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So I'm officially done with undergrad now, and will be getting a BS in Biology and Minor in Chemistry. I have not submitted my pharmcas app yet and am having second thoughts about wanting to be a pharmacist.

I started off as a premed and shadowed orthopedic surgeons freshmen year. Then my grades didn't end up being as high as I wanted them to be and my family started telling me I should have a backup plan.

My father is a pharmacist and said I didn't have the grades to get into medical school and convinced me to enter his profession and become a pharmacy informatics specialist.

Now that I have my undergrad degree I keep thinking about being a physician instead. I don't have any pharmacy experience or a job and since my final exams have been over I've been laying around the house doing nothing. I work part time at a gym but I was diagnosed with a blood clotting genetic mutation a few months ago and was told I can't lift weights for 6 months (so I can't work either). And now that I have my degree I don't want to work in a gym anymore.

I currently have a 3.26 cum gpa with an upward trend in grades. I have strong lor's for pharmacy school. I was also the treasurer of my fraternity for the past year and the vp of scholarship for the inter fraternity council at my school. Now I'm just laying around doing nothing.

What should I do?
 

cuddlefish78

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If you want to go to med school do it. Spend this cycle beefing up your app. Do some volunteering and more shadowing. Maybe become a medical scribe. You can also consider working toward a masters ir phd until you get in to med school
 
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Don't give up on what you want to do. If you want to go to med school then at least try, your GPA isnt that bad, if you get tons of hours of volunteering/shadowing and a great score on MCAT, you will have a great shot. I hate that your dad, who is a professional in the healthcare field, is so discouraging (asian parents?...).

If you are uncertain whether you want to be a pharmacist, I would highly suggest getting experience in the field before you apply and later regret it. If I wasnt a tech for 2 years prior to entering pharmacy school, I would have been in for a rude awakening after graduation. Luckily I know what pharmacy is about and its exactly what I want to do.

Don't just sit around the house, look for a job/volunteer related to the field you want to do. Do research, pro/cons, roadmaps about each career. Go to community college and retake some of the classes you did bad on/take some easy classes to boost up the overall GPA.

Good luck!
 

Lonelypharmdstudent

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Methinks you go talk to formachist and see if they like you. They like you you say I ok i go to pharmd. yes?
 
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So I'm officially done with undergrad now, and will be getting a BS in Biology and Minor in Chemistry. I have not submitted my pharmcas app yet and am having second thoughts about wanting to be a pharmacist.

I started off as a premed and shadowed orthopedic surgeons freshmen year. Then my grades didn't end up being as high as I wanted them to be and my family started telling me I should have a backup plan.

My father is a pharmacist and said I didn't have the grades to get into medical school and convinced me to enter his profession and become a pharmacy informatics specialist.

Now that I have my undergrad degree I keep thinking about being a physician instead. I don't have any pharmacy experience or a job and since my final exams have been over I've been laying around the house doing nothing. I work part time at a gym but I was diagnosed with a blood clotting genetic mutation a few months ago and was told I can't lift weights for 6 months (so I can't work either). And now that I have my degree I don't want to work in a gym anymore.

I currently have a 3.26 cum gpa with an upward trend in grades. I have strong lor's for pharmacy school. I was also the treasurer of my fraternity for the past year and the vp of scholarship for the inter fraternity council at my school. Now I'm just laying around doing nothing.

What should I do?
Get a job working in a pharmacy and be absolutely sure before you apply.
 

AlPacino

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So I'm officially done with undergrad now, and will be getting a BS in Biology and Minor in Chemistry. I have not submitted my pharmcas app yet and am having second thoughts about wanting to be a pharmacist.

I started off as a premed and shadowed orthopedic surgeons freshmen year. Then my grades didn't end up being as high as I wanted them to be and my family started telling me I should have a backup plan.

My father is a pharmacist and said I didn't have the grades to get into medical school and convinced me to enter his profession and become a pharmacy informatics specialist.

Now that I have my undergrad degree I keep thinking about being a physician instead. I don't have any pharmacy experience or a job and since my final exams have been over I've been laying around the house doing nothing. I work part time at a gym but I was diagnosed with a blood clotting genetic mutation a few months ago and was told I can't lift weights for 6 months (so I can't work either). And now that I have my degree I don't want to work in a gym anymore.

I currently have a 3.26 cum gpa with an upward trend in grades. I have strong lor's for pharmacy school. I was also the treasurer of my fraternity for the past year and the vp of scholarship for the inter fraternity council at my school. Now I'm just laying around doing nothing.

What should I do?
I you keep thinking about being a physician, then go pursue a career as a physician. Passing up on an opportunity in the present moment is the absolute worse because you could regret it for the rest of your life. I have a similar story(except my opportunity is pharmacy) and went for it. If you think your stats are not in par with other med school candidates then go pursue grad school studies. Raise your GPA and make yourself a stronger candidate.

Word of advice if you end up choosing pharmacy. Go find a job as a pharmacy technician and see what your getting yourself into. Get exposed to the field and work setting before making that ultimate investment.
 

TheWeeIceMan

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You have a legit shot at DOs schools, assuming a good MCAT score and you jump through the usual med school EC hoops. MD is most likely off the table.
 
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Agreed, MD is pretty much a long shot with that GPA since many programs filter by setting a minimum threshold to GPA/MCAT (possibly why your father told you to pursue pharmacy rather than being a physician). DO schools do have lower minimum thresholds so your chances are better there dependent on MCAT and extracurriculars.

Aside from the ortho shadowing do you have any of the following:
-research
-work experience during college
-any other physician shadowing
-non-healthcare related volunteering
-any position of leadership
-taken the MCAT?
-what is your science GPA?
-Good reason for that particular GPA
-any awards/honors
-a reason for wanting to be a physician