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Best Cell Phone for Pharmacy School

Students often ask, “what is the best cell phone to have in pharmacy school?” Having a smartphone definitely has its advantages whether you are on rotation using drug applications or responding immediately to sign up lists for health fairs/first come first serve scholarships (I am glad that I had a Blackberry Bold because I was able to sign up for these sort of things first). Personally, I would recommend the Blackberry Bold 9000/9700 or the Apple Iphone for pharmacy students. The Blackberry Bold has better/faster email functionality while the Iphone has a wider selection of applications. During my health care delivery class, I used my Blackberry Bold to look up government organization acronyms and healthcare laws that I was unfamiliar with as my professor was lecturing. Lastly, some smartphones offer WIFI, which lets you browse in areas with low reception (like my lecture hall) and in some cases, you can cancel your data plan after one month and just use WIFI (this is what I am doing).

If you in the market for a new phone, definitely check out Amazon’s Wireless Website as the pricing on phones is much better than at a store. For example the Blackberry Bold 9700 is a PENNY ($.01) from Amazon, while it is $200 on the AT&T site. Check for yourself:

1. Motorola BACKFLIP Android Phone (AT&T)
(30 customer reviews)
List Price: $349.99
Price: $0.01

2. BlackBerry Bold 9700 Phone (AT&T)
(27 customer reviews)
List Price: $499.99
Price From: $0.01

3. HTC Tilt 2 Windows Phone (AT&T)
(20 customer reviews)
List Price: $499.99
Price From: $0.01

4. Motorola DROID A855 Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)
(183 customer reviews)
List Price: $559.99
Price From: $19.99

5. BlackBerry Bold 9000 Phone, White (AT&T)
(0 customer reviews)
List Price: $499.99
Price: $0.01

6. HTC HD2 Windows Phone (T-Mobile)
(18 customer reviews)
List Price: $549.99
Price: Add to cart to see price

7. BlackBerry Bold 9000 Phone, Black (AT&T)
(92 customer reviews)
List Price: $499.99
Price: $0.01

8. Samsung Mythic a897 Phone (AT&T)
(22 customer reviews)
List Price: $299.99
Price From: $0.01

9. Samsung Convoy U640 Phone (Verizon Wireless)
(7 customer reviews)
List Price: $399.99
Price: $0.01

10. LG Shine II GD710 Phone (AT&T)
(2 customer reviews)
List Price: $299.99
Price: $0.01

These prices were copied off the Amazon Wireless Website on 6/1/10, and prices may change. Also, these prices are applied only with a new contract. If your current contract has expired, definitely check out that website. Although Amazon doesn’t have the HTC Incredible nor the Iphone, they may add it to their wireless shop later on.

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Books that will get you into Pharmacy School

Here are the top resources for each step of the application process for pharmacy schools. I have only highlighted the most popular and top-rated products (at least 4 stars) from Amazon. Rather than scrambling around the Internet or asking a bunch of people, these resources comprehensively cover all aspects of the entire process.

Admissions Book

These two admissions books were written to elucidate the entire application process all the way from PCAT exam preparation to the interview.

Pharmacy Technician Exam Books

Books for preparation for the pharmacy technician (PTCB) exam. The practice exams are a great way to get used to the type or problems presented on the real exam.

PCAT

PCAT preparation courses will set you back at least a thousand dollars, so I highly recommend students to utilize the more cost-effective method of self-studying. The Kaplan PCAT book is the most popular and highest rated preparation material The AudioLearn product is a great supplement as you can listen to the material while driving around or lounging at home.

Interview Preparation

The interview is the scariest part of the application process for most applicants. These two books will prepare you mentally for any type of question you may encounter at all of your interviews.

Top 200 Drugs Review

This is usually tested during your first year of pharmacy school, and if you want to get started early, you will want to purchase these products. The Sigler cards are the ones we used for our two drug exams (top 100 exam as well as the top 101-200 exam).