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    [–] Saw this festive add on my coffee sleeve today zSolars 1 points ago in mildlyinteresting

    Pretty sure the idea is that it gives them an extra life, so 9+1=10. I agree that it’s confusing though.

    [–] Pharmacist being careful or overstepping her position? zSolars 221 points ago in medicine

    This seems a bit much to me. The only time I refused a script for this reason was an ER doctor writing Ritalin for their kid (which has more than one ethical issue). As long as it’s a reasonable medicine and amount, I would be okay with it.

    [–] Pharmacists/students that went to medical school zSolars 3 points ago in pharmacy

    I think a lot of people switch over due to having incorrect expectations regarding what pharmacy could offer and realizing it does not match up with their goals. For me, I had not really explored any other options besides pharmacy but quickly realized I wanted to have the ability to diagnose a problem and use more than medications to fix it. Truthfully, I worked retail during school and enjoyed it a lot. I just saw myself getting burned out and I know I would not be happy there if it was my long-term career.

    The job market is not great, but if pharmacy is what you want to do, then go for it! If you know you want to do something clinical, just be prepared to work harder during school to check all the boxes residency programs want.

    [–] Pharmacists/students that went to medical school zSolars 2 points ago in pharmacy

    If you have a lot lined up/available, definitely go for it though. It can only help you. Just don't stress if you are struggling to get a lot of hours.

    [–] Pharmacists/students that went to medical school zSolars 2 points ago in pharmacy

    I honestly had a lot less than that. Maybe 30-40 at most. As long as you’ve done enough for you to decide and for you to argue that you know what you’re signing up for, it’ll likely be fine.

    [–] Pharmacists/students that went to medical school zSolars 4 points ago in pharmacy

    I’m a first year medical student that went right to medical school so I can try to help. As far as how admissions viewed it, it was a mix of “why the switch?” and “oh you’ll fly through pharmacology”. I think the biggest thing is not making it seem like you’re fleeing pharmacy for a different profession. Your reason for medicine may not be different from a typical premed, but you’ll have a different path for arriving there perhaps. As far as GPA, if it’s good it may reflect well, but they won’t dismiss a subpar gpa just because you’re in pharmacy school. GPA is judged equally regardless of major. For clinical experience, I think you’ll have a huge advantage. You’ll likely have seen more physicians than most premeds and will actually work with them as colleagues during your rotation, so you’ll see an honest view of what they are like. However, you cannot technically use your rotations as clinical experiences since it was for school. That being said, any work or other pharmacy volunteering may fit. Finally, when picking rotations stick with your interests. Adcoms won’t care, so make that year what you want. However, if you’re planning to apply as a P4 you’ll want to try and make sure you’re free in November as that is historically the biggest month for interviewing. I was fortunate and had very understanding and supportive preceptors, but you may struggle to get time off for multiple interviews. Feel free to comment or message me if you have any other questions!

    [–] People that live in big cities: What shocks you the most about small towns? zSolars 1 points ago in AskReddit

    I was blown away by blinking lights as intersections and single lane highways. I honestly thought all highways has 4 lanes each way because that’s what it was like in the city where I grew up.

    [–] The Stupidest Joint Degree You've Seen? zSolars 1 points ago in pharmacy

    I think in the short term, I would try to learn more about medicine and see if it’s what you want. If your goal is job security, I feel like there are easier careers that can get you that goal. I wouldn’t pursue medicine unless it’s what you know you’re wanting to fully commit to. It’s very demanding and stressful, so without some level of passion for the field it’ll be hard to get though the training and practice for the rest of your life. Hopefully this can help a bit. For now, I would probably try to form connections with pharmacy and see what options could become available to you.

    [–] The Stupidest Joint Degree You've Seen? zSolars 3 points ago in pharmacy

    Not during lecture since the professors generally have no idea, but friends always ask me about anything remotely drug related. Keeps me on top of stuff I guess

    [–] The Stupidest Joint Degree You've Seen? zSolars 1 points ago in pharmacy

    I would go where you’re passionate instead of focusing on the job market. Yes, that’s important, but over the course of your career it can change. Also, I’m not familiar with the European method of medical education but my understanding is that it is much longer than in the US, which may also be a deterrent. If you’re truly passionate about medicine, I think you should shadow and explore it more to see if the change would be worthwhile for you. However, don’t use the market as your primary variable when considering the two options.

    [–] The Stupidest Joint Degree You've Seen? zSolars 1 points ago in pharmacy

    I cannot say for sure, but my understanding is that assuming you have both licenses you can practice either one but not both simultaneously. This really doesn’t apply as much to when acting as a physician, but if I was working as a pharmacist I couldn’t diagnose or prescribe a medication at that time, as I’d be outside the scope of the pharmacist position. There may also be issues with conflict of interest should you try to operate a clinic and pharmacy out of the same location. I think it’s more so helpful to have the extra drug knowledge, so you better understand what you are prescribing. I’m also interested in anesthesiology, so knowing PK/PD is a great asset

    [–] The Stupidest Joint Degree You've Seen? zSolars 9 points ago in pharmacy

    I finished my PharmD and immediately went to medical school. I picked pharmacy out of high school and honestly didn’t know what I wanted for my life yet but knew it would at least get me to a career when I graduate. Once I was exposed to medicine more during pharmacy school, I realized I’d prefer being a physician. So far I love med school and what I’m learning. I’d be happy to answer any questions about making the switch as well.

    [–] Letter of intent wording? zSolars 5 points ago in premed

    Focus on your connection to the school and your dedication. You could perhaps mention your acceptances subtly be saying something like “when compared to my current options for next year, attending -this school- remains my ideal choice for my medical education”

    [–] Lol pharmacy school?? zSolars 1 points ago in premed

    Can’t argue with the six figure salary, but it’s annoying to be chewed out by customers when you’re just trying to help.

    You can be a clinical pharmacist that rounds with physicians and specializes in a specific area such as ID, oncology, or internal medicine. These are the pharmacists a physician would consult about dosing, interactions, and other more complex medication questions. You can also get jobs in a clinic and act somewhat like a midlevel where you see patients and adjust their meds to achieve better management of chronic conditions.

    [–] Lol pharmacy school?? zSolars 1 points ago in premed

    There are great opportunities, but they mostly require residency which is quite competitive or having the right connections. Lots of people go in thinking they will be cut out for residency but don’t match and end up with no option but retail (which some people enjoy but it has lots of negatives to consider). I was going to do residency but ended up opting for med school instead once I weighed my options as a pharmacist and didn’t see myself enjoying it as my career.

    [–] Lol pharmacy school?? zSolars 9 points ago in premed

    PCAT has anatomy/physiology and a written section. If you test well, you’ll likely do well on it assuming you study for it. I got >90th percentile on both and would say PCAT was easier. Less passage-type questions and more straight up multiple choice.

    Edit: but seriously, don’t do pharmacy unless you are okay being a glorified retail employee

    [–] Stupid, Unimportant Question zSolars 3 points ago in premed

    At my school you get one without your name. You can pay to get an embroidered one though. I know some people put BS or BA after their name but I haven’t seen many degrees. I won’t put mine just because it’s a professional degree and may confuse people on my role. I think other schools get you an embroidered one though, so you may be able to request that somehow.

    [–] Stupid, Unimportant Question zSolars 5 points ago in premed

    Print where exactly? I have an advanced degree and use it in my email signature but it’s nowhere else. Once I’m an MD I’ll put both on my white coat though.

    [–] Bad interview? zSolars 7 points ago in premed

    From the feedback I received while interviewing, I would focus on being down to earth and expressing interest in whatever your interviewer is talking about. Everyone knows you’re smart and did a lot of stuff in undergrad, but show them who you are and why you’re different from the 10 other people with the same GPA and resume. Also, when they ask if you having questions always have 2-3 ready to bring up that aren’t super generic. Finally, try your best to be relaxed (but not too relaxed to the point of being unprofessional) and remember that you can do it!

    [–] First job for a new grad zSolars 1 points ago in physicianassistant

    I appreciate the info! I’d love that contact if you don’t mind.

    [–] A troubled 4th year student zSolars 3 points ago in pharmacy

    It’s important to evaluate what you want in your career. Can YOU be happy in retail? Are you competitive for residency? Are there any pharmacy jobs that you can get excited about? If so, go all out and make it happen. The market will always go up and down, but if you’re doing something that makes you happy it’ll be more manageable. If you already know you can’t be happy as a pharmacist, look into alternative careers or additional education. As someone mentioned, the law market is even worse but that doesn’t mean no one should become a lawyer. Follow your passions and you’ll find yourself in a happier place than if you only look for an “optimal” job/career.