Knowledge of a second language is definitely a plus. It's funny, my friend in HR who does hiring turned down an applicant and got a nasty letter back how he was disappointed that the job listed "bilingual" as a preferred skill and how it was racist/discriminatory/etc... What an a-hole.Little off topic, but assuming I spend a summer in a Spanish speaking country to perfect my skills, would being fluent in Spanish help me at all with admissions?
Admissions, not much.Thanks guys, I really appreciate all the replies! How much of a bump in admissions would knowing Spanish be?
Depends on the languages... and on the level of knowledge. Some people will put down "fluent" when they can barely say a couple phrases while others would count a language in which they can discuss pretty much any everyday topic but not science/law as only a half.how's two and a half? my japanese isn't so hot, i'll work on that
Stuff like prn, which we know as "as needed", but which comes from the Latin meaning "when necessary" or "the occasion has risen." pro re nataWhat does knowing Latin have anything to do with sig codes?
I have gone through two years of pharmacy school and they have never covered the meaning of most sig codes. While I am not impugning any curriculum, it is simply not covered at my school. It isn't necessary as most people probably won't know, even doctors, where things like "prn" come from. While I admit it is a cool piece of info to possess, it doesn't make a bit of difference in how well you do in pharmacy school. PRN is a very common usage acronym and will be explained in the first year most likely if someone hasn't explained it prior to that. As for understanding the English language and medical terminology, both Latin and Greek are helpful as most conditions/terminology are based of of one or both. I took a semester of Latin and after I graduate I will continue to study the language but only because I have a love of things antiquated. I am a Mason, as my avitar depicts, and there are many things that are in Latin in Masonic books/teachings that I want to be able to read in their un-adultrated form.Stuff like prn, which we know as "as needed", but which comes from the Latin meaning "when necessary" or "the occasion has risen." pro re nata
While not SPECIFICALLY useful, it can help to understand the etymology of the words/abbreviations we use often.
Another good example is tussis, the Latin word for "cough." You can remember that and it'll help you remember tussin, antitussive vs. expectorant, etc.