Practicing taking blood pressures with my very own stethoscope in preparation for the OSCE in April!

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Lately I’ve been thinking about kindness. When I got my white coat at the white coat ceremony last year, I found a note in the pocket from the wonderful person who provided me with my white coat. On that note it read this quote: “Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”.  I pondered this for sometime and I whole-heartedly believe in these words. One of my friends also said to me, “Every single person you know has something in their life and past that is probably worth collapsing to the ground in an uncontrollably sobbing heap over, so be nice to each other and tell good jokes.” It’s the same concept but I really liked his words as well. Small acts and words of kindness are powerful. As I was sitting in the cafeteria one late night studying after a long day, a friend I talked to for only a couple of times came up to me and gave me a Snicker’s candy bar. He bought a handful of them and was sharing them with his study group and gave me one as well. It was just a candy bar but its the thought that counts. I really appreciated his kindness and generosity (shout out to Daniel!!). It’s funny how simple acts of kindness such as these can really brighten someone’s day, or in my case, night . I always strive to be kind to others at all times because I know that life is hard. I believe it is very important but I never realized how great the effect was when I needed it and truth be told, it made me really want to do something nice for someone else to give them that feeling as well. Kindness spreads kindness and being kind and doing things out of the blue for someone is something this world needs more of now than ever. This week at STLCOP, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, the STLCOP counseling center is promoting random acts of kindness. Come write a little note for someone and Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you are doing well and know that you are loved and important!

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Ice Carnival

20Jan15

So this past weekend, one of my friends heard about this “Ice Carnival” down on Delmar Loop. Out of curiosity, we decided to check it out! There were ice sculptures in front of every store and restaurant on Delmar and some places hosted little putt-putt courses made out of ice. Other places had “ice box treasure chests” where you pull an ice cube out of a cooler that contains either chocolate or money. It was a fun day and definitely a great way to start out the new semester!

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Self Learning

16Jan15

The first week of my eighth semester of pharmacy is complete. I have to say I really enjoy my schedule this year. Most days of the week, I am done with classes before noon! I am currently enrolled in Therapeutics 2 and on the first day of class, we were informed that this course is designed to emphasize the skills of self learning. At first, I thought that it seemed redundant to teach us how to seek information and to be responsible for our own education because isn’t that what we are supposed to do as students? Didn’t I come to St. Louis because I want to learn? Why must this be addressed? After reviewing the assignment on this topic, I now understand why becoming a self learner this is so important.

Pharmacy is a career that requires life long learning. There are always going to be updates on vaccines, new medications being introduced to the market, new ways of managing insurances etc.  Pharmacists must have Continuing education/Continuing Professional Development, must be able to adapt to the ever-changing healthcare environment, and have fiduciary responsibility of providing the best pharmaceutical care to patients. After I am no longer a student in a classroom where I am expected to learn, how will I keep up? The way this semester is designed intends to make sure I take responsibility for developing this ability now.

My initial questions were answered and I  have come to a conclusion. I am a self-learner because I am a student in school who has to learn because that is the purpose of school. Lectures are given, there are office hours for me to go to my professors when I have questions, assignments and exams serve as a tool to reflect my grip on the topic, and there is always going to be information given to me to access and learn from. But once I am done with pharmacy school and work in the real world as a pharmacist, it is going to be upon me to teach myself. My conclusion is that this is not only about self-learning, but self-teaching as well. With this in mind, I feel more motivated than ever to do the best I can. Good luck with your semester and I hope it started well!


2015

05Jan15

Hello readers!

First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope you are all well and are having a great winter vacation traveling and relaxing. I apologize for the lack of posts lately but I am back! The new semester is beginning next Monday and I am feeling quite motivated to hit the books and learn more about medications. I hope you all are as excited as I am. Stay tuned as I plan on having more stories and experiences to share with you this year!


Reaching Out

15Oct14

Helping APhA-ASP at the Child Safety Day at Delmar Loop is one of my favorite events to volunteer in! That’s why during this fall break I decided to participate in this event a second time.  Last year, we passed out free sunscreens and provided people with information on skin cancer. This time, we played the “Candy VS Medicine” game with children and informed parents about proper medication disposal and vaccinations.

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Through these volunteering events, I discovered how proud I am to say, “Hi, my name is Kelsi and I am a student from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. I would like to tell you more about…” and then teach others what I know and answer any questions that they have. There is nothing like reaching out to the community and educating others about what I learn in the classroom :)

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Recently, I volunteered with Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists in preparing and delivering care packages to chemotherapy patients at the Siteman Cancer Center across the street from campus. This was my first time working on this project and I enjoyed every part of it!

We met up on campus at 9 AM and gathered water bottles, earphones, puzzle books, lotions, tissues, and other goods and sorted them into these neat, colorful cloth bags. Afterwards, we met up with Dr. Mann, one of the clinical pharmacists at the Siteman Center. We handed out our care packages and I even got to speak to a few patients!

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Dr. Mann told us about what she does here and guided us through the patient rooms and pharmacies within the hospital. As a pharmacy student trying to figure out where she wants to go in this career, I found this very beneficial. Although I shadowed at this site before in the past and learned a lot from it, after seeing how some of the cancer medications are prepared and distributed, learning about the pharmacy system here, as well as speaking with patients, giving these care packages out, and feeling like I made a difference in someone else’s life, I realized how wonderful this branch of pharmacy is. I am quite inspired. Could a career in oncology pharmacy be for me?

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Photo credit to SPA




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