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I need some advice

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by Citrusxoxo, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. Hey Guys,
    I am a little new to board. I have a few questions. They may seem a little silly to some people but I am very new to this all.

    1. I want to do volunteer work and research. What types of research should I do? Or yet, do we do the research at school? What do they mean by I need "research." Just a little confused.

    2. I would like to obtain my pharmacy technician licenses. How do you go about doing that? I know they a lot of these tech school have pharmacy technician programs. However, I cannot do the tech program and go to a university. Do you guys suggest an online course? Why types of courses do you need to obtain a license?

    Thanks!
    *~*eMiLy*~*

    I am full of questions tonight. Maybe its because its Saturday night and im on SDN :D :D :oops: :idea: :thumbup:
     
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  3. calrx

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    1. I want to do volunteer work and research. What types of research should I do? Or yet, do we do the research at school? What do they mean by I need "research." Just a little confused.

    You have a couple of options. Here's what I did:

    1. Many universities offer summer research programs. You have to apply, send your transcripts, write a personal statement indicating why you're interested in research, and get letters of recommendation, so it can be a pain in the butt... but TOTALLY worth it! I spent the summer before my senior year doing research in a neuropathology lab at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I was there for 9 weeks, was provided housing, and got paid a decent stipend. It was really neat because it gave me the opportunity to work on a real, hands-on project in a professional lab. There were also days when I would go and watch brain slicing demonstrations, shadow doctors, and attend tumor board meetings with my lab. At the end of the summer there was a big poster session where I had to present my research. This type of research experience looks very impressive on a resume too. At my 1st pharmacy school interview, my interviewer was really intrigued by the fact that I took it upon myself to do something like this.

    2. You can do research at your college with a professor, usually for college credit. Where I went to school, they called it "Directed Study in Biology" (you should also be able to do it in chem, physics, etc). I approached my Microbiology professor and told him I was interested in getting involved in a research project and he was really excited to help me. I ended up working with him for 2 semesters on a project involving antibiotic resistant bacteria.

    There might be other ways to get involved, but those are my recommendations. Both experiences turned out to be worthwhile and I learned something very important- I NEVER want to do research for a living. :p

    Good Luck!! Hopefully some other people will post their research experiences so you can get a better feel for your options.
     
  4. Wow, Thank you so much for this advice. It really means alot. Im going to print this out so I can refer back to it..Thanks so much :)

    *~*eMiLy*~* :love: :D :oops: :) ;)
     
  5. calrx

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    No problem! Glad I could help ya! :D
     

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