What I Learned During My Second Rotation

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This past week was rough. Real rough. But that’s not what this post is about. We’ll save this for another conversation. Today, we’re talking about my second rotation! Yes, I survived!

This post is overdue. I finished my second rotation on July 19th and I was ready to go and be on vacation. But although I was ready to rest, it did not mean that I did not thoroughly enjoy my rotation. In fact, I kind of miss being at my second rotation now that I am at my third rotation.

On my first week, I was overwhelmed. Orientation dropped a lot of information and responsibilities on my shoulders. I also did not know how I was going to not get lost in the hospital that I was at. My second rotation was advanced institutional.

My goal was to be the best student I could be and maybe even the best student my preceptor had ever had. I made my affirmations so that I could manifest my goal. I am proud to say that I manifested my goals: I enjoyed my rotation, got a good preceptor, and left a good impression on my preceptor.

Yes, it was hard and there were times where I didn’t want to wake up at 5 AM (most days). But, when I got in, everything was fine and I had a great time. I learned a lot about being a pharmacist and about disease states that I previously struggled to learn. It is so much easier to learn about something that you can see in real life.

While I was at this rotation, I learned more things about myself.

The first thing I realized was that I work really well on positive feedback.

I kind of knew this before. But this rotation really proved this to me. The more positive feedback I get, the more I want to continue to do well and not let anyone down. I hate being a disappointment.

I appreciate the constructive criticism but beginning with positive feedback and focusing on my strengths encourages me to improve in all areas. It helps me not to feel like a hopeless failure after feedback. I guess you could say I like to be boosted with compliments and on cloud nine before I’m shot down a little bit.

The next thing I learned is that I love hearing other people explain concepts and why concepts are important.

Sometimes reading does not always help you to grasp the gravity of a situation. Or it doesn’t help you to picture what something looks like. You need someone else who has actually seen these disease states to explain to someone who has never seen it what the disease looks like and help you grasp why this could be a problem. This was helpful for a lot of things to the very last day of my rotation.

Overall, I enjoyed this rotation a lot.

At first, I did not think that I would because I was stressed about the projects that were given to complete over the course of the rotation. But then, as I fell into the groove of things, I started looking forward to being asked new questions and becoming an expert in new areas.

I was able to feel like I was on the right track to becoming a pharmacist. I also had a very good preceptor that took the time to ask me what I wanted to get out of my rotation and helped me learn what I wanted while encouraging me to be better.

I really appreciated that because you always hear a lot of horror stories about preceptors. I did not want a mean preceptor or a preceptor who pretended that I did not exist.

I was able to chart things, counsel patients, and feel like I was actually making a difference which is something I always look for in every position that I take in life. Hopefully, the same can be said for my next rotation that I started last week.

Thanks for reading my rant,

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Shika Tamaklo is a pharmacy student attending Mercer University. She is a college lifestyle blogger who writes on fitness, health, student life struggles and, occasionally dabbles in creative writing.

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