Student Insider: Your first year in the Master of Pharmacy
So what is it like in first year? Pharmacy student Samuel gives his perspective.
2018 has been a very rewarding and eye-opening year comprised of travel, study, work… and more travel. From originally living within walking distance of my prior university in Wollongong, studying at the University of Technology has meant travelling far each day to follow my desire of completing the Master of Pharmacy degree. Nonetheless, the early starts and late finishes feel more and more worthwhile as I work towards becoming a fully qualified registered pharmacist!
Pharmacy appealed to me because I appreciated how changes at the cellular level could miraculously change how a person presented or felt.
Pharmacy appealed to me because I appreciated how changes at the cellular level could miraculously change how a person presented or felt; how something as small as a pill could change a patient’s disease state simply amazes and baffles me.
Understanding how medication works is something that I’m finding takes time and persistence as it is majorly convoluted and complex. This complexity was something that initially worried me when commencing the degree. Before starting, I had concerns about my level of knowledge in chemistry as I felt it wasn’t my specialty. However, throughout the year I have come to appreciate that: (1)maybe I actually did know more than I once thought (2) you don’t have to be a chemistry nerd to be a pharmacist!
There were so many things in undergrad that I admittedly second-guessed the purpose of learning, such as the principals of chemistry. Throughout the year however, I have come to appreciate how this content applies to real-life situations, such as the production of medications. The past year at university have consisted of four full days of class work and one day of placement in a community pharmacy. This placement has actually scored me a job, where I now work at every Saturday!
My first year of classes have built upon the understanding of the Australian healthcare system, rules and regulations by which pharmacists must practice under, the varying roles of pharmacists, and the therapeutics of medications.
Learning has been moulded in a practical approach as content is learnt, role-played in class and put into practice through placements. This alternative approach to learning has changed the way I previously approached learning content; in my undergrad I would endlessly study lecture notes and workshops, whereas now I learn in a more practical manner. I feel like this method has helped me build a stronger understanding and creates a sense of ease in retaining and putting into practice what I’ve learnt.
Thinking about the upcoming second and final year of study, I’m eagerly waiting to be able to apply my ever-growing knowledge in therapeutics to different roles in practice. One of the most exciting things I’m looking forward to is exploring hospital settings, especially rural or remote areas.
2018 has been an eventful year, and I can’t wait for the new experiences and adventures that 2019 will bring!
Find out more about the Master of Pharmacy at the Graduate School of Health.