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Week 1: September 4 - September 7, 2012 by Brandon Dyson
 
Hello! My name is Brandon Dyson and I am a fourth year student pharmacist at the Howard University College of Pharmacy. I’m excited to be completing my third APPE rotation here at the AACP headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Following in the footsteps of Kelley Ratermann, I will be posting a weekly summary of my experiences and thoughts as I progress through the five weeks of this rotation. Please feel free to leave comments or feedback, and do not hesitate to contact me for any questions.

My first week at the AACP headquarters was a short one. Because of the Labor Day holiday, the rotation did not start until Tuesday, and I had a function to attend at Howard University all day on Friday. However, even in a short 3 days, I have already had a great experience. On my first day, I was unexpectedly greeted with coffee, donuts, bagels and muffins. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming here, and it creates a great environment to learn and work in.
Already in my first week, I have learned a lot of what goes into the review process for the Medco Scholars award applications. I have also been able to sit in on a meeting with the AACP Senior Staff Members. This allowed me exposure and insight to some of the AACP directives and association management as a whole.
 
I was particularly impressed with a presentation by Dr. Ken Skau, who is a Professor of Pharmacology on sabbatical from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy. Dr. Skau is serving as the AACP Scholar in Residence for the 2012-2013 school year. His presentation was on Reflective Learning, and how he has been able to implement it in his course over the years. One of the central tenets of reflective learning is that it connects ideas and experience. This is an often understated point that sometimes is difficult to grasp in pharmacy school. As students, we are tasked with memorizing so many facts and ideas that we often forget to “connect the dots.” Reflective Learning allows this crucial step to take place so that we can apply the information we’ve memorized to action—whatever our area of practice may be.

It has only been three days and I already feel like I have learned so much. I can not wait to discover what the next four weeks have in store!

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