• Deciding Pre-Pharm,  PharmD,  Pre-Pharm

    Surviving My First Week As a Pharmacy Technician

    Pharmacy Technician Tip Double check your state Board of Pharmacy requirements before applying to pharmacy technician positions. Most positions require certification which includes national certification AND state certification.    This last week, I had the great pleasure of using my pharmacy technician license (CPhT) for the first time! This was very exciting because I had no previous employment experience in a pharmacy setting. I shadowed community and clinical pharmacists before, but this was a chance to witness how prescriptions were processed, manifested, and delivered to the patient. Because of my master’s program and my incoming status as a pharmacy student, I was luckily hired by a long-term care pharmacy. Our…

  • Pre-Health,  Pre-Med,  Pre-Pharm,  School & Life Balance

    Launch an Outreach Program in 5 Steps

    Sammy is a current professional at Texas Instruments where she works as an Engineer 1 in their Fabrication Laboratory. She has been a very dear friend of mine for the last 5 years since we first met at a Society of Women Engineers meeting. Sammy is a fierce advocate for K12 STEM outreach, and it is my pleasure to invite her to Medical Redhead to share her 5 top tips to launch an outreach program.  To learn more about Sammy and her coaching program for engineers, visit https://sammyzellner.com/. Volunteering in an outreach program is the foundation for the “experience section” of any application – whether it’s for school, jobs, scholarships,…

  • Deciding Pre-Pharm,  PharmD

    A Burnout’s Guide to Pharmacy School Applications

    Ryback is a current P1 earning his PharmD at the University of Texas at Tyler Ben and Maytee Fisch of Pharmacy. He is a dear friend of mine and will make a brilliant pharmacist. I am thrilled to share his experience in preparing for PharmD applications! This is dedicated to all current and future PharmD applicants who are on the fence about continuing their pursuit of becoming a pharmacist due to burnout. I applied to the Fisch College of Pharmacy via the Early Decision track in the Fall 2018 semester; however, just a couple of months back in March 2018, I was burned out and ready to pursue other passions…

  • Medical Redhead with her Primary Mentor
    Deciding Pre-Med,  Pre-Med,  School & Life Balance

    To All The Doctors I Never Ended Up Being: An ode to mentors 

    Cover Photo: Medical Redhead with her primary healthcare mentor. I’ve been at my pre-health game for sometime: 3 years as a pre-med, 6 months as a pre-pharm. Within this time, I shadowed doctors in emergency medicine, family medicine, cardiology, pediatrics, pharmacy, podiatry, global health, OB/GYN, orthopedics, and rheumatology. From PhDs to MDs/DOs to RNs to PharmDs, each of my shadowing experiences taught me something unique. Yet obviously, I cannot ultimately become all of these specialities. I spent 3 months of one summer shadowing a podiatrist for 80 hours. I loved this preceptorship, and I loved the patients and medical cases. Due to geographical restrictions and other personal commitments, I didn’t…

  • MD,  Pre-Med,  School & Life Balance

    Guest Blog: A MS3’s Take On How to Prepare for the Australian Medical School System

    Hello, my name is Steph, and I’m a 3rd year medical student. By now, that sentence flows off my tongue countless times per day. People react certain ways when hearing someone studies medicine, but the reality is that I am no different from anyone else. I have been incredibly blessed; my parents are accountants and administrators who worked incredibly hard to provide my sister and I a fantastic education and opportunities in music and sport. I am just a kid from Perth, Australia who dreamed and applied for a big medical school a 5-hour costly flight from home. I love to read, I go to the church and the gym,…

  • Deciding Pre-Med,  Pre-Med,  School & Life Balance

    2018 Recap

    2018 was a bittersweet year of growing up. I simultaneously had the best and worst year of my life. Often, I felt frustrated, confused, and unsure of what I wanted or what can make me happy. Fortunately, I had a solid foundation of good friends and a beautiful family that stood by me and kept me grounded. If not for them, I would have been lost the entire 2018 year. It was at my lowest moments that made me realize how beautiful each milestone was. While I had some major successes, I had some major failures too. A lot of first experiences happened this year. Graduate school, getting married, fearing…

  • Online Planner Snippet
    DO,  Graduate School,  MD,  Post-Bachelors,  Pre-Med,  School & Life Balance

    Creating Your Online Planner

    Out of all the tried-and-true methods of movement planner that I have used throughout my pre-med years, the online planner has withstood the test of time. I used to be a fan of paper planners, but with integrated software between my laptop and my phone, it just became too easy to forget about my paper planner. For this blog, I will provide tips to boost your online planner! Throughout college, I would often hear my role models say, “If it’s not on my calendar, it’s not going to happen.” Now that I am a graduate student, I understand the need to maximize every second. By scheduling tasks and events in…

  • Post-Bachelors,  Pre-Med

    Get Involved In Research

    @Medical Redhead at UT South Western interviewing a physician scientist in Radiation Oncology. @MedicalRedhead with her senior design capstone thesis poster over silicon carbide. @MedicalRedhead taking water samples in Puerto Williams, Chile. It is never too early or too late to start research. From high school to a senior in college, you can be involved in research! I knew of multiple highschoolers who luckily lived close enough to a university to be able to work with faculty. Their science fair projects definitely blew ours out of the water. Are you a junior or senior in college? If you have the time after upperclassman coursework, you can still be involved in…