Reflection #1: Varinder Kaur, PharmD Candidate
Dr. Guy’s seminar in regards to Home Infusion Pharmacy was extremely interesting as he provided a vast amount of information. Home Infusion Pharmacy is one of the many subfields in pharmacy, which is stable making it an exclusive position. Dr. Guy emphasized that the many individuals who are involved in home infusion pharmacy tend to stay in home infusion pharmacy because the growth, stability and income is great. Home infusion pharmacy is focused around providing care for individuals who are stable enough to be home but still not healthy. These individuals are in the need to take injectable antibiotics, TPN, hydration, niche IV drugs, with devices such as a IV push, ambpumps, elastomerics, syringe pumps, etc. In order to be a home infusion
pharmacist it is also necessary to have certain characteristics as a health care
professional. The greatest characteristic needed would resemble a cheerleader.
A home infusion pharmacist is supposed to encourage the patients to take their
medication in an appropriate manner at the given times. They are supposed to
be motivated to take their medication and strive for a healthy lifestyle.
Reflection #2: Edison Escobar, PharmD Candidate
Dr. Ito discussed his success as a pharmacist practicing at Kaiser Permanente as a Home Infusion Pharmacist. He discussed what a Home Infusion Pharmacist does and the kinds of patient they treat. Home infusion is exactly how it sounds, infusing drugs via intravenous at the comfort of the patients home. Although the process happens at the patient’s home, it is still regulated by protocols to ensure safety.
Dr. Ito also gave a talk regarding how to prepare oneself to be a good candidate for a position as a home infusion pharmacist. He advised us to maximize our education at pharmacy school. This doesn’t only mean that we have to get the grade, it also involves volunteering and getting dirty while at the same time networking. Having a great attitude will determine the altitude meaning how we react to certain things can determine how successful one can be in pharmacy. At work, Dr. Ito advised to do more than what is expected in order to shine as the best and brightest. Keep a smile on and do not cause any drama. Lastly, he gave advise on how to be successful in life in general. He advised to learn how money works and that money can work for someone through investments. Be generous by paying it forward and always do random acts of kindness. Never expect to be paid back or recognized for doing a good deed;
just do it.