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Hey everyone, I am Cathryn. I am going into my 5th year of pharmacy at Butler University. I am also working toward a minor in Science, Technology & Society! In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and writing. I've been working on NaNoWriMo and am hoping to be published at some point in the near future as well. Most of the time you can catch me studying in the library or browsing the Internet. Oh, and did I mention that I got married last summer?

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Good luck on finals!

I’m going to try really hard not to gloat.

But I’m going to for just a second.

As of about two seconds ago, I officially finished all of my finals. I had three exams on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and today I wrote two papers. SO THERE. I’M ALL DONE.

If you didn’t know, the P3 and P2 students take finals early because our rotations and internships start on May 6th while the rest of the university takes finals until the 7th. It’s just the way the cookie crumbles I guess!

So with some final touches on this public health final paper, I can finally say I am done with this semester. And that is awesome.

My friend Myle got us Flying Cupcakes to get us through our last final! I partook in a red velvet cupcake because it’s my favorite. I highly recommend just throwing caution to the wind and eating cupcakes to get you through this week. Totally helps!

Good luck and happy cupcaking!

Rotations Schedule!

I guess I forgot to mention this what with spring break and all, but I got my rotations schedule!

I’m starting off at the Cincinnati VA with ambulatory care and critical care, so I’m excited to get two REALLY DIFFERENT experiences back to back. And it’ll be fun to crash with my parents for two months.

Then I’m back in Indy at a Kroger for a month doing the community thing, and after that I’ll be in Avon at an underserved clinic. After that I’m back at grand old Butler to do a public health research/academic rotation with Dr. Ryder!

I finish my long stint strong with a general medicine rotation at Indy’s VA and then I’m at my retail home, Marsh! Luckily after all of that I get a long break from Thanksgiving until New Year’s and thennn.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE AAHHHH. Then a month off. Back on the road where I finish all of my rotations with back to back psych rotations, one here at Community North and the other at the Cinci VA!


Anyway this video is exactly how I feel with this month wrapping up.

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Fridays off?

I thooought the P3 second semester schedule was going to be somewhat merciful, with our late start on Mondays and our Fridays off. Turns out I’m going to be spending every waking moment doing:

– 2 mini presentations, two debates, and at least three other presentations

– Two papers

– Two hundred drugs – studying EVERYTHING ABOUT THEM

– Two shadowing experiences

– One community project

– Don’t even get me started on clusters

– Reading two novels


All while getting my nonexistent CV together, brushing up on all my necessary certifications to get ready to go on rotations, and somehow finding time to watch every episode of Scrubs available on Netflix in preparation for rotations.

You won’t believe this, but Ashley created a picture of this exact moment sophomore year. Premonition.


The time for figuring out our rotations preferences HAS BEGUN.

For those of you new to the whole pharmacy school thing, here’s how it goes. You do four years in the professional phase of the pharmacy program, and the last of those four years is spent on experiential rotations. These are 10, four week rotations at various sites where we’ll shadow a pharmacist.

And I already know three of mine.

Our electronic scheduling machine (I have no better way to phrase it) just opened this week, but I was placed with my special request for openings at the Cincinnati VA! I AM SO PUMPED. I’ll be doing an ambulatory care, critical care, and psychiatry rotation there!

And the reeest I’m not sure about. I think I’ll be doing one at Butler doing research, and I definitely want to experience long term care. Then I want to do some areas that I know I’ll never work in but I definitely want to experience, like cardiology and nutrition support. I’ve been tinkering with the scheduling here and there, but it’s due next week so I have to make my mind up!

I do know that my expectations are that rotations will be like Scrubs. And every preceptor is Dr. Kelso.

For those of you who are fans of Scrubs, I’m waaay more afraid of Kelso than I am of Cox. I wouldn’t be able to listen to Cox’s tirades for longer than two seconds. Kelso though? He has concise and heartless insults! :( (That show is so great and I think most if not all of it is on Netflix!)

How we do classes, last semester style


Clinical Kinetics – It’s every bit as awful as it sounds. In fact I have to listen to the recorded lectures on Panopto tomorrow. And maybe possibly probably order the book.

Advanced Drug Information – This class sounds redundant. As if pharmacy school isn’t 100% about drug information. Well, anyway, this class is about utilizing resources and understanding how to relay information from scientific articles (etc etc) in a clinical setting so we don’t sound like this on rotations:

Pharmacy Law – I thought I would hate this class buuut after this election year I’ve found myself incredibly intrigued by government policy and other such things so I’m actually looking forward to it!

Therapeutics 4 – As if the title didn’t give it away, this is the fourth therapeutics course we’ve taken. It will be full of therapy.

Intro to Rotations – Wherein we’re given a ton of deadlines, tests over 200 drugs and everything about them, and we listen to guest speakers talk about different kinds of rotations.

Public Health – GOSH I’M SO EXCITED. I’ve felt more and more over the past few months that public health is my calling (thanks to PAWS!) so I’m super excited to be in this class to learn more!

Drugs and Addiction – ALSO SUPER EXCITED because it’s not an area we study in our regular lectures at all, and I want to work with patient populations that may have a lot of substance abuse issues.

I feel like I’m really squeezing in the classes here. This is not a senioritis kind of year, people.