Friday, November 3, 2017

Who Am I and What Am I Doing Here?

Hello rxBriefCase,

My name is Puja Modi and I am a final year student at the University of Toronto - Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. Like many students that preceded me, I am here completing a 5-week rotation as part of my Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) placements. These APPE rotations have offered me opportunities to apply my knowledge and gain experience that will help me with my future pharmacy career.

With graduation looming, everyone keeps asking me the same big question – where do you see yourself working? Currently, my answer is that I have not yet decided. The uncertainty stems from the fact that I have enjoyed all my past pharmacy placements and learned something valuable from each opportunity. My previous experiences include community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, public health and safety research. This rotation at rxBriefCase is different from my former experiences and will allow me to expand my skill sets into the world of continuing education (CE).

No matter where I end up, I know that continuing education will always be a part of my career, as it is very important to stay up to date. This rotation will allow me to understand the landscape of CE in Canada, accreditation standards of the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP), and the role of pharmacists in CE development. I will also have the opportunity to refine my critical analysis and medical writing skills. I will be improving these skills by completing a critical appraisal of a CE program, writing an eNewsletter, developing a module for MedSchoolForYou and continuing to blog on my experiences and trending topics in the pharmacy world.

Some random facts about me:
  • I love to travel - my most memorable trips were to India (3 months) and Europe (3 weeks)
  • Hobbies of mine include dancing, photography and NETFLIX (next show: Stranger Things)
  • I am a big foodie who is constantly eating – I am always open to suggestions for the best places to dine in Toronto

Keep an eye out for my next post!

- Puja Modi