January Meeting Recap


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

Kaitlin Musick

PY2 Student at UKCOP

Where should you apply?

  1. Google Top 50 Pharmacy schools in country
  2. Cross schools based on location
  3. Focus your search on topics that are important to you
    • Well-established?
    • Ranking?
    • Near large hospital?
  4. 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

Final Decision

  • Dual Degrees offered?
  • Large hospital in close proximity?
  • Variety of rotations available to PY4 students
  • Tuition
    • 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)

Interview Basics

  • 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

  • Traditional
  • 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