Professional on the words of another to elucidate my

Professional Statement

This is the part where I hook you in with a quintessential
quote that beautifully describes to you the totality of my being in only a few
words. That in some way, the flowery
language quoted by a prolific individual
can express to you my dreams, goals, struggles, and triumphs with only a few
keystrokes. However, I know of no such
quote that can accomplish this feat, and instead of depending on the words of
another to elucidate my intentions. I will do my best to define my narrative in
my own words.

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Before
the start of my pharmacy career, I knew pediatrics was a specialty that
genuinely held my interest and has consistently remained a niche within the field I would like to pursue. Weight-based
dosing, off-label drug usage, and specialized compounding highlight some of the
many challenges faced when treating this patient population. Making it vital to
have specially trained pharmacists who are capable of working intimately with
doctors and hospital personnel to meet the needs of the individual patients.
Attention to detail, critical thinking, and compassion are all core elements
required when it comes to caring for this population. In addition to my work
ethic, I know that I possess the qualities that would allow me to excel in this
specialized area of practice. Even with said elements, I still lack the
clinical training and experience desired by potential employers and future
colleagues. Thus making the pursuit of a PGY1 pediatric residency pivotal in
reaching my short-term goals of pediatric-focused residency training followed
by a PGY2 in a specialized area of interest.

A
pediatric pharmacy residency provides me with the opportunity to receive
clinical training in pediatric and neonatal pharmacotherapy and pharmaceutical
care. This unique population cannot simply be viewed
upon as “mini-adults” in regards to the care that they are provided. Therefore, it is pertinent that clinical pharmacists are thoroughly educated about the many nuances
and subtleties unique to the treatment of pediatric patients. Only the
successful completion of an ASHP-accredited residency program would fulfill
such a need. I am confident that Children’s National Medical Center would go
above and beyond in satisfying that. As a top-ranked medical institution, your
program has much to offer in regards to rotation experiences, teaching and
research opportunities, and a clinical staff that is beyond measure. After
reviewing the information about the program, it’s clear that it has all the
necessary components that would allow for the advancement of my clinical
knowledge and skills. The declarations made about this program are not based upon research on the medical
center alone, but I can attest to their validity as I reflect back on my own personal experience with such an esteemed
institution.

From
the moment I stepped foot into the main lobby of the Children’s National
Medical Center (CNMC), I immediately knew that this would be the start of an
unforgettable experience. My eyes filled with wonderment and childlike glee as
I observed the high glass ceilings, stunning murals, and hot air balloons that
floated ever so gently in the air. I immediately felt at home, and I was in awe
that I was blessed with the opportunity
to complete a 5-week rotation in the number one neonatal intensive care unit
(NICU) in the nation. Throughout my didactic
career, “pediatrics” was always a particular patient population that did not
garner much attention in our accelerated program. With aspirations of becoming
a pediatric clinical pharmacist, I was ready to soak in every piece of this
experience like a sponge and my preceptor, Dr. Alysia Osugi made sure that happened.
Teaching and molding the next generation of healthcare providers was more than
just a lofty idea at CNMC, it was the essence of the entire medical facility.
Family-centered rounds were a sovereign space where learning and teaching
occurred effortlessly. They enabled me to witness the effectiveness of a
multidisciplinary healthcare team in optimizing patient care first hand. To
date, my NICU experience has been one of the most challenging clinical
rotations. The weekly discussions concerning neonatal disease states, SOAP
notes, patient work-ups, rounding, and presentations instilled me with the
tools and mindset necessary to be successful and thrive in subsequent
rotations. I will always look back at my time spent at Children’s National
Medical Center as one of my fondest rotation experiences. Furthermore, it will also be viewed as the moment where I dared to embark
on the journey to accomplish the goals that I thought at one point were too big
to dream.

Applicant: Winfield Whittington III

Pediatric
oncology, critical care, neonatal care, and adolescent medicine are all aspects
of a dream that is so close to becoming a reality for me. I can envision myself
monitoring patients on high-risk medications, performing family-centered rounds
with my professional colleagues, providing age-appropriate education for my special patients and so much more. The time
spent with Dr. Osugi and the NICU satellite team showed me that this particular
field of pharmacy is the place where I can make a difference for many years to
come. Long-term, I foresee the realm of
academia as another role that I would like to fulfill. Standing in front of the
class with “clicker” in hand and educating the next generation of pharmacist
about what makes treating this population such a challenge yet a rewarding
experience. In a perfect world, I would love the chance return to the
University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) School of Pharmacy to educate
students about this unique patient population that is not addressed in their didactic
studies. I hope that as an educator I’ll not only be able to provide UMES
students with the opportunity to learn more about this field, but foster and prepare the individuals
with a genuine interest in specializing in an area that I know is worthwhile.