A Compilation of Common Adult Lab Values

I cannot be more ecstatic to announce that today marks the end of my sixth rotation, having only one single–six weeks rotation–left until I complete my Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience rotations!  As I prepare for the upcoming comprehensive exit exam, I compiled charts to help me study.  Below you will find a compilation of all common… Read More A Compilation of Common Adult Lab Values

IS AMBULATORY CARE PHARMACY RIGHT FOR YOU?

What is Ambulatory Care? Ambulatory care pharmacy practice, a fairly novel and fast growing field, focuses on delivering patient-centered care by providing medication management.  Ambulatory pharmacists manage chronic disease states (such as anticoagulation, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, hyperlipidemia) in primarily outpatient clinics (but may also extend to government-run healthcare organizations and inpatient based clinics).  Traditional, most… Read More IS AMBULATORY CARE PHARMACY RIGHT FOR YOU?

Why We Owe Martin Shkreli, the Internet’s Favorite Villain, a Thank You

The internet’s favorite villain, Martin Shkreli of Turing Pharmaceuticals, strikes again! Only this time, Shkreli and his band of investors have their eyes on the poverty-stricken, Chagas disease.  Mr. Shrkeli is awaiting the FDA-awarded voucher to begin sales of benznidazole, the lone treatment for Chagas disease in the United States.   Inevitably, Shkreli will scandalously use… Read More Why We Owe Martin Shkreli, the Internet’s Favorite Villain, a Thank You

A Quick Reference Part 2: Hematology Lab Values & G6PD Deficiency Discussion

To follow up with the “handy reference cheat sheet” series from my previous blog post (A Quick Reference for Common Adult Lab Values Part 1), I will review hematological lab value references.  Today’s chief focus will include interpretations of lab values for complete blood cell count (CBC), white blood cell count (WBC) with differential, anemia,… Read More A Quick Reference Part 2: Hematology Lab Values & G6PD Deficiency Discussion

Humanity’s Quest to Overcome Antibiotic Resistance as Antibiotic Pipeline Continues to Dry Up

“It is not difficult to make microbes resistant to penicillin in the laboratory by exposing them to concentrations not sufficient to kill them… There is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant.” –Sir Alexander Fleming, 1945, Nobel Prize… Read More Humanity’s Quest to Overcome Antibiotic Resistance as Antibiotic Pipeline Continues to Dry Up

Pharmacists can prescribe birth control in new, game-changing legislation (California and Oregon)

Don’t want to spend half of your day waiting at the OBGYN office just for a birth control prescription?  Worry no more, the pharmacists in California and Oregon are coming to your rescue! Now your friendly, local pharmacists–currently just in the aforementioned states–can prescribe and dispense your oral contraceptives in less than 15 minutes!  Hail… Read More Pharmacists can prescribe birth control in new, game-changing legislation (California and Oregon)

A Perspective Inside the P4 COPH Career Fair Day & Interviews

For the majority of our class, the P4 annual career fair was our very first opportunity to introduce ourselves to potential employers.  The light at the end of the metaphoric tunnel appeared more realistic and convincing than ever before. The event fell short of my expectations, nonetheless, my experience has been a positive one.  I must… Read More A Perspective Inside the P4 COPH Career Fair Day & Interviews

My First Transgender Patient Encounter and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Discrimination in Healthcare

NOTE: The following event took place during my very first rotation site at an HIV clinic. Without a doubt, she had one of the firmest handshake I have ever felt from a woman.  She stood tall–at least 6 feet–and shoulders broader than most men.  I met—we’ll call her XY (based on the XY sex-determination system)—during… Read More My First Transgender Patient Encounter and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Discrimination in Healthcare