Resources

The following is a list of useful tools. Some were created by us. We either personally used or reviewed the others.

Nothing makes it on this page that we haven't personally used or reviewed. If it doesn't get the tl;dr pharmacy stamp of approval, it will not show up here. These are great resources that will help you no matter where you are in your professional career. We'll add more here as we get to it, so check back often. If you know of a great resource that should be on this page, let us know!

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Pharmacy School: The Missing Manual

The only book of its kind. Learn the "unwritten" lessons of pharmacy school. This book is the white flower to your Mario. Read it and you'll be spitting balls of fire all over campus. None of that "Sorry Mario, but the Princess is in another castle" crap. You'll be the hero of the day. 

It covers how to study for (and take) tests. How to act on rotations. How to deal with professors, preceptors, and co-workers. How to give presentations. How to make a CV. And a lot more.  

You can check out the entire first chapter by signing up for our mailing list. Otherwise, we've got a full page that tells you about PS:TMM, so check it out!

 
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Guide to Federal Pharmacy Law, 8th ed. by Barry S. Reiss and Gary D. Hall

This is the only book we've needed for every MPJE we've taken (between us, we're licensed in DC, MD, TX, and VA). This book is great because it's full of questions. It lets you reverse-engineer your way into memorizing Federal Law. It's an incredibly effective way to learn. 

Here's how you study for your MPJE...

Start with this book. Then read your into the specifics of your State BOP's own rules on controlled substances. Note the differences in the timeframes (CII expiration dates, etc). Also focus on re-licensure requirements, vaccination regulations, and BOP notification timelines (for theft, damage, transfer of ownership, open/closing of pharmacy, etc..)

Unless you live in NY or CA (you'll probably need something extra there cause things are just silly), this is about all you will need. 

 
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Evaluating Clinical Research: All that glitters is not gold, 2nd ed. by Brengt and Curt Furberg

I owe a good portion of my literature evaluation skills to this book.

It's quick and to the point. And it hones your BS Detector to razor sharp levels. There's no math. No biostats formulas. It's all real world application. It's even got some jokes and cartoons. Like a cool older brother telling you the way the world works. 

It's exactly the type of book tl;dr pharmacy can get behind. 

You'll learn what bad data looks like. You'll learn what good data looks like. You'll get plenty of real world examples of both. You'll learn that in reality it's all a shade of gray, and that the truth lies somewhere in the middle. And, most importantly, you'll learn how to evaluate the available evidence in a study to make the best clinical decision for your patient (who is more than just a data point). 

 

RxPrep Course Book, 2016 Ed. By Karen Shapiro and Sherry Brown

Simply put...This was the only thing I used to prepare for the NAPLEX. Well, this book and about 37 gallons of coffee. 

Sure there are other prep books. And I'm sure they're lovely. But this is the one that I used (except I used the 2013 edition), and I'm partial to it. 

The chapters provide a great overview of every NAPLEX-relevant topic. The practice questions mimic the NAPLEX. They've got a massive online question databank and a user-friendly app that lets you study on the go. A lot of work went into making this a "one stop shop" for all your NAPLEX studying needs. 

Many pharmacy schools provide this for their students (along with online video and question bank access). If you are not that fortunate, I absolutely consider RxPrep worth the purchase price. 

 

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