Monday, September 19, 2011

The Dreaded Clinical Seminar

Good evening friends! It’s about time for your once daily update on the happenings of my life Smile. Unfortunately my day was not all that exciting, but that’s pretty much how my weeks go these days! Pharmacy rotations will do that to ya Winking smile.

Breakfast was a smoothie to go:


  • frozen strawberries
  • frozen cherries
  • 1 cup strawberry banana Chobani 
  • 1 scoop strawberry protein powder
  • 1/4 cup skim milk

Speaking of smoothies, did you guys happen to see the shout-out Chobani gave me on their website last month? You can check it out here. I was pretty excited Open-mouthed smile.

Lunch was simple: the usual spinach salad (topped with dried cherries & cranberries, feta, sunflower seeds and Newman’s Own Light Raspberry and Walnut) plus a bagelwich with turkey, avocado, and a Laughing Cow Wedge.



After I was done with my rotation this afternoon I headed on over to the gym and munched on this new-to-me granola bar on the way:


It was really good! Just might be my new favorite.

Today’s workout looked very similar to last Monday's. I got things started with a two mile run on the treadmill and then completed the same leg routine that I did last week, except I slightly altered the way that I executed the moves. First I did 3 set of 12 reps of step-ups on the bench (with a ten pound dumbbell in each hand) and then I did the following exercises in a circuit style manner:

  • Leg presses 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Calf raises (on the leg press machine) 3 sets x 20 reps
  • Seated leg curls 3 sets x 25 reps
  • Hip adductor 3 sets x 20 reps

When I say that I did them in a circuit style manner, I mean that I did one set of each exercise and then moved directly to the next one without a break. I did all four moves and then repeated the whole thing two more times without taking any breaks, other than the time it took me to walk from one machine to the next. My legs were so fatigued when I was done! I really liked mixing it up like this, plus it saves time and burns more calories since your heart is pumpin’ the whole time.

I finished my lifting with 3 sets of 12 reps of lunges (with a fifteen pound dumbbell in each hand) and then did an easy ten minutes on the elliptical to shake my legs out. It was a great workout!

Dinner tonight was leftover potato and bacon soup with a piece of a ciabatta roll:



Clinical Seminar

I’ll be spending the rest of my night reading through articles for my clinical seminar. Clinical seminar is basically the big final project of pharmacy school that we complete during our last year. There is a paper due on October 17th and a presentation that will take place in either January or March (we haven’t been assigned dates yet). Since I’ll probably be mentioning it numerous times in the upcoming months, I thought I would just briefly talk about what it was so ya’ll will know what I’m talking about when I complain about it Winking smile.

Clinical seminar is actually more than just a project: it’s technically an actual “course” and we earn 0.5 credits per semester for a total of 1 credit for it. According to the syllabus, here is the goal of seminar:

“Seminar is a capstone course showcasing a student’s ability to take a relevant professional question, conduct a comprehensive review of the literature, summarize the data, demonstrate their understanding, and present their findings and conclusions logically and systemically.”

Basically, I had to pick a clinical question and now I have to use the available literature and clinical studies to come up with my own conclusions and answer the question. We were allowed to pick whatever question we wanted, but it had to be approved by the faculty. I wanted to do something related to obesity (i.e. a new prescription weight loss pill), but all of the possible options were already taken. The topic that I ended up choosing was actually one that I stumbled upon accidently while researching new weight loss drugs that are being studied, but I’m glad that I came across it! Here’s my question:

“Does obesity decrease the efficacy of oral contraceptives?”  

In Laymen's terms, “efficacy” means “effectiveness” and oral contraceptive is just another term for birth control pills.


Of course, with me being the procrastinator that I am, I have not even started the paper yet and it’s really important that I get a first draft submitted well before the deadline so I can get some feedback. I have quite a few articles printed out, but I still have to read through them all and narrow them down to about three that I want to use. Then I need to actually evaluate the studies and write the darn paper! It’s time to hop to it!

Enjoy your evening Smile


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