Reflection #1: Robert Cohen Sedgh, PharmD Candidate 2020
Dr. Benjamin Malcolm is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at Western University of Health Sciences. He was graduated from Touro University California as a Doctor of Pharmacy. His residency were PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident as well as PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident in University of California at San Diego. Psychiatric pharmacy is a field that supports the desire to care about patients and it is a credential for pharmacists who have met the eligibility criteria and who in their unique practice provide person centered care that ensure the safe, appropriate, evidence-based, and cost effective use of medications in the treatment of persons with mental illness. Other responsibilities of Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice are: Working collaboratively with interprofessional teams to optimize drug therapy; Providing direct patient care, including treatment assessment and medication management activities; Monitoring for potential adverse drug reactions and interactions; Evaluating and educating others on the medical literature; Conducting medication education groups for patients; Educating patients and families on psychiatric medications as well as psychiatric disorders and other related conditions; Engaging in patient advocacy efforts both independently and with consumer groups.
Reflection #2: Sophie Do, PharmD Candidate 2020
On Wednesday, 5/10/2017, I had an opportunity to attend a seminar lecture about Psychiatry Pharmacy, delivered by Dr Benjamin Malcon. One of the big reasons leading to drug abusive is because people have a feeling of getting rewards when taking certain drugs. Although the psychiatric disorder and mental illness are one of the big concern in the society. However, psychiatric disorder and mental illness is highly stigmatized. Sigma is a mark of disgrace with a particular circumstance, quality or person. I also learned about the burden of stigma, which is lack of understanding and empathy and social distancing and isolation and lack of seeking or obtaining care and exacerbation and perpetuation of mental illness. This lecture is interesting because I feel like I can see myself in this lecture while he was talking about encountered problems during graduate and professional school. Besides that, I learned about psychiatric pharmacist specifically such as working to optimize drug therapy, direct patient care and medication managements, monitoring for efficacy of the treatment, education patients, engaging in patient advocacy efforts, conducting research and ensuring appropriate satisfaction. This lecture also give me another option for my career choice after my graduation.