Tylenol deeply committed to helping aspiring healthcare professionals

Whether you’re a student whose family has the means to pay full tuition, or a student who needs as much financial aid as possible, applying for scholarships is a no-brainer when it comes to higher education. Of course, filling out applications may not be the most entertaining thing in the world. During my senior year, the idea of applying to even more scholarships was just about my undoing. People my age already have experience completing college and job applications, so it makes sense they no longer wish to partake in such a tedious job. Nevertheless, U.S. News and World Report lists “why it’s imperative that you understand that scholarships can be vital to your post-college success.” Scholarships are used to pay for not only tuition, but room and board, textbooks, and other school supplies. And the best part is, there’s no debt. It’s important to invest in our education. Just think–in the end, spending several hours online searching and applying for scholarships won’t be bad at all when a congratulatory letter comes in the mail.

Especially in an era where plenty of young people are choosing to earn degrees in the health sciences, such as Pharmacy or Nursing school, academic competition may cause unwanted stress. Similarly, not having the proper funds may discourage students to strive for academic success.

Lucky for them, the makers of Tylenol, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, are offering a total of $250,000 in scholarships. The company is “most widely recognized for its Tylenol brand” out of a “broad range of well-known and trusted over-the-counter products,” and has proven track records of helping students in higher education in the last 23 years. 

“The Tylenol brand is deeply committed to caring for people who are committed to caring for others,” said Denice Torres, President, McNeil Consumer Healthcare. “To date, our Tylenol Future Care Scholarship program has awarded more than $8.9 million in scholarship funds to more than 6,700 students.”

They recognize college is expensive and not everyone has the means to pay for schooling. The scholarships serve as a reward for students who are serious about having a career in healthcare, willing to make the commitment in helping others, and wish to serve their community for years to come. Explained in its company overview, it also “helps students getting a healthcare-related education to manage the rising costs of education.”

Students with at least one academic year in higher education can apply by Saturday, June 15. Titled the Tylenol Future Care Scholarship, 10 undergraduate or graduate students at a two or four-year school will be granted $10,000, and 30 granted $5,000 to assist in their education. The Tylenol Future Care Scholars will be chosen sometime in July, awarded on August 31, and must be “committed to a career of caring.”

The good news is, the qualifications for earning the scholarship are not entirely dependent on academic results. According to UWIRE, successful applicants “will be selected based on leadership qualities, academic performance and community involvement.” This is great since a considerable amount of hands-on experience and good communication is very useful in this profession. With this being a profession that’s exceedingly popular, I’d say it’s a pretty good deal. Every little bit helps. Scholarships like this are one of the many reasons students should continue to care so much about their school work and stay involved in activities that attribute to their future goals. 

For more information or if you’re interested in applying, look at www.Tylenol.com/Scholarship. If you’re active on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/TylenolScholarship, or sign up for SMS reminders by texting SCHOLAR to 87715.


“I want to be a pharmacist” Music Video

“I want to be a Pharmacist” Music Video
Filmed at USC School of Pharmacy, Featuring Hovik Mekhjian

I want to be a Pharmacist, so freakin’ bad,
Counsel all the patients that I have…
I wanna be on the cover of Pharmacy Magazine,
Smiling next to Dean Pete Vanderveen…
Oh, Every time I close my eyes (What you see? what you see?)
I see people I’ve immunized,
A different person everytime, oh I, I swear!
The world better prepare, when I’m involved in patient care!


Amazon Textbooks and Free Amazon Prime for Students

Save big on college textbooks (up to 90% on used and %30 on new) with Amazon Textbooks compared to your school’s bookstore. You can also use Amazon’s textbook site to sell and buy used books. Below is the pricing for a common Human Physiology book (good reference by the way) that you can compare to your school’s bookstore.

Also, Amazon is offering FREE Amazon Prime ($79 value) to all students! This means free 2 day shipping on all items for an entire year!! If you shop on Amazon quite often, this means you can get your items faster and won’t need to reach the $25 threshold every time to qualify for the free ground shipping, which takes 3-5 days. After a year, if you no longer want the service, feel free to cancel Amazon Prime.


Pharm.D., a Versatile Degree – Non-traditional Pharmacists

When I talk to people who don’t know much about pharmacy practice, they often assume that pharmacists are limited to working in community settings or hospital staff processing physician’s orders. They are often amazed when I talk to them about the different pharmacists that I have talked to that work in areas that no one would expect. I am pretty active in pharmacy organizations, and I am also undergoing the dual degree (Pharm.D./MS Regulatory Science) program at USC. From these experiences, I have met pharmacists that work in a diverse spectrum of positions:

-Clinical Trial Pharmacist – she works for a research lab that conducts clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies.
-Entrepreneur – he also obtained a MBA and runs an international supplement company.
-Pharmacy Lawyer – JD/Pharm.D. who works on the legal department of a large MCO.
-Pharmacy Benefits Manager – I have met several employees of large PBMs who are responsible for formulary management. wiki’s definition of what a PBM does, “developing and maintaining the formulary, contracting with pharmacies, and negotiating discounts and rebates with drug manufacturers. Today, more than 210 million Americans nationwide receive drug benefits administered by PBMs.”
-Regulatory Science – Through my masters program and involvement in industry organizations, I have met several pharmacists with regulatory affairs, whether it is labeling, consultant work, international harmonization (International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use), FDA, and many more.
-Independent Pharmacy Owner – His pharmacy offers specialized compounding services such as pet pharmacy/sport pharmacy/etc.
-Drug Procurement Director – He manages a formulary for a very large hospital, meets with pharmaceutical reps to discuss contracts, and researches most recent clinical data on drugs.
-Medical Science Liaison – “A medical science liaison (abbreviated as MSL) is a healthcare consulting professional who is employed by pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and managed care companies.”
-Pharmacogenetics Researcher – a researcher who studies how genetic differences can create different adverse events and varying clinical outcomes.

The Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm.D.) can open many career opportunities. Openness to meeting new people and exploring the profession may lead to a rewarding and exciting career as a non-traditional pharmacist.

If you have met any non-traditional pharmacists, please share in the comment section below.


Welcome to PharmApplicants.com’s Blog!

Hello everybody,

Pharmapplicants.com will serve as an invaluable resource for pre-pharmacy students by providing an applicant database, an pharmacy school application guide, a list of useful links, and other relevant tools. This blog will specifically provide updates in the pharmacy industry, application and interview tips, PCAT information, financial aid information, and anything else helpful to students pursuing pharmacy school!