Post #7: A Talk on Pharmacy School
Recently, I attended an Integrative Physiology presentation on the study of pharmaceutical medicine provided by Candido A. Chacon III, a current Director of Admissions for the Anschutz Medical Campus. When I walked in, I noticed that the presentation was held in a small classroom and the chairs were arranged around a circular table with the speaker at the front. Due to the fact that there were no more than twenty people who attended, the environment of the classroom had a personal feel to it, which allowed for more audience interaction.
Before Dr. Chacon began his speech, I noticed his attire was professional. He not only wore a suit but also included his badge, which established his authority in the medical care community. Once he finished introducing himself, he took a seat and began to talk through his presentation using a power point, displayed behind him. While the content of the presentation was slightly advanced for an audience of undergraduate students, Dr. Chacon made sure to avoid using confusing medical terminology and made several pauses in his discussion to allow for questions. I also noticed that he maintained eye contact with everyone in the room demonstrating his efforts to avoid losing our attention.
My expectation of this presentation before arriving was that it’s only purpose was to excite and inform students about pharmacy school. However, Dr. Chacon’s speech ended up heading in a different, and in my opinion a much more interesting, direction. While he did mention for a few minutes about what it takes to succeed in a pharmaceutical program, the focus of his talk was primarily teaching us about drug resistance bacteria and the impacts it can have in the medical field. Each of his slides was titled with different bacteria and was accompanied with a graphic yet intriguing photo of an individual who had been infected by the disease. His overall presentation focused mainly on five different types of bacteria and how they have been able to evolved throughout the years in order to resist medications pharmacy professionals are providing.
What I took away from Dr. Chacon’s talk was the fact that though his purpose was to inform and spark students interest in pharmacy school, he inadvertently succeeded in doing so without talking about additional school work we would eventually have to endure. Instead, he provided us with an idea of how exciting learning about drug resistant bacteria can be. I also appreciated the fact that he sat down with us instead of standing and addressed his audience as equals that share a similar interest in the medical field.