1/8 Pharmacist…TO BE

After hand in my biochem final exam, finally, I have survived through the first semester in my pharmacy school in the United States. I am so excited and satisfied now, so I would like to share my feelings and experiences at U of M.

As an international student who came to the U.S. 127 days ago, you may hard to imagine how difficult for me to adjust the life and study here. The two main difficulties for me are language and culture. I still remember in the Becoming a Pharmacist, listening to the lecture was just like another TOEFL listening test. I tried to talk with other students in my class, but sometimes, especially when they speak too fast I could not catch up with them. This made me feel upset, but also inspired me to put more efforts in practicing. Now, I believe my English have improved a lot, which makes me more confident to talk to people.

For the curriculum in this semester, I really love the combination and interaction between Pharmaceutical Care and Pharmaceutical Skills Lab. To be specific, in Foundation of Pharmaceutical Care, I grasp the basic step to consult a patient and understand his or her main medication-related problems. Although I do not have much exact knowledge in each drug, it is important and useful to build the basic frame. On the other hand, I was afraid to get S- in labs at first, but I gradually understand the idea that the mistakes we make during class are a great way to remember the materials and master the skills, which would help us better serve our real patients. It is far better to make mistakes here than to make mistakes when you are doing your IPPE and APPE. Therefore, I know the systematic patient education steps and I am looking forward to having chances to practice in the future.

Additionally, the mentoring program is wonderful! Due to my special background, I treasure any opportunity to be exposed to a real pharmacy setting. My mentor is an owner of an independent pharmacy in St. Paul. My mentor’s passion for pharmacy and devotion for community health enlighten my future in truth. What we need to focus is not making profits from delivering the medications, but trying our best to combine our knowledge and our warmth to help patients.

Anther point I need to point out is Interprofessional collaboration. We have FIPCC this semester, due to this part of the seminar we have the chance to interact with other professional students. What a great linkage between us! Everyone is essential and important in the whole healthcare team; we must make the positive contributions from different aspects.

In reality, I miss my family and my friends in China. Thanks to the Skype, because of this, I could feel that they are around me and they support me all the time.

Finally, I really want to thank my friends who company me and help me during my hardest time. In addition, I cannot miss mentioning our table 8-THAT YUNG 8 MILE! I know I am a little bit shy, but I still would like to thank you all for the encourage and understanding! Hope we could make more progress in the future!

Wish everyone has a nice winter break!

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