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Drug Info residency

Discussion in 'Pharmacy Residencies and Fellowships' started by bibs, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. bibs

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    Hello, I am planning to do drug info residency, did anyone chose that field, if yes, how was it? was it more challenging then any other residency? what about opportunity to groth and advance? what about salary wage? is salary more if I did retail pharmacy, is it better on the long run? plz advice, thx bibs
     
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  3. tupac_don

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    I have advice for you. Run fast, run long, but the key word here is run.
     
  4. bibs

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    First of all, sorry for my grammatical mistakes, I was writing in a rush.....
    Second of all, WHY? :eek: Is it that bad? I know it is the most challenging one among them all, but do you know anyone who did this residency? Did they quit? What happened?
    I am sure I’ll have more opportunity to growth, but I don’t know what is the starting salary, any ideas? Plz let me know, thx :)
     
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    I know someone who is in her second year of a Drug Information residency. It's actually a two-year fellowship, I believe. I'll try to see if she'll join SDN and post about it. :)
     
  6. TCB

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    salary around 35,000- 45,000 depending if you're in your first or second year of fellowship.
     
  7. illusions

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    Drug information is tough. We have two classes of it in our curriculum. Tough graders. Would have never expected that they have made such a "science" of it.
     
  8. tupac_don

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    It's tough, it's boring (at least to me, don't let me deter you if it rocks your both). You mostly do projects, administrative stuff, you answer drug info questions, pull articles. Get to do projects, assingments, pull articles for your preceptors, all in the name of learning. Extremely dry if you ask me. If you are interested in doing drug info type stuff, you can always do a general residency and take some electives in drug info. But personally I wouldn't reccommend it unless you are die hard, for it, for whatever reason.
     
  9. bibs

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    yeah I like it drugs, sometimes I correct for my teachers, i am know for that, I am graduating in few months and for sure i don't want to becomeca pill counter! but unfortunately it is the most paying job for pharmacists....
     
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    You are lucky, then, that you are going to school to be a pharmacist rather than a pharmacy technician. :)
     
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    I am currently on rotation in the DIC here

    i cannot imagine doing this residency

    it is not hard at all...

    i just think you have to be sick to want to do this for a living

    i cannot imagine that they have let you off on saying it is the hardest residency.......


    i do know there are some sick sick individuals who do want to do this for a living...
    i think they primarly like the research and teaching aspects..
     
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    Drug information is actually a dying field in the profession. It's going nowhere and really doesn't have anything to offer for profit.

    If you care about information and practice, might I interest you in opportunities in pharmacy informatics? Our job is to find ways of turning data into information for patients, other providers, and public heath. Current projects in the field range from creating a statewide immunization system, a portable electronic health record (imagine carrying around all of your health data on a chip), telemedicine/telepharmacy with the country from a metropolis, and smart deivices. It pays $39K for a fresh out-of-school Pharm. D.

    It pays decently, and that's my Ph. D. major right now. I'm under the fellowship, but I don't practice unless it suits my interests.

    http://www.ahc.umn.edu/ahc_content/colleges/med_school/departments/lab_med_path/health_informatics/nlm/
     
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    It sounds cool. I listed Informatics as my #1 choice for rotations. I don't know if I'll get it. If I do, I'll let you know.
     
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    So less than half of what you'd make in hospital or retail fresh out of school? Count me in!
     
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    You don't have to be a pill counter. You can go work in a hospital. Now a days, that all grads have a Pharm D. They are letting new grads jump into clinical duties right away with minimal training. Also if you wanna go the residency route, you should go do a residency like ICU or surgery. That's exciting plenty of action, and you will be providing plenty of drug info as well. I mean you can always provide drug info as a pharmacist, why narrow yourself into just that. All you are gonna be relegated to doing in the end as a DI specialist, is doing project, policy and procedure for the hospital, not worth it if you ask me.
     
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    do you know how much salary range once you finish ur residency will be? I need to be realistic too as well. that's why i am looking into residency, i was hoping one day to work at the FDA....
     
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    It really depends on what you choose to do. If you go into academics, like 50 maybe 60 grand, but you mostly have teaching, you get lot of time off, you can travel a lot. Get to go to meetings and stuff. If you go to hospital, oh like 80-90 depending where. Your salary is actually lower than if you were an hourly employee. But doing residency allows you to get into more varied and different jobs. Like you can go be a clinical coordinator after a few years of working. You can also be a consultant for a pharmaceutical company. You can get into clinical research. I mean you won't be poor by doing a residency by any means. But you also need to be truthful with yourself as to what you want. If you want money then doing a residency is not a smart move. If you want to grow professionally as a pharmacist, doing a residency, fellowship or another degree, like MBA, masters in public health, DJD is more or less a must. It opens many doors for you outside of the traditional "pill counting, order entry" role. Good luck bibs.
     

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