I might physically touch a medication hmmm once per week? Maybe… So if I’m not counting or handling pills, what am I actually doing?
My work is less focused on the medications and more focused on the patient in front of me. With each person I interact with, I provide a full assessment of how I can change medications, vitamins, or natural health products, and lifestyle choices to improve the problem (whatever it is). This might mean I need to start a medication (what most people assume I will do) but there is SO much more to being a pharmacist then just adding medications. It just as often I get rid of a medication. It is the most satisfying when I can safely stop a medication. My patients are so so happy. I might also have to change the dosage because it is too high, or too low, or interacting with something else.
To know how to add, subtract, and adjust medications – you have to understand diseases, lab tests, scans, differential diagnosis, risk scores, and on and on.
Not all pharmacists work in the same type of setting. After I was done my degree, I did extra training to specialize in working with patients who are hospitalized. Patients that are acutely ill – seriously ill. After a couple years of practice, I did even more training to receive my doctorate and specialize in working with people with cancer. That’s how I became ‘Amydee PharmD.’
I love serving the world by giving people the help, tools, and knowledge to overcome cancer. As an oncology pharmacist turned cancer survivor, you’ll have a hard time finding someone who understands cancer as well as I do.
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