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!!

So much for “Spring”!

While we await the end of this never ending winter much of our time has been spent indoors, so we have made the most of it!

A few weeks ago I attended the Minnesota Society of Health Systems Pharmacist’s 2014 Annual Conference. I had a wonderful time; it was nice to brake the monogamy of classes and the conference offered some unique and rewarding experiences. The conference was held at the beautiful River Center in St. Paul right next to the Excel Energy Center. There were many great lectures from topics on bacterial pneumonia to newly approved drugs. Also, there was a student speed networking session that allowed students to pick the brains of pharmacists in different areas including residencies, infectious disease, industry, administrative pharmacy, and critical care to name a few. There was also a residency research showcase that was a great resource to see what types of research pharmacy residents are doing and gave me great ideas for my own poster/future presentations.

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Since we are still waiting for the sun to come out we have had our family fun return to the Children’s Museum and some other fun indoor playgrounds near campus.

Baby Madi is also causing chaos with her recent crawling/standing/generalized trouble making and Kaiden is all ready for kindergarten next year!

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 Till next time!

The Best De-stressing Method

Despite the fact that we’re having a quite busy week before spring break, we’re still able to find some time to exercise! I don’t work for the recreational center but I just wanted to let you know that they have some awesome fitness classes such yoga, spin, zumba, kickboxing, belly dancing, etc. My personal favorite is SPIN! I always try to squeeze in some time for spin no matter how busy I am. Exercise just makes me feel refreshed and I get super energized after each workout session… which is good for studying! 😀


So we all decided to get a Fit-Pass to get in shape! You can purchase a Fit-Pass for $55, which allows you to attend as many fitness classes as you want, or you can pay $5 for each class!


*** Here’s an announcement for an upcoming event!

MPSO (Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization) is hosting an event called “Phestival of Nations” on Thursday, April 11 in the Mayo auditorium from 12-8pm. There will be food, entertainment, and of course, information about pharmacy practice in far-away lands! This event is not limited to current pharmacy students. Anyone who is interested in pharmacy is invited 🙂