Reflection #1: Mary Youssef, PharmD Candidate
Today I attended a talk given by Dr. Lee Meyer about Geriatric Pharmacy practice. He started off my saying that he spent the majority of practice in long term care. He explained that long term care was not just for elderly people. It is also for people with a chronic illness or disability or even traumatic injuries, such as a car accident. He explained that a long term care pharmacy is basically just a retail pharmacy that has constructed their pharmacy to be closed door that supplies medications to people living in long term care facilities. This was particularly interesting to me, as I am currently doing my rotation at a retail/long term care pharmacy, so I am experiencing it firsthand. Dr. Meyer also spoke about consulting. He explained that consulting pharmacists look at patients regimen and optimize it, which is the clinical aspect. They also focus on quality of service and process improvement, which is the “QAPI” component. I thought this talk was very interesting because it gave me more insight into long term care and made me consider whether it is something I would like to pursue.
Reflection #2: Quynh Ahn Nguyen, PharmD Candidate
The speaker talks about medication regimen review. He speaks of how to do clinical findings, recommendations, and results. He also speaks of the scope of responsibility of regulations such as unnecessary medications, medication errors, significant drug dose. They are also responsible for other important regulations such as medication safety, economics, transition of care, and education. He also explains the medication use process and pharmacists role such as prescribing stage, transcribing stage, dispensing stage, administration stage, and monitoring stage. He also talks about how are professionals distributed to the pharmacy such as nursing, social services, physicians, physical therapists, and ect. Lastly, he speaks of the professional support website where the students can go on there and search for more information. He also discusses about the pharamcists role in every step of the medication use system. Also, he explains how medication related problems stem from every step in the med use system. Pharmacists are qualified to be able to reduce errors in the medical fields. Today I have learned so much about this area of geriatrics.