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I've been fortunate enough to be offered two pharmacy intern positions as a P0 starting this summer. Here are the essential differences between each position:

> Primary Children's Hospital (SLC, Utah): Starting pay is $17.72/hr and I would obtain experience in
  • Central Pharmacy
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Pediatric & Cardiac ICU
  • Children's Medical Surgical Floor
  • NICU
  • Oncology
> University of Utah & Huntsman Cancer Hospital (AKA for Adults) (SLC, Utah): Starting pay is $17.50/hr and I would obtain experience in
  • Outpatient Retail
  • Outpatient Home Infusion
  • Inpatient at University of Utah Hospital & Huntsman Cancer Hospital
  • Clinical Areas: Oncology & Oncology Surgery, Internal Medicine, Neurology Acute Care, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Women's & Children's, & Cardiology
plus for the latter position, I would be working with my future roommate & classmate.

I have until this Monday to decline/accept an offer. Which position do you think I should take and why? Or are there any additional questions I should ask them?
 

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See if you can do both, 2-3 days a week of each job. Cut back to 1 day a week in school. Some employers will let you do this if they don't need a full timer.
 

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See if you can do both, 2-3 days a week of each job. Cut back to 1 day a week in school. Some employers will let you do this if they don't need a full timer.
That's a great idea but I don't want to overwhelm myself. It won't just be my p0 year, but it's also going to be my first time away from home in a different state so I'd prefer to just pick one.

With that being said, can you give me some insight into how one could be better than the other in the long run?
 

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Are the hours the same? I would pick the peds one. They don’t teach a lot of peds in pharmacy school so it would be great experience.

Working with your classmate who is also your roommate for four years sounds like a terrible idea. It’s too much time together you’ll get sick of each other.
 

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The second position will probably be the most useful to you in school and after as you will gain more varied experiences. Peds is great fun, but I think you might be better off choosing the second internship unless you are gung-ho about only going into peds.
 
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Are the hours the same? I would pick the peds one. They don’t teach a lot of peds in pharmacy school so it would be great experience.

Working with your classmate who is also your roommate for four years sounds like a terrible idea. It’s too much time together you’ll get sick of each other.
The hours are the same for both. A friend of mine said there’s a chance I may not have the same shifts as my classmate so that may not be a problem. Also, do you think pediatric experience would look better on my resume than just regular hospital experience? Or it wouldn’t matter?
 

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The second position will probably be the most useful to you in school and after as you will gain more varied experiences. Peds is great fun, but I think you might be better off choosing the second internship unless you are gung-ho about only going into peds.
Yea I’m not sure where I want to end up but I just want to obtain as much experience from each field. Do you think one internship would be better than the other on a resume?
 
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You need to ask your friends about the relationship antagonism between Intermountain and UofU. There's some history there that will affect your future opportunities later depending on how you make the choice, particularly if you are not LDS. You do not pick both. If I were LDS, either are fine depending on your preferences. If I were not LDS and if you do not make some sort of inroad into Intermountain, it is quietly much harder to get a job there in the future (this is assuming that you want to stay in Utah after training).

If you are from the SLC area already, you really, really ought to ask around about the story and fate of the old LDS Hospital and how that relationship played out between the University and Intermountain. There is a reason why LDS Hospital is now part of Intermountain.
 
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Which internship is better as far as development? My internship was crap - mostly tech work. 2 presentations the whole 4 years and about 1 day a month shadowing the pharmacist... Where I work now has intern working with staff daily as techs, training with a specialist and rounding for 2 weeks of the summer and a research project each summer. They also pick a satellite pjarmayc of interest and spend extra time there vs main

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They both seem to cater towards development. I spoke with a few P3s and they said they’re both good and the only negative thing they had to say about the former choice is that it’s a huge hospital so you’re likely to get lost. I think it says a lot if that’s the only negative thing they have to say about the positions. But for the huntsmans one, the recruiter said we would have the chance to float around all different parts of the hospital and the chance to present poster presentations as well. I’m not sure if the pediatric one has that opportunity but it’s definitely something I’ll inquire about on Monday.
 

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You need to ask your friends about the relationship antagonism between Intermountain and UofU. There's some history there that will affect your future opportunities later depending on how you make the choice, particularly if you are not LDS. You do not pick both.
I thought they had a pretty good relationship since Intermountain is the one who reached out to the U of U regarding this position. And yea, I’m not LDS.
 

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I thought they had a pretty good relationship since Intermountain is the one who reached out to the U of U regarding this position. And yea, I’m not LDS.

Sigh, you definitely should be asking around. There's hiring networks specific to Intermountain that pretty much are exclusive (and it's been a point of contention within the state). In your shoes, I would pick Intermountain to have a foot in the door if you are not LDS or cannot shake hands the right way.
 
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Sigh, you definitely should be asking around. There's hiring networks specific to Intermountain that pretty much are exclusive (and it's been a point of contention within the state). In your shoes, I would pick Intermountain to have a foot in the door if you are not LDS or cannot shake hands the right way.
It’s a good thing I made this post then! I didn’t realize there was such contention between the two. But I don’t mind moving out of state for a job once I graduate. I’ll go wherever I’m needed. With that new fact in mind, do you still suggest that Intermountain is the best choice?
 

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It’s a good thing I made this post then! I didn’t realize there was such contention between the two. But I don’t mind moving out of state for a job once I graduate. I’ll go wherever I’m needed. With that new fact in mind, do you still suggest that Intermountain is the best choice?

(And miss all the good mountain living and skiing, you're quite different). Well, I would pick Intermountain if I thought I was going to stay and wanted to keep my options open, but either should be ok. Just know that you will not be in a specific hiring network should you choose Utah. On the other hand, most of the non-LDS practitioners work up there or at the VA anyway.

Irrespective of who you choose, I am guessing that you are not an SLC native. It would probably be good for you to learn about the institutional histories of the area, the summary is that the differences between the residents of the Yalecrest and Sugar House neighborhoods spill over to the University and the hospitals. VA is not immune from those politics either and has somewhat a contentious relationship trying to keep neutral between the two.
 
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(And miss all the good mountain living and skiing, you're quite different). Well, I would pick Intermountain if I thought I was going to stay and wanted to keep my options open, but either should be ok. Just know that you will not be in a specific hiring network should you choose Utah. On the other hand, most of the non-LDS practitioners work up there or at the VA anyway.

Irrespective of who you choose, I am guessing that you are not an SLC native. It would probably be good for you to learn about the institutional histories of the area, the summary is that the differences between the residents of the Yalecrest and Sugar House neighborhoods spill over to the University and the hospitals. VA is not immune from those politics either and has somewhat a contentious relationship trying to keep neutral between the two.
SLC is a weird place. I back this post.
 
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