Published on 01 May 2013
According to Ruth Chan ’11, a typical day as a resident involves completing physician consults, which might include questions on antibiotic dosing, warfarin dosing, or nutrition education. Then she looks at patients’ lab values and reads their charts to see if she can make any pharmacy interventions, such as adding or subtracting a medication, changing a dose, or watching for any side effects. Finally, she attends rounds and addresses any problems or issues with the physicians or nurses. “My entire day is filled with activities that help me develop my skills as a clinical pharmacist,” Chan says.
A love of clinical work led Chan to pursue a pharmacy residency after graduation. “While attending the College, I liked working on patient cases that involved sifting through lab values, putting the pieces together, and tweaking medications based on my findings,” says Chan, now a resident at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
The College’s strategic plan, STLCOP 20/20, calls for expanding College-sponsored and residency programs like Chan’s. Residencies help pharmacists learn more about managing the use of medication and supporting optimal medication therapy outcomes for patients with a broad range of disease states.
“The best part is the patient interaction and seeing how my work as a pharmacist results in positive patient outcomes,” Chan says. “When patients thank me for the time I spent talking to them and caring for them, it reminds me how much I love my job!”