Profession Point.

Most of my job entails teaching.  This requires not only “in the classroom” lectures but also having students spend time with me in my clinic.  I take about 14 students per academic year on rotations/clinicals/professional clerkships with me at my family medicine outpatient clinic.  With me, students assist medical residents and physicians with medication therapy management.  We review medication lists for drug-related problems, screen for appropriate vaccinations, complete components of the physical exam, educate patients and caregivers about disease states and drug therapy and answer drug-related questions to name a few!  Most students are with me 2-3 at a time for an 8 week block.  Every academic year I also have a group of 6 students that spend time with me throughout their last year of didactic coursework that is more of a longitudinal experience.  Most of my in the classroom teaching is related to Men and Women’s health topics – which have over the years become a HUGE passion of mine.  These topics include: contraception, pregnancy, menopause, sexual dysfunction and so on.  Most of this teaching occurs in the spring semester.

Other responsibilities of my job include student advising, committee participation and scholarship.  Scholarship refers to research and publication activities.  I conduct much of my “research” utilizing my students through various projects at my clinic and most of that work has been turned into poster presentations which have been presented by my students or myself at various pharmacy and family medicine conferences around the country.  For the last year and a half or so however, I have been working with students and colleagues on some major papers for publication.

The first article was a review of the newest guidelines created for the treatment of pediatric pneumonia.  I worked with 3 pharmacy students on this paper which was published earlier this year.  It was about a 6 month process of reviews, editing and acceptance to the Journal of Family Practice, but it was a very rewarding experience to share with my students.  Below is a link to the article abstract if you want to take a peek:

http://www.jfponline.com/Pages.asp?AID=10990&search=1

The other two articles are ones that I worked with some of my colleagues at the school of pharmacy to complete.  We wrote two different papers related to predictors of academic struggle and progression in a pharmD program.  Both papers were accepted and published earlier this year.  One is published in the Amercian Journal of Pharmacy Education and the other is in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.  Recently the paper entitled “Admission Variable Predictive of Academic Struggle in a PharmD Program” was highlighted on Medscape.  If you are not familiar with Medscape, it contains a wealth of information related to healthcare.  Below are the links to both of the articles if you are interested:

http://www.ajpe.org/doi/pdf/10.5688/ajpe7718

http://download.journals.elsevierhealth.com/pdfs/journals/1877-1297/PIIS1877129712000949.pdf

Celebrating EARTH.

Before heading outside for our Earth day fun, Jensen colored a picture of the Earth while Owen was taking his morning nap.  She was sooo excited to show it to Drew when he came home from work that she came running inside and pulled it off the refrigerator.

Technically our celebration started on Sunday night when daddy planted new flowers around the house.

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Once we got outside it was all about drawing with sidewalk chalk, playing and taking a walk!  I asked Jensen to assist me in drawing all the things we love about the Earth.  She decided we would draw a sun, some grass, the sky (we drew clouds) and flowers.  Owen pretty much walked up and down the driveway the whole time and then played with his cars.

We ended our celebration with a stroll in the neighborhood.  Of course we had to go inside the house to grab snacks and Jensen’s purse before we could head out – ha!  These kiddos LOVE being outside and it was a very nice morning to be out!

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Baseball at the K Baby.

A couple weekends ago we took the kids to their first Royals game of the season.  Jensen has been asking to go back ever since her and I went to a game last year, just the two of us, shortly after Owen was born.  Everytime we drive by the stadium on the highway she sees the KC on the giant megatron display and says “I want to go there again mom, to KC.” Ha! It cracks me up everytime.

The game was a Saturday at 6:10pm so we had a pretty relaxing day before hand that consisted of playing around the house and making sure everyone got a good nap!  We decided to “tailgate” at the game with Jimmy John sandwiches for Drew and I and peanut butter and jelly for J and O.  We packed other goodies as well to help us get through the game……animal crackers, fruit snacks, apples.

We purchased cheap tickets because we were fairly certain there wouldn’t be a whole lot of actual game watching going on.  Once in the stadium we had to take 2 escalators up to our seats.  That was Jensen’s favorite part of the night.  In fact, we took the escalators 6 times that night with all of our walking around!  We were able to sit in our seats for the first couple of innings with Jensen asking to walk around the ENTIRE time and us continuing to promise her that we would very soon.

Of course the first place Jensen wanted to go were the fountains.  She LOVES the fountains.  She will occassionally call them “Mountains” and to be honest, it is hard to correct her sometimes because I find it so cute and hilarious!  Drew was not too thrilled that we did a lot of walking around, but I took Jensen over to the playground for a bit so that daddy and Owen could take in some of the game.  After walking around and buying a pretzel and some drinks we were able to talk Jensen into going up and finding some seats to sit in for the rest of the game.  Honestly, both kids did great at the game.  Owen pretty much snuggled with me under a blanket the entire time and Jensen played around and snacked in the seats that surrounded us – good thing the game wasn’t completely packed!

The Royals ended up losing by 1 run that night but the weather was beautiful!  We are already planning our next trip out to the K!!

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Sleeping Beauty.

Zoie Dean came  to visit us this past weekend and of course uncle Drew couldn’t resist an impromptu photo shoot.  This little girl is absolutely ADORABLE.

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Baby Zoie.

My beautiful niece, Zoie, was born on Thursday, April 11th around 5:30pm.  She weighed in at 7 lbs and was 18.5 inches long with a head of dark hair……which has been a common theme with all the babies in this family!

I was fortunate to be able to take the day off and be there with Rach during her labor and delivery.  It was one of the best days of my life to be there for the birth of Zoie!  And Rachel did an AMAZING job through the entire process.  We love baby Zoie soooo much!!

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Easter 2013.

On Saturday morning the kids woke up and came downstairs to their Easter baskets.  The Easter bunny left eggs hidden around the house for them too which was super fun for both of them!

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This year Jensen and I frosted sugar cookies instead of dying eggs and I have to admit, I didn’t really miss the whole dying eggs thing.  I’m sure next year we will go back to dying eggs but I enjoyed changing it up a bit this year with the cookies.  I have found that I am not great at decorating my baked goods but I find it INCREDIBLY therapeutic.  Jensen and I got into our aprons and were ready to frost! Jen cracked me up with how much she concentrated on frosting those cookies just right!

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The next morning we went to church with my parents.  After church we headed back to their house for lunch and an Easter egg hunt.  We lucked out with beautiful weather!  After the Easter egg hunt we all hung out together outside enjoying the sunshine and candy!!

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We had a great Easter 2013!  We hope that you enjoyed it as well!

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Owen’s Elephant Party.

Owen is One.  Hard to wrap my brain around it.

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The month of March was going to be extremely busy for us, so I worked hard to be sure and have all of Owen’s bday party supplies gathered and created in advance.  I decided to go with an elephant theme and am pleased with how everything turned out.  I created a birthday banner, favor bags, tissue pom pom flowers and I bought blue and white lanterns.  On the day of his party I had to lecture until 4PM which meant I wouldn’t probably get home until close to 5….good thing my in-laws came in town the night before.  My mother in-law helped by grocery shopping, decorating, cleaning and preparing most of the food for the party…….sooo appreciative of the much needed help!

The night before the party I made and frosted the birthday cakes.  I made a chocolate sheet cake for all the guests and a round chocolate smash cake for O.  I frosted the sheet cake with white icing and then using an elephant stencil that Drew created for me (same elephant from the invite) I piped an elephant in the center of his cake with grey icing.  I then piped a blue circle around the elephant to mimic the bday invite.  I then added some darker grey accents to the elephant which I thought added some character.  I really wish I was better at cake decorating.  But I guess practice makes perfect so I will keep at each with each chance I get!  For the sheet cake I iced it with white frosting, created an elephant with a circle around it and put Owen’s name on the cake.  Not 100% happy with how they turned out, but I can say that I made them and they did taste good!

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Owen did not get a very good nap that afternoon so by the time his party started he wasn’t in the mood to be the center of attention.  The site of his bday hat made him cry, too many people making a fuss over him made him bashful and it took him a while to enjoy his smash cake.

Jensen and I enjoyed posing with the hat, but Owen did not like that hat coming near him.  Poor guy.

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Jensen made Owen this card and she was so proud of it!  She wrote everything on it except “happy birthday.” She surprised me several times when I would ask her if she could write a certain letter and she would do it!  She is writing so well!

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Then it was time for presents!!  He got a lot of cute clothes and some fun toys!  Shortly after opening presents it was time to get this little boy ready for bed.  We had a great time at his bday party and are so grateful for all the family and friends that shared his special day with him!

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