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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Time Management

Hi! My name is Alex and I’m a second year pharmacy student at PC. A lot of incoming students have questions about how to balance a pharmacy school schedule and life outside of school. This is basic time management.
I am currently president-elect of a professional pharmacy fraternity in addition to 3 other organizations that I am involved with. I am also very active within my community. I am very busy but I am able to be a successful leader at PCSP and student organization member. The most important thing that you must remember when getting involved at PCSP is that school is always first!

The best method of keeping up with all of your assignments, labs, classes, and meetings is definitely a planner. I write down everything from homework problems to dinner plans. Its important to always keep on top of things that way you don’t miss a deadline. If so, you might not get credit for your hard work!
The best advice I ever received concerning time management and pharmacy school is to treat it as a full time job; you are a full time student! Most classes begin at 8:30 am and with labs, meetings, and projects you usually do not arrive home until around 5 pm. If you have your days planned out and know what to expect, you can tackle any additional curveballs that might come your way!

Pharmacy school is tough but if you manage your time well, there is no reason why you cannot participate in any organization, activity, or opportunity that arises! Always remember that school is your first priority and keep your planner handy!
Written By Alex Yarborough, P2 Student

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

El Salvador Pediatric Trip

This past summer I had the opportunity to go on a medical mission trip to El Salvador.  PC School of Pharmacy joined up with Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) to conduct medical outreach to mainly pediatric patients.  Three pharmacy students, including myself, worked alongside thirty VCOM medical students, two pharmacist preceptors, seven physician preceptors, and a few other volunteers to make this trip successful.  During our trip, we stayed in three different hotels and truly got to experience local culture as well as delicious food.

Throughout our seven day trip, we conducted our mobile clinics in five different locations including the Heart of Mary Orphanage, Escuela Publica Santa Agueda, the Peace Messengers Orphanage, Shalom Community Health Clinic, as well as setting up in a remote mountain community called El Trimidal in Chalentenango.  The day to day operations included the following:  medical students examined patients under the supervision of physician preceptors in make-shift examination rooms, patients were escorted to the pharmacy by the medical students, medical students presented patients to the pharmacy with symptoms and desired medications, pharmacy students validated medications and dosages under the supervision of pharmacist preceptors, the medications were prepared for patients by the pharmacy students, and patients were counseled on the correct administration of the medications.
During the seven days we were there, we administered care to over 500 patients and dispensed over 1,200 prescriptions.  Care was given mainly to children, but we also cared for parents of the children as well as teachers at the orphanages.  Some of the commonly prescribed medications included antiparasitics, analgesics, antihistamines, multivitamins, and lice kits.  Although these were the commonly prescribed medications, we also dispensed other medications in addition to these.  

This medical outreach trip was a wonderful experience and was very rewarding.  I believe it exemplifies PC’s motto of “Dum Vivimus Servimus” which means while we live, we serve, and I feel blessed to have been able to serve on this trip. 
Written by Kemper, P2 Student


Friday, December 27, 2013

Tips on Interviewing.

As a Student Ambassador, one of the things I’ve picked up on is that prospective students get some serious butterflies for their interviews. I suppose there’s good reason for the nervousness right? It’s not like your whole future might depend on the interview process! So I decided to write this blog to give prospective students tips for conquering the interview so that when you leave, you’ll be happily thinking, “I killed it!”

1. Dress to Impress

First impressions are always important. When you walk into the interview room, the first thing everyone is going to notice is your appearance. Guys, you should wear dress slacks, a coat, and a tie to look your best. Ladies, consider black pants and a nice shirt with a coat, or anything that fits the business attire descriptions. Also, make sure you get a good night’s rest before the interview to ensure alertness and to avoid those pesky yawns.

2. Take A Deep Breath

Don’t worry, everyone gets nervous before interviews. I think the important thing to remember here is that the people interviewing you want you to succeed. They want to get to know you. They want you to be comfortable. So relax, take a big deep breath before you go in and maintain a positive attitude. When you go in, offer a firm handshake to your interviewers and introduce yourself.

3. The Interview

Now it’s time to get things started. Take a few more breaths if you still feel a little nervous. Sit up straight and be a good listener. When speaking, try to be clear and concise and speak in complete sentences. Don’t forget about eye contact! It’s the key to effective speaking. Answer questions presented to you with necessary information but don’t ramble. Speak from the heart and be honest in your responses. If you can’t think of an answer to a question immediately, don’t panic! Just take another breath and think about it for a few seconds. The interview is not a race so remember to take your time. Throughout the interview, be courteous and use good manners, be friendly but not too casual, and organize your thoughts.

4. Don’t…

Chew gum, speak in slang, play with your hair or clothes, act like you know everything, interrupt, smell like cigarettes, speak negatively, slouch, lie, discuss controversial topics, argue, and never ever ever ever answer your cell phone or text messages (unless its an emergency)!

5. Wrapping In Up

Upon the conclusion of the interview, thank the interviewers for their time. If you have any questions about the application process or the school in general, now is a good time to ask. And what may have seemed like an eternity is now over! You did it and you’re done! Follow these tips and I guarantee you will leave feeling confident and excited to get that acceptance letter.

I wish everyone applying good luck and hope you found these tips helpful!

Written by Zack, P1 Student

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bring Your "Swagger" to PCSP!

Dear prospective students, congratulation on getting to the interview process!!  The interview part of the process was my favorite.  I knew if I could get an interview and the school was able to see who I really am, I would have a great shot at getting a seat in the upcoming class.  I know there will be a lot of nerves kicking in during the interviews and that is normal.  I would like to pass this on to you.  One of my professors always tells our class that as long as we show up to test day with our “swagger” then we will do just fine.  I have listened to him and learned that as long as I show up in whatever I am doing with “swagger”/ confidence in myself then I do just fine.  So as you are preparing for your interview or if you have already been accepted and you are preparing for the start of the year, come with your “swagger”, have your personal confidence built, be yourself and you will be successful.

If you have already been accepted and you are looking for a way to get a jump start on your P1 year, there are few things I would suggest.  First go ahead and learn the top 200 drugs in both brand and generic names, this will be HUGE advantage to you if you already know these terms coming in.  Secondly, when you get tasks that you think are small task that you can easily knock out then go ahead on the weekend and easily knock them out.  You do not want these easier tasks piling up on you at the end of the semester.

Best Wishes!!
Written by Caleb, P1 student

Monday, December 9, 2013

White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony, what a day.  I never felt so full of hope and excitement for the future.  It was not simply my induction into the doctor of pharmacy program; the connotation of this phrase goes far beyond the innocently named ceremony or the physically white coat.  I had already worn a white coat before.  Why did I feel so different and special on that particular day?  Maybe it was the representation of all of my hopes and dreams.  I finally felt that I had attained something on account of all of my hard work.  Ironically, on such a day of beginnings I experienced a sense of completion.  The physical ceremony proceeded equally as beautiful as my inner epiphany.  I was impressed by the faculties’ dedication to perfection.  Hopefully we did not throw them off kilter by collectively giving them high fives during the procession.  That moment was so glorious that I proudly take credit for instigating it.
My name is Anna Lavotchin and I highly recommend the white coat ceremony as a day to ponder about the immense blessings bestowed upon us which brought us to that day.  I wish that I could write a blog about every single day at pharmacy school because it keeps getting better and brighter. 
Written by Anna Lavochin, P1 Student

Monday, December 2, 2013

Study. No really, STUDY!!!

I’m sure everyone reading this is asking the same question, “How hard is it?”, I know I was. Honestly, it is hard, but if it wasn’t you probably wouldn’t be entertaining the thought of going to pharmacy school. Anything in life worth having is also worth working for. Admit it you want that Pharm. D. and you want to be able to really make a difference in the world, we all do.

So, can you do it?

I asked myself this question every day for the first 3 weeks, then I studied, and I studied right. There are certain things that work for certain people and I encourage you as an incoming student to explore your study options and find out what works; what makes it click to you. Some of you probably have never even had to study, and learning good study habits will be a challenge for you, just don’t give up.

For me, I have a close study group that I click with. We shout out answers, draw on all the lovely white boards we can find, and quiz each other continuously. We meet often and help each other stay motivated. Of course, there is time during these group study sessions for laughter and fun, and when you start including the material in the jokes; you know you’re a real pharmacy school student.

Find what works for you whether it’s studying alone or in groups; flashcards or outlines; put in the time, put in the effort.

So, yes, you can do it.

Written by Rebecca Conley, P1 Student

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Break

It is the end of November and that can only mean one thing….Thanksgiving break is here! Most of the first semester of my first year in pharmacy school is over, and only two more weeks to go.  Although a lot of hard work is behind me, there are still final projects due and final exams to take throughout these next two weeks.

Besides the time I plan for studious activities, I will be spending some time getting some chores done around the house before I travel for the holidays.  I will be traveling to Greenville to join my family, most of whom are from Florida.  I am very fortunate, because I rarely ever get to see them.  Thanksgiving is full of traditions in our house.  We will be enjoying corn hole, Frisbee, and watching some football.  After enjoying a face full and a half of thanksgiving food, I plan on being in a food coma for the rest of the night.  After enjoying a couple of days full of family and great food, I will be heading back to Clinton to get back to my studies.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Thank you for viewing my post!

Written by Ryan Ridgeway, P1 Student