FEBRUARY MEETING DATE CHANGE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH AT 5PM IN TODD 152
Mike Health, RPh, MBA, FAPhA
Colonel (Retired) U.S. Army
Senior Partner and CEO of Health Healthcare Consulting, Inc.
- Chief Pharmacist for U.S. Army
- Pharmacists are engaged in caring for healthy and wounded service members.
- Don't burn any bridges
- When you lead, be visible and walk around - have an executive presence
- Treat people with dignity and respect
- Maintain a healthy work-life balance
- Find a mentor and be a mentor
- Earn respect though your actions and how you treat people
- Make a difference everyday
PY2 Student at UKCOP
Where should you apply?
- Google Top 50 Pharmacy schools in country
- Cross schools based on location
- Focus your search on topics that are important to you
- Near large hospital?
- Make an Excel sheet including Pre-Requisites, Tuition, Pertinent Application information
Tour as many schools as you can
- Take a tour of the entire campus and the pharmacy school
- Meet faculty, administrators, and current students
- Can you see yourself fitting in there?
- Have questions ready to ask:
- Details of MBA program
- Do most students comment or live close by?
Problems she ran into...
- Email questions so you have the response in writing
- Always attach your transcript
- Broad course requirements
- Ask whether a particular course will fulfill this requirement
- Dual Degrees offered?
- Large hospital in close proximity?
- Variety of rotations available to PY4 students
- Look into applying to scholarships, financial aid
- Talk to pharmacists you may know about the school's reputation
- Early decision vs. Regular decision
- Start early and submit early!!
- Ask "Would you be willing to write a positive Letter of Recommendation on my behalf?"
- sk early and have a "back up"
- Write Thank You note
- Ask peers and superiors to proofread/edit your essay(s)
- It is OKAY to be nervous
- Interviews can include actual sit down interview, tour of college, talks with current students, and presentation from administrators/dean
- Dress conservatively
- Do a mock interview
- Offered by UK Pre-Pharmacy Club
- UK Career Center
- Have several questions prepared for interviewee
- What do you want to know about this program, city, associated hospital, dual degrees, student life, etc.
- Research programs extensively before arriving to interview
- Write hand-written thank you notes
Types of Interviews
- Multiple Mini Interviews
- Situation-based questions
- Generally about 2 minutes to read prompt and 8 minutes to answer
- Work on expanding your answer
- Attempt to tie in personal connection or story
Things to Remember
- You are interviewing THEM just as much as they are interviewing YOU
- Ask about Residency Match rate
- Is this somewhere you can see yourself for 4 years?
- Take Biochemistry
- Take Genetics
- Take Neuropharmacology class
- Earlier you visit/research schools the better