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! 🙂

 

Mission Completed. ON TO THE NEXT!

Hi World!

I’m proud to announce that we’re officially done with the second year of pharmacy school! That means we’re half way done with school and one more step closer to being called Doctors of Pharmacy (woohoo)! Words simply just can’t explain how I feel right now and it’s kinda weird not having to get up before sunrise to study. I slept in today and felt sooooooo goooooood!

Everyone warned us about the “terrible twos (PD2 year)” and yes, I agree that the heavy workload of PD2 year was quite an experience, but “Nobody said it was easy(not a Coldplay fan, but I like this song!)”. One good thing is that I was able to apply the clinical knowledge we learned this year at the PNC. There’s no better feeling than coming up with a recommendation and your med and pharmacy preceptors nodding their heads and say, “Yep, you’re right!”. OH YEAAAAAAH, I learned something and I am saving lives!!! 😀

So, you may wonder what’s my summer plan now that school is over. Well, I’ll be working full-time at my current internship and I’ll also be starting my hospital IPPE. My hospital IPPE site is going to be at the Methodist Hospital. I was lucky enough to be assigned to my top choice and I look forward to starting my rotation this August! Don’t worry, I’ll definitely write about my experience this summer!

Adios second year! We’ll be the big kids on campus next year! 🙂

Good luck to all the first and second years on your finals! You’re almost there!!!!!

And to all of you, happy summer!!!!

Last but not least… some random picture time!

 

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Hi Ajay! Cross-campus blogger reunion! Ajay and I actually met in undergrad here at the U. Glad to see him on Pharmacy Day! 🙂

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Seriously can’t survive second year without these ladies!

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Bye-bye second year!

Work hard, play hard!

When our professor announces that the cumulative pharmacology final exam is optional…

 

So we work our butt off to study for the midterms so that we don’t have to take the final!

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Never have I been so studious in my life 😛
Good luck studying! And good luck to all of you who are interviewing this week! YOU CAN DO IT!

What happens when you have a million giant flat-screen TVs in a classroom…

You watch winter olympics on them! Making very good use of the interactive learning classroom 🙂

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WE SURVIVED!!!

Fall semester of PD2 and Minnesota winter! After having gone through the toughest semester of pharmacy school, I’m glad to say that we all survived! It’s going to be a piece of cake from now on (or not)! I hope everyone had a great winter break! I know I did! Got 8+ hours of sleep every night has never felt this good 🙂  And on top of that, two days of cold days right after the beginning of spring semester? YES!!!! More catch up time!

What’s great about the spring semester is that we have a significant lighter course load. While I’m not saying that the materials are easy, the fact that we are done everyday at noon definitely allows us more time to do things, including taking electives! I’ve decided to take an OTC course and as the title suggests…. yep, you’re right. It’s about OTC. This is the last year that the College of Pharmacy is offering this course since OTC medications are now in the new curriculum. Although I am interested in working at a hospital setting in the future, I thought it’d be helpful to have some knowledge in OTC medications! It’ll definitely come in handy when your family and friends ask for OTC advice 🙂

Until next time… Stay warm!

Pictures of the week:
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(From upper left corner, going in clock-wise direction)

1. Excuse me while I escape to Texas! Soaking up the sun!
2. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try the BEST TASTE APPLE. Not really sure if it’s really the best taste but it sure has the weirdest color.
3. First Friday party at PDX.
4. Celebrating my roommate’s birthday.

One more thing! Check out this new student life video. I promise that this video is so awesome that it’ll make you want to apply to the University of Minnesota!

A Lil Flash Back

I apologize for the delay! I have to say school and work definitely have been keeping me extra busy. But let’s be positive and instead of talking how busy + how much work second year is, I’m going to talk about my IPPE rotation that I did over the summer.

After the end of first year, we are required to complete a three-week summer rotation at a community pharmacy. My rotation site was at Cub Pharmacy (block 4) and to be honest, I wasn’t too thrilled about the rotation initially. I thought my rotation was going to be an awfully boring experience since I have previously worked at a retail pharmacy. I was dreading about it all summer until I met my preceptor and started working at my rotation site…… OH BOY! That was the BEST retail experience I have ever had in my life! 😀

Instead of filling prescriptions all day long, my preceptor actually spent time going over all the over-the-counter medications with me. He explained what each one was indicated for and what to recommend to patients. This was extremely helpful because I have had numerous customers coming in and asking for recommendations. I was able to give them recommendations based on what I learned from my preceptor. Besides learning about over-the-counter medications, I also had the opportunity to compound, give vaccinations, calling doctors to verify doses, counseling…. the list goes on! I’m so glad to have a preceptor who is so patient and willing to educate me! Other pharmacists and technicians were also very friendly and helpful when I didn’t understand something!

So here’s my wonderful IPPE rotation experience, I can’t wait till next summer when I start my IPPE at a hospital pharmacy 🙂

Picture of the week:

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Back to the Grind

Hello World! I’m backkkkkkkkkk!

My summer was definitely way too short. I originally thought it was going to be a relaxing summer but it turned out to be quite a busy one. My summer consisted of Mexico, work, work, work, yoga, work, work, rotation, and then more work. Soon after we finished our last final, some fellow pharmacy students and I traveled to Puebla, Mexico, to provide free health-screenings in rural areas. It was such a great experience since I got to meet so many people, including students from Duluth! I also got to practice taking blood pressure and poking people’s fingers for glucose tests. I’m proud to say that I’m now a pro finger-poker 🙂  Besides my trip to Mexico, I started my internship at a home infusion pharmacy where I get to make IV drugs all day everyday! I think I’m gonna ace all my IV labs this semester. YAY.

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Day 1 Clinic. 

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Squeeze that finger! Work it girl!

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Some downtime entertainment.

Now that summer is over and it’s time to get back to work! A lot of people have warned me about how crazy and stressful second year is going to be. Well, week one is over and I’d say so far so good. I’m trying to stay on top of everything and never let myself fall behind… but we’ll see how long this lasts. I just have to keep telling myself that I’LL BE OKAY.

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Good to see these girls 🙂

Until next time!

MPSA Banquet

The Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA) hosted a banquet last Thursday to recognize students and faculty members for their hard work that they have put in this school year. We had the opportunity to meet students from Duluth, and reunite with one of my classmates whom I met during undergrad! Yay! The food was of course delicious! Enjoy the pics!

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Hi old friend!

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Just chilling… 🙂

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The new MPSA E-board!

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PD1 Bonding!

The sun finally decided to come out last Saturday and it was a perfect day to be outside. Some of us got together and went to a Twins game. The good news is we won!

Speaking of school, we only have about two weeks left and we’ll be officially done with our first year. After finals, I’ll be traveling to Mexico to give free health screenings and starting my internship, which I’m super excited about!

Good luck with finals!

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Relay for Life 2013

Phi Delta Chi and Kappa Psi teaming up for Relay for life! Our team name was “Pharming for a Cure”. Despite the cold weather, we had a lot of fun camping out at the TCF stadium. Here are some of the pictures:

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