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I am between pharmacy school or medicine school and I feel I like both careers, how to decide?

I need to decide soon since I have to decide which Kaplan test practice I have to take and I don’t have financial support to take both test preparations #help #careerchoice

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Sarah’s Answer

Medical school is a more well rounded route. You learn about a lot of subjects and work with patients with many illnesses. Pharmacology is very centered on medications and math and chemistry, without much interaction with patients. Do you enjoy learning about the human body or do you like chemical reactions and math?? Hope this helps a little.
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Ken’s Answer

Selecting a career is a very interesting challenge, which involves getting to know yourself as the first step. During my years in college recruiting, I encountered too many graduates who, when on the job, found that they did not like the practical application of what they had studied. If they had taken the time and made the effort to get to know themselves first and then find out how their personality traits matched with people in various career ares, they might have made better decisions.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

Talk to your school counselor about taking Interest and Aptitude Testing to see how you personality traits match with those people working in various career areas.
Talk to the person at your school who tracks and works with graduates of your school to arrange to meet, talk to, visit, and shadow graduates who are working in areas identified in the testing to see what it is like to work in that career area and to get the suggestions of the people working in those area.s.
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Daniela,

I used to work at a pharmaceutical company. When talking with pharmacists, you find out quickly that they know a lot about medicine, all kinds of medicine. It is their specialty. They spend eight years focused on this one subject, drugs. They can certainly tell you more about medicines than say a general practitioner who has to know a lot more about stuff beyond drugs to help with certain conditions.

It is obvious you care about the health of people. I suppose the question that I would ask you is - how do you want to interact with patients? I have had a friend saved from a potentially life threatening combination of drugs by a sharp-eyed pharmacist. And I know many physicians - from eye doctors to general practitioners - who have helped me live a healthy life.

Gloria
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