Hos­pi­tal stint an eye-opener

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FIVE third-year IMU phar­macy stu­dents, Karmelia Chan, Wong Jin-Ying, Lee Ming Zhao, Kok Yu Qian and Sel­lam Elan­go­van had the op­por­tu­nity to un­dergo a phar­macy in­tern­ship at Pan­tai Hos­pi­tal Kuala Lumpur (PHKL) as part of their elec­tive mod­ule in Se­mes­ter 6.

Dur­ing this in­tern­ship, they were ro­tated in­di­vid­u­ally to sev­eral de­part­ments in­clud­ing out­pa­tient and in­pa­tient phar­macy, clin­i­cal, to­tal par­enteral nutri­tion (TPN), cy­to­toxic drug re­con­sti­tu­tion (CDR) and main store.

Chan, Wong and Lee said that there are sev­eral out­pa­tient phar­ma­cies cater­ing to the va­ri­ety of spe­cial­ties at PHKL.

They were ex­posed to the process of re­ceiv­ing pre­scrip­tions from the spe­cial­ist clin­ics. From there, they as­sisted in pre­scrip­tion screen­ing fol­lowed by pack­ing of med­i­ca­tions.

They were able to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with brand names of med­i­ca­tions and also had a glimpse of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of e-pre­scrip­tions as part of an ini­tia­tive to in­te­grate IT into the health­care sys­tem.

The high­light of the trio’s clin­i­cal ro­ta­tion was be­ing part of the ward rounds with other health­care pro­fes­sion­als.

In ad­di­tion to bed­side coun­selling, they ob­served staff train­ing by phar­ma­cists on new med­i­cal de­vices, which por­trayed in­ter­pro­fes­sional learn­ing (IPL) at the hos­pi­tal. They also had the chance to ob­serve the role of TPN phar­ma­cists.

That ob­ser­va­tion taught them the indi­ca­tions for TPN, re­quired cal­cu­la­tions, and the suit­able reg­i­mens avail­able in the hos­pi­tal by al­low­ing them ac­cess to pa­tient case notes.

This opens up their un­der­stand­ing to the full clin­i­cal pic­ture, and how to mod­ify and op­ti­mise the pa­tient’s treat­ment plan based on the progress.

Their at­tach­ment in CDR ex­posed them to re­spon­si­bil­i­ties such as in han­dling cy­to­toxic drugs, coun­selling pa­tients on oral chemo­ther­apy reg­i­men and main­tain­ing a clean room.

They ob­served that oral chemo­ther­apy coun­selling em­pha­sises the drug’s side ef­fects, in con­trast to other oral med­i­ca­tions, es­pe­cially for first-time pa­tients.

This ex­pe­ri­ence in­creased the aware­ness on prac­tis­ing good asep­tic tech­niques, pro­tec­tive gown­ing pro­ce­dures and prin­ci­ples of clean room de­sign that they have fo­cused on in the phar­macy de­gree syl­labus.

Their ro­ta­tion to the PHKL main store pro­vided ba­sic knowl­edge and over­view of the or­gan­i­sa­tion struc­ture of the Phar­macy Depart­ment, in terms of stock pro­cure­ment, dis­tri­bu­tion, and con­trol.

IMU’s Bach­e­lor of Phar­macy (Hons) stu­dents have the op­tion to trans­fer cred­its in their first two years’ cur­ricu­lum to the phar­macy pro­gramme in the Univer­sity of Otago, New Zealand or Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia, Australia.

Th­ese in­ter­na­tional part­ner­ships are a clear tes­ta­ment of the align­ment of IMU’s in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tion to global stan­dards.

Stu­dents also could com­plete the en­tire four-year phar­macy de­gree in IMU.

The next com­mence­ment for the Bach­e­lor of Phar­macy (Hons) pro­gramme is in Septem­ber.

Those in­spired to em­bark on a di­verse ca­reer in­volv­ing the safe and ef­fec­tive use of medicines are en­cour­aged to ap­ply on­line for IMU’s phar­macy pro­gramme.

Those who have just com­pleted their SPM with­out pre-univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion can con­sider en­rolling in the one-year IMU Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence – the pre­ferred foun­da­tion and di­rect route for en­try into any of the univer­sity’s de­gree pro­grammes.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion, re­fer to www.imu. edu.my, e-mail to start@imu.edu.my or call IMU at 03-2731 7272.

IMU’s third-year Phar­macy stu­dents un­der­go­ing an in­tern­ship at a hos­pi­tal as part of their elec­tive mod­ule in Se­mes­ter 6.

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