- Heather H., P4 Student
Let's cut right to the chase. If you are a student pharmacist who wants to:
Then you are in the right place!
Are you a nursing or medical student? Are you a practicing professional just looking to level-up your pharmacy game? Don't worry! You will also find a happy home at tl;dr pharmacy.
Read on to find out more about who is behind tl;dr pharmacy, what our name means, and why we exist.
Brandon Dyson and Sam Oh. We are practicing, board certified, residency-trained pharmacists. We are teachers and preceptors to students just like yourself.
We know your struggle. We know how difficult it is to absorb the amount of material that gets thrown at you during school. And we know how hard it is to retain and keep up with it all when you are practicing.
We are here to make your life easier.
Look, we get it. You're busy. When you're a student, you've got something like 17 tests this week. And when you're practicing, you're constantly being asked to do more with less. Why should you spend your valuable time here?
Whatever field you're in, think back to how you were taught pharmacology and therapeutics.
Tell me if this sounds familiar:
And for the students out there...
How do we know this?
Because we've been through the same exact thing.
We've struggled through it ourselves. We've seen so many others struggle. And we've learned something. It's not your fault. Seriously. It's not your fault.
Your frustration is due to a couple of things.
Partially, it's the result of learning things in a modular format. Think of how you learned the material. You've had a “Cardio” module, an “Infectious Disease” module, an "Endocrine" module, and so on.
This intense, concentrated system is an effective way to learn...to a point. That's why it's used by almost every pharmacy, medical, and nursing program in the US. It forces you to immerse yourself and allows you to cover crap-tons of material in short periods of time.
But the modular format falls short in teaching you the connections between modules. You don't see the forest for the trees. There's no "30,000 ft" view.
Making matters worse, you've compartmentalized everything by cramming for each test within the module. The result? The classic “learn and dump.” You’ve forgotten everything you learned two weeks into the next module.
You knew everything about moxifloxacin in your ID module...what the hell is it doing on an exam question in your Psych module?!
tl;dr pharmacy has got your back.
You're also likely frustrated because professional or "soft" skills are not covered in your pharmacy program. There's just no time to teach things that won't show up on the NAPLEX.
It's hard to navigate your way through pharmacy school in today's environment. And most of the people advising you graduated 10+ years ago. When there were half as many pharmacy schools and almost no one did residency.
It doesn't matter how solid you are with therapeutics. If you struggle with professionalism and communication...
...then life after pharmacy school will be difficult.
You can memorize every NCCN guideline in existence, but it won't help you get a job if you bomb your interview.
tl;dr pharmacy has got you covered here too.
tl;dr pharmacy is the thing we wished existed when we were in pharmacy school.
We write informative and actionable articles for YOU.
Our stuff is in plain language and littered with jokes. We don't enjoy reading medical journals, and neither do you.
Further, your patients don't want to hear counseling points you're regurgitating from Micromedex. They want you to talk to them like a human being.
At tl;dr pharmacy, you'll find actionable information you can use right now.
What? You don’t spend your free time trolling Reddit!? tl;dr is a popular internet acronym. You'll find it in the comment section of a lengthy article.
It's a way of letting the writer know that the post was too long, so the 'reader' didn't bother reading it. You could break down the etymology of our name as follows:
tl;dr = too long; didn’t read
pharmacy = pharmacy
Learning the amount of drug information required to be a competent practitioner is hard work. There is no getting around it. We cannot replace the hard work that YOU must put in to succeed.
We are not accredited by ACPE. If you are a practicing pharmacist and are referring to us for a refresher, great! But remember the limitations of what you’re reading...
We are just two guys typing words into a computer. We are qualified professionals, but we are NOT a substitute for peer-reviewed, evidence based guidelines and literature. Do not use tl;dr pharmacy as a citation during a presentation. Seriously, don't (unless you're doing it to tell others about our site...in that case, cite away!).
Most of all, we cannot replace your sound clinical judgement. We aren't afraid to give our professional opinions here. But we do not know your patient. And what you read on this site will not be enough to provide the outstanding care they deserve.
By the nature of "tl;dr," we have to leave some stuff out. You will find tons of useful info here, but it will not be the full picture. For more information, please see our disclaimer.
If you have questions or just want to say hi, contact us! Most of our writing topics are chosen based on reader request...so don't be afraid to drop us a line.
Brandon Dyson, PharmD, BCPS
Works as a Clinical Pharmacist and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at a major academic hospital. He can be reached at email@example.com
Samuel Oh, PharmD, BCPS
Works as a Catalog Manager for a global health organization. Previously practiced as a Clinical Pharmacist in Informatics and Pain Management. Completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at a government hospital. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org