Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Final Countdown

Hi guys!

Well, this is it: We’ve hit the final countdown to my pharmacy board exams! There are two exams that I have to pass in order to become a licensed pharmacist: The North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE). For those who were wondering, here’s a little bit of information about each of the exams (from the NABP wesite).

NAPLEX:

  • Measures a candidate’s knowledge of the practice of pharmacy
  • 185-question computer-based examination
  • 4 hours in length (may not necessarily take this long to complete exam)
  • In a nutshell, assesses candidate’s ability to:
    • Identify brand/generic drug names, mechanism of action, side effects, and drug interactions of medications
    • Make appropriate medication recommendations based on patient disease states, demographics, lab values, symptoms, and concurrent medications
    • Perform various pharmaceutical calculations (33% of the test)

MPJE:

  • Combines federal and state-specific questions to test candidate’s knowledge of pharmacy law
  • 90-question computer-based examination
  • 2 hours in length (may not necessarily take this long to complete exam)
  • Topics covered include:
    • Legal aspects of pharmacy practice
    • Responsibilities of the pharmacist with regards to dispensing and distributing pharmaceutical agents
    • Licensure, registration, certification, and continuing education requirements
    • Regulatory structure and terms of the laws that affect pharmacists, pharmacies, manufacturers, and distributers

Pretty intense, right? I’m taking the NAPLEX on Friday (only two days away!!) and the MPJE on Monday. The results will hopefully be available online within 7 business days and as long as I pass both of the exams, I will officially be a licensed pharmacist!

This past weekend we had a great time in Big Rapids at our Kappa Psi reunion. On Saturday, a big group of us went tubing down the Muskegon River.

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Unfortunately it started pouring and we actually got trapped in a thunderstorm! It was pretty scary and we were relieved to finally make it out of the river.

Saturday night was spent at the Kappa Psi house hanging out with our friends just like the good old days.

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It was a fantastic weekend and a great way to relax before my final week of cramming. As you can probably guess, the majority of this week has been devoted to studying and doing the best I can to prepare for my boards. I’ve been going a little stir-crazy sitting at home all day so I’ve been trying to get out of the apartment as well. Yesterday I set up shop at Biggby for a little while to get some work done.

Eats have been pretty standard. Cereal for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch:

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This sandwich had ham, spinach, avocado, and a Laughing Cow Light Queso Fresco and Chipotle cheese wedge (yum!!) on toasted Ezekiel bread.

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So good! Might be my new favorite homemade sandwich.

I’ve also been enjoying fresh, organic grapes all week.

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Since I’m staying with Eric for the week, he’s been cooking dinner for us which has been wonderful. Last night he made a teriyaki chicken and served it over rice.

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The salad was my contribution Winking smile.

It’s been working at well staying at his place this week. My exams are in Lansing and he lives here, so it’s nice that I won’t have to travel on exam days. Also, he started work this week (he got a pharmacy residency), so I get a quiet apartment to myself all day to get lots of studying done.


Speaking of studying, this it’s time to get back to work! See ya after the NAPLEX!

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