Reflection #1: Christina Jap, PharmD 2021
The lecture on “answering a drug information request” has open my mind to a different level of patient care. As a first-year pharmacy student, I have very little knowledge in regards to answering a question from a patient. This lecture has taught me that understanding the question is vital to provide the correct answer that is pertinent to patient. I believe that the technique in answering a questions that Dr. Sam listed in his PowerPoint are very important to provide the best care for the patient. For example, when the patient ask what certain drug would be best for them to take? Pharmacist should ask a follow up questions before giving any answer. Questions related to allergy, age, and health complication should be asked to gain some important background information. These types of question will allow pharmacist to fully understand the situation and provide the proper consultation. After all, our priority as a pharmacist should be providing the best care that we can give to the patient.
Reflection #2: Ngozi Ezeudu, PharmD Candidate 2021
On the 16tth of August, I had the opportunity to attend a seminar lecture on “Answering Drug Information Questions.” Dr. Sam Shimomura delivered this lecture. He gave me an insight to how important it is for me as a student pharmacist to become an expert in searching and answering drug information questions. I have acquired the knowledge on how to answer drug information by identifying the requester, determining what the question is, obtaining patient related background information, reformulating and confirming the actual question, and searching for the information from tertiary, secondary and primary sources. We are constantly in need of valid information to help patients make beneficial decisions about their health and drug therapy. Information on new studies and therapies are released often and this will help me have an effective communication with patients concerning their drug therapy. Evidence-Based Practice is based on this knowledge and this will help me to be successful during my clinical rotations, as an intern pharmacist and a pharmacist.