Two down…two more to go!

So we just finished our physiology exam last Friday and microbiology today. There were soooooo many viruses and worms that we had to know the transmissions, symptoms and pathogeneses that I almost had a panic attack while I was studying for the test. After two nights of intense memorizing, I’m glad to say that the test turned out okay!  We have one more test for pharmaceutical care, another one for biochemistry on Friday and then we’re test-free for one week!

Okay, let’s talk about what I’ve been doing the past month. I’ve recently joined a professional pharmacy fraternity called Phi Delta Chi (PDX) and it offers students many opportunities to get involved within the pharmacy community. For example, this year they are working with the Philips Neighborhood Clinic (for those of you who don’t know it is, click here to check out the Transpharmers’ blog!) to administer influenza vaccines. Since first-year students are not trained in vaccine administration yet, we only  get to observe the second or third-year students while they give the flu-shots. Although I don’t actually get to give flu-shots, I’m still super excited to be able to volunteer at the clinic! 😀

I’ve also joined the “Pre-to-D Mentor Program”, where a first-year student gets paired up with a pre-pharmacy student. I met my mentee for the first time last week and we talked a lot about the application process as well as things that I did prior to getting accepted to the pharmacy school. We also talked about what it’s like to be a first-year student. I felt like I just kept feeding her information and I hope she wasn’t feeling too overwhelmed 😛

Some highlights of the week… (more like last week and the week before?)

PDX first-year cooks!
Us five girls were assigned to cook for all the PDX members. We made FOUR trays of pasta, some garlic bread and salad. It seemed like everyone enjoyed the food 🙂

“You never know until you try it…”

One of my favorite classes… LAB! You’re probably wondering what we’re doing here with all the weird glasses and gloves? For this lab, we get to experience what it is like to be old. As you get older, the chances of developing eye-related diseases increase. The glasses I had on actually represent a condition called diabetic retinopathy. With the tape on the glasses, I wasn’t even able to see the pill bottle that was in front of me, and the gloves made it 10 times more difficult to take a tiny pill out of the bottle!  This lab experience has definitely helped me understand older patients better, and I truly think that having a deeper understanding of the patients  is vital to providing good pharmaceutical care.

Now back to studying… until next time!

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  1. Lucia

     /  November 4, 2012

    SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
    you are so enjoyed your life!!!!!!glad to know that!!!!!!!!!

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