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!

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!