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What kind of activities/experience will be most crucial on an application for pharmacy school?

I want to make sure to participate in any internship/research/club activities that will be helpful for pharmacy school. #pharmacy #pharmaceuticals

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Christiana’s Answer

Any kind of organizations, relevant to pharmacy or not, that you held leadership positions in are always great! Leadership positions and stories about them are great to talk about when you're interviewing and there is almost always a question about your leadership experience.

A lot of schools have Pre-Pharmacy organizations too and you'll be able to work with students that are interested in the same field as you.

If you aren't currently a pharmacy technician or technician trainee, that is another great opportunity to start working around a pharmacy and exposing yourself to drugs before starting pharmacy school.
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Alexis’s Answer

Some activities and experiences that may be helpful on applications for pharmacy school can range from extracurricular activities to working in a pharmacy. Depending on what your interest is being active in different clubs are helpful to gain leadership opportunities. These leadership opportunities are not only officer positions in the organization but just participating as an active member including group volunteering and giving back to the community. Another experience is to get involved in a pharmacy which could be shadowing in a pharmacy or even working as a pharmacy technician may help give you not only experience but a glimpse into that particular type of pharmacy.
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Dinah’s Answer

For starters, pharmacy schools really like to see a student that is well rounded and that didn't just focus on chemistry or biology. Many pharmacy schools look at these crucial things:

1. Any clubs or organizations that you are involved in or even held a leadership position in.
2. Having any experience in the field of pharmacy, like being a pharmacy technician.
3. If you have had any research positions in undergrad.
4. Ongoing volunteering.
5. Important hobbies that pertain to pharmacy.

It can sound like a lot, but pick a few that you think you are doing well in and stick to it. You don't have to do everything underneath the sun. Picking 3 of the most important things and doing them well is better then doing so much, but the quality isn't there. A great pharmacist is an effective leader and can effectively communicate with his/her team.
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Abdul Vaajid’s Answer

Hello, Joanne


Great question! To get accepted to a pharmacy school, one of the crucial points that are taken in consideration is extra extracurricular activities.
1. Clubs/Organizations: get involved in any club that interests you, hold a leadership position in that club, organize invents/fundraisers/volunteer work.
2. On campus jobs: If possible atleast try to hold a position in student activities office, or be a peer mentor if your university organizes such programs were they hire seniors as peer mentors to assist freshman.
3. Health care related organizations: research if American Heart Association, Alzheimer's Association or American Diabetes Associates such as are having an event in your community, be a part of it, volunteer or even better help organize one.
4. Work: become a certified pharmacy technician, get a job at a community or hospital pharmacy and atleast have 1 year of pharmacy work experience, this will help you tremendously with your pharmacy school experience.


The quality that a pharmacist should posses are tested by this, being a leader, able to communicate with patients, inspire colleagues and be able to manage time well.

Thank you comment icon Wow, thank you so much for the help! Joanne
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