Pharmacy Practice Experiences: A Student's Handbook

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This handy resource provides background information on the practice of pharmacy; explains the role of the student pharmacist during pharmacy practice experiences; and suggests ways to develop critical communication, time management, and patient care skills. The core competencies required for each of the six major types of pharmacy practice experiences are addressed. A concise and easily accessed compendium of useful equations, algorithms, therapeutic modalities, and physical assessment techniques is also provided. Pharmacy Practice Experiences: A Student's Handbook includes 17 concise chapters offering key information necessary for completing introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences successfully.

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During my own clinical rotations, or PPEs as they are now referred to, both in pharmacy school and throughout my residency program, there was always information, equations or clinical vignettes that I obtained from other pharmacists, physicians, nurses and nutritionists that made patient care significantly straightforward, manageable and more focused. The type of information that was not always discussed in lecture or textbooks, but rather came about from years of experience, collaboration or research into trying to advance patient care in a positive way. I began to start compiling notes, sketches and flow charts when such information was shared with me and stored it in a small photo album. By the time I graduated from pharmacy school, and then again after completing my pharmacy practice residency, I realized how important having such a secondary "peripheral brain" was to any pharmacy student completing PPEs. After doing some research on available handbooks, I discovered that almost all professions, especially medicine and nursing, had a multitude of such pocket-sized sources of specific, accurate and complete clinical information. I realized that creating such a valuable source of easily referenced information was exactly what pharmacy students would need to help them achieve success in their PPEs and ultimately become truly integrated pharmacy professionals.

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When we hear the word "pharmacist" we think of personal qualities such as thoroughness, compassion, and trust. From the moment that you put on your white lab coat, you will strive to uphold these high standards. In this way you help ensure that the profession of pharmacy, now your profession, will continue to be viewed as a steadfast source of health care provision, counseling, and empathy. The role of the pharmacist is expanding rapidly as changing patient needs, federal oversight, and financial issues dominate the horizon. You have chosen a profession that is no longer viewed as simply "count, pour, lick and stick," but encompasses direct patient care and also the development of public policy and medical advances to improve and benefit patients' quality of life. Furthermore, as a pharmacist you are assured that your skills, knowledge, and analytical abilities will be valued by countless industries ranging from acute care hospitals to retail to investment banking and the legal sector.

If you are reading this book, you have probably already completed prerequisite courses and instruction and are well on your way towards obtaining your Doctorate in Pharmacy (PharmD). Many of you may have completed a Bachelor's degree prior to beginning your PharmD program. Pharmacy Practice Experiences: A Student's Handbook is designed to provide an easy, concise source for relevant information as it pertains to your education, your pharmacy practice experiences (PPEs), and your employment opportunities in various sectors. Pharmacy Practice Experiences: A Student's Handbook In addition, the book covers material that is not often presented in depth at pharmacy schools. Many of these topics developed from situations I encountered during my own and my colleagues' training. For instance, as I worked with patients, I realized it would be helpful for pharmacy students to learn more about communication techniques and presentation skills. I also found myself using certain references over and over; some of them are included in the Appendix of this book. You are likely looking forward to the vast array of PPEs available to PharmD candidates, as well as the large variety of employment opportunities. It is my hope that this Handbook will serve as a guide during your progression through these significant steps in your evolving career.

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