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is anyone NOT a member of their school's pre-pharmacy club?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by ca05, May 11, 2008.

  1. ca05

    ca05 2+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2008
    San Diego
    I'm applying to pharmacy school this Fall and so far I have yet to attend any pre-pharm club meetings because I usually have to work in the evenings when the meetings are held. Someone in one of my labs (who happens to be an officer in the club) says it will look bad on my application if I'm not in the pre-pharm club or any of the other pre-health clubs on campus. I have a part time job, volunteer at an independent pharmacy and have several other ECs including research, so does it really matter if I'm not in this club?
    Thanks in advance :)
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  3. mike36

    mike36 7+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I wasn't in the pre-pharm club during undergrad (or any other club, association, etc.)
  4. jyw003

    jyw003 just moving along.....PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, APP 10+ Year Member

    Oct 10, 2007
    San Francisco
    i am not in any pre-health clubs either...tho i am applying now~ i hope it doesnt matter...i volunteer at hospital and have research too...lets cross our fingers then =]
  5. IrishOats

    IrishOats Go Pioneers! 2+ Year Member

    May 1, 2008
    I'm not in a pre-pharmacy club either...but I don't really have a choice, considering there is no such club at my university. I think as long as you can show your interest in and commitment to pharmacy in some way, such as with volunteering or working in a pharmacy, that is good enough. Makes sense to me that adcoms looking at two students alike in every other way would look more favorably upon the student who actually had some experience in a pharmacy setting, rather than the student who is just in a pre-pharmacy club.
  6. Srah

    Srah DRUGGIE 2+ Year Member

    May 24, 2007
    I recently got accepted to a pharm school. I wasnt a part of pre-pharm club either. Was a honor society member which had only 1 manditory meeting per semester. Admission committe also takes into account that if you have a job, volunteer work etc etc. So nothing negative about it , you have plenty of other stuff to put on your resume. You ll be fine.
  7. tomtom101

    tomtom101 2+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 2008
    There is no point in joining a pre-pharm club. It doesn't give you any advantage on your application unless you take a leadership role in the club (really leadership in any club would also do). The only reason you would join the club is because their may be people who can give you advice on classes to take, hints for PCAT, or application process help.
  8. IrishRxMan

    IrishRxMan 2+ Year Member

    May 1, 2008
    It's not going to keep you out of school. I would say that the officer you talked to thinks that being an officer is going to greatly improve the chances of getting in. The reality is, it does help but only so much. I have seen officers from my year and the year after mine not get accepted. It ultimately comes down to what you bring to the table come admissions time (PCAT, GPA, pre-req GPA, LOR, interview, personal statement, etc). It does look good that you hold an officer position in a student org, regardless of what it's focus is or a leadership position in some other aspect of the university. We have positions called ambassadors and they give campus tours to prospective new students and that sort of thing looks good on apps.
  9. Sparda29

    Sparda29 En Taro Adun Pharmacist Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    New York, New York
    I'm not a member of the Pre-Pharm club, or any club for that matter.

    I was going to join the LIU Radio Station, but all they play is rap, r&b, hip hop, exactly all of the music that I HATE. They don't let you play whatever you want. Most of my type of music is heavy metal, death metal, hard rock, black metal, thrash metal, etc.
  10. jonnyboi303

    jonnyboi303 5+ Year Member

    Oct 1, 2007
    got into 2 of 3. wasn't a part of a prepharm club or any club for that matter
  11. k0ni

    k0ni 10+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2007
    No, I don't believe it will hurt your chances. I wasn't in any clubs at all and still got into 3 schools.
  12. Drug Doc

    Drug Doc 2+ Year Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    definitely not necessary. unless u were an officer in the club it might not even be worth mentioning over other ec's that were much more involving.
  13. inquirer89

    inquirer89 5+ Year Member

    Feb 18, 2008
    I don't have a prepharm club at my school, but I plan on starting one up this fall. President/founder sounds good on applications!
  14. ilovePharmD2

    ilovePharmD2 2+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    I'm thinking about starting one at my school too. How do you go about doing that? I know you have to talk to student affairs and all that.
  15. inquirer89

    inquirer89 5+ Year Member

    Feb 18, 2008
    Here's a thread for starting a club:

    I will talk with my student affairs to see what I need to do. Usually, they have some kind of information packet. It's time-consuming to start a club (writing a constitution, attracting members, presiding over meetings, etc.) but I am sure it's worth it.
  16. medicalCPA

    medicalCPA PhD to be Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    In lab
    And is this person on an admissions committee, that s/he is suddenly an expert on what looks good or bad on an application?
  17. UES Girl

    UES Girl Banned 5+ Year Member

    Oct 21, 2007

    Seriously, good point.
  18. AggiePharmer

    AggiePharmer Pharmatoxicogenomicist 2+ Year Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    San Diego
    meh, the age-old argument over to be, or not to be (in a pre-health club)...

    Never worry about padding your application with pre-pharm activities, instead, worry and speculate whether there's anything else you can do to make the campus life and community around you better. Don't worry - you'll get into Pharm schools based on the special merits that make you unique. :thumbup:
  19. esrodems

    esrodems 7+ Year Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    I wasn't in pre-pharm club or any other club in undergrad. Quite frankly I don't think that it really matters if you're in this particular club or not. It's my understanding that the point of the club is to give you more info about the profession. It doesn't improve or worsen your chances of admission.
  20. ca05

    ca05 2+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2008
    San Diego
    LOL I know, I know.. I figured it wouldn't matter too much, I'm just getting ready to apply soon and stressing over all the little details! So I appreciate the reassurance and input from everyone here :)
  21. pharmpilot

    pharmpilot P1! And surviving! 5+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    Applied two schools; accepted two school. Not a member of any organization on campus. But I did work full-time while attending school part-time and volunteered at a local free clinic.

    I would think that being the founding member/president wouldn't look be a bad thing. Just don't let it hurt your grades.
  22. RxStudent

    RxStudent 2+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2007
    i was not a part of my undergrad's pre pharm club... made it to pharm school w/ options of a few schools.. :) Good luck to all!!

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