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First week of Labs.

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Hi guys!!

This is the first week back to classes at university a.k.a the dreaded “Week 9”.

For some bizarre  reason it wasn’t until Sunday night that I was able to access my timetable, and it was only then that I was able to see what was happening this semester!!

My week started on Monday morning with a 10AM seminar. If that early hour of the day wasn’t daunting enough to a night dweller like me (admittedly, I had my fair share of sleep-ins this summer), then the name of the seminar would be sure to scare me off – “Analytical Chemistry”. Don’t get me wrong, chemistry is that I love to study, and is one of the reasons I chose this course here. But at UoS, Chemistry is arguably one of the more difficult components in the Pharmacy programme. However, when I got to class it proved to be just a session covering work we learnt last year. Our year leader gave the seminar, and asked all the students to name a chemistry functional group, and draw it. He then discussed whether the group is acidic, basic or neutral, and if it is ionised or unionised in the stomach and in the blood plasma. We then each annotated 5 drug molecules, highlighting the chemical groups, and determined how they would act in those conditions within the body.

We were also briefly told how our semester will follow. The Cardiovascular and Renal systems will dominate this term, and next term in January, we will start on learning the Respiratory and Gastrointestinal system. The main differences between this year and last reflects as this year we are learning about the systems from a perspective of impairment, such as seeing the effects of diseases. Where as last year, we studied the human body  as a “healthy system” on the whole.

This morning I had my first dispensing lab. I can probably best describe dispensing as the module unit that makes you most feel like a Pharmacist!! The lab consists of multiple shelves of different types of medications, in both tablet, liquid and inhaler forms, and also medication labelling computers. Here we learn about the legal requirements of a prescription and what has to legally be on it, for example the prescriber’s signature, the date, age of patient if under 12 etc.

We were given 8 prescriptions, some with errors on, and had to correct them to make it legally valid to dispense. We had to also check that each medication was given at the appropriate dose, whether it was the correct medication and also if it stated the appropriate time for administration.

So this has been my first two days back of the new year. I’m quite confident that by the end of this week I will be extremely tired and will probably fall asleep straight after my last lecture on friday afternoon!

Anyway, I should probably hole punch and file my notes now… know, stay on top of it all.

Have a good week!



Back to Pharmacy School

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Back to Pharmacy School blog

Hi everyone,

As summer has finally ended, most people are now preparing for university by moving into halls of residence. For me, after spending last year in the Precinct Halls, I decided to rent a smaller and quieter house off campus with two of my friends. I just moved in last week, giving me plenty of time to unpack my things, spruce up my room, and catch up with livesonline, my friends and my previous level one year leader.

I’m really excited to return to life at University, though I am quite anxious about what to expect for the impending year, as it is the first year of level two for the newly accredited Pharmacy programme at Sunderland. There are no previous students who have followed this specific course, so it’s difficult to know how much of it has changed or has remained the same from the old degree. A few rumours have been circulating, suggesting it has been altered. Some students say there will be several additional exams, based on our clinical skills with patients, and others disagree, insisting that much will stay the same. I guess the suspense will have to last another week or so longer until official timetables have been released.

In the meantime, I’m going to get myself ready for this extremely testing year by buying lots of files, stacks of paper and pens, an assignment journal and plenty of instant coffee! After all…“if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail”!!!!!


Student Profile:

  • Name: Lauren Hill
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Pharmacy (MPharm)
  • Hometown: London
  • Ambitions: To gain experience as a pharmacist and eventually look into opening my own organic Pharmacy.

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