You have to find stuff that seperates pharmacy from medicine. They do this to throw off the people who use the stock reply "to help people" when asked why they want to be an RPh. So in this case, I'd mention less education time is involved, less strenuous hours, your work day is over when it's over - no pagers going off at 2AM, you don't have to touch people, etc, etc.
Pharmacists would have more interaction with patients if patients wanted to interact Unfortunately, the image of a pharmacist just involves a person fulfilling a doctor's prescription. These patients, as a result, don't feel a need to consult with a pharmacist.
If I had to answer the question, I would also try to distinguish pharmacy from medicine. I would say that the smaller workload as a pharmacist enables me to have more community involvement and makes it easier for me to maintain a family. I would talk about the fun features about pharmacy such as the intrigue I have about antibiotics, how drugs work and interact, and the importance of the pharmacy profession in a patient's life. I don't know if this applies to you, but I am also interested in designing a pharmacy where I can provide a consultant role. That would give me some interaction with patients too. If only these patients wanted to talk to me.
BTW, the part about better hours, more interesting work, less upheaval are true, but I do really believe that drugs are more important to people's health than doctors.
so true. But the roles of pharmacists are expanding. Some are involved in the managment of chornic diseases like hyperglycemia, hypertension or COPD. Probably they will be listening to lung or heart sounds or doing physical assessment. Also read somewhere that pharmacists are giving immunizations as well. Anyway, there are few hands on duties being added on as pharmacist's responsiblities. We can claim pharmacist's job hands off type but after few years i doubt we will be able to say that. Thats how i have perceived.I'm surprised nobody mentioned the distinction that pharmacy is hands-off whereas nursing and medicine are hands on.
I was asked this question after I said I like direct interaction with people and the interviewer asked MD/nursing has more interaction with patient why choose pharmacy?
Can you help me answer this question.