December's Guide to the Galaxy
Taylor & Laura Jane
This month, Laura Jane and I took our first steps toward achieving one of the goals we set at the beginning of our time in this program: attaining a PGY1 pharmacy residency. We always felt that we worked well as a team due to the fact that we had similar long term goals, and we grew closer as we worked together in this program due to our interests. I have always been passionate about patient care, and through my clinical rotations this year, that passion has been reaffirmed, and I have discovered a love of pediatrics. While Laura Jane has always been interested in inpatient acute care residencies, she realized over the course of this year that she enjoys a more longstanding relationship with the patient. Through the mentorship of Ms. Walker and other individuals she met throughout the course of the program, she was able to reflect on her pharmacy experiences and determine her true passion: ambulatory care.
We began the month of December with a trip to ASHP's Clinical Midyear Meeting, where we both presented the results of our research. My research revealed the results of a project I have worked on throughout pharmacy school about the patient perception of community pharmacy and the job responsibilities of the employees who work to fill their prescriptions. Laura Jane's research focuses on a more clinical aspect of pharmacy and looks at the effects of capped heparin dosing on time to therapeutic aPTTs in the treatment of VTEs.
While there, we also had the opportunity to attend the residency showcase and ask questions of residents and program directors. Our time in the Walker Leadership Scholars program prepared us well for this environment, and we felt well prepared to start a conversation with everyone at the residency booths. We were able to ask questions and make judgments about which residency programs would be the best fit for us based on these conversations. I had my first off month during the month of December, and I spent the remainder of the month preparing my applications. I applied to nine residency programs, six of which have a pediatric focus and three of which offer a general background in both adult and pediatric medicine. Laura Jane applied to eight programs, all of which were ambulatory care focused. We both also focused on programs that offer a strong teaching certificate program, as our time in the Walker Leadership Scholars Program taught us both the importance of mentorship. We both hope that in the future we will be able to contribute not only to this program as alumni, but also to other schools of pharmacy to help encourage young pharmacy leaders to pursue leadership training. We are now working on developing patience, and we are excited to see where we will embark on our first year of post graduate pharmacy training!