Posted by: Connie Pringle16 SEP 2011
I'm mortified because I’m leaving London and The Pharmaceutical Journal office today. However, I have to reflect on a brilliant and rather busy time here over the last month, and my final week has been no exception…
On Monday at the crack of dawn, I rushed off to Milton Keynes General Hospital, where I had the pleasure of interviewing a member of its pharmacy management team and was given a department tour. I’ve written an article all about the departments exciting recent developments which, all being well, will be published in an upcoming issue of the PJ. Whilst not being able to write this in The Journal, I shared with my interviewee my regret about not visiting the hospital before I submitted my preregistration applications!
I spent most of Tuesday writing up the aforementioned interview and catching up with the most interesting findings from the research sessions I went to at last weekends RPS annual conference (see the PJ Online RPS conference coverage). On Wednesday afternoon, having grappled with some headlines (Wednesday is press day) I went along to a commercial press briefing, which was an altogether pleasant and interesting experience. See my last blog post for more thoughts!
Yesterday and today have been all about news and views – bowel cancer awareness, blood pressure monitoring and complementary medicines are just a few of the topics floating around in my inbox.
There’s so much more to know about journalism than I anticipated, and my time with The Pharmaceutical Journal has given me insight into a whole new crazy way of working! I’ve collected enough free pens (from various conferences) to get me all the way through my final year of uni, and I hope that I’ll use them to keep writing and put what I’ve learned into practice. For fear of sounding like the Irish poet Seamus Heaney, I’ll stop the cheesy pen metaphors there. Thank you to everyone at the PJ for such a fun and educational experience!