Sunday, April 30, 2017

last post

April community service hours: 18 hours
Spring Semester total community service hours: 36 hours
2016-2017 Academic year total community service hours: 68 hours

This past month, I volunteered with the American Red Cross, Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO), and Second Harvest Food bank. Yesterday for the Red Cross, I volunteered at their Volunteer Recognition Event by working the front table and helping wherever it was needed. I also began volunteering at ARNO this month, where I walked dogs, cleaned cages, and changed litter boxes. I went and helped out there a few times this month, and had to resist the urge to adopt three animals each time. For Second Harvest, I sorted non-perishable food items as they came down a conveyer belt.

Academically, this month was rather light, which is why I was able to volunteer so much. I had to present a few times for Advances in Cardiobiology, Advances in Pharmacology, and Endocrine Pharmacology, but we only had one exam. I’m very pleased with my academic performance this past semester, and hope I can carry it on to medical school. Applications for medical school open tomorrow, so I’ll be using the month of May to work on them and submit them ASAP. I’ll also be continuing my research with Dr. Mondal this month and potentially in the summer.

I can't believe we're actually done with the seems like we just started. This year has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. The program was very challenging, but I found the material to be extremely interesting and practical. I feel like it definitely prepared me for medical school and gave me an idea of what classes in medical school are like. I'll without a doubt have a leg up on my med school classmates. I’ve also made amazing friends in the program and got to know and work alongside my professors, which was an added plus.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Final countdown

March was very eventful in terms of academics. We had our cumulative shelf exam in med pharm. Dr. Clarkson pulled questions from the NBME that covered drugs and concepts we learned throughout the year. I actually really enjoyed studying for the shelf because it made me appreciate just how much information we learned over the past year. It's crazy to me that med pharm is actually over. We also took our final principles exam this month. So basically, the only classes we're still taking are Advances in Pharmacology, Endocrine Pharmacology, Advances in Cardiobiology, and Environmental Pharmacology. I only have two presentations and one exam left and then it's over.

Because of the shelf exam, I wasn't able to complete any service hours this month. However, I have spoken to Second Harvest Food Bank and have set up a few days next month to go in and help wherever needed.

Research is going really well also. Mythili (my lab partner) and I had a meeting with Dr. Mondal and discussed which direction we should take our experiments. We were also moved to a new lab, so we spent a day cleaning and restocking it. I can't wait to begin our experiments in the new lab in the next week.

The year truly did fly by and I couldn't have asked for anything more out of this program. I not only learned a lot about pharmacology, but I also learned a lot about myself, and made some great friends along the way.

Tota completed hours: 18 hours

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Time to study for the shelf...

For such a short month, February was very eventful. At the beginning of the month, a devastating tornado touched down in New Orleans East. A group of classmates and I volunteered with the Red Cross to do damage assessment in the area. We split up in pairs and were assigned to specific blocks in the area and assessed each house for damage caused by the storm, recording everything we saw. It was crazy because some of the blocks we went to looked untouched while others were completely destroyed. I'm glad we were able to help in some way. 

In terms of academics, we covered a number of new topics this past month, including psychopharmacology, toxicology, reproductive pharm, and endocrine pharm. We are now finished with principles and med pharm (other than the shelf exam). It's insane that we're already done with these classes, because I feel like we just started the program.

total hours completed: 18 hours 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New Year, New Experiences

I know I say this practically every month, but I don't understand how this month went by so quickly. It seems like we just returned from Christmas break. I did well academically last semester, but hope to do even better in the upcoming semester. Some friends have told me about an app called Anki, which allows you to make and study flashcards. I've used it for the first block exam of the semester and ended up doing very well so I'm definitely going to continue to use it.

We've gone through our CNS/Neurology block and are currently in our Psychopharmacology block. For the CNS/Neurology block, we participated in a SIM exercise without the medical students. It was a really cool experience, and I liked that it was just us because we were more willing to participate. We have our Psychopharmacology block exam this coming Monday. Today, a patient suffering from mental illness came to our Med Pharm class and spoke to us openly about her experiences. Listening to her story was incredibly inspiring and I'm so appreciative that we were able to learn from it.

I've presented for both our Advances in Pharmacology course as well as our Endocrine Pharmacology course. Both presentations went very well and I'm definitely becoming more comfortable with speaking in front of the class.

In terms of service, I am currently working with a new non-profit here in town called the Residency Awareness Resource Empowerment Foundation (RARE). The mission of this organization is to reduce the incidence and minimize the impact of domestic and sexual abuse in New Orleans by directing victims to appropriate, effective programs and services. I am in the process of designing a website for this organization, and look forward to helping as much as I can. I haven't been able to help out at Sci High this month because of my involvement with RARE, but I definitely plan on returning in February.

Total hours completed: 6 hours