2. Health professionals need to stay up-to-date on the status of this influenza strain.  This article provides a nice summary along with links to important articles published in NEJM and The Lancet.  Also follow the World Health Organization on Twitter @WHO

  3. Million Hearts Health Fair

    Million Hearts is a national initiative with the goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks or strokes over the next 5 years.  Healthcare professionals throughout the country are planning a wide range of activities to help educate on heart attack and stroke prevention.  More information can be found at this website. Join the College of Pharmacy at Ferris State University in this effort and consider being screened. FREE Services provided will include: Aspirin Therapy Evaluation; Blood Pressure Check; Cholesterol Screening; Stop Smoking Tool Kit.

    Dates and Locations:
    Wednesday, March 20 4-7pm at Family Fair, 2275 Health Drive SW, Wyoming, Michigan 49519

    Thursday, March 21 11am - 1pm at Main Lobby of 25 Michigan Ave., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

    Saturday, March 23 12:30 - 3:30pm at David D Hunting YMCA 475 Lake Michigan Drive, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

  4. Keep up-to-date on vaccines and vaccination recommendations by bookmarking this site. Staying current on your vaccinations protects you, your friends and family!

  5. Writing the personal essay, as part of an application for a college pharmacy, can be a daunting task for some. As compared to very objective information like grade point average or PCAT score, the personal essay can seem like a very subjective exercise with no clear beginning and no clear end. The PharmCAS application states that: “Your Personal Essay should address why you selected pharmacy as a career and how the Doctor of Pharmacy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you achieve your goals.” What follows are abstracted tips for preparing and writing your essay from our original article.

    1. There’s no formula for the personal essay. As a result, don’t simply follow what others did, or what your read on forums (e.g. studentdoctor.net).
    2. Prepare a rough outline before you begin writing. How can your essay supplement the rest of your application? The essay is not the first thing the committee member will read. As a result, an impression has already been made by the other parts of your application. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a “hook”.
    3. Why is it YOU decided to become a pharmacist? Don’t write what you think the admission committee wants to hear. Many applicants do, resulting in “sound alike” rationales.
    4. Be honest and sincere. Real stories tell themselves.
    5. Fill in gaps that exist in your application (e.g. missed semester, poor semesters, starts and stops in your college education).
    6. Spelling, grammar and punctuation are important.
    7. Have someone read it. Don’t just ask them if they liked it. Ask them to summarize what it says about you and why you want to be a pharmacist.
    8. Never, ever plagiarize!