A Round Robin Letter

Hello blog readers!

I guess I have been pretty bad at updating you on what I have been up to over the last couple months! When did I last post on here? November? December?

Anyways, in my family it’s that time of year again-when we all sit down and sharpen our pencils, dust of the typewriter, or open a new word document on our computers. See in my family, since there are so many of us, twice a year we write a round robin letter.  We each write one letter, than email/mail it to the designated family member, and they copy them/upload them into one giant PDF which is then mailed/emailed back to us.  It is a really great way to stay updated on what is going on in everyone’s life because even with Facebook, texting, etc. it is still difficult to stay caught up.  Since the last time I posted on here was about the same time as our last round robin letter, I figured I would just update everyone by posting my letter here instead of trying to update you in several different posts. Enjoy!


 

Greetings from Duluth!

If anyone is wondering-pharmacy school still feels like a whirlwind of studying, student organization meetings, work, sleep, more studying and maybe squeezing in a little bit of time for some fun 🙂

Since Winter Break, I have:

  1. Attended the annual American Pharmacists Association (APhA) in Baltimore. It was really amazing to learn more about the election process for the national office, get to know my fellow classmates a little better, and learn how to function on very little sleep-especially since I don’t drink coffee. Also learned a lot about health disparities when my classmate walked into a glass wall for a revolving door and broke her nose.  The ER experience in Baltimore was a lot different from my ER experiences in the past! Our school also submitted a PharmFlix video (the goal is to promote the profession of pharmacy) this year, and we made it to the top 5 which was exciting since it was the first year we have submitted one.
  2. 10392501_10153600244638925_4849207733103387135_nGot to meet the Rear Admiral Pamela Schweitzer!!!!! For those of you thinking, “why is this so exciting???” RADM Schweitzer is the Chief Pharmacy Officer for the US Public Health Service and serves as the Assistant Surgeon General! I actually met RADM Schweitzer at APhA briefly, so it was amazing and a great honor to get to meet her again.  While she was here, I also got to meet with her along with our SCOA liaison from the Twin Cities, and our MPSA President-Elect to discuss our SCOA group (Student chapter of the Commissioned Officer Association) and how we can further increase awareness of the US Public Health Service and public health initiatives being promoted by the current Surgeon General.
  3. IMG_4556Went to Fargo for the Northern Tier Conference for pharmacists in the commissioned core in Montana, N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This was a really fun event and opportunity to hang out with a bunch of the pharmacists from IHS as well as learn more about some of the topics that we have learned about in school this year. In fact, I think I learned more from some of the presenters than I have learned in class, but then again, that could just be because I was paying more attention!
  4. Went to Bemidji with the rest of the family and some friends to help my sister celebrate paying off her student loans!  Not going to lie, it made me feel a little bit wishful, daydreaming of the day when I will pay off my student loans…when I’m 80 (at least that’s how old I feel I will be when I eventually pay them off)!
  5. 1468545_1052487508146912_7577298019233144917_nParticipated in the Cultural Competency Competition that was put on by one of our student organizations. We basically worked in groups to come up with a plan to treat someone’s health care needs and who was from a minority and then created a video of our ‘clinic visit’ with them. It was a nice experience to learn more about how to more effectively treat someone who has a lack of knowledge about the health care system, other stressors in their life that affect their treatment, etc.  We also got an elective credit for participating, which is always nice!

Up and Coming stuff in my life:

After finals are over in May, a classmate and I will be headed to the USPHS COA Symposium in Oklahoma City (it is basically a big conference for Commissioner Officers). We will be presenting a poster on how SCOA has increased awareness of the USPHS among the pharmacy students at the UMN.  Thankfully, my sister is letting us crash at her place so we can split up the 14 hour drive.  It has been kind of fun to dig into the data showing that we have increased awareness and interest in the commissioned core since we started the group.

After returning from Oklahoma, I will be headed to Fergus Falls for my Intro to Hospital Pharmacy rotation this summer. The rotation is three weeks and I will be staying in the dorms at the Community College there.

After Fergus Falls I will be heading to PARKER, ARIZONA!!!!! If you can’t tell, I am just a little bit excited 😀 I will be doing another JRCOSTEP there, and I am also hoping to do some major traveling on the weekends to do some fun day hikes, despite the average summer temperature being over 100 °F.  Also hoping to finally see the Grand Canyon, and hopefully it isn’t foggy like when my cousin went for the first time!

Anyways, time to get back to studying….

From your pharmacist-in-training,

Pam

 

 

 

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