Pharmacy in the Frontier

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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