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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2013, 17:12
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Interesting, well I'm assuming you are looking to do something new? The application is about putting together a good explanation of why you need an MBA, and how it will help you accomplish your goals. All I know about being a pharmacist is that it involves counting pills. I may be wrong, but it doesn't seem like it requires a great deal of problem solving, and if that is the case, you'll really want to focus on the skills you've gained in your leadership capacity as you write your essays.

Also, if you are looking to change careers don't make it sound like you're burnt out and the MBA is your way out. Rather, talk about how you plan to build on what you've learned as a pharmacist to transition into something new.


Being a pharmacist is all about problem solving and way more than just counting pills. Most pharmacists would be insulted by your observation but I understand where you're coming from as someone who once thought the same so I take no offense. I'm not looking for something new but to advance the direction pharmacy is heading, it requires people like myself with an MBA from a good program.


Hey i didn't mean to offend. I'm saying that that is all I know of it, and it's likely that many in the admissions committees will only have the same vague understanding. So just be sure to explain to them the problem solving you do and also the leadership experiences that you've had.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2013, 20:08
My brother in law is a pharmacist. Most of what pharmacists do is measure and count out pills. So the standard work of a pharmacist is cut and dry, doesn't require problem solving or creativity. Rather, they follow a set of protocols in filling prescriptions and advising both doctors and clients on dosing and usage. Again, that doesn't leave much room for analysis. However, if aswe has management over the pharmacy as well, then he may make business decisions as well. So that is where an MBA will come into use.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2013, 20:38
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Interesting, well I'm assuming you are looking to do something new? The application is about putting together a good explanation of why you need an MBA, and how it will help you accomplish your goals. All I know about being a pharmacist is that it involves counting pills. I may be wrong, but it doesn't seem like it requires a great deal of problem solving, and if that is the case, you'll really want to focus on the skills you've gained in your leadership capacity as you write your essays.

Also, if you are looking to change careers don't make it sound like you're burnt out and the MBA is your way out. Rather, talk about how you plan to build on what you've learned as a pharmacist to transition into something new.


Being a pharmacist is all about problem solving and way more than just counting pills. Most pharmacists would be insulted by your observation but I understand where you're coming from as someone who once thought the same so I take no offense. I'm not looking for something new but to advance the direction pharmacy is heading, it requires people like myself with an MBA from a good program.


So consider me one of the ignorant ones -- I am legitimately curious as to what a pharmacist's job involves. Is there a quick summary you can provide (or link to a good explanation)? I always figured that these days the computers figure out all the problems that could arise (drug interactions, dosages, etc)...seems like a computer would be better able to keep track of everything over a human brain? Again, not trying to be condescending here -- I honestly didn't think there wasn't much involved with being a pharmacist but would love to know more.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 May 2013, 00:09
I was just admitted! I got the e-mail pretty late today, even for Hawaii.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 May 2013, 04:47
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I was just admitted! I got the e-mail pretty late today, even for Hawaii.


Congrats! It looks like there will be quite a few vets in our class again. What branch are you? BTW, out of pure curiosity, what drove you to apply in R4? It looks like you've only applied to the two schools, so I imagine it was a recent decision to dive to an MBA?
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 May 2013, 04:49
Well, I just got waitlisted in round 4. I was interviewed as well. Does anyone have any thoughts on my odds at this stage? I'm not exactly hopeful. Has anyone had any luck sneaking off the waitlist?
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 May 2013, 04:53
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When is everyone moving to Austin? And secondly, is anyone doing the MAP stuff? I didn't sign up for the week long ones but I'll probably do the day trips.


I'm looking at July 7th-9th. I didn't sign up for the MAP stuff, because it doesn't quite seem fair to go on a vacation without my partner. Might do one of the day things.


July 22nd for me, but I'm only doing the river floating MAP. I understand they need to contract a 3rd-party travel company to host the trip for simplicity sake, but that really inflated the cost of the trips relative to what I'd consider reasonable.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 May 2013, 05:43
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Well, I just got waitlisted in round 4. I was interviewed as well. Does anyone have any thoughts on my odds at this stage? I'm not exactly hopeful. Has anyone had any luck sneaking off the waitlist?


Hard to predict your odds. I remember someone posted that McCombs accepted 20% of waitlisted applicants last year, though it's hard to say for rd 4.

There is also a waitlist thread you should check out if you haven't already:

mccombs-2013-calling-all-waitlisted-applicants-150245.html
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 May 2013, 05:57
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Being a pharmacist is all about problem solving and way more than just counting pills. Most pharmacists would be insulted by your observation but I understand where you're coming from as someone who once thought the same so I take no offense. I'm not looking for something new but to advance the direction pharmacy is heading, it requires people like myself with an MBA from a good program.


So consider me one of the ignorant ones -- I am legitimately curious as to what a pharmacist's job involves. Is there a quick summary you can provide (or link to a good explanation)? I always figured that these days the computers figure out all the problems that could arise (drug interactions, dosages, etc)...seems like a computer would be better able to keep track of everything over a human brain? Again, not trying to be condescending here -- I honestly didn't think there wasn't much involved with being a pharmacist but would love to know more.


Hmm very interesting azwe. I'm curious about this too now. I guess there are a lot of misconceptions about the role of a pharmacist.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 May 2013, 10:20
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I was just admitted! I got the e-mail pretty late today, even for Hawaii.


Congrats! It looks like there will be quite a few vets in our class again. What branch are you? BTW, out of pure curiosity, what drove you to apply in R4? It looks like you've only applied to the two schools, so I imagine it was a recent decision to dive to an MBA?


Thanks. I am an enlisted sailor. How many vets do you know of in the Class of 2015? I only applied to McCombs and Rice because I wanted to get into energy and entrepreneurship. I also knew the brands better because I'm from Texas and had limited opportunities to see the schools elsewhere.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 May 2013, 11:25
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I was just admitted! I got the e-mail pretty late today, even for Hawaii.


Congrats! It looks like there will be quite a few vets in our class again. What branch are you? BTW, out of pure curiosity, what drove you to apply in R4? It looks like you've only applied to the two schools, so I imagine it was a recent decision to dive to an MBA?


Thanks. I am an enlisted sailor. How many vets do you know of in the Class of 2015? I only applied to McCombs and Rice because I wanted to get into energy and entrepreneurship. I also knew the brands better because I'm from Texas and had limited opportunities to see the schools elsewhere.


There are usually 10-13 vets, and I think we are about 12 or so that I know of (including 2 USNA grads). You can join the McCombs FB and LinkedIn AFAA pages to check it out.

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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 May 2013, 15:50
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My brother in law is a pharmacist. Most of what pharmacists do is measure and count out pills. So the standard work of a pharmacist is cut and dry, doesn't require problem solving or creativity. Rather, they follow a set of protocols in filling prescriptions and advising both doctors and clients on dosing and usage. Again, that doesn't leave much room for analysis. However, if aswe has management over the pharmacy as well, then he may make business decisions as well. So that is where an MBA will come into use.


No room for analysis? Doesn't require problem solving or creativity? You clearly have no idea what we do. We get 8 semesters of pharmacology in college, your docs get 1 or 2. It's a lot more than just counting pills. Computers are smart but they can't catch everything. The human element is very real and we catch prescription errors all the time. Even therapeutic errors. You got diagnosed with a skin infection and your doctor wrote for a drug your insurance doesn't cover. Need an alternative? Great. We have to figure out costs, antibiotic spectrum, whether it's gram positive or gram negative, aerobic or anaerobic, ever had a reaction to a certain type of antibiotic, age, tendon disease, etc. Coumadin clinics are usually run by pharmacists and help manage your blood thinner ensuring you're at a lower risk for developing a clot. We dose you based on lots of factors and we have to monitor while making appropriate changes.

You don't see any of this because you aren't behind the counter. The stuff I mentioned doesn't even include what hospital pharmacists do. Now do you guys see why so many pharmacists get offended by those comments? "Doesn't require problem solving or creativity". Say that around a pharmacist, nurse, or doctor and they'll laugh you out the door.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 May 2013, 18:36
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My brother in law is a pharmacist. Most of what pharmacists do is measure and count out pills. So the standard work of a pharmacist is cut and dry, doesn't require problem solving or creativity. Rather, they follow a set of protocols in filling prescriptions and advising both doctors and clients on dosing and usage. Again, that doesn't leave much room for analysis. However, if aswe has management over the pharmacy as well, then he may make business decisions as well. So that is where an MBA will come into use.


No room for analysis? Doesn't require problem solving or creativity? You clearly have no idea what we do. We get 8 semesters of pharmacology in college, your docs get 1 or 2. It's a lot more than just counting pills. Computers are smart but they can't catch everything. The human element is very real and we catch prescription errors all the time. Even therapeutic errors. You got diagnosed with a skin infection and your doctor wrote for a drug your insurance doesn't cover. Need an alternative? Great. We have to figure out costs, antibiotic spectrum, whether it's gram positive or gram negative, aerobic or anaerobic, ever had a reaction to a certain type of antibiotic, age, tendon disease, etc. Coumadin clinics are usually run by pharmacists and help manage your blood thinner ensuring you're at a lower risk for developing a clot. We dose you based on lots of factors and we have to monitor while making appropriate changes.

You don't see any of this because you aren't behind the counter. The stuff I mentioned doesn't even include what hospital pharmacists do. Now do you guys see why so many pharmacists get offended by those comments? "Doesn't require problem solving or creativity". Say that around a pharmacist, nurse, or doctor and they'll laugh you out the door.


Dear azwe,
I apologize if I offended you. Please know that I meant no insult. I was simply saying that pharmacists in general follow a set of rules and guidelines from which they cannot deviate. In that regard they are unable to be creative. But please keep in mind, what I know comes from the point of view of my brother in law who works at a walgreens so it is likely different than what you do as a hospital pharmacist. Thank you again for understanding.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 May 2013, 18:54
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I was just admitted! I got the e-mail pretty late today, even for Hawaii.


Congrats! It looks like there will be quite a few vets in our class again. What branch are you? BTW, out of pure curiosity, what drove you to apply in R4? It looks like you've only applied to the two schools, so I imagine it was a recent decision to dive to an MBA?


Thanks. I am an enlisted sailor. How many vets do you know of in the Class of 2015? I only applied to McCombs and Rice because I wanted to get into energy and entrepreneurship. I also knew the brands better because I'm from Texas and had limited opportunities to see the schools elsewhere.



Hi rmrose -- Congrats! Fellow (former) enlisted sailor and Texas veteran here. Look forward to meeting you.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 May 2013, 17:14
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 May 2013, 06:43
I'm surprised we don't have any round 4 or wait list news today
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 May 2013, 08:20
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I'm surprised we don't have any round 4 or wait list news today


Yeah, pretty nerve-racking. Hoping "early May" doesn't spill into next week.
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 May 2013, 08:23
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I'm surprised we don't have any round 4 or wait list news today


Yeah, pretty nerve-racking. Hoping "early May" doesn't spill into next week.


Yeah. We both are on Duke WL as well. Did you hear anything today? I am still on WL

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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 May 2013, 08:24
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I'm surprised we don't have any round 4 or wait list news today


Yeah, pretty nerve-racking. Hoping "early May" doesn't spill into next week.


Yeah, but the notification deadline for round 4 should be today, so I figured we would see some action there. I also spoke on the phone with admission a few weeks back and they told me all wait listed applicants would be notified on May 10th, although that doesn't make sense to me. Since r4 accepts have until the end of May to accept their offer I imagine waitlisters will still be accepted into early June. Perhaps an initial round of dings is being made today?
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Re: McCombs (UT Austin) 2013 Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 May 2013, 08:26
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brendxn wrote:
I'm surprised we don't have any round 4 or wait list news today


Yeah, pretty nerve-racking. Hoping "early May" doesn't spill into next week.


Yeah. We both are on Duke WL as well. Did you hear anything today? I am still on WL


No, I haven't heard anything from either school. I've been on the Fuqua WL since early January. Doesn't look like anyone has been accepted off either waitlist yet.
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