Monday, December 14, 2015

Settling In

My name is Andre and I am a fourth year PharmD student at the University of Toronto. I started my Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience placement here at mdBriefCase a few days ago so I have already had some time to adjust. 

So far I have worked exclusively in a community setting at various Shoppers, Rexalls and Loblaws so this is a new and exciting experience for me. I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but everything I have heard from fellow classmates has been positive and I am already starting to see what everyone is talking about. 

So far I have been oriented, met many of the staff members and began working on the projects I will be completing over the next five weeks. I am responsible for conducting a critical appraisal of a continuing education program, writing a pharmacy newsletter and completing a patient-focused module on medSchool For You. I very much appreciate the fact we are able to choose our own topics for our projects as it allows us to pick ones that we are passionate about.  My areas of interest are diabetes, mental health and minor ailments so I will be choosing topics that allow me to demonstrate and expand upon my knowledge.   

If you are an APPE student who has just started your rotation at mdBriefCase and you are reading through old posts, especially if you are new to non-direct patient care like myself, it seems like you’ve picked a good rotation. Everyone is very friendly and helpful.