WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO

Howdy!

Yes, I know it’s been awhile since I blogged… but I promised I had my reasons! And you know it – ROTATIONS! You see, I’m still trying to get over the fact that I’m already a PD4. I became a PD4 in merely two days after my PD3 final exam. Kinda weird and scary if you think about it 🙂 So far I’ve had 2 rotations and a vacation block. I’ll be starting a new rotation which I’m super pumped about! Let me tell you what I did in each rotation and hopefully it will be useful to those who are ranking their sites! If you’re not ranking sites, well, it’d still be cool to hear about them! 😉

Block 1 & 2 – Part Nicollet Methodist Hospital (Acute Care)

A total of 10-week rotation aka the most clinical experience you’ll have among all of the rotation types. You’ll wanna dig up all your pharmacology, therapy, and your antibiotics notes for it 🙂 I’ve had the opportunity to have one-on-one interactions with different pharmacists on each floor. Each day we went through warfarin dosing, vancomycin dosing, and subsequently make dosage adjustments based on patient lab values and other co-morbid conditions. On top of that, we would have journal clubs as well as presentations. I would say my presentation skills and analytical skills have immensely improved since day 1. Overall, a perfect way to find out if you would like to work in a clinical setting or not in the future!

Last day

My awesome classmate and I on our last day of acute care!

Block 3 – Regions Hospital (Toxicology) 

This is a 5-week patient care rotation. Each student is required to have one patient rotation. You can rank additional patient care sites as elective rotations. I’ve heard great things about this rotation before and they were right! This is a truly unique experience because of the inter-professional nature. Each morning, we would go over patient cases and round with physicians, medical residents, students. As part of the toxicology team, we were responsible for providing toxicology consultations upon request. A lot of direct patient interactions.. and by that I mean you do go up to the floor to interview patients. Yes, you also do need to perform physical assessment! Time to brush up your patient assessment skills! 🙂

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Filed trip to learn about plants.

 

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The toxicology team!

Block 4 – Vacation Block 

Each student has the option to take one block off. It was nice a have a little break from rotations and enjoyed the last bit of summer! Besides hanging out with friends, I also spent some time working on my PharmD IV paper 🙂

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Had to show my friend from California how we do it at the MN State Fair.

 

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Very embarrassed to say – it was my first Spoon and Cherry picture.

 

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Hiking at the Potato Chip Rock in San Diego

Alright! That’s it folks! Until next time! 🙂

 

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