It’s hard to believe that I have only one more week before my rotation at MPA is over. My time at MPA has involved multiple projects including Medicaid expansion, CMS star ratings, and campaigning for Legislative Day. I have even had the opportunity to visit the Capitol and sit in on a budget committee meeting. Even though this rotation was not clinical in nature, it has provided me so much knowledge that is invaluable to my future as a pharmacist. Knowledge of legislation and the legislative process will stay with me as I start my career as a pharmacist, especially now that I know how vital knowing legislation and speaking with my legislators is to protecting this profession I will officially enter soon.
Right now, most of my classmates and I are securing jobs or interviewing for residencies and pretty much lining up our futures. As much as I want to finally be done with school, there is a small part of me that wants time to just slow down so that I can enjoy what little time I have left of my college days. The past five and a half years have been awesome. I’ve met lifetime best friends and have been on numerous adventures that I’m not sure I’ll ever get to experience again. Who could blame me for wanting to hold on to this for just a little longer? But ultimately I know that graduation will be here before I know it, and I will become a pharmacist with new responsibilities (with a job, hopefully) and new adventures for me to experience. Luckily, I will be prepared for these new responsibilities due to my experiences through my pharmacy rotations, especially the knowledge I have gained here at MPA.
MPA Rotational Student
UMKC School of Pharmacy at MU