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Residency Matters-My Teaching Certificate

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!

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