A couple of reflections written by student pharmacists are posted below:
Reflection #1: Alvin Fong, PharmD Candidate 2015
Dr. Shimomura came in to talk to us about the important of drug information when dispensing prescriptions to patients. He gave us information about where to find drug information and how we can use it to better take care of our patients. One of the activities that Dr. Shimomura did during his presentation was ask the audience a hypothetical question. He gave us a case study scenario where a patient comes in and asks what the correct dose of aspirin is. From this question, I learned that there are many precautionary supplemental questions that must be answered first before the correct dosage could be advised. I cannot simply give a general answer like 81mg as the dose. I must first find out who the aspirin is for, for what indication, is the patient on any other drugs, etc. Only when the answers to these and other questions are known can I confidently give a correct dosage response. Dr. Shimomura provides us with resources that we can use to help give correct dosing information. He explained to us what tertiary, secondary, and primary sources are and the usual places we can find them. I, as a future pharmacist, must take all precautions necessary to minimize the adverse drug reactions that my patient experiences. The main keeper message that I took from this presentation this I must make informed and educated decisions when I become a pharmacist. I cannot just assume things when dealing with patients. I should strive to always be curious and ask follow questions to be better informed to answer the patient’s initial question.
Reflection #2: Nare Karabekyan, PharmD Candidate 2015
I enjoyed the lecture about answering drug information questions because it is going to be an important part of my daily life as a pharmacist. I realize that my family, my friends, patients, and even physicians will be asking me important drug questions that will greatly impact their lives. So, I must be very knowledgeable not only about the drugs, but also about what questions to ask them in return so I know I am giving them valid answers.
Dr. Shimomura explained that even a simple question like, “Which cough medication will work the best?” deservers probably 20 questions in return to see if it is a correct drug for the person. This is because every person has different needs and every situation is different.
My keepers from this presentation are to never hesitate to call an expert about any questions I may have (after trying to find evidence-based research on my own). Dr. Shimomura explained that experts are nearly always willing to answer your questions. This is a “keeper” for me because sometimes I am shy or believe that the experts may not have time to answer my questions. So, this is a helpful piece of advice that I will keep with me and utilize in the future.