Each healthcare profession has at least one professional society. These groups are critical for leading the profession, lobbying for patients/clinicians and organizing professional conferences. The websites also provide great resources for learning about the profession so that you can have greater context for the application process.
Good Morning Everyone!! Hope everyone got a great kick start to the week. I wanted to talk about a book I highly recommend. It's such a great topic on the aspect of health and nutrition and how it can help decrease the percentage of heart diseases. It's interesting how in the early 1900s we were running on a high percentage of infectious diseases but now the top three are because of over nutrition, high blood pressure and etc. This author expresses a real life experience that turned out for the better and got him to talk more about health and nutritional with diseases. I highly recommend this book off of Amazon!!
Happy Monday everyone!! In honor of the #FailForwardCampaign started by @medicineinmichigan, I am being incredibly vulnerable with you all and sharing my biggest failure that I have experienced so far on my journey to pharmacy school.
@minorityinmedicine, thank you so so much for the tag! You are beautiful and a constant inspiration to me!💋
Failure Endured: Back in 2015, I was accepted into the Medical Laboratory Science program at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The program was scheduled to begin January 5, 2015 and I was set to graduate with my BS in MLS that December. Before starting the program, I had already considered pursuing a career in pharmacy but ignored it because I felt discouraged. A lot of my friends were already applying to schools and some even had prior experience working in a pharmacy. I had none of those things. I had already changed my major 3X prior to being accepted into the program and I was scared changing my mind again would delay my graduation even further. Instead. I reported to UT Medical Center at 6:30am every morning and sat in a basement classroom in lecture from 7am-5pm every single day. On top of that, I was teaching dance classes almost every night, working at a dance boutique on the weekends and struggling to manage my school work...long story short, I only made it 75% of the way through...One of the requirements was to score a 70% or above in every class and I missed the cut by 2 points in one of my biochemistry classes and was dismissed from the program.
Here I was, about 5 months out from graduation and having nothing to show for it but 7 wasted months of struggling.
Lesson Learned: The biggest lesson I learned from this huge failure was that you should ALWAYS pursue your passions. Don’t take the easy road just because you think the journey may be shorter or less painless. God has your steps ordered already and looking back, I could see Him trying to gently nudge me in the right direction. I had to quickly refocus and that same month, I registered for another fall semester at UTK to complete my remaining pharmacy pre-requisites. After another year, I graduated in May 2016 with my BS in Microbiology!
This last week was definitely been a tough one. I was questioning my ability to take on everything that’s on my plate. I’ve been searching for a balance since last Fall and I just keep telling myself “I’ll figure it out soon”. I think part of my problem is I minimized my planning system so much I wasn’t even writing anything down because I ready didn’t know how to use it. This week I have written EVERYTHING down even things I know take place at the same time each week. I’ve including a running todo list to keep track of assignments. Hopefully this workout or I’ll be searching for something else very soon. How do you balance work/school/ life? What planning system do you use? #plannergirl#plannercommunity#plannersnob#lovedoki#a5planner#foreverstudent#futurepharmd#cpht#nontradionalstudent#recollections#targetdollarspot#organization#stationery
One of the biggest challenges in pharmacy school was finding a hobby to stick to as a stress reliever. As for myself, the gym does happen to be my happy place but on the other hand I wanted to do something different. For years I've been practicing on my sketching skills and I use my time off on weekends or week days to just have my "me time" and sketch away. Probably the best mental break I've had so far. This drawing over here is my start to sketching every famous city/place I go to in my lifetime. Something new I've started and my first one is of course CHICAGO 😁❤️. On the side note, I got those little cute vitamin pens off of amazon!! Super cute and super cheap 🙌🏽🙌🏽.
What do you guys do to relieve stress? Comment below ⤵️
Block 7 is officially over 🙌🏾. I had a great time at ARxWP. Coming into this rotation I had no knowledge of what specialty pharmacy was. Over the course of these past 5 weeks I’ve been able to see a different side of pharmacy. It was pretty cool to be honest. I learned about Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Inflammatory Diseases, Oncology, Hepatitis C, and Infertility. I worked in the pharmacy on a few occasions but spent most of my time talking to patients, physicians, and manufacturers. I did some AE reporting and approved/denied PAs. I’m thankful for the brilliant preceptors I had.
It's crazy to see how the many types of drugs, suppositories, ointments, gels and etc are made. Today marked the last lab for our compounding class. Working in the lab definitely made me feel like a real compounding pharmacist 😂. My favorite yet in lab was making chapstick 😁. Even though my passion still lies into becoming a clinical pharmacist it's great to have perspective and open minded outlook on other fields like compounding.
It’s been a unique journey for the past two years. Although I knew I wanted to continue my career in healthcare, the uncertainty of the future blinded me with so much self doubt and anxiety. I prayed and prayed for more strength and guidance..💫 I am happy to say I finally decided to move forward with my education pursuing pharmD/MBA this fall. feeling beyond grateful and excited to start this new chapter. and I assure you, I will not be your average pharmacist✌🏼😂
Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.
Research can be a great opportunity for you to work with a professor and boost your application for health professional programs. Look up the faculty in your major and see if any of their research interests you. Print a stack of your resumes and grade reports and go visit their labs--this can allow you to get face time with the professor. At the same time, you avoid being lost in their email inbox. Persistence is key!
Happy Birthday to our sweet Missy! We are so proud of you & all your accomplishments. Looking forward to our Oregon visits, becoming a Pharmacists is in your grasp now!! Have a great day today we love you! #futurepharmd#proudparents#oregonbound#collegephase2 🎂💕🍷
Touro College of Pharmacy students attended the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) Mid-Winter Meeting in Albany, N.Y. from Jan 26th-28th. The students presented three posters and had two business plan teams participating in a competition. Taking second place in the business plan competition were, left to right, Tinnie Liao-Ng Yan (p3), Virleny Garcia (p2), and Jennifer Tsan (p3). To their right is PSSNY President Roxanne Richardson, RPh. The students demonstrated how a community pharmacy could market a smoking cessation program and create a payment structure for integrating Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM). Congrats to all!
Hey guys! With people currently going through residency interviews Dr. Dominick Curry and I want to help anyone looking for advice on how to Crush their interview and leave a lasting impression. I’ll be answering on the story here but Dr. Curry will be doing a write up on it. Post your questions below, send me a dm, or you can email them to me. 💊💪
It's almost the weekend and I wanted to talk about a very important topic. Biochemistry is not my top subject when it comes to interest but this time it happens to be a little different. For this week's chapter(s) it is on cancer and cancer treatment. There is so much I have learned biologically on how cancer affects people so maliciously. It happens to be the second deadliest in the USA and 1:3 women are affected, 1:2 male are affected & 1:8 women affected with breast cancer. One of the biggest things I learned was how different local vs systemic cancers are and how different treatments are for the two. Treatments on the other hand have some major pros and cons. While it may take a huge tole on affecting your body there are various sides to which it can really help. One of the biggest and most popular is Chemotherapy as which is used for metastasis cancer (spread to various parts). This topic is yet my favorite since it is so enlightening to see how our body can be affected so vigorously. Any thoughts on this topic ? Comment below ⬇️
My idea is an initiative that will create an ecosystem of incentivized healthcare using tokens created on a blockchain platform. This system will provide for individuals to be incentivized to engage in healthier behaviors and also provide an incentive for healthcare providers to have healthier patients and offer quality services and products. I go into detail on how and why the ecosystem will work. Would love to get your thoughts on it. Link in the bio.