Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Snow Day

Good morning!

Second semester of my last year of pharmacy classes is in full swing and I've been super busy. This week we have had some crazy snowy weather here in Atlanta so I'm taking advantage of the impromptu break to post. I've been wanting to give you guys a peek into the classes I'm currently taking so here are some of the ones I'm taking this semester:

Integrated Therapeutics IV: This is the final term of our Integrated Therapeutics series. For those of you who have never heard of Integrated Therapeutics, it is a sort of combination class where we first learn the pharmacology of a disease state (what drugs are used to treat it and how they work), then the medicinal chemistry of the agents, and finally drug therapeutics (how and when to use the medications). Right now in IT IV we are learning oncologic (cancer) therapy. It's really challenging as you can imagine but I've been surprised by how much I like it. One of our professors in the class is an oncology pharmacist who recently finished her residency in oncology in Chicago. She's a great teacher and has definitely made me more interested in the field.

Toxicology: This class is very similar to our IT classes but it focuses on the toxic capabilities of various agents. This semester we've covered topics like environmental toxins as well as drug toxicities that affect different organ systems. It has been really eye-opening to see how many things can easily become toxins. It's probably my hardest class this semester but it's really interesting.

Biologics and Biopharmaceutics: I think most people have read (or at least seen) recent articles online about topics like nanotechnology and gene therapy in the advancement of medicine. This class focuses on how those (and more!) recent technologies are being implemented in medicine. We also talk about recent advancements and the new technologies that are currently being developed.

As you can see there is a lot going on for us at the moment. Luckily for us we're getting a little bit of a break to catch up due to the weather.

I'm leaving you guys with a photo of my driveway at the moment to prove I am staying inside today (and blogging) for a reason.

Wish me luck getting out eventually!


Katie



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Picture Update

Hey guys!

I finally got my pictures in order from ASHP Midyear and I wanted to share them with you. 

All dressed up and excited to finally be here!

Waiting for our keynote speaker...

 Colin Powell!

Everyone is all dressed up for the showcase.

 The Exhibit Hall

 Our little trip to the happiest place on earth!

And my favorite part... our group in front of the Hogwarts Express!

Katie  

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Hello!

I just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful holiday! This year I decided to stay home in Georgia so I'm having a great time just spending time with my family and friends and of course my little dog Goofy.

I think he's excited I've been spending so much time with him...



Hope your breaks are as good as mine!

Katie

Friday, December 13, 2013

ASHP Midyear

December is an exciting time for pharmacy and not just because we're all looking forward to the holidays. All month long there are exciting events that take place. This December I was lucky enough to get to visit Orlando to experience the ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Midyear Conference. It's held early every December in a different city and is the biggest conference of hospital pharmacists in the world. Pharmacists, residents and students come from all over to congregate, attend specialized classes and network.

As a student it's not only exciting to go and meet other students and pharmacists but it's also a great way to get a jump on residency planning. They have special programming for first, second and third year students on topics like interviewing, writing CVs and applying for residencies. Midyear is also where the Residency Showcase is held every year. The Residency Showcase is an important event where every hospital with an ASHP residency position sets up a booth for students to visit and ask questions, network and get information about the available positions. It's a great way to get your name out and meet the current residents and pharmacy representatives.

This year, since the conference was in Orlando, I piled in a car with a group of friends and we rented a nice condo for the week. It was so much fun! We attended the conference during the day and took advantage of the "mini-vacation" to go out and have some fun in the evenings. Since it's the holiday season we went to Mickey's Christmas Party at Disney one night and another we went to Universal Studios with other pharmacy students. It was a blast and I am so glad we all got to go.

Here is a teaser picture from the entrance to the convention. I will be posting more soon!

Katie

Monday, December 2, 2013

New Opportunities

One of my favorite things to talk about when it comes to the Pharmacy program here at GA-PCOM is always how many great opportunities we have for our students to get involved. I have always been an active member in my class and I have always been surprised at just how easy it is to get involved if you are willing to put in the time and effort. Because we are so new, and our school so close knit, there are always new windows of opportunities opening up for those who are looking.

This year I'm taking on a whole set of new challenges and openings at school. As I've mentioned before, earlier this year I was selected to chair the Clinical Skills Committee for ASHP (the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists) on our campus. It was a great chance to put on a fun event for our students that also gave them a great platform to practice the things we've all been working so hard to learn. It was also a chance for our two winning students to go represent our school on a national level at the ASHP Midyear meeting in Orlando and show off how much we've all learned.

In addition to chairing my committee I also had the opportunity to take on another position, that being the Student Government Association Representative for my class. The Student Government Association is just like SGAs at other schools in that we have representatives from all of our programs who all come together to help solve issues facing our students and school as a whole. What makes it fun is the diversity of our members. A lot of the people I've met have been students I've passed in the hall but never had the chance to interact with. It's also a great way to foster school spirit since we are all there because we love our school so much and want the make it the best it can be.

On that note I wanted to talk about something I get asked about a lot. Over the years, I've had a lot of people ask me why I chose to go to a school that was not a "guarantee". What they mean by that is why I chose to attend a school that was so new and still going through its accreditation phase. It all goes back to our people for me. We have such a wonderful group of individuals here. Faculty, staff and students are all committed to getting us to the "finish line" of graduating our first class. When I first visited the campus I was just as unsure about things as the people who asked me that question. What gave me the assurance to take this leap was definitely the people involved in this program. I've never met anyone I trust more with my future. They have put countless hours and effort into developing a state-of-the-art program that will enable its students to get the best preparation for their lives possible. We also have amazing students who work tirelessly to get the word out about our program and improve our community.

With that said, I am confident that the future of our program is bright. With the hard work of everyone involved, we will accomplish more than we yet know.

Katie


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to wish everyone Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you are all sitting down to a great dinner with the ones you love!




Katie


Monday, November 4, 2013

Clinical Skills Pictures

As promise here are the photos from our 2013 Clinical Skills Competition:






Our Winners!
We had such a great time and can't wait to see our winners Saba Hasan (left) and Allison Rhoerhs (right) compete at ASHP Midyear in December.

I can't wait to do it again next year!

Katie
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