Spotlight on Innovation: PharmacistWeb.com

Ade Tojuola graduated from King’s College London with an MPharm degree, and qualified as a pharmacist in 2012. In just a few short years, he’s gone from patient facing roles in pharmacies chains such as Sainsbury’s, Superdrug and Day Lewis, to working with big pharma companies. Creator of PharmacistWeb.com – a community for pharmacy professionals – and currently studying for an MBA at Henley Business School, he certainly makes for an interesting individual. After watching his live video session on Facebook, “3 reasons why you should develop your career“, I decided to find out more about Ade.

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Life Hack: Math AutoCorrect in MS Word

Science students probably know the struggle. All we want is an easy way to type stuff the way it’s written – H2O instead of H2O, Na+ instead of Na+, β2-adrenoeceptor instead of Beta2-adrenoceptor. Microsoft Word is especially fiddly when it comes to this. It just isn’t designed for hardcore use of symbols and is a simple word processor at heart.

There is a solution: Math AutoCorrect.

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How to make the most of 2017

The word “productivity” gets bandied around a lot this time of year, even more than it does throughout the rest of it. Sometimes, it’s used to justify the most ridiculous concepts, like in this article here, where the author makes the case for 4am being the most productive hour (it’s not). Other times, it’s just used to make us feel bad about how we aren’t doing the things that are allegedly productive.

Regardless, I thought I’d write this post to share what I (try) to do to make the most of my time. Partly to hold myself to account when I don’t do these things, partly because I haven’t written a post for a while and the revision period seems to be when I have the most free time.

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The Ultimate Freshers’ Guide to UCL

Authors: Trevor Lowe, Katie Colson

There’s a ton of freshers advice available on the internet, from what to pack to the best way to survive. None of it specifically covers UCL though, so we’ve decided to comprehensively bring you the Ultimate Fresher’s Guide to UCL. Our advice is indispensable, whether you’re a timid first year or a fourth year looking for some reprise to the quarter-life crisis. Read on for a quick glimpse of what you can expect from the greatest city in the world (it’s true, move over New York).

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Spotlight on Innovation: Written Medicine

Since graduating from the London School of Pharmacy (as it was known before it merged with UCL) and receiving a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Cambridge, Murtada Alsaif has co-founded Written Medicine, a company that provides software to print bilingual medicines labels. Important information is conveyed on the label and it is important that the translated information is 100% correct – something Google Translate can’t guarantee. There’s also cultural considerations that need to be taken into account. For example, the Bengali word for “pregnancy” is taboo in their community, the expression of “avoid alcohol” has to be phrased more sternly in Polish, and published translations of “addiction” in Somali actually read as “to get euphoric/high”.

After reading his article on entrepreneurship and finding out about the scope of his innovation, I caught up with him and asked him a few questions which I hope we can all learn from.

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Trump: Ugly Duckling or Black Swan?

Picture a black swan. Struggling?

You might be surprised to find that such a creature does exist. The Europeans that discovered them on arrival in Australia certainly were.

Image courtesy of the Daily Mail 

Before you knew about them, they seemed highly improbable, impossible even, but on reflection this was only because of knowledge you didn’t know that you didn’t know. Nassim Taleb first used the term “Black Swan” to describe an event carrying with it “extreme impact” that no-one foresaw – events that people will later try to justify when conventional statistical methods failed them in first place.

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Boots Summer Placement

Boots is arguably the face of pharmacy, being the largest chain in the UK with over 2500 stores – nearly 25% of all community pharmacies in the country – employing around 6800 pharmacists and 2500 technicians in various roles. Since the full buyout of Alliance Boots in December 2014, net sales of Walgreens Boots Alliance have increased by 30%, gross profit by 24% and operating income (earnings before interests and taxes) by 19% as compared to fiscal year 2014.

It’s no surprise that Boots have a well established summer placement programme, comprising of 2 weeks learning from practising pharmacists on the job, allowing us to explore what working for Boots is like and giving Boots more opportunity to recruit us into their ranks when we graduate. Myself and many other of my first year friends completed this placement, reinforcing what we learned throughout the year through routine processes such as taking in prescriptions, dispensing and handing out medications to patients while offering advice.

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Is the UK’s housing market a Ponzi scheme?

I ask this question because an article caught my eye the other day on a topic very relevant to us, the debt ridden student youth of today. In the brashly titled piece in the Independent

“Newsflash, young people: owning your own home isn’t a human right – your sense of entitlement won’t solve this crisis”

– author Sean O’Grady makes some good points and some which I don’t agree with and then packages it into a rather condescending piece vilifying young people for making a big fuss over nothing, apparently. By the end of the article, I’m hooked.

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