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Do You Have What it Takes to Become a Great Pharmacist?

Posted by on 17 April 2019
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Maybe you want to become a pharmacist because of your desire to help people. Maybe you have a desire to work in the medical field. For whatever reason, you understand that pharmacists perform a vital role in the field of medicine.

The era in which we live is undoubtedly one of technological innovations, leading to advances in existing and the development of new technology in the medical field. Such advances have been in or have directly affected the pharmaceutical field. To be a great pharmacist, one must not only fulfill the traditional certifications and attain the proper degrees, but they must also be well versed in tangential fields that positively impact the Pharmaceutical field.

Purpose of Pharmacists

We go to a pharmacist for assistance and guidance regarding our health care. They work in correlation with our doctor, who has entrusted the pharmacist with the dispensation of medication. But there are several steps involved before they can give your medication to you. The prescription must be verified and the effects (positive and negative) must be considered. For example, if a doctor prescribes a certain medication, but they did not take into account that the patient is allergic to the key ingredient in said medication, then they must consult with the prescribing doctor and provide an alternative. Pharmacists have many tools at their disposal to help ensure they provide the patient with a safe and effective treatment. To properly utilize the tools that are available to them, they must first learn.

More Education, the Better

As a logical and meticulous individual, you know that to become a pharmacist, you must fulfill the traditional certifications and attain the proper degrees. The necessary education includes either a four-year doctorate degree or more if you have not previously completed a two- or four-year degree. Such programs require a pharmacy college admissions test. Online certifications and masters program online make it easier for individuals with busy schedules to advance their careers and even break into new ones. However, your education does not stop there.

As a pharmacist, it is crucial that you stay abreast of current trends related to the field. These include, but are not limited to, advances in medicine and treatment options, as well as advances made in the technology which aids in the distribution of medicine. These can be attained through such sources as seminars, research studies, and conferences. The other items of which today’s pharmacist need to be aware are their digital footprint, efficiency, and improving quality outcomes. Some of the data shared are time sensitive and all require the utmost discretion. Aside from the proper and continuing education, a pharmacist needs to be proficient in fields such as math, computer and people skills, and especially digital health.

The Importance of Digital Health

Digital health is the storing and sharing of medical tasks and data inside and across networks in the interest of patient health. The pharmacist uses digital health technologies to perform various everyday tasks. For example, to fill the prescriptions, they must first receive them from the doctor; this task is more often done online and sent digitally. They also must verify said prescriptions and medicine reactions. That being said, there are necessary guidelines.

The need for discretion in the handling of patient information makes It necessary that those utilizing the technology stay up to date on FDA guidelines. As a pharmacist, it is likely that at one point or another in your career you will need to communicate with others in the field who are also stakeholders in digital health activities, which include firms (both traditional medical device industry firms and those new to the regulatory requirements), researchers, health care practitioners, and, of course, patients.

Leaps and bounds in the medical field require a whole new level that goes beyond the traditional certifications and degrees. Technological advances have improved the effective dispensation of treatment and medication, but it is ever evolving. As a pharmacist, you need to understand the vital role continuing education plays in becoming and remaining a great pharmacist. You may be a logical and meticulous person, but you also understand that working in this capacity in the medical field, you are ultimately using your skills and knowledge for the benefit of others. Stay smart.

Keep learning.

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