Dear 2017, You have been a year of joy, challenge, pain, fulfilled dreams, and unrealized dreams. The challenges and disappointments you have sent my way make me want to throw you in the garbage and forget you ever happened, but deep down I know that […]
I got Hope 6 months ago. She has easily been the best thing that has ever happened to me.
Thank you for showing me how to live in the moment and be joyful over the little things, like leaves, dog friends, and parks.
Thank you for helping me get out of my comfort zone, introduce me to new friends, and always bring a smile to me face. I love you. Thanks for six months, Hope!
May 2018 has been filled with pediatric critical care, kickball playoffs, Mother’s Day festivities, Cinco de Mayo fun, a trip to Los Angeles, an Indian-American hybrid wedding, new friends, a research conference, an upper respiratory tract infection, and keeping my head above the water. I’ll […]
I’ve been too absent in these parts lately. Partly due to FUN, partly due to work, partly due to being a dog mom, and partly due to just needing to decompress. But here is a recap post that will give you a snapshot of what I’ve been up to!
High: Completing my two lectures for my teaching certificate.
I’ve always loved school, and I’m also discovering that I love investing in people and communicating with others. Teaching is a great intersection of the both. I gave two lectures in April, one on skin structure and function to 80 students, and one on gestational diabetes and diabetes in pregnancy to seven. I’m grateful I was able to lecture in a small case-based class as well as a traditional lecture style. I’m even more grateful that I got to lecture in the Advanced Diabetes elective! I have not mentioned it on here, but diabetes care and outpatient pharmacy are two aspects of pharmacy that I am extremely passionate about. The feedback I received from the students from lecturing was positive, and it’s a nice load off my shoulders to have that aspect of my residency complete.
High: going back to a longitudinal diabetes clinic
Piggybacking off the statements made above, a component of the second half of my residency is working as a diabetes provider every Tuesday afternoon in a pharmacotherapy clinic. I rotated through the clinic as a student, so I was already familiar with the patient population we serve, work flow, and protocols we follow. To be honest, my experiences in this clinic are a major reason why I chose to pursue residency to begin with. So coming back at the beginning of the month was a perfect reminder for why I do what I do and where my dreams lie within my profession. So far, I’ve initiated visits with two patients new to our clinic that I will be the primary provider for (with faculty support) for the remainder of my residency. I’ve gotten to counsel on insulin initiation, discontinue medications, and get to know not only patients, but their families. I find it incredibly rewarding.
Low: Hope’s latest escapade
Hope got a hold of my favorite copy of A Simple Abundance that my mom got me and wrote a sweet intro in one day while I was at work…
High: Rock Climbing!
Climb Up OKC did not disappoint. I didn’t make it to the top of the harder tracks, so I guess I’ll just have to go back!
High: My new bike
And now I realize that I don’t have a picture of my bike…which I need to fix. But I’ve ridden the new toy twice since I got it at the beginning of the month, and it’s so much LIGHTER than my hybrid. There is nothing a little time outside on the bike can’t make better 🙂
I realize this is extremely general, but there have been several instances throughout this month where people or circumstances have disappointed me. The positive aspect, though, is gaining the confidence in myself, my faith, and my relationship with God to turn these disappointments over and realize there is a greater plan. It’s a “muscle” I’m working to strengthen, and there is still heartbreak, but it’s getting so much better. “Cast all your anxieties on Him for He cares for you”—1 Peter 5:7
High: Hope’s new friends at the dog park
Hope + husky. So cute.
High: the art festival
As part of my lack of regular posting, I didn’t do a weekend recap today (I also staffed at the hospital all weekend). Friday evening I went to the arts festival with my co-residents. There was a lot of impressive (expensive) art, and some inspiration for some art projects!
Low: saying goodbye to my grandma
While my family misses her deeply, we are also happy for her because we know she is no longer suffering and is with my grandfather. I’ve been reflecting frequently on the beautiful person my grandmother was and the legacy she will leave in the past week. My grandma experienced multiple heartaches and disappointments in her life, but her faith, love of people, and work ethic shined through despite her trials. I have been remembering this in my day=to-day trials and joys, and hope that I keep this in mind forever going forward.
High: hosting friends for dinner
In the height of my eating disorder, I isolated myself from others, particularly around food. I’ve found, though, that sharing meals with others brings forth vulnerability, life giving conversations, and is just overall good for the soul. I’ve made it a habit to have friends over for dinner at least once a week, and it has definitely been a highlight of my month.
What were your April highlights?
This weekend flew by, and was filled with girl time, nostalgia, adventure, family, and remembrance. Friday started with my favorite TGIF yoga class. After, I took Hope to the dog park and got ready to hang out with my old roommate. We went to sushi […]
April, which is officially my “research” month of residency, has transformed into a hybrid “teaching and research month”.
In addition to completing clinical pharmacy rotations throughout my twelve month residency, I also will complete longitudinal rotations in management, hospital staffing, research, and teaching. While I have completed a number of teaching-related projects earlier in my residency, most of the work has occurred this month.
Previously, I wrote a draft of my personal “teaching philosophy”, facilitated four interactive case sessions with the second year pharmacy students, and participated in workshops involving topics such as motivating students and providing feedback. I identified two topics that I would prepare lectures, handouts, and exam questions over: gestational diabetes/diabetes during pregnancy, and skin structure and function.
Let me tell you- teaching is labor-intensive and difficult. I have always had immense respect for educators, but being on the other side of academia brought this appreciation to a new level. And given the situation involving educational funding in the state of Oklahoma, this acknowledgement should be emphasized. Our educators pour energy and time to provide the best academic experience for their students, and their compensation should reflect this.
I started preparing both of my lectures in December. I spent hours compiling information from various textbooks, decided how I wanted to organize the material in my slides and handouts, formatted my references appropriately, selected images that illustrated the material optimally.
When I got back, I scheduled lecture dress rehearsals with a content mentor and one of the deans of the college. My dress rehearsal lecture was timed and I was given constructive feedback on everything from incorporating more summary slides, to adding a “housekeeping” slide, to how to coach students to memorize the material better.
I delivered my skin structure lecture today and I think it went well! I used a lot of dorky examples, like the fact that I have Uneven pigmentation on my arm to highlight the function of melanocytes in the epidermis. (Fun fact-I was called giraffe because of this uneven pigmentation in the 5th grade). At the end of the lecture, the students gave me “minute” evaluations, which was helpful for my future development.
Takeaways: I have good energy and enthusiasm, but I need to work on slowing down. I feel like that is a theme for me in life 🙂
I have my “debrief” for the lecture on Wednesday, and give another lecture next week. There are a few more components to the teaching certificate to complete, but the lectures have been the bulk of what I have spent time on thus far.
I hope this post gives you a little bit of insight into the teaching certificate that can accompany pharmacy residency, and appreciation for our educators. Thank a teacher today!