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What does it take to be a pharmacist?

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by Avrelian, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. Avrelian

    Avrelian 7+ Year Member

    Nov 20, 2006
    I am interested in chemistry, especially inorganic, I love biology, I like to talk with people about their health and health issues in general, I am very good with numbers , have a good memory-- do I fit the bill?
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  3. Caverject

    Caverject Try Some Schnitzel! 10+ Year Member

    Aug 19, 2003
    49°43′N 11°54′E
    yes...same answer if you want to be a medical doctor, dentist, optomitrist, physician assistant etc...
  4. J ROD

    J ROD Watch my TAN walk!! Rocket Scientist Physician Pharmacist Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2005
    working on my tan......
    6 years..considerable debt....intelligence... and

    The ability to count in 5's!!
  5. crystal_girl98

    crystal_girl98 pharma-insane 2+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2006
    you need one more thing.
    spending 5 years with deliberation mean some thing . isnt it?
  6. acetyl

    acetyl 5+ Year Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    Good enough test taker, and genuinely nice person.
  7. sdn1977

    sdn1977 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 28, 2005
  8. Farmercyst

    Farmercyst On with the Poodles already Pharmacist Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    I think she means spending 5 years in pharmacy school means you'd have to have determination. Or maybe it was sticking with pharmacy school for 5 years proves it.
  9. Rxbound

    Rxbound Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2005
    Enough self-control not to slap the chiropractor who questions the legitimacy of YOUR, seriously. Been there, done that.
  10. ZpackSux

    ZpackSux Retired Banned

    Feb 25, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    Decent PCAT and GPA to get in to RX school.

  11. crystal_girl98

    crystal_girl98 pharma-insane 2+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2006
    pharmaceutics and pharmacology really sucks....
    i didn't know that it is that much dry!
    and i found it hard to study these dry subjects 5 years
  12. Idesiretosling

    Idesiretosling 2+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2006
    "Fitting the bill" and getting into a program are very very different things. Go shadow a pharmacist and see if it something you would enjoy as a career, nothing like going out into the real world!
  13. eeyore spice

    eeyore spice 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    the fifth quadrant
    An ability to multitask, explain things well, and keep your cool.

    Or a prescription for something that keeps your cool for you.
  14. letjin

    letjin 10+ Year Member

    Oct 30, 2004
    East Coast
    Hmm... I found pharmacology very interesting! It is like a physics formula. If you know the formula, you can solve problems. If you know a class of drugs, you can predict the drug's MOA, SE, DI, etc... and you don't have to memorize those about every single drugs, very intriguing!

    However... therapeutics is WAY dry to me... It is like memorizing diagnosis criteria, flow chart, dosages...
  15. MsDianaLai


    Apr 29, 2007
    willing to spend 6 years in a pharm D program that's just basically study study study for atleast 2 or 3 exams a week for a semester and then multiple finals on the same day for a week. as well as being able to handle the patients that want their control medications early, complaining someone stole it or lost it 10 times a day.

    =P just a brief overview. lol, subject matters varie as well as test taking. my college is weird =P
  16. Requiem

    Requiem Senior Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jul 22, 2004
    If I was giving a tour to interviewing pre-pharms at my school i'd probably say:

    A tolerance for academia, in every sense of the word. From endless work, to dealing with politics and some professors abusing power.

    A sense of humor, it'll get you through.

    Coping with stress, be it working out / partying, etc.

    Don't take yourself too seriously. The more serious you take yourself, the more disappointed you'll be with everything around you - and that's a bad feeling.
  17. danhphan80

    danhphan80 2+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2007
    compassion toward other people is also a requirement:)
  18. Eleen

    Eleen You'd think... 7+ Year Member

    Sep 29, 2006
  19. DrugRX

    DrugRX 5+ Year Member

    Mar 19, 2007
    taking finals now so kinda feel down... but you made me laugh hard... :laugh: :thumbup:

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