Pharmacy in the Frontier

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End of Week 1

by on Aug.21, 2010, under Classes

To clarify, the previous assessment was not a “graded” assignment. According to some, it’s merely a tool to measure improvement or progress of each individual by comparing to future assessments.

The first week went a little smoother than I had expected.  This could be the “eye of the storm” though, so we’ll have to see.  I still need to readjust to the morning schedule though.  Counting Core Recitation, the typical day starts at 8:00 A.M. and can end between 2:00 P.M. and about 5:00 P.M. depending on the day.

Our class of 87 is divided into 18 teams of four to five members.  This grouping is assigned for the rest of the Academic Year.  No student input was given to the selection of the teams.  The justification is that “Even if you have problems with the individuals in your team, you will have to learn to cope. In the workplace, there will be times that you will entirely agree with your teammates, but you must cooperate to accomplish your goal.”  These groups will also facilitate the assignment of various projects within the many courses we are taking.

IPPE (Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience) is a mixed bag of various topics.  On Wednesday was a brief introduction to the syllabus, followed by a rather long lecture on lab safety, but Friday’s session included our registrations for a Pharmacist Intern license with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP), a lecture on HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) and Bloodborne Pathogens.  Later on, it will include training in CPR, First Aid, Blood Pressure, as well as… *gulp*… immunizations.

As part of the curriculum, we are required to participate in 30 hours worth of health-related service projects within the academic year, with at least 15 per semester.  I will be participating in a Health Fair in Corpus Christi in the morning to hopefully whittle that number down.

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First Day of Orientation

by on Aug.12, 2010, under Campus, Classes

Today was Day 1 of the General Orientation for P1 students.  The entire Orientation process will take place over two days.  The first day is approximately eight hours long (including breaks), starting with opening remarks from the Dean and Associate Deans.  As far as orientations go, the “usual material” was covered; such as the facilities on the Texas A&M University – Kingsville campus, the class schedule, academic calendar, etc.

We also had Mr. Bill Moore, R.Ph., the former President of the Texas Pharmacy Association and current President of the Coastal Bend Pharmacy Association speak to us regarding patient care and pharmacy advocacy groups.

Mr. Paul Boyle from the Office of Information Technology was in Houston at the time, so we were able to observe and experience the teleconferencing technologies in use at the HSC.  During his time slot, I found that Office 2010 is $20.  I seriously wonder if it is worth upgrading when I already have Office 2007.

During our lunch break, several student organizations (SNPhA, APhA, etc) had booths set up in the hallway next to the student lobby.  I don’t think I’ve thought of the building as small until we all went into that hallway.  Still, having eighty-seven P1s in a hallway will definitely generate some traffic.

To my chagrin, there was an ungraded assessment activity (Part ONE!) at the end of today’s orientation.  It covered the basics of several topics that were covered in the undergraduate prerequisites (Biology, Statistics, etc.).  As far as I know, TAMHSC is not the only College of Pharmacy to assess their students prior to the start of the semester (one page was adapted from an assessment from the University of Houston. Can I get a confirmation on whether other schools assess their P1s beforehand?).  Although not too serious, it is an indicator of how much I retained from my undergraduate studies.  I can only hope I can retain information better here.

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Pharmacy in the Frontier

by on Aug.06, 2010, under Site

Hello and welcome to Pharmacy in the Frontier.

As a pre-pharmacy major at the University of Houston and now a P1 student at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, there were many uncertainties I had to deal with: such as how life would be transitioning from the fourth largest city in the United States to a city of 25,000 people and how different professional school is from undergraduate.  Though I have yet to thoroughly explore the answers to these unknowns, I sincerely hope that by sharing my experiences at the Rangel College of Pharmacy, I may be able to dispel some of these fears from you (the reader).  I also hope that my experiences here will be exciting enough that I may convince some of you readers to apply here as well!

I will try to update on a weekly schedule (if you’re lucky, more than that).

Please feel free to leave feedback so that I may be able to better improve the site or add to what is posted to better suit your needs!

Until next time…

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