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Graphic Pharmacy – Rotation Advice

Graphic Pharmacy – Rotation Advice

One of the most important lessons I learned in becoming a pharmacist was not taught in school; it was rubbed in my face at the beginning of my rotation year. What is your advice to your younger self before they start rotations?

Graphic Pharmacy – When Pharmacists Do Cancer Talk

Graphic Pharmacy – When Pharmacists Do Cancer Talk

https://flic.kr/p/24JjbGt Let's just say when pharmacists talk about cancer, we tend to focus a bit more on the drug side effects than the cancer itself, no matter how trivial it is.And in reality, that is usually how we find some crucial information from patients...

Oh! The Pills You Will Fill!

Oh! The Pills You Will Fill!

Oh the pills you will fill, on your pharmacy stoo After completing 7 years at your pharmacy school It may take even longer, it could take a whopping 8 years! And you may graduate someday in debt, right up to your ears. It may feel as bleak as a father seated in 3rd...

Graphic pharmacy – Evidence-based Medicine

Graphic pharmacy – Evidence-based Medicine

https://flic.kr/p/RnoahT Evidence-based practice is the core of modern pharmacy, and it has been droned and droned on students throughout pharmacy school. Regardless, there are some instances where the practice is... not really evidence-based at all.

Finding A Pharmacy Dream Job is Possible!

Finding A Pharmacy Dream Job is Possible!

Burnout rates for pharmacists are high in both hospital and community settings. Pharmacists everywhere seem stressed and unhappy with the unrealistic demands and working conditions of their positions. So what can we do about it? What are the steps in a pharmacy career...

The 2019 Pharmacist Salary Guide

The 2019 Pharmacist Salary Guide

Looking for the 2022 Pharmacist Salary Guide?  Click here. It appears that 2018 brought some much-needed good news to pharmacists. Salary.com reports that as of October 31, 2018, the average pharmacist salary in the U.S. was $129,718, with a range between $121,998 and...

4 Questions to Consider Before Firing Pharmacy Employees

4 Questions to Consider Before Firing Pharmacy Employees

Firing pharmacy employees has never been one of my favorite tasks but it has always been necessary as part of my job. I try to seek alternatives in place of firing people because I consider it the final measure.  I’ve fired several people during my career, but only...

Six Simple Steps: How to Find a Pharmacist Job

Six Simple Steps: How to Find a Pharmacist Job

In 2000, the US Department of Health and Human Services predicted a shortage of pharmacists. In a study titled, The Pharmacist Workforce: A Study of the Supply and Demand for Pharmacists, HHS pointed to an “unprecedented demand for pharmacists,” and an “increased use...

Personal Branding: Getting Started

Personal Branding: Getting Started

Personal branding: where do we get started with this nebulous concept? Alex and I are interested in helping pharmacists create a personal brand that helps you: Stand out amongst the crowd in a way that does not compromise the authentic you. We want you to embrace your...

5 Ways to Maximize Your Time Spent on LinkedIn

5 Ways to Maximize Your Time Spent on LinkedIn

5 Ways to Maximize Your Time Spent on LinkedIn Is LinkedIn "just another social media platform"? "Is spending time on LinkedIn worth it?" "Where do I even start with LinkedIn?" I would argue that LinkedIn may be the most underutilized, inexpensive, and user-friendly...

An Open Letter to My Future Self

An Open Letter to My Future Self

Disclaimer: This is not a typical HappyPharmD post. It was inspired by something I saw and started thinking very deeply about what I would want to tell myself in the future. I hope you consider writing the same letter. 🙂  Dear Future Self, I hope this letter finds...

How to Enter Pharmacy Informatics Without an Residency

How to Enter Pharmacy Informatics Without an Residency

  This is a special guest post by YouTuber Brian Fung, PharmD. He made a video on the subject, and together we collaborated to make it into a wonderfully instructive article. Here's Brian's bio: Brian K. Fung, PharmD, BCPS is a Medication Management Informaticist...

Pharmacy Student Advice I Wish Someone Told Me

Pharmacy Student Advice I Wish Someone Told Me

With great power comes great responsibility. A favorite (and overused) spider-man quote. Like something your mom has told you a thousand times. I love spider-man. He is my favorite superhero. Young, intelligent, and fresh to his new responsibilities. But in your...

20 Tips for Conference Travel

20 Tips for Conference Travel

If you're like me, you love conference travel. If you're not like me, then this may be all uncharted territory. I'm currently at the AACP conference until Tuesday (and would love to meet up if you're here!) and have a bit of free time due to #13 (see below). If you're...

Why I Paid Off All My Debt Before Focusing on Investing

Why I Paid Off All My Debt Before Focusing on Investing

For pharmacists, deciding how to tackle massive student loan debt is daunting. There’s a unique financial balance between focusing on debt or investing. I learned at a very early age that investing in the stock market was ideal for everyone. My grandfather, who had...

The Pharmacist Salary Guide 2018

The Pharmacist Salary Guide 2018

Looking for the 2022 Pharmacist Salary Guide? Click here.    2018 Pharmacist Salary Of all the factors that contribute to pharmacists’ employment decisions, salary is one of the biggest. In simplest terms, a pharmacist salary is unique in that pharmacists often...

A Short Review of LinkedIn Premium

A Short Review of LinkedIn Premium

Anyone notice that little button in the upper right-hand corner of their LinkedIn main page that says "Upgrade to Premium"? I've thought about it before, I've received messages directly from LinkedIn offering this free upgrade, I've clicked through the benefits to...