I’m Sitting Here on Capital Hill (sorta)

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to briefly talk about a fun and educational experience I had this morning at Minnesota Pharmacy Legislative Day at the capital in Saint Paul.  In short, today was the annually designated day where pharmacists (and students…..like, a lot of students) from around the state gather to meet with legislators to advocate for our profession. Because our one mandatory class today was canceled to encourage students to attend the event,  I spent the morning learning about different legislative issues currently being talked about in Minnesota such as eliminating technician ratios, lowering the age limit for pharmacist-administered vaccinations and giving pharmacist’s “Provider status” (which we unofficially already have in Minnesota based on the work our pharmacists do).

While I was a wimp and didn’t sign up to meet with a legislator to talk about these issues, I definitely plan to next year; I think us students underestimate our knowledge about the growing field and our ability to articulate how pharmacists can greatly improve outcomes to others.  And, I say this in no way as an offense to the legislators, but I think it is pretty safe to say we know more about pharmacy than they do…. at least, in my case, probably know more about head lice, diaper rash, dry skin and contact dermatitis than they do.  Anyways, I should go back to studying for applied pharm care to make sure I REALLY do.

Go Class of 2018! The future of pharmacy:

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Light at the end of the tunnel…

Yep, there is it! I can see it!!!!!

Well, hello world! School has officially started for us PD3’s now for almost two weeks. Last semester of classes!!!!!!! I can’t wait to be done! I still remember my first day of class at the College of Pharmacy… ah the good ole days! But I have to say time really does fly by and we’re ALREADY in our last semester of classes. We’ll be starting our rotations immediately after finals. Speaking of rotations, we finally got the APPE sites! I’m extremely thankful for Santa this year because I pretty much got all the sites I wanted 🙂 I’ll be writing another post that talks about how the APPE selection process works! Stay tuned!

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I’m going to miss sitting with these ladies and getting some Trivia Crack on 🙂

Sweep Sweep, Study Study

This weekend was the annual Duluth Pharmacy Bonspiel put on by our lab professor Dr. Bastianelli!

For those of us who have never curled before (including me) it was a fun weekend of learning how to curl, hanging out and just having some good old-fashioned fun!  This year’s theme was “Rockin’ to the 80’s” so Friday afternoon after class, my team could be found frantically searching Target, Savers, and Party America to complete our costumes for our characters from The Princess Bride!

Our costumes turned out fairly well-even landing us a spot in the finals for the best costume!

DSC_0270In the end, we did not win any of our games, but we all had a ton of fun learning how to ‘throw’ and Sweep! I quickly learned that sweeping is way harder than it always looks on TV!

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So what did we do when we weren’t curling? Being the good pharmacy students that we are, we studied

DSC_0271Between the studying and curling, we did take some time to get some awesome food at The Anchor Bar and Grill.  As always, I got my favorite, the Hawaiian Burger (yes, there is pineapple on it)!  They have amazing hamburgers (and super cheap!)!

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