¼ Pharmacist…TO BE

Sorry for my late update! I hope you could still remember me, a Chinese girl with full passion and enthusiasm in pharmacy.

Last week we finished our first year of pharmacy school, which was too soon to be true. I can still recall the days when I just came here, how homesick I was, how struggling I was, how lonely I was. But after the whole year in pharmacy school, everything is getting better. And my parents will come and visit me during this beautiful summer, so excited!

At the beginning of the spring semester, I set several goals for myself. Luckily, at the end of the semester, I made all of them! Firstly, I got the community pharmacy intern position at the Fairview Hiawatha Clinic, I really satisfied with this match. Compared to the busy hospital internships, I prefer the community settings, where I believe I could use my knowledge serve and help the community, the people around me. Thanks for my preceptor Dr. Krier for choosing me! Secondly, I won the Melendy/ Peters’ Summer Research Scholarship under the guidance of Dr. Straka, I will spend this summer doing my project regarding cardiovascular pharmacogenomics through the direct mentor by Dr. Straka and Dr. Roman as well as the Clinical and Translational Science Institute Advanced Pathways to Research Program. I am super excited about the research project! During my undergraduate, I did several research projects of cardiovascular research, after the introduction to pharmacogenomics through pharmacology course, I was fascinated by this charming area, I hoped I could have a chance to know more and learn more in this area. How lucky I was, this dream came true. Thirdly, my grade in this semester is better than last semester, which reflects my hardworking in my courses, keep going, I can make it better in the future! Fourthly, I attended several volunteer activities including Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) One Walk to raise the awareness of Type 1 diabetes in the efforts of finding a cure, Give Kids a Smile Day which introduced the pharmacy profession to under-served children, Twin Cities Regional Science Fair which evaluated middle school students’ science project presentations. Finally, I was awarded the Best Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization (MPSO) Member of the Semester, this news really bright my days during the final week!

My plan for this summer: I will start my IPPE at CVS from next week, then I will focus on my research program as well as my intern at Fairview till PD2 starts. I am looking forward to experiencing an enjoyable and full summer “break”!

As a PD2-TO-BE student pharmacist, I am ready!

Congratualtions are in order..

Congratulations to the class of 2016!!! We made it!!! Through thick and thin we persevered. At times we soared high and at other times we “rode the struggle bus” through long tunnels where we could hardly see the light. With the support of our friends, our family, the staff and faculty of the U of MN’s CoP, and of course our pharmily, we left no hurdle standing in our race to the finish. However, the finish line of this race doesn’t mark the end; rather it marks a new beginning for each of us. As we walk across that stage, we accept the great responsibilities that await us, the responsibility of caring for patients. There is an entire world out there, waiting for the greatness that each and every one of us holds, and I’m confident that as the class of 2016, we will not only deliver but we will excel. During the past four years, I’ve come to know and love a great group of people that didn’t let the distance between two campuses separate us. I’m thankful for every moment I’ve had with each and every individual I’ve met along this journey, and for those that have supported me through every step of the way. At the end of the very long journey as a student, I say congratulations to my peers and give a fair warning to the rest of the world as the class of 2016 is ready to take on any challenge that is thrown our way! Look out world, here we come! Congratulations to the class of 2016!  I look forward to sharing every shining moment we bring through our work as the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s newest class of Doctors of Pharmacy!!!