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Jun. 23rd, 2009 | 06:14 pm
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So recently I started to apply for Inpatient positions. However all of these positions require 1 year of inpatient experience as a licensed pharmacist. This is getting to be a bit frustrating. How am I supposed to get my 1 year of inpatient experience as a licensed pharmacist when no one will hire a new graduate with no experience? There's a ton of these positions being posted by various hospitals. Most of these say "PGY1 preferred" or "1 year of residency experience preferred." This is starting to annoy the hell out of me. They want someone with a residency, but seeing how this most recent match went, lots of people got screwed over. Yes I applied for a residency, and no I didn't get one. This is not why I'm mad. I just don't see how all these hospitals want inpatient pharmacists to have 1 year of experience or to have a PGY1 under their belt, but are unwilling to provide training. Maybe some of these hospitals in need of inpatient pharmacist should develop their own PGY1 program, so that more of us can get into a residency program, and they can produce more pharmacists with 1 year of inpatient experience.  

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Same troubles

from: anonymous
date: Jun. 29th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
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I'm right there with you. Tried to match, didn't get a spot and can't find a hosp job with any clinical aspect to it. They all want either staff 3 rd shift or experience. Still looking cuz I'm not willing to sign with retail yet. I'm looking for geriatic consulting, compounding...

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from: anonymous
date: Jun. 30th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
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I agree! Where I live there's a serious lack of residency programs, and yet hospitals are always complaining that there aren't enough residency-trained pharmacists to go around. Well, DUH! If you can count on one hand the number of programs in this state, of course you will have a hard time finding residents.

But oh no, we can't start our own program...

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why? why? WHY?

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 1st, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
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as a 2PD..i need to ask why do you think you didn't get the match? I am totally new to pharmacy and would like to know what factors are most important in matching.
Thanks!

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You have just signed your death sentence for hell!

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 7th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
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Put this and your last post together and you should realize quickly that unless you do something soon you will be stuck working for mega-chain! Hope all the ETOH and prizes are worth the job from hell! It is hard to face that your PharmD. is the entry level training, if you want inpatient/clinical /research etc. it is all about the residency and fellowship. So either suck it up and apply again or get use to saying the "motor oil is on isle 7".

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It's deceiving...

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 12th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
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It is deceiving to see these job postings that say that. As a pharmacist with three years under my belt in the hospital, I can say that those postings are bullcrap. We just hired 5 pharmacists with no hospital experience whatsoever (1 of them a new grad, who isn't what I would call "outstanding". You should apply for these postings; you will get an interview, at least. The posting tries to hide how desperate they are for pharmacists, in order to justify not giving incentives.

If you want any more info on this or other hospital pharmacy topics, visit me at www.thedisenchantedpharmacist.blogspot.com

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Re: It's deceiving...

from: anonymous
date: Sep. 28th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Greetings,

It's true. The people doing the hiring would rather have someone somewhat able to be an adult employee and do work as opposed to the average residency clinical wonk product.

Go ahead and apply for what you want. As a former Hospital Pharm Director, I can tell you that most Dept Directors are mostly looking for people that are potentially capable of getting some work done. Work usually means..... work not clinical tinkering and wasting time. So, keep trying.

Hospital or no, actually getting involved in any kind of routine clinical activity is fairly rare. There is only about enough clinical work to employ about 5% of the current pharmacist population. When pharmacy becomes an all clinical career, that equates to about a 95% unemployment rate.

Most pharmacy jobs (JOBS) involve a fair amount of dispensing (WORK). That is true of either hospital or retail. Only the little plastic container is different. Less contact with the public in the institutional setting. That can be nice.

When Waggies gets their power program online and really starts to "free up" some pharmacists, what they are mostly going to be freed up for is collecting their unemployment checks.

So, start paying off that student loan. Quick while you can still make $100,000 annually. Live in Mom's basement if you have to. You will pay it off faster. You won't like trying to pay it off making $12.00 an hour.

Good Luck,

Oz

Ozzie West, RPh MBA

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from: anonymous
date: Aug. 7th, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
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I have that same experience too. they just want people who had cheap labored and were trained before hiring so they don't train you since they have the same systems as every other hospitals in the country.

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your dumb

from: anonymous
date: Sep. 27th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
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Your a pharmacist. Imagine trying to get a job as a pharmacy TECHNICIAN without experience. Your rant is fucked up. Sorry your pissed got a blue Ferrari instead of the red one you wanted.

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Re: your dumb

from: anonymous
date: May. 11th, 2010 06:53 am (UTC)
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no my friend, YOU'RE dumb...

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from: anonymous
date: Feb. 17th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
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totally agree. got turned down for the match too so im in retail.

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 24th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
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I got a position as a clinical/staff pharmacist at a hospital as a new grad. I had a few places that wanted to hire me. All of the hospitals were in more rural places and maybe they were having trouble getting a pharmacist. Maybe if you get a job in a place like that for a few years then you can move back to where you want to be and you'll have your years of experience. I've also seen those ads that say they want the experience or residency. Interesting to know if they actually get what they prefer.

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Dear Angry INTERN

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 26th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
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I would appreciate a piece on these new diploma mill pharmacies that are opening up. Basically I have no doubt in my mind that the profession of pharmacy is going to be a surplus of deadbeat idiots. I mean come on! New Jersey is the state that is known for how hard it is to find a job as a pharmacist....so is New York. Yet a new pharm school in New Jersey is opening. And D'youville just opened a pharm school in New York.

ACPE opens pre-candidate schools like crazy. Ave. about 5 schools per year since 2000.

At this rate screw residency. It will probably lead to only being able to find a staffing job in a hospital (that is what is occurring in NEW York.....where they want pharmacists with 2 yr residences to staff).

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