Free snow day? Yes, please!

The view of outside as I stay home in PJs and enjoy a free snow day!

Thanks to UM-Duluth, our classes were cancelled today even before we got snow!!!

So how did that happen??

At the college of pharmacy, ITV is used for most classes and it allows students in Duluth to attend a lecture when the professor is teaching from the twin cities campus and vise versa.  The ITV courses also get recorded from Duluth, which is a blessing because you can watch a lecture that you’ve missed or simply re-watch it to help you study!

So no Duluth = can’t record ITV = no classes for us!

Yay for having one college, two campuses!!! 🙂

Look out for new posts soon!

Nesreen


13 school days left!

It’s amazing how time flies by so fast! 2 1/2 weeks of the semester left = can’t wait for BREAK!

I plan to go to FL where it’ll be a bit warmer and visit family back in OK. I also plan to work on the poster that the research team and I will be presenting at SCCM’s Critical Care Congress in Houston, TX on February 4th-8th. I know I said “break” but it always seems like we are constantly doing something pharmacy-related even on break… whether its an intern job, volunteer work, or extracurricular activities…I mean it feels like you’ll never be completely detached! But this is SUPER EXCITING for me because it’s something that I worked hard for over the past summer.

 

I just got done completing my last required paper of the semester. YEAH!!! I thought we only had to write papers in undergrad but I guess I was wrong because third year of pharmacy school is all about papers!! It’s not that they’re hard, but writing papers is just not my thing!

Tomorrow will be the last day of my Immunizations elective course! Also we are done with the lab lectures and all our labs for pharmacy school!!! WOOHOO! 🙂

 

Only a few more days and you can call me PD3.5!

 

Until next time,

 

Nesreen


Wait For Fate

Wait… Do you hate this word sometimes? I do, especially when it comes to rotations! Well, the week has finally settled down and tomorrow is Friday (Yay!). For the past week or so, we have been preoccupied with busy school work and rotation selections. It’s amazing how time flies! I mean I can clearly remember when I was in my first year of the program thinking its gonna be forever before I go on rotations… and now, its only one semester away (EEEK!)

The rotation selection process began earlier this year with the hope of letting students know their assignments before leaving for winter break. There are 4 core rotations including acute care, ambulatory care, patient care, and community, and elective rotations which you are required to chose 18, but you will only be assigned to 3. Once everyone plugs in their preferences in the electronic system, it goes through a magic spin and students then get notified about their assignments. I must admit though that it has been somewhat stressful. Its hard to plan an entire year in just a couple days! Not only that, but hoping that you will get your top choices… At the same time its exciting because you know that you are getting ready to drop the books and enter the real world of pharmacy practice. Regardless of where you’ll end up, you will learn something new!  And its important to keep a positive attitude and do your best… at least thats how I look at it.

 

Well, I guess it’s all up to fate! Now, I will go sit around, watch TV, and wait patiently………..

 

Until next time,

 

Nesreen


It has PAID OFF!

I am SUPER EXCITED to find out that the abstract of the project that I worked on this summer has been accepted for a poster presentation at Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 41st Critical Care Congress that will be held in Houston this coming February. I’m really looking forward to it and feel like it can’t come soon enough!

Last Spring, I was selected as a recipient of the Summer Melendy Scholarship Award. I worked with Dr. Deb Skaar, Pharm.D. and analyzed drug data from a study that she had been involved in for several years. This experience has truly been a highlight of my education and I learned a TON!

Each year, this award is granted to about 8 students who are interested in completing a research project. Basically, each student would pair up with a professor whom he or she has a project that is of interest to the student. The applications are typically due in March, and students are expected to complete at least 400 hours and prepare a poster of their work to be presented at Research Day the following spring.

You are probably wondering “Well, how do I get started?” I think it is key to understand that there are different types of research out there. Personally, I am really interested in clinical research versus say.. working in a lab. I began by visiting the College of Pharmacy website and reading about what the professors’ interests are and what their current research focuses on. I then contacted the professors and met with them to learn more about the projects that they had to offer, which made it easier for me to identify “the one” and be able to make a solid decision. I mean when Dr. Skaar told me about her project, I was like “I like it, I love it, Let’s do it!”

I really can’t say enough about the experience that I’ve had… It’s just been FANTASTIC!

More posts to come soon with details but until next time,

Nesreen


I believe I’ll give it another shot!

Giving Danny the Flu Shot

 

Yay!!! This week I become certified to give immunizations! During third year of pharmacy school, all students go through training and become certified. I am also enrolled in the “Immunization Tour” elective. Since this is a combined course with nursing students, we have the opportunity to interact with another discipline of the healthcare team while strengthening our administration skills. I have given three shots thus far to my colleagues two of which are intramuscular and one intradermal. Next week I plan to participate in two flu clinics. On Monday, I’ll be helping a CVS pharmacist administer vaccines and on Tuesday, I’ll be managing an immunization clinic that will take place at the Rec Center on the TC Campus. Stop by to get your flu shot for free!

 

This year, I am doing a lot with immunizations. As I have mentioned in a previous post, I am also coordinating Operations Immunizations. Its been an exciting experience and I find it fascinating that pharmacists can now vaccinate! This is critical because they are the most accessible healthcare provider. Speaking of… Did you know that October is American Pharmacists Month? It’s a time that we recognize the significant contributions of every pharmacist in every setting, and advocate for our profession.

 

So know your MEDICINE, know your PHARMACIST!

 

😉

 

Nesreen


So far so fun!

 

Group photo at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge

 

 

Outside group activities

 

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks… Having multiple exams in one week can be stressful, but there were definitely other times where I felt very engaged and its times like these that help me keep goin’. So you may be wondering what are those “other” times?

Well, over the past weekend, my colleagues and I attended a leadership retreat up north in Brainerd, MN. It was a blast! like a mini getaway to a peaceful and pretty place where you can actually think!

Our purpose was to enjoy our time together and reflect on how we, as future pharmacists, can lead change in the profession. We had many great talks and group activities, and spent time thinking about how we can create value for our patients. For example, active listening, providing personalized care and services that can’t be replaced, and going the extra mile by taking responsibility for every patient. Have you ever thought about the skills you might need to be a happy and successful pharmacist in an ever-changing practice? What your strengths are and how you will use them to create meaningful change? You might have not thought about these things before, but they are a part of the culture that you will learn as you go through pharmacy school at the U of MN. The College of Pharmacy currently offers a unique set of coursework that is focused on leadership to help better prepare students for the “real world”. Through this opportunity, you can graduate with a Leadership Emphasis. This has been of great interest to me and  I am working towards that now.

Another thing that I found exciting was a visit from Dr. Judi Jacobi to the College of Pharmacy last Thursday. Judi was a former graduate of our pharmacy program in the 80’s and though out the years she has demonstrated extreme leadership. She is a critical care pharmacist and has served as a president of SCCM in the past year. Society of Critical Medicine is an international multiprofessional organization which focuses on delivering the best care to those who are critically ill and involves physicians, nurses, pharmacists, students, and other health care professionals such as PAs and RTs. This is a big deal because she was the first pharmacist ever to lead such a large multidisciplinary society. She talked to us about how she achieved her goals and how she became who she is today. It was very inspiring!

I hope this dose is enough to get you through the next few days 😀

 

Nesreen


We’rrrrre back!

That’s right, back 2 school! Only this time with much more excitement. Not only is it the last year of having to be in a classroom, third year of the PharmD program is like you’re almost done piecing the puzzle and everything fits together nicely… for the most part at least. That’s not to say that we all know what we want to do after graduating, some of us do and others are still soul searching. But you begin to have a greater appreciation for the many different opportunities that are available to you at your fingertips. Having leadership positions, attending professional meetings, networking with pharmacists… these are examples of opportunities that will help guide you and might shape your career as a pharmacist.

The most exciting part for me is being involved. This year, I am co-coordinating Operation Immunizations – A patient care project that allows student pharmacists to reach out to the community to immunize patients and educate them about the importance of vaccination. We have partnered with several different pharmacies to assist in vaccine administration and will be present at many health fairs to provide education. One new thing this year is that we’re planning to educate high school students about the HPV vaccine. Also, a few weeks ago, my co-coordinator and I preformed a stage show at the Minnesota State Fair to educate people about vaccines. We had the opportunity to clarify many misconceptions and answer questions, which is really rewarding.

I am also involved in many different student organizations and projects which I will plan to describe in future posts. So expect more soon!

Performing a stage show at the 2011 Minnesota State Fair