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					The World of Pharmacy
Did you know that pharmacists…
• Fill prescriptions?
• Give immunizations and vaccines?
• Make rounds with physicians and nurses in
  hospitals?
• Counsel patients on medicines and diseases?
• Help patients choose the right OTC medicines?
• Work on Native American reservations?
• Work with radioactive substances?
• Teach students in classrooms?
• And much, much MORE!
              Pharmacy Careers
•   Retail pharmacy        •   US Indian Health Service
•   Compounding pharmacy   •   Federal government
•   Nuclear pharmacy       •   Academia
•   Clinical pharmacy      •   Drug information
    – Outpatient               specialist
    – Inpatient            •   Infectious diseases
• Managed care             •   Nutrition support
• Pharmacy specialties     •   Poison control
                           •   And many, many MORE
Retail or Community Pharmacy
• Chain Pharmacies
  – Majority of pharmacists work in chain
    pharmacies today
  – Many job openings
  – Often the highest paying positions
  – Flexible hours and work schedules
  – Opportunities for students
    Independent Pharmacies
• Would you like to own and manage your
  own business?
• Create your own work hours?
• Offer many unique services
• Have the opportunity to own multiple
  pharmacies?
     Compounding Pharmacy
• Prepare medications in unavailable forms
  and strengths
• Patient-specific products
• Make items such as
  – Lollipops
  – Gummibears
  – Hormones
  – Magic mouthwash
  – Lip balm
          Nuclear Pharmacy
• Prepare radioactive materials used for
  diagnostic tests or for treating certain
  diseases
  – Chemotherapy products
  – Diagnosis and treatment of hyperthyroidism
  – Brain imaging
          Clinical Pharmacy
• Outpatient
  – Clinic settings
  – Counsel patients on their medicines
• Inpatient
  – Hospital settings
  – Round with physicians and nurses
  – Provide expert advice on meds to physicians,
    nurses, patients, and care-givers
        Pharmacy Specialties
•   Cardiology
•   Pediatrics
•   Diabetes
•   Geriatrics
•   Veterinary
•   Oncology
•   Many, many MORE!
    US Indian Health Service
• Provide pharmaceutical services for Native
  Americans living on reservations
• Tailor therapies to suit spiritual beliefs
• Educate patients and care givers
• Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana,
  North Carolina
Federal Government Pharmacy
•   Armed services
•   US Food & Drug Administration
•   Veterans Affairs Medical Centers
•   US Public Health Service
•   Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
       Academic Pharmacy
• Ability to teach what you love to
  professional program students
• Research opportunities
• Critical shortage of academic pharmacists
  at this time
• Excellent job outlook
Pharmacy School Requirements
• 90 hours (~3 years) of pre-pharmacy courses in
  college or university after high school
• Chemistry
  – Organic Chemistry
  – Biochemistry
• Biology
  – Microbiology
  – Anatomy & Physiology
  – Immunology
Pharmacy School Requirements
•   Math – calculus
•   Physics
•   Statistics
•   English composition
•   Humanities
•   Social studies
•   Electives
         Pharmacy School?
• 4-year program leading to the Doctor of
  Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree
• 2½ years of classroom work
  – Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry,
    Therapeutics, Pharmacokinetics, etc.
• 1½ years of clinical rotations
  – Month-long rotations in pharmacy specialties -
    pediatrics, oncology, general medicine,
    cardiology, transplant, management, etc.
                Job Market
•   More than 250,000 positions
•   Expected job growth of 22% by 2016
•   Shortage of pharmacists nationwide
•   Starting salaries of $100,000 or more
•   Flexible work schedules
           More Information
•   www.uthsc.edu/pharmacy
•   www.pharmacist.com
•   www.ashp.org
•   www.nacds.org
•   www.ihs.gov
•   www.tpa.org

				
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