Going into my second year at MoM, I did not know what to expect. On some level, I thought that most of the activities would be the same as last year.
However, I discovered that, as with many projects, these changed once we got there. Not only did we have the opportunity to interact with every single patient who had prescriptions, but we were also able to educate them about common side effects for each of their medications, how to take their medications according to their dentist’s instructions and how to take care of their mouths post-op. We even found ourselves removing bloody gauze from patients’ mouths and inserting new ones upon discharge!
After this year and last year, I am hopeful that the VCU pharmacy students will be able to continue to positively contribute to the MoM projects in the future. I greatly enjoyed working with all of the volunteers at the event (from nurses and dentists to dental hygiene students and general volunteers), and am honored to have worked with such a fun and enthusiastic pharmacy group!