Learning to be a sponge
Hello, student pharmacists! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and experiences some much needed time for yourself, friends, and family.
Central pharmacy and third shift shenanigans
I am with a health-system for my last year of pharmacy school, and in August I was in its central pharmacy. About 3 to 4 times a week, I would work up a patient and present a topic for discussion to the pharmacy residents. It was a great (yet slightly stressful) time for dialogue and quizzing on varying topics, such as diabetic ketoacidosis, infectious diseases, heart failure, etc. The residents were always kind and helpful every time I spoke with them. If you meet a resident at your rotations site, ask them about tips to be successful, their residency application, and anything else you would like to know!
My most memorable experience was my 3-day exposure doing third shift in the emergency department. You can just imagine what came through the doors of a level 1 trauma hospita
In September, I was located at a Veterans Affairs center for one of my ambulatory care electives. I worked with veterans for their diabetes treatment, anticoagulation therapy, and population health. After being exposed to the veterans during this rotation, I am now interested in working with this population in the future. I have a strong desire to contribute and give the best care possible to a population that has given their time and service.
If you are having trouble finding what you are interested in, perhaps try thinking about a population of patients that you want to impact. There are many different types of populations—like pediatrics, the underserved, and oncology patients—that you can consider serving in your practice.
By the time this article comes out, it will be around the time of residency applications for final-year students and the beginning of a new semester. I want to wish everyone the best of luck, and to let you know that everything will work out like it should! I believe everything happens for a reason.
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