D. 2nd Year Pharmacy Student
University of South Carolina, Charleston,
contribution I will make to my profession when I graduate?"
graduation from pharmacy school, I will have gained exceptional
knowledge to serve my community and the world. My plans are to
contribute to the area of greater patient knowledge concerning
diabetes, patient counseling, health disparities sand medication safety.
I have a great
interest in pursuing my career in the area of Diabetes Awareness as
well as patient counseling. I view it as a pivotal opportunity for
pharmacists to work closely with individuals and help with monitoring
their individual health care. I believe pharmacists have a civic duty
to counsel each patient and to make sure they understand the proper
usage of each medication. Diabetic patients have to take special care
in monitoring their glucose levels but more importantly controlling
their diet and exercise. Diabetes has become one of the biggest
killers in our communities today. It is time to take the necessary
steps to ensure that all diabetics can live healthier and happier lives.
are viewed as the most trusted profession in the world and that
knowledge gives me great hope and desire to further myself and even
explore looking at health disparities. I want to make a difference
with individuals who are at risk for particular diseases. Areas such
as diabetes, hypertension, and stroke diseases are of particular
interest to me and I would do my very best to counsel my patients in
these desired areas. If I see where certain individuals are at risk
for a particular disease I will speak with them and suggest the
proper testing and evaluations to make sure they do not become at
risk. I want my patients to know that I am concerned for them as
individuals as a complete whole and not just with their prescriptions only.
Safety is of particular importance to me because so many individuals
do not take their medication correctly. As a pharmacist you must
always know the "four rights": the right drug, the right
dose, the right patient, and the right time. I will make it my duty
to make sure that no one leaves my pharmacy unclear on how to take
their medication. Even if I have to handwrite the directions I will
make sure there is no doubt about anything.
As you can
see, I plan on contributing my time and my endless efforts to improve
the health care of the community and the world. I want to be the
pharmacist that goes beyond the call of duty to leave a positive
impact on her patients. Patients do not have to make an appointment
to see pharmacists and because we are accessible I want to give more
than expected at all times.