For anyone who may have missed some of our February articles, below you'll find a quick summary with key takeaways from each post!
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- Many trials around NMN have supported the idea that it causes increased NAD+ levels in the blood, potential increases in aerobic muscular endurance, and maintenance of blood biologic age in study participants
- NMN is one of the most potent precursors to NAD+ in the body and it can be found in foods like broccoli, avocados, cabbage, edamame, and cucumbers
- In a recent study, participants aged 40-60 were given supplemental NMN in doses of 300 mg, 600 mg, and 900 mg daily and showed statistically significant improvement in a six-minute walking test by walking further than participants that took a placebo for 60 days
- Many supplement companies see NMN as a goldmine in terms of what it can offer to the market and their own pockets — News flash! They only want your money, so hold it tight!
- A pharmacy residency is one path to take after graduation. The timeline for applying and interviewing is quite lengthy - 8 months - and it is recommended to start searching for programs sooner rather than later.
- ASHP provides guidance and a timeline to follow that is updated each year for candidates to use.
- Key steps include: program research, letters of intent, navigating the online application system (PhORCAS), interviews, and match day.
- Pharmacists are needed in many aspects of patient care, and especially in vulnerable patient populations such as solid organ transplantation.
- Care areas that pharmacists play a crucial role in: drug interactions, infections, protocol development, quality improvement, patient education, drug information questions, cost-saving initiatives, pharmacokinetics, and more!
- To best prepare for a career in transplant pharmacy (or if this career field interests you), find a practicing transplant pharmacist and ask for opportunities. There is always an opportunity to get your foot in the door and see if transplant pharmacy is where your interests lie.
- Fellow and resident salaries are comparable, though fellows tend to make slightly more than residents on average
- Residents tend to work more hours and more holidays than fellows and they do not work remotely
- There is a larger variety of fellowships compared to residencies, but there are more residency programs than fellowship programs
- Residents get to work directly with patients, and there's generally no patient care involved in a fellowship
Things we're thinking about, consuming, or find interesting:
- Favorite podcast episode: During a whiskey-fueled conversation with my father-in-law in which all major topics were covered (causes of classism, how to smoke a brisket, and the philosophy behind zero-drop footwear) I was introduced to the podcast Hardcore History. If you're interested in hearing about some of the most significant and entertaining historical recountings available to your ears, I highly recommend it. Dan Carlin, who narrates the podcast, has a voice incredibly analogous to that of Heath Ledger's Joker from The Dark Knight. "Why so serious?" It's a fantastic combination.