Pharmacy is a wonderful profession because of the diversity of practice settings! I spent 20 years working in an acute inpatient hospital near a major N. Ca medical school. It was stimulating, exciting, professionally challenging, tiring, stressful, difficult and tedious - not all at the same time. I left because of staffing pressures due to cutbacks. When I found I was the only pharmacist who was supervising 3 techs, calculating chemo dosing and responding to stat OR and ICU requests - all at the same time, I decided I didn't want to risk a mistake. I've made mistakes which have resulted in patient harm - and believe me - you will never forget them - ever! I've since worked outpatient retail pharmacy for the last 7 years and it has been very rewarding. Yes - you really do get clinical exposure. I've sent 3 folks to the ER with MI's in progress, sent one of my patients (an RN!) to the ER with a stroke (she knew what was wrong, but didn't want to admit to it) and intervened in countless patient interactions. However, I live in an urban area where we have a large aging population and as in most of CA - have large #s of immigrants and/or impoverished patients. All these patients have difficulty accessing healthcare in my state because of its complexity. Sometimes - I am the first one they see. I can tell them not to worry, to wait until their next MD appt or to do see someone right now. So - the bottom line for myself and my colleagues is - pharmacy is what you want to make of it - it can be boring or stimulating - you decide how involved you want to be!