Another reason why I'm glad I'm giving up Pharmacy to do Medicine (if I manage to pass med school that is....):
This report is flawed in many ways (the very small sample numbers, only looking at one source of advice instead of the wide range of services pharmacies offer etc.), but the results do ring true to a certain extent in my personal opinion. There are many excellent pharmacists and pharmacies out there giving an excellent service, but on several occasions I've been a customer in a pharmacy and have been given poor or no advice (when ideally I should have been given counselling considering I was a new patient taking a blood pressure lowering drug (I take it for migraine prophylaxis)), or overheard bad advice being given to other customers. I also know that I went to university with several people who I wouldn't trust to advise me on medical related matters, who are now working as pharmacists (this may be unfair and is only my opinion). Many people don't seem to respect pharmacists as much as they do other health care professionals ("glorified shop keeper"), which whilst unfair, I don't see changing significantly in the foreseeable future, especially with reports like the above.
(Note: I don't feel the same way about hospital pharmacists. Hospital pharmacists do further diplomas and training, and every hospital pharmacist I've ever known has had an excellent knowledge base and regularly prevent unsafe prescribing/make sure the best medication is prescribed to patients in hospitals).
On a different note, my second exam on Friday went better than Thursday's exam, but I still don't think that I've done enough to pass overall. I'm doing a little bit of revision everyday to prepare for resits, whilst also preparing for my OSCE exams next week. We found out the OSCE stations today which we're going to be examined on. Most of them seem ok, but there's a few I'm a bit unsure about. There's going to be one station on ECG which I presume will be to interpret an ECG but I really don't know what to expect from it. I also haven't had that much ECG practice, so I definitely need to do a lot of work for that one. There's also stations on infection control and male anatomy which I'm not too sure of what to expect and a station on mini mental state examination, which I know is quite straightforwards but we've never actually practiced it before! Luckily my boyfriend has agreed to be a practice patient all week (when he's not at work) as practicing on a real person is definitely more effective than just running through the motions by yourself.