Posted by: Connie Pringle2 SEP 2011
It’s been another exciting and educational week at The Pharmaceutical Journal. If the staff sense a quiet moment looming for the interns they are quick to amend this!
So this week I've been mainly researching and writing news stories, putting the finishing touches on a piece I’ve been working on with the other interns and in quieter moments tapping away at a feature I’m doing on migraines. Still taking advantage of the quality canteen food, I’ve also taken a short master class in how to write headlines- an art more complicated than anticipated! It’s definitely something that takes practice.
Interpreting scientific research papers and condensing findings into short, readable and informative reports is one of my biggest challenges. The first obstacle sometimes is trying to understand what is actually being said! The second is deciding if the conclusions are relevant enough to pharmacy to warrant reporting and the third is condensing the vital information into sometimes as little as 80 words!
I genuinely feel that I am learning loads here at the PJ. My work seems to need slightly less editing as the days go on and I’m writing shorter sentences for a start. My fears of spending work experience on the perfume counter are irrelevant since I’m daily applying the knowledge I’ve acquired at uni to tasks. Digging it out of my brain’s archive and dusting it off is sometimes a struggle but it’s encouraging to know I can do it! I’ve also concluded keeping ‘up to date’ as a pharmacist surely must be easier for those writing the news.
The story about Keele University’s new virtual learning environment for pharmacy students caught my attention this week. I thought this was super novel and an interesting concept but others I’ve spoken to weren’t so impressed by the idea. I wonder how the students will find it?
I liked this too! A story about sunscreen I came across while browsing the nationals for health news earlier this week. It’s direct relevance to pharmacy right now is limited, but I’ve often thought that if I could formulate any pharmaceutical product, it would be this. Perhaps a thought for the future?
In all, I’m learning loads and I love London. Since I wrote last I've got the revolving door down to a fine art, pondered the Natural History Museum’s dinosaur collection and fulfilled my London eye dream. On Tuesday I saw my first west end show; Ghost the musical was amazing! I’ve also finally submitted all of my pre-reg applications, so it feels like things are really happening in my pharmacy world. I can't complain in the slightest, although after reading this week's pretty pink PJ on the journey home last night, I did unfortunately dream about azithromycin…not a good sign!
My diary is rapidly filling up with dates which will see me out and about, so I've got lots to look forward to, and lots more to write about..