Reflection: Justin Nam, PharmD Candidate
On May 16th, Dr. Malcolm came to talk to us about psychiatric pharmacy and explained how mental illness can be a chronic disease, and explained what psychiatric pharmacy is all about. He went on to explain the many different kinds of pros and cons of the field. Especially the fact that the patients are underserved and stigmatized due to their conditions. He explained his own struggles he has gone through, and explained that these struggles are opportunities to grow. He went into more detail about the stigmas that those who suffer from mental illness have. He explained how the cause of this could be because of lack of understanding from both parties involved, and the difficulty of getting help. He also told us where psychiatric pharmacists can practice, and some that I was interested in were academia, prison, and long term care. Then he explained what they do during practice, which was a lot of monitoring, and educating patients. He also explained how to become a psychiatric pharmacist, and stressed to do it because you are interested in it, not because of money or because others tell you to do it.
Reflection#2: Larissa Navarro, PharmD Candidate
This seminar has brought to light the more needed attention psychiatry
medications should have. Chronic diseases like hypertension and high cholesterol
are very highlighted and focused on in the drug world. But medications for mental
health should be highlighted just as much because psychiatric diseases are chronic
and very common as well. The seminar has also reinforced the stigma surrounding
mental health. Again, this seminar has shown me more options on what a pharmacists can specialize in. Psychiatric pharmacists work anywhere from chemical dependencies
and hospitals to long-term cares facilities. Their duties may include optimizing drug therapy, educating others, monitoring efficacy, etc. I can get more information about
being a psych pharmacist by joining CPNP and taking a psych elective. Now I am
interested in taking the Essential Oils and Therapeutic Uses of Illicit Substances
elective courses. Overall this seminar has gotten me interested in seeking a specialty
in psychiatry as a pharmacist.