As with any new rotation, I was very nervous going into this one. However, I had an amazing experience. I got to do things during my community rotation that I feel like a lot of people don’t get the chance to do.
What were those things? Lots of clinical services! I worked with several of our Chronic Care Management (CCM) patients and was able to call and check in on them and see how they were doing with their chronic conditions and how they were dealing with COVID. This is a task that I feel not many people relate to pharmacists, but we are in the perfect position to do these types of services! It’s important to check in on these patients and make sure that they do not have any pressing issues with regards to their medications or their health in general. Pharmacists partner with physicians to provide these services to their patients. Another important clinical service that I was a part of was Medication Therapy Management (MTM). This involves calling patients and making sure their medication regimen is up to date, they are adherent to their medications, and they are not having any unwanted side effects. It’s important to make sure patients are taking the medications as they are prescribed to them.
I also participated in 4 flu shot clinic days where I was able to give ~200 flu shots to teachers and other government employees.
Aside from the clinics, I also gave flu shots, shingles shots, pneumonia shots, and tetanus/diphtheria shots in the pharmacy.
I also did a lot of blister packaging. For those of you who may not know what that is, it’s where the pharmacy packs all of a patients medications in a weekly or monthly pack with the foil backing to so that the patient can see that they did or did not take their medications on a certain day. Not only did I pack them, I was able to check a few that my preceptor packed (to get experience actually acting as the pharmacist) and looked through patient charts to make sure that their medication regimen made sense. I was able to find some areas where the packs could be improved and was able to prevent some medication errors.
I was able to also check a few prescriptions (with my preceptor) to make sure I understand what it’s like to actually be the pharmacist.
Here’s a couple pie charts that show some of the things that I was able to do over this rotation!
I really, really enjoyed my time at this rotation site, and I’m so excited for my Ambulatory Care rotation next month!