On October 21, 2011 I had the wonderful opportunity of shadowing a PGY1 Resident undergoing her General Medicine rotations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. It was a wonderful experience thanks in great part to Midwestern University’s ICHP Chapter.
I became interested in a pharmaceutical residency prior to beginning pharmacy school since I knew while living in a saturated community here in Illinois that I would be competing with many highly qualified graduates in a market with jobs catered to pharmacists who are specializing in various divisions of medicine including cardiology, infectious diseases, etc. It made me want to become a better candidate for the jobs in my area while having a greater handle in certain areas of medicine that are highly relevant today.
Pharmacy as a career doesn’t have that instantaneous, love-at-first-sight feeling of “this is what I wanted to do since I was 6 years old!”
First of all, most 6 years olds don’t know what pharmacists actually do. They probably only remember pharmacies as places where they can get balloons, candies, toys and snacks. My friend had asked a kid what he thought a pharmacist does, and the kid replied: riding sheep and playing with farm animals! Haha, seems like the “pharm” part is deceiving…
And second, we’re never in TV shows/movies. I can’t name one pharmacist character… yet I can rattle off doctors, secret agents and spies, teachers, sport players, etc.
Third, we need to advocate more and get our profession out there in the community.