Reflection #1: Mary Youssef, PharmD Candidate 2021
Today I attended a talk given by Dr. Helena Suh about specializing in pediatric pharmacy. I found this talk to be very interesting. Pediatric pharmacy is something I have always considered because I would like to specialize and I also love children. This talk furthered my interest in pediatric pharmacy. She went over specific things that are important to pay attention to when dealing with children, such as renal and hepatic development in neonates and development ofa fever. She also talked about how important the weight of a child is when figuring out dose of a medication. She showed us various formulas for each age and I found it interesting how specific each one was. She also talked about the neonate intensive care unit, and the various reason that the premature babies are in for, such as RDS and sepsis. This is also something I am interested in. Dr. Suh gave a very good presentation about specializing in pediatric pharmacy and it is definitely something I am interested in pursuing.
Reflection #2: Sun Hyee Park, PharmD Candidate 2021
The seminar on October 11, 2017 was presented by Dr. Helena Suh, a clinical pharmacist currently working at the White Memorial Medical Center on the duties of a “Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist”. Her presentation provided an overview of what it meant to be a pediatric pharmacist, the kinds of patients encountered within the specialized practice, how one would treat these pediatric patients, and the path pharmacy students should take if they wanted to pursue a specialty in pediatric pharmacy. I really began to learn that when a pharmacist is working with a specialized population, such as pediatric patients, there are so many considerations to take into account. Especially with pediatric patients, pharmacists need to think about the unique pharmacotherapy, due to the under development of key organs involved with drug metabolism and the fact that the weight of pediatric patients change constantly. In the end, Dr. Suh’s presentation provided me with a lot of helpful, introductory information regarding pediatric pharmacy.