Monthly Archives: June 2012

HIV/AIDS Final Week


Drug Interactions with HCV medicationsTasks performed:

Worked up patients
Attended educational session on Drug Interactions by Dr. Tseng from Toronto
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Nursing In Service: Drug Interactions
Other health care professionals present: Dietitian, Social worker
Discussed topics: Opportunisitic Infections (CMV, Toxoplasmosis)

Last day: Mock oral Exam
Great practice before I step into the real world

Final evaluation:

– good interactions with patients – empathetic and caring
– extremely receptive to feedback
– has shown great improvement overall
– good literature searching skills and evaluation
– helpful and accessible to team members, always polite and professional

FOCUS AREAS for improvement:
– time management with patient workups and drug information response time can be improved, need to “whittle down” the most important info
– remember to relay your recommendation/bottom line when answering drug info requests (more succinct)
– knowledge base – ongoing process – do not rely on single sources. Evaluate the sources you are using.
– remember to keep things on a practical basis versus theory – will be helpful in work ups/communications with pts and health care teams. know your audience.
– remember to look for the answers you seek – do not expect answers to come to you or that the chart is “complete” – always question things
– always remember SEAMLESS CARE!

Overall, this rotation was a great end to my residency career. I am glad I got a chance to experience this and meet people from different walks of life. I got rid of lot of stereotypes and it was definitely an eye opening experience. Overall, I wish I was a bit more motivated in during the month of February but at the same time it was a blessing in disguise as the feedback received during that month really opened my eyes and helped me focus on things I needed to work on especially questioning things. Further on, the emergency and neurology rotations reinforced these focus areas and helped me become a better resident and a better pharmacist in the future.

I am excited and scared to enter the real work force but at one thing I need to keep in mind is to make sure I provide the best pharmaceutical care to my patients. They are MY patients!