How to Survive Your Intern Year

how to survive your intern year

It happened about halfway through my intern year.

I’d stayed up til 2am finishing an assignment and set the alarm on my phone to get up in time for work in the morning.

Next thing I knew I woke up to the sound of the doorbell going off non stop in my unit.

It was 11:30, my alarm hadn’t gone off and my mum had turned up to find me.

Slightly embarrassing.

The reason I didn’t wake up? My phone had died during the night. That alarm I set on my phone never went off.

I laugh about it now but at the time I was pretty red-faced.

There’s no denying the intern year is tough. Not only are you in what is probably your first full-time job, you’re also studying on top of that. You might also be trying to manage workplace politics and finding your feet as a professional.

So what can you do to manage the stress of the year?

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What it Means to be an Early Career Pharmacist

Early career pharmacist

If you’ve ever questioned where your career can take you, this is for you.

If you’re an intern, this article is for you.

If you’re a student, this article is for you.

Because honestly, your career is what YOU make of it. Yes, we all have a B.Pharm or M.Pharm but that doesn’t mean your only choice is Community Pharmacy or Hospital Pharmacy.

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Intern Training Programs: what are your options?

intern training program options

I was recently shocked to realise that there are now 6 (yes, six!) intern training programs to choose from all with different offerings and costs.

Do we not have enough choice in our lives already?

How do you even cope with this level of decision making?

Is it not enough that you’ve found A JOB and managed to navigate the process of applying to AHPRA for provisional registration?!

Back in my day when I was an Intern Pharmacist, there was only one Intern Training Program (ITP) available – everyone completed the PSA’s ITP.

Just to clarify: I am still very much an Early Career Pharmacist.

Early Career Pharmacist: a registered pharmacist within 10 years of initial registration. 

In an effort to make your life a little easier we’ve put together a comparison of the ITPs on offer.Continue Reading →