As an incoming P1 student this fall, I realize that the next four years are going to fly by before I know it. I'm working in a retail pharmacy right now, but realize that retail pharmacists don't really use their clinical skills at all. I am the type of person who loves to not only learn, but to actually apply the material/information I have in real world situations. As each work day passes, I realize the stereotypical retail pharmacist who is limited to dispensing is true. Undoubtedly, pharmacists also have to make sure medications are in stock, deal with insurance companies, and be wary of possible drug interactions in their patients. However, I feel that the application of their knowledge is really limited and after working in retail, I realize I absolutely hate insurance companies. Considering all of this and the fact that I love applying what i learn, I am giving some thought to completing a residency 4 years from now. Specifically, I'd like to specialize in psychiatric pharmacy and be a leading expert in the use of psychiatric drugs and their effects on the central nervous system. I would love to have an exciting opportunity working in this specific branch of pharmacy, such as in a psychiatric/mental institution. Retail doesn't seem so satisfying and I hate working for BS corporate people who know absolutely nothing about a pharmacy and whose only interest is making a profit. F that. How long does it take to complete a residency in general? For psychiatric pharmacy, how long will I have to complete a residency for? What is a residency all about? Does it consist of more lectures, class work, additional educational expenses, etc...?