Posted 10 Nov 2011
We are well into this semester and I am juggling practical write ups, mini essays and mid-module tests. I am also trying not to forget about writing up all my lecture notes. It is great to be assessed in varying different ways, I much prefer to do coursework and this course is giving me lots of different ways to show the skills I am learning.
A couple of weeks ago I did a pharmacology practical involving radioactive drugs. This meant that we had to go into a special lab and carry out special precautions to ensure we stayed safe. We were required to glove up, wear red lab coats that stay in that room, and even cover our shoes so that we took none of the materials out of the room with us. It was quite exciting being trusted with such a serious task and made me feel like a real scientist or even a member of the show CSI!
At the end of October was reading week. This is pretty much like half term, the timetable is suspended and the week is free for assignments and to prepare for exams, whatever stage of that process you are in! I spent most of this week back home. It was tough dragging all my notes along with me, but it was well worth it to spend time with friends and family. On the first weekend my sailing club back home had the last race of the summer series, the Peter Meredith Cup. It was a full day of racing, and I was out on one of the safety boats helping to keep an eye on the racers having fun in the pouring rain! My Dad came along with me too, keeping charge of the coffee flask and to do the photography for the race. However as it was such a wash out, non of them were usable.
Mid way through the week I came back to Kingston for my work placement. I got given a placement at St. Georges Hospital in Tooting, and it was such an eye opening day! I was shadowing a specialist pharmacist who works on the Haematology and Oncology wards. It was great to see the range of roles a pharmacist can hold in the hospital, how the hospital runs on a basic level and how the team members work together. I learnt lots about how a patient drug chart is set out and lots about the drugs they use in those wards. It was so much to take in or one day but I cannot wait for my next placement!
Course: Pharmacy MPharm
Level: Third year
Other information: I came to Kingston University after studying at college. I have dyslexia. I am currently a member of the Pharmacy society, the Dance club and the Cheerleading club. I do a placement with Boots pharmacy as part of my course. I am a Kingston University student ambassador. I chose Kingston because... I did not reach my expected grades for A-level and Kingston offered me my current course of study instead. I looked around at what other unis were offering through clearing an...