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Class of 2010

Posted in Diary, Pharmacy by Alvin on May 16, 2010

Good morning to the Guest of Honor, Puan Abida binti Syed Haq, Vice President of Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society, Assoc Prof Dr Yeong Siew Wei, Dean of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences,  distinguished panel of lecturers, parents, my fellow comrades, ladies and gentlemen.

I guess most of you were hung-over, having split headache and probably haven’t slept since Wednesday, catching up unwatched blockbusters, going on feast and post-exam parties. The past exam had robed us off short-term indulgence and entertainment, but it was also the exam that marks the end of our undergraduate years here in UCSI.

I remember we were orientated as freshmen 4 years ago in this very hall, fresh (that’s why we were labeled as freshmen), innocent, dorky and probably confused why we were here in the first place.

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Today, I see a school of young smart professionals, righteous, worthy, and honorable. We are thankful of how pharmacy education here, have shaped all of us to what we are today.

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But it wasn’t a bed of roses for the past 4 years. We had quite a tough time catching up general chemistry for pharmacy and organic chemistry 1 after long hiatus from the basics. Then there was peripheral nervous system and pharmacotherapy when organic chemistry sequel almost got us shortness of breath.27022007337 

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Laboratory experiment sessions were interesting. But nothing beats dispensing and compounding. I think our ‘cholesterol level’ shot up pretty high that semester looking at the amount of eggs we’ve gotten. It was stressful, but nonetheless, a heck of an experience.

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From the simplest apparatus to operating sophisticated analytic instrumentation, slimy frogs, furry rabbits and fat albino rats, we’ve had a wide range of lab modules, hence the broad exposures.

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Not forgetting memorizing sophisticated Latin nomenclature of herbal and alternative medicine, and other hands-on exposure with our attachment with the industry and community pharmacy. Moving on to the final year, if I were to use 2 words to describe it, that would be clinical and rigorous. Clinical based modules and training and it was a year of rigorous drill via different exposures during discussion, at the nursing homes and hospital.

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That was a quick and quirky summary of the trials and tribulations we’ve had for the past 4 years. As quick as my summary, the years went on at the blink of an eye and we are here to commemorate our transformation. I would like to convey our heartfelt thanks and acknowledgement to the lecturers, for being our great mentor and guide. To my fellow comrades, class of 2010 and soon-to-be working colleagues, I wish you nothing better but all the very best.

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As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. Thank you for 4 great years of accompaniment and friendship.

Viva la Pharmacie and thank you.

Text as delivered @ Oath Taking Ceremony

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Posted in Pharmacy, Random by Alvin on March 24, 2010

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Reality sucks eh?  Oh wells. =)

Psychiatry

Posted in Clerkship, Pharmacy by Alvin on March 12, 2010

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The occupant of this ward is one of a kind. They wander around the ward, most of them dine at the common area, like the school canteen and they had to queue up in front of the medication cart for their daily dose of drugs.

And it was one of a kind for us as well. We’ve heard screams and wails, seen patient gone under anesthesia and convulsed. Not to mention the disheartening stories and drama behind every patient before they ended up chemically imbalance, locked up in this ward.

The environment in the ward was a hodgepodge of people with different mood and emotions. We managed to talk to a few after clerking our case, and apart from their set of life epic before ending up here, some were unexpectedly cheerful, optimistic and patriotic. If there’s a thing to learn from them, it would definitely be that smile, without dwelling into the facts and whatnots about them being psychiatric patients.

The ward was guarded both by guards and grill bars. Right next to the interview corner, was a narrow balcony barred by steel poles. The cement walls at the balcony was the assembly points of pigeons who flocked by probably because of the free bread crumbs which some of the patient conveniently threw out of the bars to feed them. As a result, the  cement wall was full of bird droppings.

Shitty as it is, but definitely not as wretched as the plight of every patient in the ward.

Scalpel-less

Posted in Clerkship, Pharmacy by Alvin on March 6, 2010

Being in the surgical wards wasn’t as intimidating as I thought it would be. Except for the fact that some of the nurses finds us an eyesore to their workflow but nonetheless, clerkship is way more interesting than mundane slide reading lectures.

After a quick briefing on day 1, we randomly assigned patients to ourselves by the ward occupancy white board. Then the whole routine of reading, interpreting, head-scratching, scribbles  mimicking, notes flipping and forms filling starts. We had chance to follow rounds but it was none other than perking up our ears only to catch minute details of each patient’s condition.

Being in the ward gave an insight on how clinical based job would be in the future. Those in the lower ranks of the authority hierarchy are probably the most pitiful ones. They probably start some of their days at work with multiple tongue lashing and probably getting  dominoes of it.

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Intriguing, yes but the whole ritual of waking up at 6 in the morning and stretched out all the way to midnight, reading up materials for case presentation is physically demanding. 4 more rotations to go, psychiatry coming up next!

If only this does not end with a killer paper for the finals.

Chinese New Year Greetings

Posted in Pharmacy, Photography by Alvin on February 7, 2010

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