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bacillus1

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      Look to see if the program has any specific requirements.

      Just as an FYI from a program's stand point...most retail pharmacists do not write good letters of rec.

      I matched at a moderately competitive program with a retail preceptor being one of my references, so if you think they'll write a good letter for you, it's OK (n=1).
       

      KARM12

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        I matched at a moderately competitive program with a retail preceptor being one of my references, so if you think they'll write a good letter for you, it's OK (n=1).

        It isn't that they aren't going to say good things about you, it is just they usually aren't well written. They usually don't know what type of things to say... I don't care that you can "work a cash register well" or "can type prescriptions fast."

        My favorite was a retail pharmacist that wrote a LOR on notebook paper with a pencil. Seriously, that guy isn't going to give you a lot of points.
         

        spacecowgirl

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          As an RD, I look at LORs that indicate that the writer knows the person well. I think a LOR from a retail manager can certainly speak to someone's people skills, initiative, clinical judgement, common sense, business sense, responsibility, etc. I would not want 3 LORS from retail managers (or 3 profs or 3 preceptors) but one is ok.
           

          confettiflyer

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            It isn't that they aren't going to say good things about you, it is just they usually aren't well written. They usually don't know what type of things to say... I don't care that you can "work a cash register well" or "can type prescriptions fast."

            My favorite was a retail pharmacist that wrote a LOR on notebook paper with a pencil. Seriously, that guy isn't going to give you a lot of points.

            I remember applying to rx school and I asked my retail PIC to write one for me, so I left the requisite forms on his desk in the back and went home.

            Came back the next day, he wasn't there, but he left it for me in the back. He filled out the check-off questionnaire and in the large blank space for a LOR, he wrote in a rather inky pen "I recommend (confettiflyer) for pharmacy school."

            :confused:

            I ended up discreetly asking another pharmacist at work to write it for me.
             

            MyShift

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              As an RD, I look at LORs that indicate that the writer knows the person well. I think a LOR from a retail manager can certainly speak to someone's people skills, initiative, clinical judgement, common sense, business sense, responsibility, etc. I would not want 3 LORS from retail managers (or 3 profs or 3 preceptors) but one is ok.
              3 preceptors would be bad? Also I kinda asked all 3 clinical s for recommendations and now I feel I can't back down unless there is some special way to hide recommendations in phorcas
               
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