Congratulations on embarking on your journey to becoming a pharmacist! Regardless of where you are on that journey, it may be long and challenging, but sometimes all you need to achieve success as a pharmacy student is knowing where to start. While some resources serve as a good starting point, we have found others to help you to maintain that success.
Medscape for Pharmacists provides quality and free information, and this subset of the site is specifically designed for pharmacists. If you are interested in specialty topics like substance abuse and antibiotic resistance, this is the starting point to obtain knowledge.
This Center of Disease Control (CDC) recommended resource is there for not only your pregnant patients, but for you as well. This provides quick and easy guidance when a pregnant patient asks whether a medication is safe and a means to refer them for further guidance.
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) offers many free resources for all pharmacists and pharmacists-to-be, ranging from APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists to guidance post-graduation regarding licensing, practicing, and continuing education.
Denali RX is a free resource that provides fun flashcards, games, and videos to help you understand and remember naming drugs, pharmacy abbreviations, and more. While catered towards those studying to be pharmacy technicians, this is also beneficial for those studying to be pharmacists.
Being able to easily access reliable drug and clinical treatment information will enable you to be more confident as a pharmacy student and as a pharmacist. Lexicomp is an app and web-based platform designed to accomplish this. While it may not be free, it is worth checking to see if you can gain access through your pharmacy school.
This free resource enables you to easily access clinical articles, current events, and pharmacy journals. They also offer free podcasts like the Pharmacy Focus Podcast and recent conference articles. Being informed will enable you to become a better pharmacist, and resources like this only help to achieve this goal.
Within the world of podcasts, HelixTalk, courtesy of the professors at Rosalind Franklin University’s College of Pharmacy, is a useful way to obtain knowledge and keep up to date while on the go. With a variety of topics, including clinical guidelines and funny mnemonics, covered, this podcast will not only help you to study, but also will keep you entertained.
Part of being a good pharmacist is understanding pharmaceutical treatment and what is presently offered, as this enables you to better treat your patients. This free and easy resource includes dosage information, safety, and pricing.
As you navigate your professional journey, finding a source of support and guidance will only help. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) strives to accomplish that, from their Student Center to APhA Career Pathway Evaluation Program for Pharmacy Professionals to help you plan your career as a pharmacist.
Another great source of support is SDN’s pharmacy forums. Divided into subforums including ones for pre-pharmacy and pharmacy students, fellow peers and experts utilize their experiences and are always there to help. If they can’t help, you may derive some enjoyment from the sense of companionship.
Your pharmacy school journey may be difficult but also rewarding in many ways. However, these resources are not hard to access and will guide you to success. Good luck on your journeys as pharmacists!