Pharmacy in the Frontier

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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