(Also refer to the general goals and objectives for PhPr 803)
- To provide the student with an understanding of pediatric patient care in the clinical setting.
- To develop a knowledge base of common pediatric disease states and their therapy.
- To learn to apply therapeutic and pharmacokinetic principles to the pediatric patient.
- To develop an appreciation of the pharmacist's role in monitoring drug therapy in the pediatric patients.
- To be able to evaluate the appropriateness of drug therapy in pediatric illnesses.
- To be able to interact with the pediatric care system as a participant.
- To develop an understanding of drug dosage and formulation problems unique to pediatric drug therapy.
- At the completion of this rotation, the student should be able to:
- Recognize adverse drug reactions and be able to recommend appropriate treatment and alterations in therapy.
- Discuss the pathophysiology and usual clinical course of a patient's disease state.
- Discuss, in detail, the therapy of a patient's disease state, including rational selection of therapy, pharmacology of the drugs used, efficacy of therapy, monitoring parameters, and potential adverse effects.
- Use basic pharmacokinetic principles and drug levels in the recommendation of initial therapy and subsequent dosage adjustments.
- Select and interpret parameters used to monitor therapeutic response for pediatric patients.
The responsibilities of the student during this rotation shall include the following:
- Attend daily patient work rounds in addition to attending rounds and x-ray rounds, and other educational pediatric conferences as may be scheduled.
- Provide drug information when appropriate to other members of the health care team.
- Monitor patients' drug therapy for therapeutic effect, adverse drug reactions, and drug interactions.
- Provide patient counseling and education concerning drug therapy during hospitalization and at discharge, where possible.
- Participate in formal and informal consultations, including detailed literature searches.
- Evaluate the literature on a specific topic pertaining to a patient's therapy.
- Provide in-service education for health professionals, when appropriate.
- Attend conferences that pertain to drug therapy and patient care.
- Participate in emergency situations, when possible, including the preparation of emergency drugs and provision of drug information.