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You are a third-year pharmacy student and you have just seen one of the doctors come out of the store room and put three syringes and needles in his pocket.
Explain what actions you would take in this scenario.
There are many reasons for why a doctor may put syringes and needles in his pocket. He may need to pick up other equipment or resources to tend to a patient. Another reason may be because he may need it for a patient he is seeing later on, where he will not have access to these resources. Since this situation does sound quite unusual, and as a pharmacy student who has less authority and knowledge than a doctor, it would be appropriate to politely ask the doctor for which patient this equipment is for and for what condition it will be used to treat or manage. Asking with an interest may make it seem less so an accusation, as one may not be certain that the doctor is performing unlawful actions.
If the doctor fails to provide a satisfactory answer, it would be important to escalate this matter to a different doctor or consultant to ensure that preventable patient or employee harm does not occur. In future, it may be appropriate to review access to store rooms, to further prevent misuse of limited NHS resources.
I can see from your personal statement that you have a number of non-academic interests; which one do you feel will most help you to succeed as a pharmacist?
I believe that my passion for a range of sports will aid me in the field for a number of reasons. Firstly, playing a range of team based sports, I understand the importance of working collaboratively to achieve a united goal and recognising that each of us have our own respective strengths and weaknesses. Similarly in the pharmaceutical field, we work as an MDT with the strengths of one specialist complimented by the expertise of another.
Also, I recognise that in order to have a sustained career in pharmacy, it is important to have a balanced, healthy life and I believe that my sporting commitments will enable me to have this balance and better manage the stressors and challenges of being a medical professional.
You are an A-Level student applying to study Pharmacy; outline the order in which you would prioritise the following five tasks:
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If additional item/options were permitted, I would also consider taking….
Alternatively, if the task were based in ………….I would prioritise taking……….
My immediate priority would be preparing for my upcoming Pharmacy interview, as I have worked very hard to reach this position and pursuing a career as a pharmacist is a long term objective of mine. Additionally, this is the most time specific and pressing task with the interview two weeks away, and preparation is likely to take at least this period of time.
My next priority would be to assist my younger sister with her GCSE Maths homework. Given that I was recently in this position, I can relate to the challenges and pressures that she may be facing and am sure that she would appreciate my assistance. Furthermore, having covered these topics relatively recently, this task would not be overly time consuming and would subsequently allow me to address alternative priorities.
With my A Level examinations three months away, now would be an appropriate time to commence my preparation for these vitally important exams. Given my interview in two weeks, initially this would be a secondary focus, however thereafter my examination preparation would be the primary objective. Initially, during periods of break from interview preparation, ensuring that my notes and preparation materials are in order would be an appropriate use of time.
Whilst I would want to assist daily in workshop classes, I recognise that this may not be practical as interviews and examinations approach. Rather than committing to this task and later dropping out, I think it would be more appropriate to establish if it is possible to assist with this important programme once per week, in order to ensure that I can provide a realistic long term commitment.
Finally, I recognise that it is important to support friends and family, however equally it is likely that my friend is also conducting his/her A Level examinations this year. Thus, I would explore the possibility of postponing the painting of his new house until the summer holidays, when we will both likely have far more time and will be able to complete this task to a better standard.