"I wish I had this when I started Pharmacy School..."

- Heather H., P4 Student                     
 

Let's cut right to the chase. If you are a student pharmacist who wants to:

  • Crush every exam (including the NAPLEX and MPJE) 
  • Get into the right residency or practice area
  • Be a kick-ass, well-respected pharmacist

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.

 

The handsome, talking experts who write the words you're reading

The handsome, talking experts who write the words you're reading

Who is behind tl;dr pharmacy?

 

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.
 

 

 

How tl;dr pharmacy will help you  

 

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?

Love your site! Great for us preceptors!
— Karen R., Clinical Pharmacist

Whatever field you're in, think back to how you were taught pharmacology and therapeutics.

 

Tell me if this sounds familiar:

  • You have many isolated drug 'factoids' memorized, but you struggle with connecting the dots.
  • You have a hard time looking at a package insert or a clinical study and applying it to your practice
  • You feel overwhelmed by the amount of drug information you're supposed to learn
  • You hate studying pharmacy because it's a chore to read anything informative
  • You sometimes have trouble knowing where to focus your study efforts.

And for the students out there...

  • No matter how much prep work you put in, you don't do as well as you could on your exams.
  • You're constantly told by professors to "learn the material, not just memorize it."
  • You're confused about residency. Everyone says you "need" one. But you're not sure you want to. Or, even if you are sure, you have no idea how to get there from where you currently are. 

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.

I love your antibiotic utilization highlight
sheet! I’ve been referring to it several times throughout my rotation and
it’s super quick and easy to look at!
— Grace L., PGY1 Resident

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.
 

I really enjoy the way the articles are written. It’s like a breath of fresh air.
— Mohamed E., Recent Graduate

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. 

 

 

Welcome to the dot-connector and the gap-filler of your education.

Put simply... 

tl;dr pharmacy is the thing we wished existed when we were in pharmacy school. 

I just want to say. YOU GUYS ROCK! I am a practicing pharmacist and I love your blog. Best I have seen so far as far as being useful and to the point. Please keep it up!
— Rama G., Pharmacist

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

  • Clinical overviews? Check.
  • NAPLEX study tips? Check.
  • Not making an ass out of yourself on rotations? Check.
  • Residency and practice job interview advice? Check.
  • Occasional rants about the state of the profession? Check.

 

What does the name tl;dr pharmacy mean?

 

tl;dr pharmacy communicates everything in ways I understand. They make complex “science-y” material seem simple. On top of all that, I get a laugh every now and then.
— Janiel U., P4 Student

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

 

What tl;dr pharmacy is NOT

 

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.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, and another sprinkle of thank you!
— Lea G., P3 Student

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!).

I have fallen in love with your website.
The only thing I regret is not finding it when I started pharmacy school!
— Max T., P3 Student

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.

 

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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. 

 

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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 brandon@tldrpharmacy.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 sam@tldrpharmacy.com