Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dispelling The Myth About the Second Year of Pharmacy School

There are things that we are told growing up that make our skin crawl. Our parents speak of the boogey man hiding in our closet. Our friends speak of ghosts hiding in an old abandoned house in town. And our counterparts in pharmacy school speak in dire tones when discussing the second year of pharmacy school.

One person will say it's the most terrible experience of their life. Another describes endless nights of not sleeping in order to memorize materials. Professors will warn you that it will shake you to the very core of your being.

I'll let you in on a little secret... it's not as bad as they say it is.

Don't get me wrong, the amount of material is daunting, the wealth of examinations can be overwhelming.

At the end of the day though, it's not any worse than first year. Actually, I have found second year to be easier than our first year.

Part of the reason is that you cover topics in multiple courses. Med chem will talk about SSRIs, SNRIs, and TCAs, and then pharmacology will discuss those and then we'll have a lecture on the same classes in therapy. You are, in effect, exposed to the material in three, or more, separate courses, often with a slightly different perspective.

In a way, you are being tested on the material three different times and, eventually, you realize that you have actually learned said material.

Yes, there are shitty lectures that will leave you confused. Yes, kinetics is the STD of pharmacy school which seemingly does not go away. When you part the clouds and look at the year as a whole, it's truly not that bad.

Granted I have had to learn how to budget my time due to working and having a child. I'm not "missing out" on getting wasted every weekend like I have heard so many classmates claim so far. But with a little organization and a little budgeting of time, it is completely doable.

So for you first years looking forward to next year with a sense of dread, heed my advice... it's really not that bad.

Just be sure you stock up on a little Red Bull. Just in case.


Azanuddin Umaee said...

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Chivas said...

Third year is much better still.

SailonaSeaofCheese said...

Know you Pharmacokinetics kids! By far and away the number one topic I deal with every day during drug consults and interdisciplinary review meetings. Possible PK/PD issues are also the most common thing I come across and talk to my providers about...you need to know this stuff so you can impact your patients' hospital stay.

Know your shit if you want to be taken seriously.

Erin said...

I have to agree completely! I think 2nd year is so much easier than first year. Well, except med chem... I hate that class with an undying passion.

Ivan acosta said...

What's up everybody Im a 22 year old man that wants to become a pharmacist. I haven't been to college sense I graduated high school in 2007. I just want to know what's in store for me.... Can anybody fill me in on this topic. And how hard the classes are and stuff like that....

Anonymous said...

Missing the point - there are so many pharmacists graduating you may never find a job.

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