Before Entering PD1 Year …

Here are my thoughts to the questions received from the prospective students as the end of the semester is drawing closer:

1. Is it necessary to purchase a tablet and to take notes with a stylus during the lectures?

– The students use both laptop and tablets to take notes for class. For classes that require extensive note-taking, such as case studies in Applied Pharmaceutical Care, it maybe preferable to use the laptop to type the words. For classes such as Drug Delivery and Immunology, it may be sufficient to download the lectures posted on Moodle on iPad and then to add in a few descriptive words for further understanding. For classes that require drawing of the molecular structures and metabolism reactions (i.e. Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology), stylus and iPad save a lot of papers. “Notability” is a very versatile app that enables students to organize class notes using different colors, highlighters, and post-its. (

2. When is the appropriate time to apply for internship, and what is the process of getting an internship license?

The past two semesters, there were recruiters from Cubs, Thrifty White and Target looking to interview pharmacy students for internship. Prior to applying, e-mails are sent out about the possible internship opportunities, and the students who are interested are encouraged to sign-up for a time slot.

At the end of the first pharmacy year, there is a presentation from the Board of Pharmacy about the process of getting an intern license. Usually, it requires an online registration of filling out a document, and an application fee. Anyone who completed the first year of pharmacy school is eligible to apply.

3. What are some types of organizations offered in the Duluth campus?

There are many organizations in the school of pharmacy. For example,  Kappa Psi, and H.O.P.E clinic. Kappa Psi is a nationwide fraternity organization. The brothers organize volunteering, health fairs, Diabetes Walk, social gatherings and weekly meetings. H.O.P.E Clinic is a non-profit clinic for the uninsured, underserved population in Duluth. Pharmacy students and medical students are encouraged to sign up once or twice every semester to serve the local patients. For pharmacy students, there is an opportunity to sign-up for a student pharmacist, front-desk attendant, or patient advocate.

Once the school starts, there is a long stream of informational sessions about different organizations, and e-mails about how to sign up to be a part of the organization of one’s choice.

4. Is it possible to work during the academic year?

It is certainly possible to work during the academic year. About 50% of our class hold jobs. Others are involved in school or volunteering. It depends on how one would like to portray yourself after graduating, and what kind of experiences one is looking to have during the pharmacy school journey. For example, if planning a residency after graduation, GPA and extracurricular leadership are what one may consider more than working.

5. How can one find a housing?

There is graduate housing on campus: (Duluth : have to specify “Graduate Housing” on the application) (Twin cities)

There is also a google doc of the list of housings available to the pharmacy students during the summer and the academic year. This will be e-mailed during the semester and will be visible to pharmacy students who are looking for roommates for the next term.

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  1. Kathryn Schultz, PharmD, FASHP

     /  June 9, 2014

    Regarding internships — I think it is safe to say that every major health system in the Twin Cities and in Duluth also recruits for interns in the winter and spring semesters. So opportunities are available in every pharmacy setting and I encourage you to try out different areas to see where you might like to practice!


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