The Pharmacy Department provides a variety of educational programs designed to meet the needs of its customers.
To increase the knowledge of health providers regarding drug treatment.
To provide education for patients and families regarding their drug therapy.
To provide a teaching site for pharmacy students and residents.
To provide a staff development opportunity.
The Pharmacy provides lectures on many subjects of interest as requested. This includes, in any year, students in Medicine, Graduate Nursing Programs, etc. The Director of Pharmacy, or his designee, participates in the orientation for new employees. The pediatric, transplant, trauma, critical care medicine and surgery, geriatrics, oncology, myelosuppression and nutrition specialists attend rounds with the physicians and supply information in those areas. Additional education is provided in unit board meetings.
The Pharmacy communicates with physicians as needed through web pages, written by pharmacists/physicians and endorsed by the P & T Committee. This presents timely therapeutic information and any significant change in the formulary or Pharmacy policy/procedure.
All pharmacists are available on an as needed basis to answer any drug or patient drug therapy questions. This communication is facilitated by satellite pharmacies as well as those pharmacists involved in clinical activities.
The pharmacy maintains the database for the pharmacy portion of the Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) system which includes drug monographs and drug formulary status as well as checks for dosage, allergies, and duplicate orders. Online drug information includes patient education sheets, drug monographs from the American Hospital Formulary Service (AHFS), MicroMedex, and many other resources for health professionals.
The Pharmacy is a teaching site for undergraduate pharmacy students from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and Samford University School of Pharmacy. Each year many fifth year students come to the Pharmacy for a one month general pharmacy rotation. For most of the twelve months of the year, individual pharmacists have PharmD students accompany them for one month rotations. PharmD students rotate in Adult Medicine, Pediatrics, Adult Surgery, Ambulatory Care, and Pharmacy Administration. There are core competencies for each of these areas.
The Pharmacy Practice Residency Program is a one year ASHP accredited program that is designed to assist a graduate pharmacist to develop competency in providing progressive pharmaceutical care services. The resident is recruited through the ASHP Residency Matching Program or by other recruitment efforts. The Pharmacy Resident is expected to challenge their preceptor pharmacists and the Pharmacy Department when they have questions or concerns. Otherwise, the Resident follows the Residency Plan modified for each individual resident based on their skills and previous experience and competencies.
The Pharmacy Department is an approved provider of continuing education programs for pharmacists and certified technicians by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE). The department sponsors multiple programs each year directed toward the needs of its employees.
Therapeutic Exchange - On a weekly basis, the Department of Pharmacy provides one to two presentations on therapeutics particularly designed to continually educate staff on current therapeutic trends, policies, and misadventures.