Reflection #1: Mary Chakmian, PharmD Candidate 2019
Dr. Syed’s seminar presentation was exceedingly intriguing regarding the responsibilities of Oncology Pharmacists such as infusion services, clinical skills and training needed that can be attained by a general residency program, on the job and professional training or even BCOP board certification. The clinical skills required of oncology pharmacists include providing evidence- based, patient-centered therapy, toxicity and side effect management through ancillary medication protocols, patient resources, as well as pharmacology (PK, PD, PG). Also, some information management required for oncology pharmacists are promoting health improvement, wellness and cancer prevention, serving as a medication expert and resource on the optimal use of medications in cancer. Oncology pharmacists practice in such settings as inpatient, outpatient, ambulatory care, specialty pharmacies, and research settings. One keeper idea I gained was that this profession is not just about clocking-in or clocking- out, but trying to be empathetic, becoming a patient advocate on a personal level, as well as thinking outside the box so as to provide patients the best possible treatments and care possible.
Reflection #2 Diane Javier, PharmD Candidate 2016
This week, Dr. Azeem Syed, an ambulatory care pharmacist in oncology and infusion services in Kaiser Permanente Fontana/Ontario, lectured us on the roles and responsibilities of an oncology pharmacist. First and foremost, oncology pharmacists recommend, design, implement, monitor, and modify pharmacotherapeutic plans to optimize outcomes in patients with malignant diseases. They practice information management by serving as expert resources of cancer medications through the use of reviews and analyses. Oncology pharmacists practice in academic institutions, inpatient and outpatient settings, ambulatory care, research, cancer centers, and in clinical content development. However, they are not only responsible for the distribution of cancer medication, but the monitoring of patients after medication intake. Future opportunities for oncology pharmacists include the following: MTM programs and independent prescribing protocols, roles in cancer prevention and survivorship issues, and outpatient management, including fee for service models. My keeper from this presentation is to care for patients even after you dispensed their medication. A lot of pharmacies treat patients as numbers, and don’t follow up with them to make sure the medication is working for them. This is essentially important for maintenance medications such as those involved in high blood pressure and diabetes management. I understand that, as future pharmacists, we cannot keep track of every single patient, but we can try to deliver the best patient outcome possible by attempting to do so.