Hi! I recommend having a pharmacy tech job because it will help enforce what you learned in school, exposure you to brand/generic name of drugs, and allows you to talk to other pharmacists and students/techs.
Also some of the tech/intern jobs turn into part-time/full-time jobs upon graduation!
However, don’t let working get in the way of school. Only you know what you can handle, so give it a try.
To get a tech job: call and personally walk into pharmacies asking if they are hiring. The farther the location is from the university, the higher the chances.
Things I’ve done this week:
One week down - not bad. I’m just physically exhausted from waking up early because my body hasn’t adjusted yet. Keep you guys updated next week!
Tomorrow is my first day at my hospital rotation.
- I don’t know anything
- Does reviewing my therapeutic notes even help because I feel like I still know nothing after 2 years of professional pharmacy school?
- What if the preceptors ask me difficult questions that I vaguely recall learning but cannot answer for the life of me
- What if all the other students are 500% more brilliant and have a memory retention that is actually that of a human not a goldfish
- What am I doing….
- Oh dear, I should sleep because I have to wake up at the crack of dawn to get there in time
I just completed my 2nd professional year! Even though it was grueling and exhausting, the good thing is - this was the year where we actually learn about real pharmacotherapy.
In total, for just the spring semester, we took 17 exams and 11 quizzes. My social life was more or less on hold for 5 months. It was a rollercoaster of emotions (but it was mostly questioning myself: “Can I actually do this?!?”) But there is no greater euphoria than handing in that last exam. I’ve lived 20something years, but that moment of being done is unparalleled. It also gave me the affirmation that if I survived that semester, I could take on other challenges in life even if my first instinct would be “Can I actually do this?!?”
Here are the 5 classes that made my semester feel like Finals Week, every week:
Infectious Disease Therapeutics: it’s one of those intensively hard classes that requires your sweat, blood and tears. But in the end, you learn a lot of information that can help your patients.
Poison Management: We learned more about the toxicology of drugs. What happens when patients overdose on certain medication or illicit drugs? Lots of ER Pharmacists came in to talk to us and share their stories- and they all talk 1000 words/minute… probably because of their fast paced work environment. My favorite was having our Pharmacy School Dean as lecturer. He is hilarious!
Medicinal Chemistry: Same as last semester. Mildly useful, but mostly a headache.
Pharmacology: So after taking 3 semesters of pharmacology, by the very last exam of Pharmacology II - I figured out how to strategize and study for this class. Better late than never… ?
Pharmacokinetics: Math. Equations. Not sure what I learned but it’ll come back next semester in full force.
I could not have made it through this semester without a support system. These are the people you talk to around 4am debating whether we should just sleep or power through studying until the 8am exam. The ones who encourage you to study when you are trying to avoid reality. The friends who bring you food and remind you to take a walk outdoors once a while.
But that’s all over for now. Summer is here!
You’re interesting. But also difficult, time-consuming, and demanding.
I’m not sure it’s reasonable for you to make me memorize all these classes of antibiotics and their spectrum of activity against the oh so many microorganisms. I am but a mere mortal!
But you’re also really cool. A bacteria needs PABA to make folic acid? Let’s make a PABA-look-alike to confuse the bacteria and deprive itself of folate. (aka, Sulfonamides <3)
And etc. x 1000000 other drugs
Yes, you’re awesome. I just wish I had a superhuman brain to absorb your greatness.
I sleep for 10 hours. Then I wake up, eat, lounge around. And then continue on with a 4 hour nap.
14 hours?! That’s more than all the sleep I got during my past exam week. Combined.
Recharging is the best. This entire semester, I feel like I am perpetually a device on 2% battery life, only managing to sleep and restore up to maybe 30% a night. Then I subsequently drain myself again from studying, which forces to take an accidental nap to recharge to 15%; but that leads me to feeling guilty about wasting precious studying time so I end up pulling a semi-allnighter… which brings me back to the 2% struggling dark-eye-circled panda of a student that I have become.
But now I am back at 100% :) Well-fed, well-rested, and happy.
Sorry for the slightly unexpected hiatus. I had to block myself from Tumblr (along with other social media) because I realized this spring semester was kicking my butt. I don’t think anyone ever conveyed just how hard the P2 spring semester was, or perhaps I was in denial.
My life for the past few months has been a blur. A sleep-deprived blur. I vaguely remember chemical structures, treatment algorithms, antibiotic spectrums, and pharmacokinetic calculations…
Right now I’m on spring break so I’ll be updating more. Gosh it feels good to be reunited with Tumblr.
Many (if not, majority) of students do an internship during school, in addition to the rotations. It helps to connect what you learn in class to a real-life setting. I recommend trying it out! If you find that it’s too much, you can communicate your concern with your manager to work out a good schedule. Your managers will most likely understand because they’ve been a pharmacy student once upon a time.
I recommend giving it a try and see how it goes. Only you can determine whether it enhances your education or adds to the stressful workload. Good luck!