Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Non-applicable things

Hi. This is really unusual. I usually hardly update at all don't update so much. But I just felt like typing a post. About something. It's 6 in the morning. It's already bright. I don't know what I'm doing up so late. I was suppose to be studying, or rather doing a mock test on myself. Buutttt that didn't work out. I ended up watching YouTube videos. 

Let me just explain the paper I am going to sit for. You are given an article from a journal and are expected to answer 8-10 questions on it in 3 hours. It is typically a research comparing 2 drugs together, studying the effect of that drug, or just some form of intervention and if it benefits the patient. The questions are usually like, what is the background of this study, what are the aims of this study, what does Figure 1/Table 2/etc. say, are the conclusions justified, some questions about the drug and some research terms. So basically, it's to read the paper and regurgitate it in your own words. 

I just can't like this paper. I mean, I've heard about the law of attraction from The Secret. I've not read it, just heard about it from XiaXue and QiuQiu. So I just made up a theory that if I could like the paper, it would like me back, as in let me score. However, the problem is that I just CAN'T like this shit. Because that is what it is, shit. Like who the hell is going to come up to a pharmacist and say:

"Hi, I am a regular everyday internet savvy patient who just found this article online about some drug I am taking/a disease I am having and wondered if you could tell me what this article is about in 3 hours."

Nobody! No one is going to do that. I know there are people who might bring in articles and stuff, but they don't demand that you "critically analyze" it in 3 hours. Yes, you are expected to be able to come up with some clever professional jargon to reply to this patient. BUT, you will probably say something like this first:

"Yes, I can do that. No problem at all. I will take a look at this and will get back to you tomorrow."

Logic demands that this is the response you give simply because you won't have 3 hours to stand there and analyze the crap out of the paper. You have customers to serve! Prescriptions to label, dispense and check! People to counsel! You don't have the time!!!

Which is why this paper pisses me off! It's not applicable in real life! Why are we getting time tested on this?!?! I understand if its an assignment. That would make sense. But an exam? Seriously? Your patients are going to accept your opinion regardless of whether its right or wrong. Whatever comes out of the pharmacist's mouth must be right after all. They are not testing you. That is not to say I simply spew things to my patients. I do read the article and take it seriously if I get anything like that. But like, I don't think its serious enough for us to get tested on it. It's not going to change what medication the patient is taking. It's not going to like change the patient's lifestyle or anything like that. It's probably just some new herb supplement or cream, something along those lines. 

Gosh. I really hate doing things that are not applicable because I don't see the point. And the thing that really really pisses me off is that 2 marks from this paper is what has delayed me for a year. 2 freaking marks for A BLOODY YEAR!!! 

Ok. Got that off my chest. I might be able to study better now that I've gotten all the hate out. Ya right. I better go to sleep now. Actually it's waking up time. My body clock is screwed...

Oh, I see you.
Hi! =)

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