Requiem - you had a great post on that other thread by the way on study tips - I just got too busy to reply. Sorry - I meant to agree with you.Requiem said:It's like talking to myself. Here's what I've learned:
Pharmacy itself isn't the wrong choice, the actual job doesn't involve much memorization at all. However the school itself is very dependent upon memorization and it can be a pain, but a tolerable one.
If you could solely memorize you would certainly pass pharmacy school, same goes for med. The true understanding only shines during practice when you use that knowledge.
Becoming a pharmacist is the process of developing an understanding of drugs, how they work, when & why we use them, what to expect from them, what effects other than therapeutic effects we might see, what to do if they don't work, how we can change a drug to make it work better or longer or more focused.KM86 said:if there are not alot of memorization in pharmacy then what is it? you cant progress unless everything u have learned is stuck in your head. If it's in your head then it means you memorized it. For example this is real basic. What is another name for aspirin? Do you have to use ur brains to get the answer? No all u have to do is remember what it is. That is called memorization
I explain drugs everyday & I mean lterally every day! When I work...I work in two places - ambulatory care - so I can relate to all your insurance issues, patient impatience, formaulary changes, etc.. When work acute - I'm in ICU/ step down & OR. Occassionally I have to cover the main pharmacy which is everything else - we don't have peds/neonates in my hsopital (thankfully!) but we do have a locked mental health unit & a SNF.futuredruggist said:sdn1977 - I am curious as to the setting in which you practice pharmacy? I only have experience as a pharmacy clerk in the retail setting. I do not have a good understanding of how much opportunity there is for pharmacists to apply the understanding of drugs that you described in your posts. Can you describe how often you get to apply professional knowledge in the settings you are familiar with, and examples of specific situations?