Dr Chew presentation is part of the Noon Elective Seminar. A couple of student reflections are posted below:
Reflection #1: Nancy Nguyen, PharmD Candidate 2019
In this week’s seminar lecture, Dr. Mark Chew informed us about public health and health disaster management. Some of the goals of public health are to: prevent disease and disability, promote healthy lifestyles, and to make sure the public has access to quality healthcare services. As a public health pharmacist, he/she is responsible for patient drug information, formulary monitoring and maintenance, clinical quality improvement, etc. When a public health emergency occurs, whether a natural disaster or man-made disaster, a pharmacist’s role as a responder will depend on the type of event it is and his/her abilities, knowledge, and specific skill set. Although it was not directly related to health disaster management, Dr. Chew advised us to get involved in health fairs. By volunteering at various health fairs, it allows you to experience what it is like to be working in an open area for patient care. In addition, it exposes you to the outside the box environments student pharmacists are usually not accustomed to. I agree with Dr. Chew’s advice and his reasoning behind it. I recently attended my first health fair and it was a very eventful experience. Not only did we encounter patients with normal values for blood pressure, blood glucose, and BMI, but there were a few exceptions where we came across some that had extremely high values. Similar to what Dr. Chew said, health fairs expose us to outside the box environments and encountering the patients with very high values was an example of it. I plan to take Dr. Chew’s advice of getting involved in health fairs and attending more throughout the year.
Reflection #2: Jonathan Go, PharmD Candidate 2019
Dr. Mark Chew discussed the role of the pharmacist during a health disaster and talked about public health services. He discussed public health goals and how they provide services for children, dental, STD, HIV/AIDS, travel immunizations and tuberculosis. He talked about how pharmacists assisted with vaccinations during the H1N1 virus outbreak and helped out at evacuation centers. Dr. Chew also talked about how we should be always prepared because you never know when a natural disaster might occur (floods, tornados, wildfires, earthquakes, etc.). After the September 11 bombing and the anthrax scare, people realize that public health had to be changed. These events taught us that we should always have a plan of action in case of emergencies. Dr. Chew also discussed the key projects he was working on: the strategic national stockpile, pandemic flu planning, and preparedness exercises. He also spends a lot of time with key plans, public health emergency operations plan and strategic national stockpile plan. Additionally, pharmacists can be called upon to provide services in austere medical conditions and may ask to take on different roles in emergencies. The keeper that I will take from this is to always be prepared, build a first aid kit at home, and have a plan of action in case of emergencies.