Student Spotlight – Katy Muilenburg
Name/Class: Katy Muilenburg, HSC College of Pharmacy, Class of 2021
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Nothing could prepare you more for working in emergency medicine than training during a pandemic. Katy has received a unique opportunity to experience this firsthand during her APPE rotations. She plans to work as an Emergency Medicine Clinical Specialist after completing a PGY1 and PGY2 residency.
How has COVID-19 affected your position in the pharmacy?
My favorite rotation, Emergency Medicine, was cancelled at first, and then it was switched to a later block because of the rise in COVID-19 cases. In the community setting, I am now administering COVID-19 tests all day instead of the usual intern or technician duties.
What is the most rewarding part of your position?
It is fascinating getting to be in the middle of a novel illness and seeing the development of therapies for it. Being on APPE rotations gives the unique experience of seeing the similarities and differences in how different healthcare settings deal with and are affected by COVID-19.
What has this experience taught you about being a pharmacist?
Now more than ever, it is crucial to stay as up to date with the current facts and myths about the virus, vaccines, and therapies. As healthcare workers, we are often the first source of information that friends and family go to in times of need.