Dear New P4’s,
Congratulations, you did it! Take a moment to enjoy your accomplishment thus far. It is very exciting to finally make it to clinical rotations. I would like to take a moment and share some advice I have learned this past year. These are some things I wish I would have known before I started last June. First, don’t blink because it will be over before you know it. The summer and part of the fall will drag on and you will think you have all the time in the world. After Christmas you will wonder how you got to April so quickly. So enjoy each moment along the way. You will love some rotations and not care for others, but each one is great learning opportunity. Strive to learn something special from each experience; even the ones that are not your favorite. Next, take this time to learn as much as you can. In school there is so much information and time constraints that something always has to give. Sometimes school becomes just trying to stay afloat more than loving to learn. During rotations there is an amazing freedom to just learn. There will be so many great opportunities on rotations that you don’t want to let any of them pass you by. Have a “yes” attitude in all situations. Preceptors really just want to help you learn. Go in each day ready to experience something new. Lastly, never understatement how far a smile and a clean white coat will take you. I was surprised how many preceptors wrote on my evaluation, “thanks for coming on time and being willing to learn.” Silly me, I thought that is what everyone was supposed to do. But I found out this is not the norm. In the next nine rotations you will meet pharmacists who will write you letters of recommendations or maybe even offer you a job. People are more impressed with your eagerness to learn and positive attitude than a high grade point average. A positive attitude will take you far in life not just on rotations. I wish you all the very best on your next step in your pharmacy career. Just remember to hold on and enjoy the ride because some of you will end up places you never thought you would. Remember, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. Good Luck and God bless you all!
Meredith Mitchell, Pharm.D Class of 2017