This month we are back with a new blog post all about the World Pharmacist Day which was held on the 25th of September.
The World Pharmacist Day was created seven years ago by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in order to promote the role pharmacists and raise the awareness of pharmacists’ work to the general public. On this day various organisations, campaigns or small scale projects come together to present what it means being a pharmacist and their positive effect on the health of the society. This year’s theme was ‘Your pharmacist is at your service’ which was carefully chosen to highlight the involvement of a pharmacist in the healthcare system: recognising health issues, prescribing drugs, dispensing, advising specific treatment or even a drug discovery. All designed to serve people – serve us.
This year our APC Team has decided to get involved on this special day and share our thoughts on what the MPharm degree has taught us so far. Reflecting back on my last year I can definitely say I gained a great amount of knowledge from acid catalysed ester formation, laws of thermodynamics to side effects of aspirin. However, mostly it’s the abstract things that come with experience or trial and error that stuck with me. For me it’s realising that no matter the question I ask my peers or lecturers no one is going to judge for not knowing something. As I have learned from the early beginning of my first year at university, there is no such a thing as stupid question. Asking questions is not a reflection of your lack of knowledge. On the contrary, it displays your interest in that certain subject. Therefore I encourage all of you to ask more questions, question the world around you and don’t be afraid to ask for help!
And here are few other thoughts from our team on what it means being a pharmacy student and what have captured our attention:
“You can’t know everything, it’s about being honest when you don’t know, and knowing where to look! #WorldPharmacistDay“ – Carenza Smith
“Being a second year pharmacy student there’s still so much that I have yet to learn. However, from everything that I have learned and experienced so far the one thing that stands out is the realisation how diverse pharmacy is. The variety of job opportunities is extensive and suitable for each one of us. From those who like contact with patients, hospital environment, teaching, traveling, to those who would like to do try out something different than the norm. #WorldPharmacistDay“ – Malahat Atta
Hopefully you found this post at least a bit inspiring and making you wonder what you have learned, gained or realised lately. More importantly what are you going to do about it.
Thank you for taking your time to read this blog post and stay tuned for more as we upload each month!