WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO

Howdy!

Yes, I know it’s been awhile since I blogged… but I promised I had my reasons! And you know it – ROTATIONS! You see, I’m still trying to get over the fact that I’m already a PD4. I became a PD4 in merely two days after my PD3 final exam. Kinda weird and scary if you think about it 🙂 So far I’ve had 2 rotations and a vacation block. I’ll be starting a new rotation which I’m super pumped about! Let me tell you what I did in each rotation and hopefully it will be useful to those who are ranking their sites! If you’re not ranking sites, well, it’d still be cool to hear about them! 😉

Block 1 & 2 – Part Nicollet Methodist Hospital (Acute Care)

A total of 10-week rotation aka the most clinical experience you’ll have among all of the rotation types. You’ll wanna dig up all your pharmacology, therapy, and your antibiotics notes for it 🙂 I’ve had the opportunity to have one-on-one interactions with different pharmacists on each floor. Each day we went through warfarin dosing, vancomycin dosing, and subsequently make dosage adjustments based on patient lab values and other co-morbid conditions. On top of that, we would have journal clubs as well as presentations. I would say my presentation skills and analytical skills have immensely improved since day 1. Overall, a perfect way to find out if you would like to work in a clinical setting or not in the future!

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My awesome classmate and I on our last day of acute care!

Block 3 – Regions Hospital (Toxicology) 

This is a 5-week patient care rotation. Each student is required to have one patient rotation. You can rank additional patient care sites as elective rotations. I’ve heard great things about this rotation before and they were right! This is a truly unique experience because of the inter-professional nature. Each morning, we would go over patient cases and round with physicians, medical residents, students. As part of the toxicology team, we were responsible for providing toxicology consultations upon request. A lot of direct patient interactions.. and by that I mean you do go up to the floor to interview patients. Yes, you also do need to perform physical assessment! Time to brush up your patient assessment skills! 🙂

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Filed trip to learn about plants.

 

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The toxicology team!

Block 4 – Vacation Block 

Each student has the option to take one block off. It was nice a have a little break from rotations and enjoyed the last bit of summer! Besides hanging out with friends, I also spent some time working on my PharmD IV paper 🙂

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Had to show my friend from California how we do it at the MN State Fair.

 

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Very embarrassed to say – it was my first Spoon and Cherry picture.

 

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Hiking at the Potato Chip Rock in San Diego

Alright! That’s it folks! Until next time! 🙂

 

Thanks for the Memories

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Classes – DONE
Status: PD4
Rotations – BRING IT ON!

Seriously don’t know what I’d do without these people! Thanks for the numerous sleepless study sessions! Thanks for always being there when I was riding the struggle bus (or pedal pub… hehe)! Thank you for being my friends. I’ll miss you all when I can’t see you every single day. Good luck on rotations everyone! 🙂

Time to apply my knowledge and do some real work! Off to Methodist Hospital for my acute care rotation.

Déjà Vu – White Coat Ceremony 2.0

As you all know, all pharmacy students receive their first white coat prior to first day of class.  Now just in case you ruined your white coat from compounding with coal tar, they give you a brand new one right before rotations! I kid, I kid 🙂 The ceremony actually symbolizes a “conversion” of a student into a member of the healthcare profession!

Ahhh, I remember the first White Coat Ceremony! It was like yesterday… I didn’t know anyone there and all I tried to do was to make awkward conversations with the people around me 🙂 But the ceremony was different this time, because these are the friends who I’ve been with for the past three years!

Anyway, T-mius I don’t know how many days, all I know is I’m going on rotation as soon as finals are over!!!!! 😀

Until next time people! Good luck on finals!

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AMCP Natioanl P&T Competition

Congratulations to our amazing team for getting 3rd place out of 55 schools! Good job guys!

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Hello San Diego!

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A little late but my spring break is finally getting started! Super pumped about the AMCP conference here at the beautiful San Diego. Meanwhile, let’s take a selfie 🙂

Light at the end of the tunnel…

Yep, there is it! I can see it!!!!!

Well, hello world! School has officially started for us PD3’s now for almost two weeks. Last semester of classes!!!!!!! I can’t wait to be done! I still remember my first day of class at the College of Pharmacy… ah the good ole days! But I have to say time really does fly by and we’re ALREADY in our last semester of classes. We’ll be starting our rotations immediately after finals. Speaking of rotations, we finally got the APPE sites! I’m extremely thankful for Santa this year because I pretty much got all the sites I wanted 🙂 I’ll be writing another post that talks about how the APPE selection process works! Stay tuned!

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I’m going to miss sitting with these ladies and getting some Trivia Crack on 🙂

Meanwhile, in California……

Hey what’s up peeps! Just wanted to say hi from the Golden State! We’re here in Anaheim, California, attending the ASHP Midyear meeting! Absolutely loving the sun! Will do a full update after the meeting! 🙂

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HAPPY PHRIENDSGIVING!

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Had a great time with my phamily this weekend!

Homecoming 2014

Can you believe that I’ve never been to a single gopher game in my entire life, even though I went here for undergrad?!?!? UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Well, I finally had the chance to the past week during fall break! And did you know that the College of Pharmacy has a pre-game reception and you get to have free food??! I certainly didn’t know about that! Also went to the Iggy concert hosted by the Student Unions & Activities. Good weather, good game, good concert, good food, good everything!

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Minnesota vs Purdue. Go Gophers!

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I-G-G-Y!

 

Life as a PD3

Hi world! Hope everyone had great start of the semester! Now that school is back in full gear, I thought I would share what I’ve been doing these days as a PD3.

Basically, life is a cruise compared to PD2 🙂 I definitely do not miss having a million exams and assignments every week. We still have exams and assignments every now and then but they are just not as intense. Right now we’re in the process of coming up with ideas for our Pharm D IV paper so that’s keeping me busy. Another big thing happening in PD3 life is that we are making our APPE selections in a few days! That means we get to find out our rotation sites in a few months! OMGOMGOMGOMG. Time flies! I have so much I want to do and there are only so many electives I can do. I’ll have to make another blog post to explain the whole APPE selection process sometime in the future!

Anyway, that sums up my life so far. And of course I have to post the MSHP pics like everyone else 🙂  Stopped at the residency show case for the first time! Although I’m not applying for residency showcase this year, it was nice to talk to some of the people so I know what to expect for next year!

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The whole PDX crew at MSHP! Represent! Yeeeeeaaaah.

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And of course I had to get a picture with my fellow PD3 classmates!