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Posted May 21 2009 10:33pm
Finally, I am rotated to 'Clinical Pharmacy' after so many months of training.Exciting!

What had I learnt in the ward? Well, it's that I don't know enough, pharmacotherapeutically!

You must be wondering: 'What? 4 years of university education, and this is your feedback?'

Yes. Honestly, yes. And fortunately, I still have the time to catch up (since I'm still under training).

4 years of university training, is really something, but it's not everything, I suppose. It's not the end of education, it's just the beginning everything, to be a pharmacist.

The knowledge we grabbed in university, might be outdated by the time we graduated. And in fact, what knowledge? You might be wondering, what knowledge what've gained from the 4 years? Many of us, surely, will said the so-called 'knowledge' are those unnecesarry junks that we memorised during the exam seasons, and right away after the exams, all the so-called 'knowledge' will be reformatted, and the brain will back to square one.

If really so, why are we wasting our precious 4 years time in university? To get 'emo' (during exam seasons)? To experience more frustrations in life (after exam, when looking at the result slips)? To have sleepless nights (during exam seasons and assignments due dates)?

Looking back those days, it was a bit childish. We tend to blame every 'bad fortunes' in those years to the heavy workloads the course offered us. Complaining it's 'stressful', 'no life', 'inhuman' and so on. We actually did not see how the real world works. We were just a bunch of spoilt kids, complaining about nothing. We said nobody understand us and the pain is just too big for us to bear. Actually, were we even in pain?

Looking at the patients in the ward, they are struggling with real pain (pain caused by myocardial infarction, you can't compare it with our so-called 'pain' during exam season), and yet they do not complaining about life. They just pray that they can recover faster, and carry on with their life.

To help those patients? Well, I'm still a 'noob' in the ward. To communicate effectively with the doctors to provide better pharmacotherapy to the patients? I should. That is what pharmacists do!

We always complaining that in Malaysia, pharmacists have limited role in the ward. Yes, it's true for now. Cause we don't have enough knowledge to empower us to have a significant role in the ward. However, we don't have to give out on ourselves.

We can do better by continuously learning throughout our career:
  1. Humbly learn from doctors about the clinical knowledges, so we can communicate effectively with them.
  2. Dedicated ourselves to learn more about drugs, so we can provide informations that doctors don't know or not aware of.
  3. Learning to communicate with different types of patients, so we can counsel them in more effective ways.
  4. ...... (Still in progress of thinking, will update more in following posts)
I think, most powerful skill that I acquired in university, is the skill of learning, means: Learning how to learn.

Knowledge that we are having now, will surely be outdated, but the skill of learning, will not.

While we are complaining that the university did not prepare us enough (which university will, by the way?), why not we use the skill of learning that we learnt during university days, to obtain more knowledge, to empower ourselves, to improve our role as a pharmacist?

I pray, one day, pharmacists in Malaysia will shine and be more constructive, and no longer complaining this and that. What we are now, is the result of what we have done in the past. Since we can't change the past, why not we try to change our future?
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