Reflections #1: Lynna Le, PharmD Candidate
For today’s seminar, we discussed the importance of evaluating and assessing the accuracy of apps and websites. With today’s technology, there is a proliferation of apps and websites that can be used to help in delivering patient care. However, as helpful as they are, you need to screen for potential bias and validity of these apps and websites. Some apps/websites recommended for use is Epocrates, Micromedex, Up-to-Date, Lexi-Comp, Mayo Clinic, etc. In particular, the Pharmacist Letter is also available for free for students to use and you can also print out handouts for patients. Epocrates is also available to download as an app and is helpful in pulling up black box warnings, contraindications, safety information, as well as pharmacology for thousands of brand, generic, and over-the-counter drugs. Downloading useful apps such as Epocrates and Micromedex will be helpful to use during rotations later on. Today’s seminar helped me realize that there is a lot of information available online and I should utilize these resources to help me deliver better patient counseling in the future.
Reflection #2: Denise Gomez, PharmD Candidate
Pharmacy Related Apps and Social Media Dr. Sam Shimomura During the seminar, Dr. Shimomura elaborated on the increasing importance of apps and social media on pharmacy. Apps and social media are an important part of the future of pharmacy. Particularly while on rotations, apps will be very helpful. In particular I learned about the app Epocrates. It is a helpful app in determining if a particular medication is part of a patients formulary. In addition, Epocrates also has a pill identifier that may be helpful during my future rotations. It also identifies pills from foreign countries. I also learned about Pharmacist Letter which is free for students and it has handouts that can be printed out for patients. Also, Dr. Shimomura recommended that student pharmacists download the Medical Letter app which is helpful in evaluating new drugs and the drugs are separated by class. Dr. Shimomura explained how there is a huge amount of information and it is important to know how to research what the best options are for particular patients. I learned resources that I will use during my years as a pharmacist intern and in the future as a pharmacist.