Quantcast

Is it possible to change careers from Pharmacy to Medicine?

This forum made possible through the generous support of SDN members, donors, and sponsors. Thank you.

M.Rizk

New Member
Joined
Aug 7, 2017
Messages
5
Reaction score
0

Members don't see this ad.
Hello all

I am currently still a student in a clinical pharmacy college (4th year) and I wanted to know if it was possible to change careers from pharmacy to medicine after I graduate. If it's possible, will my pharmacy degree be considered pre-medical at least, or will I have to start over as if I just graduated high school?

Thanks in advance. I really appreciate your responses :)
 

Goro

Full Member
Lifetime Donor
10+ Year Member
Joined
Jun 11, 2010
Messages
69,103
Reaction score
107,342
Yes, but you have an uphill battle because you're facing the skepticism of people will think "and how do we know that you won't bail on Medicine like you did with Pharmacy?"

Your Pharmacy grades will count toward DO, but not for MD.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

M.Rizk

New Member
Joined
Aug 7, 2017
Messages
5
Reaction score
0
Yes, but you have an uphill battle because you're facing the skepticism of people will think "and how do we know that you won't bail on Medicine like you did with Pharmacy?"

Your Pharmacy grades will count toward DO, but not for MD.

I am not really bailing it is just that I couldn't afford a medicine college when I graduated high school but now I can. I am not transferring before I graduate from Pharmacy though.

Are you sure about it not counting towards pre-medical in MD? I have no interest in DO tbh.
 

steve-o-matic

I got bars... not really.
2+ Year Member
Joined
Mar 24, 2016
Messages
11
Reaction score
5
Yes. I know a physician who went from being a high school principal to a pharmacist and then into medical school. I can't say his wallet would be happy but he's doing something he loves.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

M.Rizk

New Member
Joined
Aug 7, 2017
Messages
5
Reaction score
0
Yes. I know a physician who went from being a high school principal to a pharmacist and then into medical school. I can't say his wallet would be happy but he's doing something he loves.

Thanks. I really appreciate your response. I really hope I get accepted.
 

Goro

Full Member
Lifetime Donor
10+ Year Member
Joined
Jun 11, 2010
Messages
69,103
Reaction score
107,342
I am not really bailing it is just that I couldn't afford a medicine college when I graduated high school but now I can. I am not transferring before I graduate from Pharmacy though.

Are you sure about it not counting towards pre-medical in MD? I have no interest in DO tbh.
This is a lousy reason for pursuing Medicine.

Goo look up what AMCAS has to say about graduate level GPAs.

Beggars can't be choosy, either.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

workaholic181

Full Member
5+ Year Member
Joined
May 29, 2017
Messages
1,292
Reaction score
850
I am not really bailing it is just that I couldn't afford a medicine college when I graduated high school but now I can. I am not transferring before I graduate from Pharmacy though.

Are you sure about it not counting towards pre-medical in MD? I have no interest in DO tbh.[/QUOeTE]

He's definitely sure, lol. And honestly man a lot of the DO programs are just as solid as many of the MD (saying this tentatively before I get destroyed on here). They are also in general more open to people who are career changers.

But in general yes pharmacists have definitely become physicians in the past, it can be done. But I would highly recommend you shadow a few docs before you jump into this.. At this point, you'd have to take the MCAT next year anyhow, so you have all fall to begin shadowing and volunteering.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

M.Rizk

New Member
Joined
Aug 7, 2017
Messages
5
Reaction score
0
Are you a green card holder or US citizen? Based on your post you sound like you are outside the US. Correct me if I'm wrong.

That's correct. I do not live in the US but I am planning to study medicine in the US, Canada or the U.K.
 

star.buck

PGY-1
5+ Year Member
Joined
Oct 15, 2015
Messages
641
Reaction score
1,191
There's a pharmacist in my current class... and I can tell you most of us are totes jelly of his mastery of the drugs and side effects... He's the bomb. In many ways you'll be the rockstar of your medical school and your patients (because you'll have a deeper understanding of the primary tools of the trade than most med students!) Go for it, and more power to you!!!!
 

Shotapp

Full Member
7+ Year Member
Joined
Jan 1, 2015
Messages
1,212
Reaction score
1,429
@Goro

OP is not from the US so not a green card holder. All I know is that he or she will have to become a green card holder first (which takes a long time) and have 90 credit hours of undergrad in the US before he or she can even apply. What are his/her options?
 

M.Rizk

New Member
Joined
Aug 7, 2017
Messages
5
Reaction score
0
@Goro

OP is not from the US so not a green card holder. All I know is that he or she will have to become a green card holder first (which takes a long time) and have 90 credit hours of undergrad in the US before he or she can even apply. What are his/her options?

I can always apply as an international student. There is a special visa for that. That's not the issue though. What I am asking about is whether a pharmacy degree would count as pre-medical at least and deduct some years or I will have to start over.
 
Top