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What pharmacy practice is of the greatest interest to me and why?

Student of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Applied Health Science, Worcester Accelerated PharmD. Program  11/ 2002 VH

When I first started working at Prescription City, an independent community pharmacy, I was so enthusiastic.  I was sixteen and I wanted to gain more knowledge and get involved in the field of pharmacy.  I considered this job a wonderful pathway for myself; I would be fully exposed to pharmacy and its' aspects; to see what a pharmacist does on a daily basis. I was disappointed.  I had always imagined a pharmacist as someone who counsels patients on medication use and effects, interacted with doctors on a one and one basis and using the knowledge gained thru schooling.  I soon found out that retail pharmacist are simply professions of the "lick and stick" and "count and pour" duties.  When a patient came into the pharmacy and would ask to speak to a pharmacists regarding the use and effects of their medications, the pharmacist would simply go to the computer, print out a drug monograph, hand it to the patient and say this should explain everything about your medication, thank you and have a nice day."  It was quite discouraging.  I decided to do some research focusing on fields of pharmacy.  I discovered a vast majority of pharmacy career opportunities, not just retail.  The one profession that caught my eye immediately was clinical pharmacy.  It seemed a lot more demanding , more interesting and more involved.  I immediately interned with a pharmacist who was working at a hospital as a clinical pharmacist.  I watched him with his daily rounds, interacting with patients and doctors.  It was so rewarding and challenging at the same time.  I realized immediately, this is where I wanted to be in my future.  I did not want to be standing in front of a computer for 10 hours a day, on the phone with third parties.  I wanted to be more involved and more wanted.  Recently I have had the opportunity to volunteer at a Hospice.  I* am working closely with one patient who is dying of cancer.  His stories and my interactions with his nurses have inspired me to specialize in the field of oncology pharmacy.  I would really like to be placed in a profession that gives high-quality patient care.  I want to do more than just dispense medicine.  I want to establish relationships with my patients.  I want cancer patients and their families to know that they can confide in a pharmacist who cares.  A pharmacist who is willing to counsel them on their medication use and effects it may have.  I would like to establish a one-on-one relationship with their doctors and help the physician provide the best care possible by going over therapeutic needs or alternative.  I want to utilize my education and be able to serve my role.  I feel that we as pharmacist are the second best asset to a patient when it comes to questions and/or concerns regarding their medication.  I want to be able to provide such care to my patients in a setting that I feel will fulfill my goals and meet my expectations of being a good, caring, and knowledgeable pharmacist.

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May 2007- Introducing Altabax Topical antibiotic for the treatment of impetigo.

12/20/07 - From L.D. - Mission, KS - Possibly interested in becoming a consultant pharmacist. Currently, I am a retail pharmacist but looking for a change from the retail field.  Reply

04/18/05 - DWM/RPh - Madison, WI - Looking for a SWF/RPh (preferred) for special dinners and fun. 

01/08/05 - Request note and Hi! -  from Gina, PharmD.  Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Albany College of Pharmacy.

01/07/05 - Hi!  From L. L. - Second year Pharmacy Student at Xavier University College of Pharmacy. Pharmacy Student Association: 2004/2005 Congressperson. Intern at a chain...

12/04/04 - From Shorewood, Il - Happy Holiday!  from Chaya R.  pharmacy student, third year intern at a chain.  Graduation date: may 2006.

11/10/04 -  My name is Mark T.  (Mr.  T.) and I am a first professional year student at Purdue University's School of Pharmacy.  Looking for info on Pharmacy Scholarships... Any ideas?   

11/10/04 - Hi! from Paul S. Pharmacy student at the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in Stockton, CA.

11/09/04 - I am a student of last course of pharmacy in Spain. I am very interested in working in any field of Pharmacy care in USA next summer. I have been working this past summer in a Pharmacy in Dublin-Ireland.  Looking forward to hearing from you!   M.  Jimenez...

10/07/04 - Hi, I am looking to enter a pharmacy school next fall where I will be able to work toward a PharmD. Unfortunately, I don't have the best GPA, overall around 2.9 and prereqs around 3.3, and I've already graduated with Biochem BS. Fortunalely I have years of experience working since my grandfather and my father have both owned a pharmacy. My question is this, does anyone know what schools might be easier to get into, any where in the nountry, since I'm a hawaii resident, and there is no programs here for it. Any schools that look more at experience than grades? Oh, and I'm taking the PCAT in a few weeks. Just trying to get a feel for the different schools to choose from. Any would be great! Thanks so much.  Becky R.@ hawaii.edu.

10/01/04 - We are the biggest chain of Pharmacies in the Eastern Area of Saudi Arabia. We have spent more than one year to make it well-structured. Dr. Kamal.

06/12/07 - Just wondering... Hello! I'm looking to enter a pharmacy school next fall where I will be able to work towards PharmD. Yet, I don't have the greatest grades. My cumulative GPA is 2.7 and the prerequisites are around 3.0. However, I do have a bachelors degree in Biology and have a minored in Chemistry. My question is that, do you know any schools that might be easier to get into with this GPA? Plus, I'm also looking for financial aids. Do most pharmacy schools offer these financial aids? Are their any schools that look more at experiences than grades, since I have various experiences in pharmacy settings and have volunteered as well. Please respond and let me know. Thank you for your time. From: a.ordana. Reply

06/04/07 - From Toledo, OH - Masters of Science in Pharmacy Administration. Objective: To get an opportunity to learn and work in a challenging environment for a career in academics in Pharmacy Healthcare Administration. Reply

RxLink: RxLink LLC - Opportunities for Pharmacists: Pharmacy Franchise Ownership - Pharmacy Jobs Oppotunities - Pharmacy Business Development and Improvement 05/15/-05 - From RPh Lee. I am currently in the process of relocating to Southern California and am actively seeking a Pharmacist position.  Reply

11/11/05 - Help needed!  For my Long Term Care (LA) State Government Facility, I am desperately looking for an up to date list/chart/table of oral medications that should not be crushed or chewed to pass on to my Physicians and Nurses.  Any assistance you give would be appreciated. The most up to date list that I have now is as far back as 2000. I need something more current if possible.  Thanks for your time. RPh Lee.   jlee2@dhh.la.gov

10/09/04 - Working as a Pharmacist in Dr. T. Nanthakumar Hospital, Vellore. Pharmacy settings, sales, purchase, inventory maintenance, billings, and provide training to pharmacy interns.. From B. Kumar  in Vellore, Tamilnadu. India.

02/04/04 - EK- I am a foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency  Exam and have an authorization of a board of pharmacy ( in the U.S. )to start an internship. I was a professional retail Pharmacist with over 12 years of experience in South Korea. I also managed my own i-Pharmacy for 10 years.

02/01/04 - From Pharmacist Shef. in Washington - focus on providing quality pharmaceutical care in inpatient or in ambulatory care setting, participate in the education of providers and patients, as well as, serving as a liaison to other health care providers.

01/31/04 - Hi! from Han N. Pharmacist at Kindred Hospital... 

01/28/04 - From the Riz - Pharmacy Student at School of Pharmacy, University of Strathclyde...  Link up!

01/27/04 - From Kandil in Ontario Canada - Canadian Pharmacist doing Relief in the great white north... Covering Ontario...

01/27/04 - Schultz - I am an undergraduate student at West  Virginia University, I am majoring in Forensic Chemistry and Biochemistry, but I have become extremely interested in Pharmacy.  Help me decide...

01/21/04 - La. Brown - From the University of Wisconsin - to successfully graduate from the University with a BS in Biology. I also actively taking courses to fulfill pharmacy school requirements. I plan to continue to a prestigious pharmacy school. My future aspirations is to practice as a Pharmacist in either the hospital or retail setting.

01/08/04 - From lujda - I am a pre-Pharmacy student at UIC... looking forward to go to Pharmacy School...

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01/09/04 - Hi, from Rajendra of Shere Mahavir Institute of Pharmacy, India...

01/08/04 - From Andrea I. . I am a 2nd year pharmacy student at Duquesne University. I go to school full-time in the school year and work at my local pharmacy in the summer as a technician. Pittsburgh, PA.

01/07/04 - From Will @UMBC.edu .  Hi, what are the requirements for internship, who is eligible? 

11/11/03 from Alexis - I am attending Palomar College to get done all my Pre Reqs and then transferring to USCD to complete my Pharmacy Major. I want to be a Pharmacist....

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10/01/04 - From Dr. Waleed in el-minia, egypt - in the field of Pharmacy Marketing and Pharmacy Management.

10/01/04 - Hi! from Christina L. in Lancaster, CA - I am in school to be a Pharmacy Tech!

09/05/04 - Hi! from Venancio Aires, Hospital Ernesto Dorneles. Pharmacist providing Pharmaceutical care education...

04/17/04 - Graduation WOW!   Xavier University!

01/16/04 - Y. Odusote, I am a second year pharmacy student in De Montford University, Leicester, England. I would like a real life pharmacy work experience in the states...

12/10/03 - From Pradeep in Nadu, India.  I'm a bachelor in Pharmacy degree holder and working as Area manager in Dennis Labs, a Gujarat based company...Hello!

12/09/03 - From Pillarina in Quezon city, Philipines - I supervise and coordinate the activities of pharmacists and other staff ... Proud to be a Pharmacist in the Philipines.. keep up the good work Rx students... 

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01/04/04 - From Laila A. Liverpool UK. Could you please tell me if you offer pre-registration places for pharmacy students for 2004?

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11/15/03 - Form Andrew at L L university School of Pharmacy - Working on a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. (Pharm.D.) It's great here in California!

11/11/03 From the University of Rhode Island Pharm.D. Candidate N. R-D.  A Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

11/28/03 - From Corey at the University of Tenn. at Memphis. I am currently work for Walgreen's as a pharmacy intern and I am in my second year of Pharmacy school at the University of Tenn. at Memphis. I am very interested in a rewarding pharmacy experience in learning environment....


06/15/05 - I am a graduate pharmacist from India, now settled in Texas. I have cleared all the Foreign Pharmacy exam including FPGE/NAPLEX/MPJE...  I need to start working as an intern to complete my 1000 hrs of internship as need by the Texas board of Pharmacy.  My qs are: 1. Will I be in the category (internship) as the pharmacy person who graduated from scholl in USA, or do foreign pharmacy has a diff internship program? 2. Do they pay you a salary/insurance when u do the internship, or u hv to work for free. Please advise.  arvind_gaitonde@yahoo.com

Help Needed! 10/11/2004 - Florida RPh's and Pharmacy students, please help!  Hi, my name is Tiffany and I'm a Pharmacist in Philadelphia, PA.  I am looking for notes on Florida Pharmacy law from the Pharmacy Schools down there. I'm transfering my license to Florida, and I need some Pharmacy Law class notes and handouts from the law class. please help. Thanks in advance. e-mail TiffanyRPh 

02/04/04 - From Jae at Bayside NYC - 3rd year Pharmacy Student ...

01/24/04 - From Widad in Tripoli-Lebanon a graduate of Ukraine State Medical University - M.S of Science in Pharmacy... Link Up! 

01/23/04 - M.C - Pharmacy Student at Hampton University in Virginia, acquiring advanced knowledge and skills which are essential in the delivery of quality pharmaceutical care...

01/21/04- Mr. K.  Pharm-D Student at University of Michigan " if it ain't Blue, it ain't true."  tell them dog! tell themm...

01/21/04 - From T. Brown at UIC - would like to focus on clinical research development by using my quantitative and analytical skills in Pharmaceutical Research...

01/13/04 - From J. J. Racine Wisconsin, currently at Midwestern University ...Hi!

01/12/04 - From the Bronx, NY  Pac - Pharmacist at large..

01/12/04 - From the School of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.. a note from Erin... Hi! 

01/05/04 - From Jennifer C. . I am currently a junior at Eastern Nazarene College majoring in Biology. I have a strong interest in attending Pharmacy School upon graduation in May 2005.

12/01/03 - I am Nancy T. Reas, a Filipino citizen and I'm presently working here as a Pharmacist at Shaihk Khalifa Medical Center here in ABU DHABI, UAE. I'm 34 years old. I also worked in the Philippines for 4 years, then decided to work inSaudi Arabia in one of the Military Hospitals as a technician for 5 years before finally got the chance to work here as a Pharmacist and I have been working in this establishment since March 2001...

11/29/03 - From Mara in Caguas, Puerto Rico. I am in a PharmD degree program at this time..

11/15/03 - From Tram at the USC - Pharmacy Intern in california..

11/08/03 - From laura, Pharmacy Intern in Worthington, Ohio.   I love my Pharmacy School ...

11/06/03 - From Mary a graduate from Loyola University Chicago as a biology major. Now, a student at UIC to obtain and excel in a career in the professional field of Pharmacy...  I am having great fun in Chi Town...

08/10/03 - From Noreen. I'm living with my family in New Jersey. I'm a Senior in High School. Graduating in June 2004. My Goal is to be a Pharmacist. I wanted to learn more about this profession.. Respond Here!

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03/10/03 Throughout my childhood, I was fascinated by medicine and health care field. Drake University.

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02/03/04 - From "E" @ Drake University, I am a second year pharmacy at Drake. I have had experience  working in two different  Pharmacies thus far in my career. I have spent 3 years in a community pharmacy back home and have just started working at a long term care pharmacy here at school.. I am trying to get as much experience as possible throughout school so as to have a better idea of what I would like to do once I graduate.



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