Archive for July, 2008

The Hunt Begins

July 30, 2008

Today is July 30th. For most people, it’s just another day. For me, though, it’s the beginning of a two day hunt. You see, three apartments within a one-block area are having people move out so new tenants can move in. As a result, people throw away things they don’t want to haul away. They leave it in or around a dumpster. The quality/value of items people are willing to trash is remarkable. So tomorrow I’m going to look in and around dumpsters to see if I can pick anything nice.

I have my limits, though. I’m only going to peer over the top of the dumpster to see if there’s anything valuable in there. I’m not hardcore enough to dive in and churn up cardboard boxes to see if anything’s under there. That would leave me smelling like garbage juice. Not a good way to meet girls.

Check out this link for a detailed feature of dumpster diving.

Bring Back the B.S.

July 26, 2008

I didn’t know about Pharmacy God until a few weeks ago. By that, he had already shut down his blogging. So I read through all his posts to see why he was so almighty. One theme I discovered in his blogging is his desire to have the B.S. Pharmacy degree returned. PG gives the following reasons.

  • I also believe that we should go back offering the 5-year B.S. with the option for the PharmD. High school students don’t want to go to college for a six (or eight) year entry-level degree. The kids who want to do that already know that they want to be a medical doctor or a PhD, not a pharmacist.
  • Now in Pharmacy God state the minimum is the six-year PharmD, with a few schools taking as long as eight years. That plus the talk of requiring a residency after graduation isn’t that attractive to high school students.
  • If you want a PharmD, great…. make it an option that can be pursued after the 3rd or 4th year. But bring back the B.S. degree so we can get more bodies out here to cover the shortage in community pharmacy.

For the most part, I have to agree with Mr. God. Some students are certain they want to work for a retail/community setting. For these peeps, the PharmD is overkill. The preceptor for my IPPE held a bachelors degree. From what I experienced, she did her job well. She was able to verify scripts, control the techs, receive fax/phone orders, answer OTC questions, answer drug interaction questions, and gave me an honors passing. I think for most pharmacy positions, a bachelors is sufficient. Then if they change their mind and desire a doctorate, they can go and do a non-traditional route.

The only problem I have with bringing back the bachelors is that there will be immature high school students trying to get that degree. They will simply want to work in retail to get paid well. They won’t have much interest in their fellow co-workers, patients, or furthering the profession. In order to weed these people out, exactly how competitive do we have to make the degree?

In my first year, my class did discuss the requirement of residencies after graduation. I don’t want to get into much detail now because I have to go soon, but I am against it. My primary reason is what will happen to make an individual more competitive after the required residencies? A PGY-3? PGY-4? I might talk more about this in a future post.

One other thing PG and I have in common. We like Victoria’s Secret models. Ambrosia for him, Lima for me.

A Haiku to Tim Duncan.

July 22, 2008

It was originally titled “An Ode to Tim Duncan”. However, I don’t know how to write an ode. So a haiku will have to do.  The reason why I write for TD is because he’s my role model.  Sounds cheesy, I know.  Everyone who knows me well knows I love Manu.  I have three of this jerseys: his Spurs away jersey, his Spurs home jersey, and his Argentina Olympic jersey!  However, TD is the player on the Spurs I respect the most.  When he wins, he acts the same way . . . when he loses, he acts the same way . . . with grace and sportsmanship.  If I have kids, I will show them pics and videos of Duncan and say, “This is how you should act in sports.  If you act like this, few people will love you, but no one will hate you, and almost everyone will have your respect.  So here’s the haiku.

Flagship of the Spurs
Sports Illustrated sportsman
Big Fundamental

Other Possible Career Options

July 18, 2008

If I didn’t become a pharmacist, there were three other careers I probably would have pursued. They are dentistry, optometry, and veterinary medicine. Similarly to pharmacy, they are fields which give you many options upon graduation. In addition, they give a nice salary and a potential sense of fulfulment. Here is my mindset when I compared all the fields.

DENTISTRY

Pros:

  • Great starting salary. Potential of top salary with being a partner or even owning own business is crazy.
  • High respect/prestige.
  • Doctorate degree
  • 8-5 workstyle (for the most part)

Cons:

  • MOUTH. This was killer for me. I just couldn’t imagine handling the mouth every day. I just couldn’t. I can’t.
  • I heard the more dentists want to make, the more they have to work. Partners and owners have to deal with a lot of things such as payroll, overhead, hiring, firing, etc.
  • MOUTH. Not just the mouth, but blood and saliva in general.

OPTOMETRY

Pros:

  • I like eyes, their anatomy and physiology.
  • Doesn’t involve much bodily fluid
  • Good salary
  • Doctorate degree
  • Good respect/prestige
  • 8-5 workstyle

Cons:

  • No optometry schools in my state. That means living out of state which equals higher tuition, traveling costs, leaving friends and family.
  • It is harder to own your business due to stores like LensCrafters and Hour Eyes.

VETERINARY MEDICINE

Pros:

  • I love animals, especially birds.
  • Doctorate degree
  • Good respect/prestige
  • 8-5 workstyle (depends where you work I think)
  • CHICKS!

Chick: Hey, what do you do/study?
Me: I’m a veterinary student/veterinarian.
Chick: Oh, that’s cool! I have a dog.
Me: What kind of dog?
Chick: Chihuahua
Me: Cool, did you know that chihuahuas . . . go into long and detailed explanation of their history and health including a common health problem in chihuahas.
Chick: You really know a lot about them. Can you come later tonight to check if my dog has that health problem you mentioned?
Me: Sure. GIGGIDY GIGGIDY GIGGIDY GOO…ALRIGHTTTTT.

Cons:

  • Low starting salary for a doctorate degree ($50,000-$60,000). This wouldn’t be such a problem if tuition was low but it’s the same as, if not higher than pharmacy school.
  • Limited areas of employment compared to pharm, dental, optometry.
  • Animals can be smelly, loud, and uncooperative. They can poop and pee on you.

If the starting salary of vets was bumped up to $70,000-$80000, I probably would have gone to vet school. If there was an in-state optometry school, it still would be a toss up between pharmacy and optometry. If dentists didn’t deal with the mouth, I probably would have gone to dental school. For me, pharmacy was the right medium.

Hmmm

July 16, 2008

I saw the girl at the gym again. As we were walking past each other she looked at me, looked away, looked back at me, and finally looked away. She did all this eye movement in about one second. I wonder what this means. Hmmm . . .

I Wanted to Quit Pharmacy School

July 13, 2008

In my first year of pharmacy school, I underwent a period (about 3 weeks) where I insanely wanted to quit pharmacy school. It started about a month into my Spring semester. I looked at the current courses I was taking and saw the amount of tests I was taking for the semester. All the courses were pure science courses and I had 1-3 tests EACH WEEK. “F***!”, I said to myself. I didn’t want to put up with this for the next 3 years. So I sat down and calculated the total amount of loans if I dropped out this semester vs next year. Then I calculated the number of credits I would need to take if I wanted to complete a bachelors for undergrad.

I came up with this conclusion:

1. Drop out now instead of later. You’ll only have one semester of loans.

2. I can still get a bachelors on time with the same-year undergrads. I’ll just have to take summer classes.

This was going to be a HUGE decision. I slept on it, ate on it, took a dump on it, sat in class on it, daydreamed on it. I decided to e-mail a professor I trusted and asked to meet her. When we met, we talked about a bunch of stuff. It ranged from skipping my morning classes, residencies, my undergrad experience, extracurriculars, etc. When the meeting ended and I stepped out of her office, I felt an amorphous mix of relief and confusion.

So I decided to ask P2’s about wanting to quit pharmacy school. They shared similar stories about thinking of quitting pharmacy school to pursue something else. They also struggled with the many tests and still struggle to some point with the current course load. In the end, I decided this was a phase many P1’s go to. So I decided to bite the bullet and finish the semester. By the end of the semester, I totally was used to the workload. My first year GPA was pretty good. Not excellent, but good.

Part of being content with pharmacy school was the change in my mindset. I realized I was not alone and that most if not all my fellow colleagues were going through the same thing. We were all in this together. Also, I went to the gym more often. Weightlifting and playing basketball made me forget about everything else. In addition, hot girls at the gym helped.

What I do in lab with extra time.

July 9, 2008

Snort 1 gram as needed around the clock for high

I make labels for CII drugs. Cocaine is my fav.

Wimbledon Classic

July 7, 2008

I was doing my daily websurfing and visited ESPN.com. I saw that Federer and Nadal were playing and said, “OMG Pharmacy Kid, you’re missing the top two players battling it out for the Wimbledon trophy.” Before I even turned on the TV, I knew the entire match was going to be great. However, I was wrong. The match wasn’t great . . . it was classic. When I turned on the tube, the third set had just ended. Nadal was leading two sets two one. From then on, I couldn’t take my eyes off the TV.

Some memorable moments

  • Federer saving two match points in the fourth set
  • Nadal winning his serve to make it 6-6 in the fifth set
  • Federer hitting the final ball into the net

I was rooting for Federer because well, I’m a Federer fan. I like him for the same reasons I like Tiger Woods and the San Antonio Spurs. These three are the model for sucess in each of their respective sports. Federer, barring injury, will beat Pete Samprass for the record amount of championships. Tiger Woods . . . is Tiger Woods. The Spurs are the team that coaches want to coach and GM’s want to manage.

However, the biggest reason I love these three sports forces is because they are humble. They have respect for the opponent. When Federer lost, it only reinforced my opinion of him as a champion. Federer had only kind words after the game for Nadal. He smiled and clapped when the new champ was given the trophy. I can only hope these two continue battling against each other in future tournaments. I’m glad I got to watch this great spectacle and will remember it for quite a while. I doubt there will be a tennis match like this ever again. Let’s hope these two prove me wrong.

My Goals in Life

July 4, 2008

I found a “Goals” document I made when I was in high school. I think I was 17 or 18 at the time. I think I had extra time on my hands and wanted to plan my life out. This is copy and paste verbatim.

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Financial Goals

Ø Max out Roth IRA accounts each year

Ø Use rest of income to put in high-yield savings account

Ø After graduating pharmacy school, I’ll have $70,000/year.

Ø For first two years, pay off student loans. I’ll be 26.

Ø For next year, put down payment for house. I’ll be 27.

Ø For next three years, pay off the mortgage. I’ll be 30.

Short-term 18-25yo

start a side business

graduate from pharm school

get a dual degree or a pgy1 residency or both

midterm 25-30 yo

buy a house

max out IRA ROTH & 401K

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Looking back at this, everything is pretty much on track except for my side business. It didn’t fare too well. It was a great learning experience though. I will probably give more info on this venture in a future post.

Oh yea, enjoy the fireworks.