Our clinical pharmacists collaborate with other health care providers and our technician staff, using the latest technology to provide quality patient care.
DHMC's Pharmacy is developing decentralized teams of clinical pharmacist specialists, clinical staff pharmacists and technicians to provide direct patient care. The full model is currently in practice in pediatrics. Our other practice areas—Critical Care, Cardiology, General Medicine and Hematology/Oncology—are currently served by pharmacist-specialist teams.
Patient care responsibilities include rounding with the patient care team, educating nursing and medical staff, precepting pharmacy students and residents, and monitoring and optimizing medication therapy. Our pharmacists are integrated members of the health care team.
Clinical staff pharmacists not assigned to a specialty practice can provide care in the PACU, Ambulatory Oncology Center and General Internal Medicine, and supervise the preparation and dispensing of sterile products. These pharmacists also participate in departmental projects and various committees.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock provides ongoing educational opportunities. The Pharmacy Department provides monthly continuing education programs for our staff, as well as a Clinical Forum, Journal Club and Pharmacy MM.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock is the most collegial hospital I have seen. In some hospitals, drug information or formulary reviews for P&T are the work reserved for specialists. Here, any pharmacist can get involved in a project or committee that interests them. All the pharmacists are involved providing educational programs and all contribute to quality improvement in the hospital."Susan Burrill, R.Ph, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Critical Care Services