This is the beginning of a new time in my life. The title of this post, besides being a homage to Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, represents a new chapter in this story. As I prepare to set off for my year of clinical rotations, I realize that I want to remember all the places I go and experiences I have during this time. If nothing else, I know my mom will be entertained.
For those of you I do not know, my name is Dane Fickes and I am a P4 (senior) student at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. For more information, check out the About Me page. Here are some quick facts:
-Grew up in the small town of Rogue River, Oregon
-Spent the last 5 years going to school in St. Louis
-Always have been involved in organizational leadership on campus
-Favorite class of pharmacy school was pharmacology
-Aspiring pharmapreneur, a person who innovates and develops ideas into reality in pharmacy
While I learned a lot in pharmacy school (and will talk more about that in a later post), I am most excited for my rotations this next year. For those of you who have not been entrenched in pharmacy jargon for the last 5 years, all pharmacy students, after they are done with all of their classes, go out and practice for a year before they graduate. This is done through a series of 5 week rotations in various branches of pharmacy.
The purpose of this blog is to simply describe what it is like to be a student pharmacist on these rotations, my ideas about current pharmacy topics, and stories about interesting situations that I come across during this year.
Let’s start with this. I like maps, ALOT. If pharmacy doesn’t work out, my back up plan is definitely cartography. Job prospects for that are still great, right? Anyways, I made a map to depict my journey through this next year. Each number indicates a 5 week rotation, with associated type and location.
GOALS FOR THE YEAR
Along with exploring and traveling, I do have certain goals I want to accomplish during this year. Let’s break these down into a list, because everyone loves lists:
1. Graduate – always a key to success
2. Improve clinical pharmacy skills – this will be important regardless of what I do, so I want to ensure I am knowledgeable about the center of my profession: DRUGS
3. Meet new people and reconnect with old friends – after being in St. Louis for 5 years, I am excited to meet people in different parts of the world, and catch up with people I have not seen in half a decade
4. Get 15,000 steps a day – American Heart Association recommends 10,000 a day, so why not 15,000?
5. Perfect my Spanish – I have wanted to be fluent in Spanish for as long as I can remember. This will be a chance to finally gain proficiency in medical Spanish
Finally, if you are still reading this post, I want to congratulate you for your attention span. In order to make this interactive, I have added a poll below so quickly fill that out (it is completely anonymous). Be thorough in your response, the answer to this question tells a lot about a person.
I hope this post has briefly introduced you to who I am and what I will be doing for the next year. Below, I have posted the dates for my rotation schedule. If any of you have advice or recommendations about these places, please let me know. I would love to hear it.
Although I am not entirely sure what to expect from this next year, I plan to recollect the good, the bad, and the ugly for you. Having a positive attitude through life is the key to success. One of the most important pieces of advice I have received is that when you are stressed out, remember to take things lightly and smile. So as the Joker once said, “Let’s put a smile on that face.”
Thanks for reading,
Dane Michaelangelo Fickes
2017-2018 academic year:
May 15th – Jun 16th: Acute Care – General Medicine
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Jun 19th – Jul 21st: Patient Care Selective – Critical Care
Jul 24th – Aug 25th: Ambulatory Care – Outpatient Clinic
Sep 5th – Oct 6th: Independent Pharmacy – Compounding
Los Angeles, California
Oct 9th – Nov 10th: Community Care – Retail
Eagle Point, Oregon
Nov 13th – Dec 15th: Health Systems Management – Hospital
Jan 8th – Feb 10th: Off Module – South America trip
Colombia a Argentina, América del Sur
Feb 12th – Mar 16th: International Pharmacy Experience
Monterrey, Nuevo León, México
Mar 26th – Apr 27th: Independent Pharmacy – Community
Grants Pass, Oregon