and start working. Given the amount of hours I put in at work, my experience level is close to that of a 5 year veteran pharmacist. There have been ups and downs along the way. Learning from my mistakes and failures I want to share tips for a new pharmacist graduate: Continue reading