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Tomorrow's pharmacist blog

'I was surprised by how few other black students I saw on the course'

Posted by: Unekwuojo AgadaThu, 23 Jul 2020

Unekwuojo Agada knows that black students aspire to be pharmacists, but often asks herself why there are so few at pharmacy school.

'I did not think that I could actually make a difference in pharmacy'

Posted by: Ishwah KhaliqThu, 23 Jul 2020

Being Pakistani and growing up in the UK, Ishwah Khaliq initially found it difficult to imagine herself being successful because of her ethnicity

'My name has a meaning and mispronouncing it takes away from that'

Posted by: Tsariye DoroThu, 23 Jul 2020

Tsariye Doro has received constant reminders that she is different because of her ethnicity.

My student-run campaign shows everyone can make a difference in public health

Posted by: Jagraj Singh ThandiWed, 8 Jul 2020

Pharmacy student Jagraj Singh Thandi shares why his peers should organise their own public health campaigns to make every contact with their patients count.

A message to preregistration trainees in the time of COVID-19: this setback can make you stronger

Posted by: Stephen SekimwanyiMon, 4 May 2020

Stephen Sekimwanyi, a pharmacist who has had his fair share of career setbacks, offers advice to preregistration trainees in light of the General Pharmaceutical Council’s decision to delay the pharmacy registration exam.

How I landed a coveted internship at a clinical nutrition and biosimilars pharma company

Posted by: Abolfazl Maasoumi SarvestaniWed, 25 Mar 2020

Pharmacy student Ali Maasoumi Sarvestani refused to let previous rejection stop him from landing a dream summer internship with Fresenius Kabi.

How I boosted my pharmacy CV with extracurricular activities

Posted by: Alexander McTaggartWed, 22 Jan 2020

It takes more than academic achievement to succeed as a pharmacist, says fourth-year pharmacy student Alex McTaggart.

My pharmacy preregistration training provider wasn't up to scratch

Posted by: Diba KeyhanfarThu, 10 Oct 2019

Newly registered locum pharmacist Diba Keyhanfar moved training sites a number of times during her preregistration training.

How we worked together to develop a unique community pharmacy oral health service

Posted by: Kendra MooreThu, 18 Jul 2019

Students at University College London are tasked with developing a novel pharmaceutical service as part of their final MPharm year.

How to get through the MPharm dissertation

Posted by: Ausaf KhanThu, 11 Jul 2019

Incoming preregistration trainee Ausaf Khan provides advice on how to finish the MPharm dissertation.

Why are pharmacy students steering clear of summer placements?

Posted by: Laura HealeyThu, 20 Jun 2019

Real-world experiences during pharmacy summer placements can boost a student’s prospects, but uptake appears to be dropping.

Your pharmacy calculations prep guide

Posted by: Babir MalikThu, 6 Jun 2019

Babir Malik’s top tips for approaching the calculations paper in the GPhC registration assessment.

What I gained from attending the RPS Science and Research Summit

Posted by: Tsz To ShamThu, 23 May 2019

Tsz To Sham encourages pharmacy students to take every opportunity to attend pharmacy conferences.

The RPS Foundation Programme: a hospital perspective

Posted by: Daisy KeeganThu, 16 May 2019

Daisy Keegan describes her experience of completing Foundation Stage 1 of the RPS Foundation Programme.

My Erasmus experience in Helsinki

Posted by: Reesha SolankiThu, 9 May 2019

Reesha Solanki explains why pharmacy students should consider taking part in Erasmus.

Intraprofessional learning in readiness for interprofessional working

Posted by: Babir MalikThu, 18 Apr 2019

An initiative at the University of Bradford which supports intraprofessional learning between pharmacy students and student pharmacy technicians.

UCL Fight the Fakes: improving medication safety in hospital pharmacy

Posted by: UCL Fight the FakesThu, 4 Apr 2019

In February 2019, UCL Fight the Fakes attended a roundtable discussion on the implementation status of the Falsified Medicines Directive in hospital pharmacy.

How to get through the preregistration year

Posted by: Marina Dinithi GoonatilakaThu, 28 Mar 2019

Newly registered pharmacist, Marina Dinithi Goonatilaka, shares her three tips on how to get through the preregistration training year.

How pharmacy schools can better represent minority ethnic students

Posted by: Somto MaduekeMon, 18 Mar 2019

Pharmacy student Somto Madueke highlights how pharmacy schools can tackle ethnic disparities and support minority ethnic students to succeed.

My summer internship at a GP practice

Posted by: Shanza KhanThu, 21 Feb 2019

Shanza Khan describes her experience of completing a pharmacy placement with the Argyle Health Group.

Is ethnicity an issue for pharmacy students?

Posted by: Kweku BimpongMon, 18 Feb 2019

Kweku Bimpong, fourth year pharmacy student and publications officer for the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association, gives his view on how ethnicity impacts students from minority ethnic backgrounds. 

Preparing for day one

Posted by: Zahra MahomedThu, 31 Jan 2019

Zahra Mahomed details how she prepared herself for life as a registered pharmacist.

How the shortage of preregistration placements should be addressed

Posted by: Mahamoud AliThu, 29 Nov 2018

Final year pharmacy student Mahamoud Ali shares his concerns over fewer numbers of preregistration placements available compared to trainees.

Supporting black pharmacy students: how can we improve?

Posted by: Mahendra PatelWed, 12 Sep 2018

Mahendra Patel urges the pharmacy profession to do more for BAME students.

Overcoming an early career setback

Posted by: Aamer SafdarThu, 16 Aug 2018

Aamer Safdar describes the preregistration experience which defined the rest of his career

Introducing Junel Ahmed — 2018/2019 BPSA president

Posted by: Junel AhmedThu, 19 Jul 2018

Junel Ahmed, recently elected British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association president, speaks about his pharmacy journey, why he chose to run for president and his hopes for the future.

Preparing for the GPhC registration assessment

Posted by: Aamer SafdarThu, 7 Jun 2018

Education, training and development pharmacist Aamer Safdar shares sage advice for pre-regs worrying about the registration assessment.

UCL Fight the Fakes at the 71st World Health Assembly, Geneva

Posted by: Woohyun ChoThu, 31 May 2018

Students from the UCL School of Pharmacy, Woohyun Katherine Cho, Naira Ghanem and Sheena Kutikala attended the 71st World Health Assembly held in Geneva, representing UCL Fight the Fakes.

Innovative community pharmacy services in the UK

Posted by: Sean QuayWed, 9 May 2018

Newly registered pharmacist, Sean Quay highlights some of the newest and innovative pharmacy services he has come across.

From disillusioned to enlightened

Posted by: Sally Sosnicka Fri, 20 Apr 2018

After only one year into her MPharm degree, Sally Sosnicka felt confused about her future in pharmacy. Here she explains how she became disillusioned with the profession, why she no longer has those doubts and why she is now looking forward to life as a pharmacist.

Being part of the first intake of University of Sussex pharmacy students was a great opportunity, not a risk

Posted by: Hira GhaniThu, 8 Feb 2018

Hira Ghani describes her experience of completing her first year of study at the recently established school of pharmacy at the University of Sussex.

Balancing the ethical and commercial pressures of community pharmacy

Posted by: Sean QuayFri, 5 Jan 2018

In community pharmacy, there is a perception that pharmacists struggle with balancing commercial pressures with the safety and ethical aspects of patient care. Sean Quay and Mohima Akhtar ask whether it is impossible to be profitable while remaining professionally ethical. Or can the two co-exist?

Balancing the ethical and commercial pressures of community pharmacy

Posted by: Mohima AkhtarFri, 5 Jan 2018

In community pharmacy, there is a perception that pharmacists struggle with balancing commercial pressures with the safety and ethical aspects of patient care. Sean Quay and Mohima Akhtar ask whether it is impossible to be profitable while remaining professionally ethical. Or can the two co-exist?

Digital health: a pharmacy student's perspective

Posted by: Amardeep BaggaMon, 11 Dec 2017

In the age of information, digital technology affects everyone’s lives. It is one of the most important tools for a modern society to operate efficiently. In healthcare, technology is used not only to reduce human effort, but also to improve a patient’s quality of life, and even save lives.

Theory to practice: reflecting on the jump from pharmacy student to preregistration pharmacist

Posted by: Gemma ThomasTue, 5 Dec 2017

Pre-reg pharmacist Gemma Thomas uses her experiences to explain why spending time across the pharmacy sectors is so important to development.

Making the most out of your preregistration year: A hospital trainee’s thoughts

Posted by: Sean QuayTue, 24 Oct 2017

Recently registered pharmacist Sean Quay shares insight into his year as a hospital preregistration trainee.

Merging theory with practice: the five-year integrated Master of Pharmacy degree

Posted by: Angela KamWed, 11 Oct 2017

Tina Chung and Kwok Bun To describe their experience of being one of the first students to graduate from the University of Nottingham’s integrated Master of Pharmacy degree.

In hindsight: reflections on the GPhC preregistration assessment

Posted by: Sean QuayMon, 18 Sep 2017

Newly registered pharmacist Sean Quay reflects on his experience of this year’s General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) preregistration assessment.

Mind the gap between your clinical perspective and the patient’s perspective

Posted by: Piruntha PalarasaWed, 30 Aug 2017

Newly registered pharmacist Piruntha Palarasa describes how incorporating health coaching techniques into her practice has enhanced the patient consultation experience for both her and her patients.

Introducing students to telehealth via a novel online placement

Posted by: Efthymia (efi) MantzouraniTue, 2 May 2017

Undergraduate pharmacy students are learning to engage with telehealth activities to prepare them for their future career.

My pharmacy summer placement in Shanghai, China

Posted by: Shane KaillaThu, 6 Apr 2017

Shane Kailla describes his experience of pharmacy practice in Shanghai, China, during his 2016 summer placement.

Hospital pharmacy oncology rotation through the eyes of a junior resident pharmacist

Posted by: Baguiasri MandaneTue, 24 Jan 2017

Baguiasri Mandane shares her experience and what she learnt on her oncology rotation at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Pre-registration training in a CCG: a tutor's perspective

Posted by: Benjamin GarnerTue, 3 Jan 2017

Medicines optimisation pharmacist Benjamin Garner supervised the first pharmacy pre-registration trainee who undertook six months’ training at Leeds South and East Clinical Commissioning Group.

A split pre-registration placement: at the CCG

Posted by: Catherine MakTue, 3 Jan 2017

Catherine Mak was the first pharmacy pre-registration trainee to split her training between Leeds South and East Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Here, she discusses her time at the CCG.

A split pre-registration year: in the hospital

Posted by: Catherine MakTue, 3 Jan 2017

Catherine Mak was the first pharmacy pre-registration trainee to split her training between Leeds South and East Clinical Commissioning Group and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Here, she discusses her time in the hospital.

Pharmacy in the UK: a perspective from Hong Kong

Posted by: Tsun Ho ChoyWed, 23 Nov 2016

Choy Tsun Ho and Ho Wing Hei Phoebe, two undergraduate pharmacy students from Hong Kong, describe their experiences of UK pharmacy during an exchange programme in 2016.

How students at the University of Manchester are promoting inter-professional education

Posted by: Linda Elizabeth OwensThu, 14 Jul 2016

Healthcare students at the University of Manchester have set up a society to improve inter-professional learning. Pharmacy student Linda Owens describes its most popular event, the clinical skills evening.

How students at the University of Manchester are promoting inter-professional education

Posted by: Piruntha PalarasaThu, 14 Jul 2016

Healthcare students at the University of Manchester have set up a society to improve inter-professional learning. Pharmacy student Linda Owens describes its most popular event, the clinical skills evening.

Putting together a conference about alternative pharmacy careers

Posted by: Sarah KirkThu, 7 Jan 2016

The Alternative Pharmacy Careers conference is due to take place on 23 January 2016 at the University of East Anglia. Third-year pharmacy student Sarah Kirk describes how the conference came about.

Preparing for a pre-registration interview in a hospital

Posted by: Matt McArdleMon, 6 Jul 2015

Pre-registration trainee Matt McArdle recently secured a role at St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London. Here, he shares advice for others trying to secure their pre-registration roles.

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