New White Coats!!

On Friday the Duluth campus had a white coat ceremony for the third year pharmacy students. We received lovely new white coats to wear out on rotations. Dean Seifert gave us an inspiring speech to send us out on rotations feeling excited. We also had a nice send off from our faculty advisor Dr. Undeberg. For additional fun we came up with class awards for each other to be given out during the white coat ceremony. It was fun hearing what award everyone received!

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Here is all the white coats waiting for their new owners!

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Here I am with my class award “Future Sommelier.” I’ve been known to offer to have wine parties after stressful exams or weeks of exams!!

We start rotations in less than a month!! I’m both insanely excited and nervous all at the same time! It will be so nice to be out of the classroom, but at the same time I’m a little nervous I’m not ready. However, I know I will learn so much during my fourth year on rotations. Being out of the classroom, I will miss seeing my classmates on a daily basis. We’ve become such a close group on the Duluth campus. We consider ourselves a pharmacy phamily. Hopefully we will still plan some of our usual events during fourth year so we get to see each other. It wouldn’t be Fall without a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving with my phamily!

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This is me with some of my friends before we got our white coats!

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This is my pharmacy phamily!! We tried to do a silly class photo!

Congrats class of 2016!!! I wish you all good luck on your rotations!! But remember to keep in touch!!

Fun in the Sun at APHA

I recently was able to attend the annual American Pharmacist Association meeting in sunny San Diego, California. Last year was my first time attending this conference. As a first time meeting attendee I went to different policy meetings held by the student association. This year as a second year meeting attendee I got to go to different educational meetings. I was really looking forward to being able to attend the educational sessions this year. And as always it is exciting to see which colleges of pharmacy take home the big awards for all of the hard work they do.

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Here is a picture of all of the University of Minnesota students that went to APHA

I was able to go to a meeting called Hypertension Alphabet Soup. We went over the many different hypertension guidelines and discussing the good and bad of each guideline. I also went to a meeting called Ocular Symptoms in Your Pharmacy. Our fabulous lab professor in Duluth Dr. B taught this session. We went over many different ocular issues like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

Also, at APHA Minnesota likes to have a night for students and pharmacists from the state to get together. We like to call it Minnesota Night!!

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Here I am with our Dean and some other students at Minnesota Night

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This is some Duluth students with our senior associate Dean on the Duluth campus

I was also just excited to spend some time in the sun. I am over winter!! Luckily I have some family in San Diego who took me all around. We went to Mission Beach to go swimming, saw the seals at La Jolla Beach, spent some time at Coronado Island going through all of the tourist shops, and lounging on the beach staring at the beautiful Hotel Del Coronado. We really wanted to get inside the hotel and snoop around!! We attempted to get inside the hotel, but every door we attempted would not let us in. We even followed people up to doors hoping they were staying at the resort and would let us in behind them, but even they couldn’t get into the hotel!! When we got back I learned you can totally go inside the hotel without being a guest!! Next time I’m in San Diego I will have to attempt that!

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Sorry my camera phone is not the best here is all the seals at La Jolla and the Hotel Del Coronado from the beach!!

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Here is me and awesome my roommates during APHA.

The trip was so much fun! I’m not sure if I will have time during rotations next year to attend APHA. If you get a chance to go at some point to attend APHA you should go!!

Bentleyville Fun!!

As finals are less than a week away it’s nice to take some time to destress and bring a little bit of reality into your life! I invited my family up to Duluth for the weekend to go to Bentleyville! I have never had the time to go over the last few years and as this may be my last year in Duluth I figured I had to go! What is Bentleyville you may ask? It is a free holiday light show in Bayfront Park in Duluth. The whole night is free full of hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn, you can make your own smore, ice skate, and see Santa!!

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I wanted to get the whole Bentleyville experience! There is a train that leaves from the Fitger building that takes you to Bentleyville and brings you back.

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Sorry not the best picture-it’s the only one I took on the train. It was my little sister’s first time on a train! She was a little worried the train would tip over (oh to have 9 year old worries!!) However, we made it to the park and back in one piece!!

The night was so much fun! According to the news the day we went had record setting attendance of 18,000 people visiting just Saturday night!! My camera doesn’t take the best pictures but here are a few others from the night.

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Here is one great photo from the Bentleyville people themselves!

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Now that I’ve had a bit of fun it’s time to study for finals. We have 3 finals this year as third year students-Pharmacotherapy, Med Agents, and Biopharm. The therapy final is on the psychiatric unit, Med Agents is focusing on antibiotics and antifungals, and Biopharm has a variety of subjects. Hopefully they all go well.

MPSA Chipotle Fundraiser

Tonight we had a fundraiser for Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA) at Chipotle in Duluth. We are near the end our month long celebration of American Pharmacists Month with a great event to spread the word about what your pharmacist can do for you as well as fundraise for all that MPSA does! Two of my awesome classmates were able to borrow some costumes to help spread the word of our fundraiser.

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Awesome job Kyle and Jonathon!!

We had a great turn out from what I could tell when I was there for dinner! Dean Seifert was there to support MPSA!! Also, Dr. Schweiss brought a group of people for added fundraising!! Thanks for the support everyone who showed up for some excellent food for a good cause!

The Dreaded Torsion Balance

Over the summer I was able to do an internship with Thrifty White in a small northern Minnesota town. I realized in a rural setting some things would be different than what I am used to. However, I never in my life would have thought Dr. B (first year lab professor in Duluth) would be right when she said not every pharmacy has an electronic scale. That was her big push for requiring that we know how to use a torsion balance. I thought she was lying this whole time! I mean electronic scales aren’t that fancy. People have small ones they use for food at home even. Then I was told I needed to make a compound this summer which required hydrocortisone powder. I looked for an electronic scale, but couldn’t find one. I was then informed the only scale in the pharmacy was a torsion balance (pause for a slight panic moment!!). It had been since first year lab that I last used a torsion balance, so it took me a moment to remember how to use one! Thinking back to first year lab using the torsion balance would take me years it seemed to make a simple compound. I was a little nervous. I didn’t want to make a fool of myself during my internship!  However, with some guidance from my preceptor, I had that compound made in no time! For visual proof that I indeed had to use a torsion balance I took some pictures for you all!!

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So lesson learned-trust your professor when she tells you not every pharmacy has an electronic scale!! Thanks for the life lesson Dr. B!!

A Magical Time at APHA

At the end of March I was lucky enough to attend my first national pharmacy meeting in Orlando, Florida. The annual APHA conference was thankfully held in a warm place this year. It was a nice change of scenery for awhile! I was impressed with how many students attended the conference this year. This was my first time attending, so I didn’t fully know what to expect. However, I had such a great time. With the conference starting on a Friday we traveled on Thursday.

We were able to have half a day at Disney World before the conference began. I hadn’t been there since I was about seven years old- things are very different here as an adult! One of my classmates used to work at Disney World the semester before she started pharmacy school. It was fun to travel with a Disney professional. She knew all the secrets about behind the scenes at Disney, which made the trip much more interesting! Our APHA advisor for MPSA Dr. B made the trip with us too! We made reservations at the Crystal Palace in the park for dinner and got to eat with the cast of Winnie-the-Pooh coming around! It was a great way to start our trip!

The conference went from Friday to Monday. Being a student there are many student activities to attend. I got to sit in on different policy meetings coming up with new policies for pharmacy, student award meetings, and interact with students running for APHA-ASP positions. It was a great first national conference to attend. I’m looking forward to attending more of these as a student and as a practicing pharmacist!

 

 

 

 

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This is the gang at Disney World!

 

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The picture on the left is of the PD2 students from the Duluth campus

And the picture on the right is of me and my friend Lauren having fun in one of the photo booths at the conference!

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Sorry this one is sideways! The theme of the conference was I mustache you to be the change. We found these bars of soap at Downtown Disney and just had to take a picture!

Ice Cave Adventures

This winter I was able to have a weekend adventure to explore the Apostle Island Ice Caves! They have been a popular winter attraction. I had no idea what I was in for, but it was amazing. We may have gone on the busiest day they had. I could overhear the park rangers saying it was a record breaking day for visitors. We had to park our car about 2 miles from the park, then walk another mile to the ice caves. It was an exhausting day, but totally worth it!

You could hear the ice creaking as you would walk around, which was a little freaky. However, the sites were incredible. It was a fun adventure with some classmates! I am so excited we got the chance to go!

 

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The CoP’s got talent

I cannot believe we are back in class already. Christmas break went way too fast for me. Hopefully all of you were able to enjoy some much needed rest and time with friends and family. I always enjoy the beginning of second semester, there are so many activities the first week back! We start off the first day back with the annual College of Pharmacy Talent Show!!! The night starts out with appetizers and a silent auction.I came so close to winning a food truck experience with Dr. B and a beer growler from the Bent Paddle. Unfortunately some third year girls out bid me. Then the show starts! We had some truly talented people this year.

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Ajay and Meena doing a Bollywood dance.

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Mario on a mission to save Princess Peach

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Then the first weekend back is the annual College of Pharmacy Bonspiel!!! For those of you who don’t know what a bonspiel is I’ll explain. A bonspiel is a big curling competition. If you’ve never heard of curling before, by the time you leave the CoP in Duluth you will love curling!! Everyone looks forward to this event! We cross the bridge to the Superior Curling Club for a weekend of some great curling competition. This year the theme was curling with the classics. We all got to dress up as our favorite book, author, or character. My team chose to do The Great Gatsby. Once again the pharmacy students were able to show their creativity with amazing costumes. We had a Harry Potter team, Lord of the Flies team, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs team, Peter Pan team, and a Hunger Games team to name a few. And to make the event even better there are door prizes at the end. I won a gift card to Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth!!!

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This is a picture of the second years that competed this year.

If you will be joining us on the Duluth campus next year get ready for these fun events!!

Pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving!!!

It’s the week of Thanksgiving which means it’s time for the second annual Pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving or PTT as we like to call it! Monday night the second years gathered together for our phamily Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve gotta say we have some amazing chefs in our class! We had so much amazing food to choose from! We had a full Thanksgiving feast…turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, three kinds of pie and so much more!

I have been looking forward to this event since last year! During school on Monday I could even smell PTT! I was a little worried it wouldn’t be able to happen this year since we are all so busy. However, everyone else had such an amazing time last year we made time for it (after the therapy exam!)! It was so much fun to take some time off from studying and enjoy celebrating such a wonderful holiday with my amazing pharmacy phamily! Anytime we can have class bonding time is a great time!

We did the usual Thanksgiving tradition and went around the room telling everyone what we’re thankful for. Even with all of the stress of studying this past semester, there is so much to be thankful for. I’m so thankful I have such supportive classmates that keep me motivated and in such a happy mood even during insanely stressful weeks. It’s so nice to know I have my own phamily with me to help make it through second year! I could not have asked for better classmates!

Here are some pictures of the wonderful evening!

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Laser Tag Fun!!

This past week as a fun midweek stress relief activity Kappa Psi decided to go to Adventure Zone together! Now if you’ve driven by Adventure Zone in Canal Park and thought the place looks like a cheesy place just for kids you are mistaken! I discovered Adventure Zone last year with my fellow first year classmates. It is a blast! With coupons handed out at school it is cheaper than going to a movie and 100 times more fun! Unlimited laser tag, unlimited mini golf, batting cages, arcade games, rock climbing, you name it Adventure Zone has it!

The second year Kappa Psi-ers took on the first years for laser tag and as it should be the second years won!! I got to watch brothers try the batting cages for the first time, which is always enjoyable! And as an added bonus we got prizes at the end of the night!!

 

Here are some pictures of all of the brother bonding!!

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Yeah that’s right we got pirate tattoos and fangs as prizes! We were pretty excited! You gotta be excited about the little things in life right?!!

 

After all that fun I have to get back to studying for tomorrow’s therapy exam. Wish me luck!!