Jensen first pharmacy student at Philip Health Services

Continuing studies ... Amanda Jensen will finish her final medical rotation at the Philip clinic. After graduating from South Dakota State University with a doctor of pharmacy degree, she must pass the national pharmacological test and the State Pharmacological Law Exam. She then will have to complete at least a year of residency. “It’s the first time we’ve had a pharmacy student here, so its a great experience for us, too,” said supervising physician Dr. Dave Holman.

Amanda Jensen has returned to her hometown area and to her own doctor in order to finish her eighth and final rotation as a pharmacy student.

A 2004 Midland High School graduate and daughter of Clint and Brenda Jensen, Midland, she is currently in her fourth year at South Dakota State University. Jensen began her learning rotation at Philip Health Services, Inc., March 28. Through April 29, she will be experiencing hands-on situations mainly under the supervision of PHSI's Dr. Dave Holman, but also under the guidance of Dr. Coen Klopper and Physicians Assistant Terry Henrie. Jensen has been working in the Philip clinic as well as in the Kadoka Clinic.

"In our last two years, the university allows us to contact outside facilities. They work with people to get it lined up," said Jensen. Jensen has already completed seven other rotations. One was at the Veterans Administration clinic in Fort Meade, while another was in Pierre. The others were in the Sioux Falls area.

Jensen is scheduled to graduate May 7 with a doctor of pharmacy degree. Her professional program will continue for another two or three years. First she must taking the national pharmacological test and the State Pharmacological Law Exam, then go on to at least a year of residency.

"I will be doing a residency program year-long, more clinical based, in Sioux Falls," said Jensen.

Holman said, "She's doing very well, very pleasant to have around. She knows her subjects. It's the first time we've had a pharmacy student here, so it's a great experience for us, too. It's very helpful for us; she can help on drug interactions and medicinal use."

Jensen said that her interest in pharmacy began when Cindy Smiley was her high school science teacher. "She had taken some nursing classes and had some pharmacological books that I read," said Jensen. "She set up some experiences for me at Zeeb's Pharmacy and in Pierre. Since then, I've really liked it. Grandmother Jessica (Dale) Root used to work as a nurse and the director of nursing at PHSI. Dr. Holman had been my doctor, so I figured I would go to someone who I know to learn from."

"It's been great. We don't have this type of learning environment in pharmacy school. It's really nice to know all the tests they use to diagnose. Medical students perform more diagnostics, ours is more medicines and what they can do.

"The patients are great. Most of them are willing to let me learn their situations. The doctors, as well as the nursing staff, have been great.

"Since I wasn't trained to diagnose, sometimes I am asked a question and I don't know the answer, But, then they explain it to me. It's been great."