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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Integrated Approach

Hi, my name Dawn, and I am a P2 here at PCSP.  There are so many things I could share with you about PCSP but this would no longer be a blog.  As I directed my path into a career in pharmacy, PCSP was not open yet but I had seen an article in a Pharmacy Times Magazine introducing the school.  As time got closer, my interest in the school grew.  The community-based program was very intriguing and important to me.  I have no doubt that I made the right decision to be here.  

I want to share with you one of the unique things about our school.  We do our rotations during the school year starting in the second semester of the P1 year.  These rotations are one day a week for 4 hours to different locations for a 5 or 6-week time-period.  What is great is as you go out to these sites, the things you learn during school you put to work in the community making learning more effective.  Believe me, as you learn here and apply it out there, the better you understand.  You do not have to wait until the summer or your 4th year rotations to start experiencing the pharmacy world we will be entering very soon.  This also gives you experiences in areas other than just retail or hospital pharmacies.  PCSP does a great job at exposing you to many different avenues in the world of pharmacy, and because it is early on, it allows you to make better decisions and set goals early in your career.  My last rotation was a great experience.  Even though I have worked in a hospital pharmacy for many years, this hospital rotation gave me some incredible insight and experience.  I worked with physicians, medical residents, medical students, pharmacy residents, and other pharmacists.  Their teaching and knowledge was awesome to learn from and coincided with what I learned in class.  They were excited for us to be there almost as much as I was.  It was a privilege to be in that environment and was a wonderful experience and opportunity to build on my education.  I am thankful that PCSP has developed this into their program.

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