The resident will gain experience and proficiency in the clinical care required by the general pediatric patient. The resident will participate in daily patient care rounds and a variety of interdisciplinary activities. The goal of this rotation is to facilitate and increase the therapeutic knowledge and development of practice skills necessary for the provision of pediatric pharmaceutical care.
The resident will participate in daily cardiothoracic rounds, daily critical care rounds, and unit sign-out rounds. The resident will gain experience in rendering pharmaceutical care to critically ill patients and patients who are technology dependent. The resident shall become proficient in recognizing the appropriate drug therapy for this patient population. The resident will become familiar with common pediatric emergencies and critical illnesses. Also, the resident will be exposed to post-operative care of cardiothoracic patients. Introduction to the common congenital heart lesions and their pharmacological or operative management is an integral part of this rotational experience.
The resident will gain experience in caring for the unique needs of critical neonates on both a clinical and practical basis. This will be accomplished by gaining proficiency in neonatal pharmacotherapy and dealing with the day to day challenges of providing care to a variety of patients including very low birth weight neonates and infants with various congenital malformations, such as genetic disorders, neural tube defects and congenital heart defects. A significant goal of this rotation will be development of an integral knowledge of all technology and equipment used in the neonatal population that may require special skills and/or knowledge to safely and effectively provide medications to neonates and infants of various ages.
The resident will participate in daily hematology/oncology patient rounds. The resident will gain experience in providing pharmaceutical care to pediatric hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplant patients. The resident will become familiar with common pediatric chemotherapy regimens and supportive care. Areas to be covered include pain management, antiemetic therapy, infectious diseases, and nutritional support.
The resident will participate in daily rounds with the psychiatrist and other disciplines as needed. The resident will offer pharmaceutical care for both psychiatric and medical issues. Additionally, the resident will initiate patient interviews to discuss the patient's treatment regimen and monitor the patient using several verified scales. The main areas of focus are depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety, and personality disorders.
The resident will gain experience in providing drug information to health care professionals and patients. The resident will be involved in various activities including literature retrieval and evaluation, formulary management, policy development, investigational drug services, and writing and editing drug information publications. The resident will participate in Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee activities including medication use evaluation, monograph development, and physician education.