This week I mainly focused on verifying orders. Later on in the day, I discussed the activities performed during the day with my preceptor and asked any questions I had. I found some drug related problems and flagged them for the clinical pharmacist. I appreciated the way my preceptor stimulated learning by asking me more questions whenever I asked him questions vs. giving the answer away. I discovered that it is a logical process and involves linking different pieces of information acquired over the past 4 years to solve a problem. I definitely need more practice verifying orders and being systematic with the process I follow to assess the appropriateness of the order.
I also got the opportunity to shadow the oncology pharmacist and understand her role.
I completed 2 mini-projects for this rotation.
#1: Created a list of community pharmacies in the vicinity of Royal Columbian Hospital
#2: List of useful resources for pharmacists
Overall, it was a great learning experience! I will keep practising order verification. I am sure I will feel more comfortable doing it after doing some clinical rotations.