Community pharmacists are the most easily accessible medical professional. They play a large role in the community they serve and have many interactions with a variety of other medical professionals. Wearing many hats at once, roles of community pharmacist can include: medication therapy management, administering vaccinations, providing education to both patients as well as other medical professionals, providing recommendations/consultations, and many more.
Pharmacist Shadowing Program
Our Pharmacist Shadowing Program offers a unique opportunity for prospective students to obtain a deeper look into the pharmacist’s role on the healthcare team in various settings.*
MORE ABOUT THE SHADOWING
We welcome high school and college students to submit an inquiry to shadow one of our many local area pharmacists practicing in distinct areas of pharmacy. We offer shadowing experiences in the areas of pharmacy listed below.
*Due to COVID-19, hospital pharmacist shadowing is heavily restricted and mostly not possible. However, the NEOMED team will do their best to honor every request.
Upon your inquiry submission, you will receive an email from Dr. Abdlrasul with further details about your shadowing experience. Read more below about the different areas of interest to narrow your choice:
Managed Care/Pharmacy Benefits Management
Managed care pharmacists review scientific literature and use evidence-based medicine to assist health plans in improving their medication coverage. They also help prescribers make medication choices that are both clinically appropriate as well as cost effective. While not having a direct patient care role, managed care pharmacists play a large role in the health of the population and improve health care resources.
Psychiatric pharmacists specialize in the pharmacologic care of behavioral health patients. Ranging from managing side effects of antipsychotic medications, to making sure each patient is receiving the best possible therapy and everything in between. Many psychiatric pharmacists are also involved in administering antipsychotic medication injections and direct safety monitoring of therapy.
Hospital Staff Pharmacy
Hospital/Staff pharmacists work to verify medication orders to ensure patients receive optimal therapy while in the hospital. As opposed to working in an outpatient setting, hospital/staff pharmacists work in hospitals to provide medication information quickly and accurately. Their primary roles include verifying medication orders to ensure they are the safest and most effective option for the patient, being easily accessible for drug information questions, and compounding IV medications.
Ambulatory Care is one of the fastest growing pharmacy specialties. These pharmacists play a role almost like a physician: prescribing medications and managing disease states such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and COPD. These pharmacists can work in clinics to spend one-on-one counseling time with their patients or have their appointments over the phone in telehealth clinics. Ambulatory Care pharmacists develop strong personal relationships with their patients since they spend so much time together discussing diseases, learning about medications, and reviewing the best ways to live a healthy, happy life.
Emergency Medicine Pharmacy
Often, patients begin their hospital stay by presenting with an emergency, and emergency medicine pharmacists play a critical role in their care. These pharmacists review patient’s medications to determine if the cause of the emergency was medication-related; assist other physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers to stabilize the patient; and provide optimal medication counseling to prevent another emergency from occurring. While this specialty is new, the role of emergency medicine pharmacists has continued to drastically expand, allowing pharmacists to practice at an even greater capacity.
Internal Medicine Pharmacy
An internal medicine pharmacist follows patient's medications from the time they are admitted to the hospital through the time they are discharged from the hospital. Their roles include making sure the medication regimen the patient is on is both safe and effective at treating their disease states. At the end of the patients' stay, counseling is often provided to the patients to go over the patient's medications in depth.
While a small amount of compounding is involved with almost every pharmacy specialty, those who love creating new medication formulations often become designated compounding pharmacists. The work of a compounding pharmacist can include flavoring medications, removing substances from products that patients are allergic to, and creating new forms of medications that are easier to swallow. As medications are becoming more individualized, compounding pharmacists are necessary to help produce doses and dosage forms of medications that are customized for that patient.
An academic pharmacist is not well known to most people. Their roles include teaching pharmacotherapy to current students, along with other topics. They often have other tasks such as helping with the admission process, advocating for the pharmacy world, course and assessment design, and much more. Often, academic pharmacists still practice at sites such as a hospital and outpatient setting.
Infectious disease pharmacists play a vital role in managing antibiotics to ensure the patient is on the minimal dose and duration needed to cure the infection. Often, antibiotics are overprescribed leading to resistance and inefficiency of the antibiotic. Infectious disease pharmacists work closely with prescribers to insure the antibiotics prescribed to patients are effective and safe.
If you’re interested in becoming a pharmacist, this resource will provide you with all you need to know about entering a pharmacy degree program, applying to pharmacy school and more.