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Isaac Alade – Livesonline

BSc (Hons) Psychology

What have I enjoyed in this pharmacy semester so far?

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Dressed professionally for PBL presentation day.

5 weeks into the semester and the first assessment for 3rd year pharmacy students was a problem based learning (PBL) presentation.

The case me and four of the colleagues in my group were presented with was about a 54 year old woman who had been newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.  We were given 3 weeks to create a presentation where we had to:  Critically evaluate the evidence base for monotherapy of 1st line conventional disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in rheumatoid arthritis.

Within the evaluation we were expected to include details of the mechanism of action of the drugs, their uses backed by evidence from literature, monitoring requirements and key side effects.  Also we had to explain how a reduction in the incidence of side effects may be brought about.

We were expected to learn all this information with minimal assistance from our tutor’s. The role of our tutor’s was to simply act as a mentor/ facilitator.

How me and my group tackled the problem.

  1. We listed any information we already knew making sure to note everybody’s input. We then discussed each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Some of us were more confident with public speaking; others were talented at gathering necessary information etc.
  2. We then discussed as a group what we all individually thought the problem was and then agreed on how we would approach it as a group. It was important to make sure everyone was on the same page.
  3. At this point we had figured out the information that we were lacking and we decided to assign each individual with their own research task. From here on we constantly arranged meetings where we would discuss our research with one another, create power point slides, as well as practice for the presentation.

The presentation had to be 20 minutes. Not a minute more and not a minute less, which my group successfully managed to achieve. After this we were subjected to questioning from our tutor to make sure the whole group had learnt what was necessary from the task.

How was PBL helpful?

  • It helped to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application to individual patients.
  • PBL helped to improve skills which would be necessary within a working environment; working as a team, presenting large amounts of confusing information in a clear concise manor, time management and much more.
  • Also it was good revision for final exams.

This was a unique way of learning which was advantageous for exams and my career after graduation. I hope this blog has given all you prospective students out there a little taste of what the academic day to day life of a pharmacy student is.

Thank you for taking the time to read, until next time.

Let us talk about pharmacy lectures so far.

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


I now have my own introduction song, yaaaaay! So in this video i talk about pharmacy lectures and how i’m finding them so far. Don’t forget to like share and comment.

The University of Sunderland, a very multicultural place to be.

Monday, October 6th, 2014

So it’s been two weeks since I’ve officially started 3rd year of my pharmacy course and it’s still hard to believe that not to long ago, I was in turkey looking down from the balcony of my hotel at the marvelous scenery.


In all honesty I’ve been struggling to get back into the swing of studying only managing to do a little here and there, mostly because I’ve been catching up with so many people I have not seen though out the summer holiday.

During this two week period it came to my attention that I had met and became friends with a large range of people of different ethnicity and nationalities , whilst studying at the university. To me this is highly valuable as it has allowed me to learn about, appreciate and respect other peoples cultures.

Meeting such a large range of people definitely opens ones mind to the much larger world around them, as well as increasing  the chance of a free food and a bed to sleep on whilst travelling.

Luckily I’ve already been promised somewhere to stay in Taiwan, Malaysia and Canada! Hopefully I’ll be visiting one of these places next summer if everything goes as planned. The University of Sunderland has students attending from over 30 different nationalities, making it an institute I can definitely recommend if you’re interested in meting a large range of people from all over the world.   Here’s some of the very amazing people I’ve met so far :


My beautiful leprechaun from Ireland 😛


Miss Smiley from Nigeria


The Canadian pharmacy gangsters. They study hard, real hard hahahaha.


My Taiwanese crew, also got some Romanian,Malaysian and East African students hidden in the picture. 😛


  • Name: Isaac Alade
  • Age: 24
  • Studying: Pharmacy MPharm
  • Hometown: London, UK
  • Ambitions: To start my career within community pharmacy, eventually leading to me owning my own chain of pharmacies.

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