i prefer the career of pharmacy b/c it fits my professional and personal goals best. however, my family is pressuring me to apply to medical schools b/c of the "prestige." if u know from the family i come from, i feel obligated to do so.Pharm47 said:Go to the Pfizer site and read the Guide to Careers in Pharmacy:
Its cliche, but it might give you some ideas about what to specialize in...try Oncology Pharmacist...
Then when you write your essay, you can sound educated about the different Practice Areas in which you can use your interests and talents.
BTW...are you sure about applying to pharm school? It seems from your profile you might be more interested in MD. If you're using pharm as a backup - don't. Just use the extra energy to work even harder towards MD...if that's your real goal.
Ah lucky. To be honest, Pharmacy is my back up. I grew up with nonstop talk of pharmacy and pressure to be one from my father for the last 10 years. It ruined my life.doublehh03 said:i prefer the career of pharmacy b/c it fits my professional and personal goals best. however, my family is pressuring me to apply to medical schools b/c of the "prestige." if u know from the family i come from, i feel obligated to do so.
pharmacy is def. not a backup b/c it's still very competitive.
PolarBear21 said:My friend read my personal statement and said it lacked.. passion and said something about it not being creative.
What do you guys think of my outline -
I just talk about how growing up I wasn't sure what I wanted to be, I wanted to do something health related, but I didn't think i had the science smarts, then I improved my grades a lot and I took an internship where I realized pharmacy was def a career choice where you get to interact with people and I never realized before the exact crucial role of pharmacists. Then I mention my internship now and say how its confirmed my interest.
Sounds corny I know, but I guess you have to read the entire thing. What do you guys think? My advisor on school thinks I focused too much on the aspect of deciding why pharmacy.. but isn't that sort of the question on pharmcas?
Advice would be very appreciated.
Do you think i should mention in my PS that i applied to a program last year and did not get accepted and am trying again this yr...to show perserverance and dedication to completing my goal to become a pharmacist?Utterdevotion said:I'm also having a lot of trouble w/ making my PS flow since all my experiences don't make for any kind of thesis...very frustrating.
The one thing I did learn while writing my PS (this is my 3rd revision now) that it's not about listing, but about being personal. Which means, there should be "I" and "me" a lot in your PS, I would think. Something I learned from IB English, is to bold what you want to make sure you emphasize, so that when you finish your essay, you can see how much you stayed on task. If there isn't bolded "I" everywhere, that means you remained general and distant, instead of talking about yourself - which is the point of the PS.
After doing some research/writing my PS here's some things that you could address:
Choose a good attention getter!
-Made you think about pharmacy, changed you/made you grow
-Influence you to choose pharmacy in order to promote a change.
-Makes you suited for pharmacy
-Improves your success in the field
-Skills you poccess
-Lifestyle that you want
(remember not to literally write I'm a hardworker for example, but to explain it through your experiences aka show not tell)
Here's some words I found from a med-school PS website
-Treating patients: compassion, empathy, sensitivity, integrity, communication skills.
-Solving problems: creativity, initiative, independence, curiosity, critical thinking skills.
-General: perseverance, dedication, maturity, honesty, sincerity, motivation, energy, diversity.
I hope that helps someone
Doublehh03 - I don't think it matters if you have direct pharmacy experience, there has to be experiences that led you to decide pharmacy. Just be honest! Show them that you're sure you want to do pharmacy and you have the love/passion for it, even though you haven't worked behind the counter to confirm it
There are pros and cons to that...But if it were me, I would only briefly state that I am applying again. I would instead focus on what I have been doing in the past year (in assumption you took this chance to get more pharmacy experience). I wouldn't say I am applying again TO show perserverance and dedication, but instead, I would SHOW what I have been doing/learned this past year that demonstrated perserverance and dedication.pills4alivin said:Do you think i should mention in my PS that i applied to a program last year and did not get accepted and am trying again this yr...to show perserverance and dedication to completing my goal to become a pharmacist?