Pharmaceutical Care Rotation: Week 1


This is my first clinical rotation. It is taking a while to get adjusted to the change and get in the mode of asking questions, getting patient’s history and making recommendations. My other rotations were not as intense as this one and it is definitely meeting my expectations in terms of work load. There are readings and homework to do every night. I enjoy it when I am busy and running around doing things, so I am going to embrace the next few weeks and as Dr. Dillon uses the NIKE phrase, “Just Do It!”. We learnt how to take vital signs. I had a hard time with monitoring the blood pressure manually and finding the pulse initially but as I do it more, it would get better. So far, I have completed two case presentations. I didn’t think it would be that hard to present a case to my preceptor, but I have to keep in mind to follow the format and not to ramble! I did feel frustrated after the first presentation, but I should remember. “It doesn’t matter how one starts, it matters how I finish.” It is a new experience and I will get better every week. My goal is to work-up 2 patients per day next week and do one clinical pharmacy note every day. My goal for tomorrow is to revise everything I have learnt so far this week and practice the skills I have learnt. Otherwise, if I don’t use it, I will lose it!

Lessons learnt:
Stick to the format of presentation and clinical pharmacy note
Read up the night before about the disease condition to be presented next morning
Do as much as you can! The more I do, the better I get
Think through before making any recommendations. Chances of success are lower if I do not research well and make a fool of myself in front of other health professionals (hope it doesn’t happen!)

Looking forward to next week!

About rajwantminhas

I just finished my pharmacy degree at UBC. I am excited to be part of Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services. My goal is to get exposed to different kinds of disease states, medications and become better at applying my knowledge. Patient interaction is another aspect that I am going to strive to get better at. I am looking forward to this intense year and learning tonnes!

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