- Sep 12, 2019
- Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
I am currently a first year first semester pharmacy school student, and definitely hating it. Yes, it is only September, but I have also worked in a pharmacy for 8 months and am quickly realizing that this is not where I want to be. I want to have real interactions with my patients and help in the diagnosis and healing process, not just give them medications every month. I know clinical pharmacy is a place I could work, but with the pharmacy job market as bad as it is, I don't want to risk it. Plus, after 6 years of pharmacy school and 2 years of residency I would basically be in the same place as a doctor graduating from medical school would be anyway. After all of that, I wanted to ask how this would look on medical school applications. I want to finish out this semester and then drop back down to being a regular student, and finish out either a biology or chemistry degree and apply to medical school. I am currently doing very well in classes, they really aren't hard, so would dropping back down look bad, even if I finish this semester with all A's? I currently have 77 non-pharmacy credit hours and a 3.97 GPA. Not that it counts now, but I made a 32 on the ACT and an 88 on the PCAT. And I'm technically a junior, so is it too late to even try to start shadowing or research? I've been in pharmacy clubs and leadership organizations, but no biology or chemistry clubs. Any advice on how to navigate this would be very helpful!
Yes, he transferred 100% to me! He left in 2013, and we do not qualify for the Hazelwood Act. I plan to go in state, but I'm in the Midwest so I have a lot of options around me. I met with a faculty advisor for chemistry and I am actually still on track to complete a Biochemistry degree with a Biology minor by Spring 2021, my original graduation year. My original tuition scholarship will pay for the rest of the Biochemistry degree as well. I plan to stay on track and get a 4.0 this semester (the only thing that ever tripped me up was an Organic I lab) and I with all my first exams over, I'm pretty sure I can do it. If I can show them that pharmacy school wasn't too hard for me and that I only left because I realized it wasn't my passion, I'm hoping that will make it look a smidge less bad. I have sent emails already today to doctors about shadowing, and I have already asked my anatomy professor for a TA position next semester (she said yes) along with asking my biochem professor if I could research with her (she said yes as well) What kind of volunteering would you recommend? I have a lot of pharmacy related volunteering but obviously I need to steer away from that. Do I try to volunteer at a hospital, or local clinic? And I have been told I should take the MCAT next summer, but I don't know if I can fit any studying in this semester. It isn't very hard, but it is very time consuming. Would December to May be adequate study time for a good MCAT score? I'm a pretty decent test taker but I know the MCAT is a whole different animal. Thanks again for your time & help!