Pharmacy Residency is the biggest scam in pharmacy school history. Why, you ask? 1. 8 years of pharmacy school total. Why not just go to medical school and become a doctor? ESPECIALLY considering getting in requires good grades and a high SAT score to begin with. 2. Graduating as a 24 year old and going into retail right away after 6 years of pharmacy school will automatically give you AT LEAST $115,000 per year STARTING at the big chains. 3. What do you really do once you get that almighty PGY-1 and PGY-2 added to you resume? Guess what kids? If you do another 2 years of residency, now you *MIGHT* be able to prescribe warfarin to some patients if the doctor gives you a standing order at the coumadin clinic!!!! Oh wait, Eliquis, Pradaxa and Xarelto came out now? Goodbye coumadin clinic! 4. Student Loan debt? Yes. Starts right after you graduate. Do you want to make $115,000 per year upon graduation or make about $38,000 per year as a resident while you're chasing that ALMIGHTY PGY-2? I don't get it. I really, really don't. The funny part is deep down inside, you guys know that I'm right. You probably tried retail at one point in your lives, were scolded for being slow as hell, or not able to multitask, or move around fast enough. Maybe you thought helping patients or ringing out some front store stuff at the pharmacy was BENEATH YOU. When I was a PHARMACY MANAGER, I would help my techs at pickup all the time. Ring out whatever they wanted to buy. Stop being so god damn cocky. That's what drives everything- academia has fed you from day 1 that you're "Too GOOD" to just do retail, that you're too smart for that, that you should do a residency! And your feeble little minds believed it, and you actually did it. I hate that kids in their 2nd year are being fed this bull**** garbage from day 1 in their pharmacy classes. Told that retail is evil and that its this, its that. MONEY drives everything in life, ladies and gentlemen. Do you really want to make $38,000 a year for 2 years as resident, and then top out at about $120,000 per year? Don't be fooled by the prospect of having an office or a conference room or whatever. At the end of the day, you're nothing. You're nobodies. What power do you have? You can't prescribe. All you do is make recommendations. I have the same exact power as you. No doctor will say "OH, HE HAS A PGY2, let me listen to him OVER THAT BASTARD PHARMD"! It's complete bull****. Kids, the pharmacy world was, and always WILL BE dispensing. That's what we do. We dispense and we COUNSEL. Flu Shots are a welcome addition. I'm all for expanding our roles in the retail pharmacy world. But all of this residency bull**** is killing me. It's hurting our kids that are in pharmacy school right now. They are being lied to. The only way I can see you going into residency is if you're rich, you do not want to become a doctor, but you want to spend 2 years of your life being a preceptors little bitch, sucking up like a little dog, and memorizing USELESS FACTS ABOUT DRUGS THAT YOU CAN JUST LOOK UP IN 5 seconds. Guess what? Doctors nowadays have this magic device called an iPad mini that they can slide into their lab coat, tap on a small little icon called an "app", type in the name of the drug they want information on, and have it all load up on their screen in a matter of 15 seconds. When I had acute care, my preceptor would sit in the corner during the doctor's rounds and have us sit next to him. If the doctor's had a question, he would raise his hand like a god damn little dog all excited wagging his tail hoping they would call on him, so that he would answer their question and so that he would feel useful. 9 times out of 10, they would either not have a question, or they would ask it, but immediately look at their iphone or whatever, while my preceptor sat there pumping his arm into the air like "OOOOH OOOH PICK ME OH MIGHTY DOCTOR!!! I KNOW THE ANSWER!"" I can go on and on, but I'm going to stop here. Just thinking about my last sentence and how my preceptor used to sit in the corner of the room every morning just made me laugh out loud, and then shake my head at how god damn embarrassing that was. They all probably looked at him and us like "what are they doing here?" STICK. TO. DISPENSING. GET. YOUR. MONEY.