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Hospital Pharmacy Rotation

The SVMC Hospital Pharmacy Rotation provides students with practical experience in an institutional setting. Students will spend a month under the supervision of the Pharmacy Manager or his designated preceptor. Students will be exposed to a variety of areas and activities that reflect contemporary ideals and standards of pharmacy practice. The rotation is designed to encourage students to learn and to build upon pharmaceutical concepts from their academic course work.

The SVMC Hospital Pharmacy Rotation will cover the following topics/areas:

  1. Orientation
  2. Procurement, Storage and Inventory Control
  3. Preparation – sterile and non-sterile
  4. Order Entry
  5. Dispensing
  6. Monitoring
  7. Patient Safety and Quality Assurance
  8. Pharmacy Management
  9. Governance

SVMC Hospital Pharmacy Rotation Objectives

  1. Understand the role of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in a hospital and the contributions they can make towards patient care and safety.
  2. Learn the organizational structure of the hospital and how Pharmacy Staff interact with other disciplines and departments.
  3. Examine the administrative components of managing a hospital pharmacy department including personnel issues, business operations, in-service education and interdepartmental relations.
  4. Discuss the purpose, function and organization of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and other associated committees.
  5. Explain the rationale for the hospital formulary system and the process for drug selection and deletion.
  6. Recognize the different medication formulations/terminology (vial, ampoule, IVPB, LVP, etc.) and classifications (non-formulary, investigational, cytotoxic, patient’s own, etc.)
  7. Contrast traditional and integrated unit dose/clinical drug distribution systems.
  8. Describe the procurement, storage and inventory control systems utilized by hospital Pharmacies.
  9. Participate in all functions related to the evaluating and processing of medication orders and drug distribution systems employed.
  10. Demonstrate good aseptic technique in preparing sterile products and understand appropriate precautions when working with cytotoxic medications.
  11. Appreciate the amount of effort that goes into patient safety and quality assurance initiatives in a hospital (emphasis on preventing med errors and monitoring for adverse drug reactions)
  12. Understand the laws, organizations, regulations and procedures which govern hospital pharmacy.
  13. Obtain and provide accurate and concise information in a professional manner to health professionals and patients.
  14. Practice good communication skills in sharing knowledge through the presentation of a case-study report and an in-service article review.

Guidelines for the SVMC Hospital Pharmacy Rotation

Your preceptor and the SVMC Pharmacy Staff are contributing time and effort in order to teach you. By going through the rotation, you should grow professionally and gain a better understanding of hospital pharmacy. As a student in this institution, you will be recognized as a part of our team. Therefore, your conduct and actions will reflect directly upon the Pharmacy Department. Keep in mind that the primary objective of this rotation is learning by becoming actively involved in the experiences outlined in the program. You are expected to:

  • Put patient safety first; no exceptions.
  • Demonstrate commitment to each patient and staff member regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, health, cultural or educational background or economic status
  • Act in a professional manner at all times
  • Display appropriate verbal, non-verbal, writing & listening skills
  • Display sensitivity, compassion, respect & empathy to patient concerns
  • Follow required dress code; name badge must be worn at all times
  • Be reliable and punctual; all absences or tardiness must be recorded.
  • Complete tasks and assignments carefully, thoroughly and on time.
  • Respect patient confidentiality
  • Display a positive attitude toward pharmacy practice
  • Show interest and take initiative
  • Demonstrate good organization & time management skills
  • Maintain appropriate professional boundaries
  • Accept responsibility for your actions and decisions; good or bad
  • Accept constructive criticism and use this feedback to improve your performance
  • Complete extra reading or assignments when suggested

In addition to university specific assignments, students are required to complete the following:

ASSIGNMENT 1: Departmental Visits

Your preceptor will help you schedule visits to other SVMC Departments. These visits are a vital part of your rotation as they help complete the multi-disciplinary picture. These visits will also provide you with a behind the scenes look so that you better understand such things as lab values, medication administration and why antibiotic prophylaxis is necessary.

ASSIGNMENT 2: Presentation to Pharmacy Staff

Review and present an article, topic or interesting patient case that pertains to hospital pharmacy. Your presentation should be at least 10 to 15 minutes, educational and interactive (i.e. know your audience, engage them and answer questions).

ASSIGNMENT 3: University Specific

These assignments are outlined in your university specific institutional pharmacy rotation manuals.

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