Alesha Loudermilk and Brian Holmes Share Their Rotation Experiences
One interesting aspect of P4 rotations is the chance to choose elective rotations. This helps students see a variety of pharmacy settings. During our P4 year, we were able to match one of our elective positions with Dr. Michelle Herdman, a faculty member here at UCSOP. This 5-week academic rotation helped give us insight on what it is like to be on the other side of academia; we became the teacher as opposed to being the student. A few activities we did on this rotation included creating a lecture, presenting this pharmacology lecture to second-year pharmacy students, making a mock syllabus for an elective course, designing a pharmacology-based case, and developing quiz and test questions. These activities helped us gain understanding of exactly how much time and effort teachers put into their classes. Academia is a great route to take in pharmacy because it is one of the best ways to give back to profession. As a teacher and instructor, you are helping future pharmacists learn the necessary skills and objectives they need in order to contribute to the profession.
Alesha – “I am currently looking into residencies and am considering ones that offer teaching certificates. This academic rotation helped strengthen my desire to pursue academia in my future.”