Faculty/preceptors often find themselves looking for material that quickly acquaints students with a certain theory, process, or practice. We hope that this text meets those expectations. This text can be used both in the classroom to introduce ideas and during practice courses to help guide students in learning terminology, organizing case information, improving problem-solving skills, and rounding. The book is divided into three working sections: systems and expectations, patient care toolbox, and topics in pharmacy practice.
In the systems and expectations section, the authors discuss topics for introductory and advanced pharmacy practice courses, etiquette, ethical issues, communication skills, monitoring patients, and the function of a medical team in an interprofessional practice as well as a chapter addressing the humanities where the real feelings of patients and care givers are found. All chapters are written to help students become comfortable, within the health care system, with patients, and to explain the expectations of student pharmacists.
Included in the student pharmacist toolbox section are chapters on medical terminology, calculations, pharmacokinetics, laboratory data, devices, and informatics. The chapters on calculations and pharmacokinetics and informatics may be used in a beginning classroom setting when students need to understand big concepts: they will supplement a regular textbook.
Instructive chapters dealing with the technical and interpretive aspects of the practice of pharmacy such as laboratory testing and physical assessment are included in the toolbox section and can be used by the student during their advanced practice courses to interpret patient findings.
The last section of the book contains specific topics for pharmacy practice, including chapters addressing the practices of community/ambulatory care and institutional pharmacy, toxicology and emergency medicine approaches, pharmacogenomics, special populations, and public health.
This section with these topics is included to round out the text so that it becomes the student practice guide to be accessed from the beginning to the end of a curriculum. The final section touches on topics such as the responsibility to advocate for the profession and advance the pharmacist's involvement in public health.
All the topics are meant to support the knowledge and professional growth of student pharmacists across a curriculum.