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This session provides participants with an understanding of pharmacy and how it fits into the overall health care profession.

CATEGORY

  • Health
  • Pharmacy

OBJECTIVES

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role of the pharmacist in the health care system.
  • Discuss the use of both prescription and nonprescription medication use in society.
  • Describe the differences in how pharmacists practice in community, hospital, and clinical settings.
  • Understand the educational process involved in becoming a pharmacist.

SUPPLIES

  • Laptop computer or equipment to view videos
  • Medwise materials—Review ahead of time and print activities and materials for each participant (available at http://www.scouting.org/BSAFit/MedWise_Award.aspx)
  • Medication history form from Institute for Safe Medication Practices—Download from https://www.ismp.org/newsletters/consumer/alerts/ISMP_Med_Form_PDF.pdf
  • Medication package inserts (various) for interpretation and discussion
  • Supplies for Activity 3:
    • Ointment—white petrolatum, additive (vanilla, eucalyptus, etc.), ointment paper or parchment, ointment jars, labels, spatulas
    • IV admixture—syringe, needles, alcohol wipes, additive (saline, ampicillin, etc.), IV solution (small or large volume)
    • Capsules—mortar and pestle, powders, tablets, empty gelatin capsules
  • Arrange for a pharmacy professional to speak about practicing in a hospital or community setting.
  • Arrange for a tour of a hospital or community pharmacy.

VIDEOS

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Advisors should preview videos before showing them to make sure they are appropriate for the post.

 

RESOURCES

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The following are suggested resources that Advisors may find helpful in planning this session:

ADVISOR NOTE

Text in italics should be read aloud to participants. As you engage your post in activities each week, please include comments, discussions, and feedback to the group relating to Character, Leadership, and Ethics. These are important attributes that make a difference in the success of youth in the workplace and in life.

ACTIVITIES

Introduction

Tell participants: Pharmacy is the science and technique of preparing and dispensing drugs. A pharmacist is a health care professional trained to prepare and dispense those drugs.

ACTIVITY 1

Speaker

Have a pharmacy professional address these topics:

  • Overview of pharmacy as a profession and their role in medication management
  • Education requirements, including recommendations for high school and college preparation (you may choose to show the video “Steps to Becoming a Pharmacist” from Three Minute Summaries if no speaker is available)
  • A typical day for a pharmacist
  • The future of pharmacy practice

ACTIVITY 2

Pharmacist Roles

  • Ask participants to name as many roles for pharmacists that they can.

If you need some ideas to get them started.

  • Community pharmacist
  • Hospital pharmacist
  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Drug development
  • Research pharmacist
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Discuss the differences or pros and cons of each of these roles for pharmacists.

Watch the videos “Love Your Job! Careers in Health-System Pharmacy” from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and “The Drug Discovery Process” from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and initiate a discussion.

ACTIVITY 3

Hands-On Practice

ACTIVITY 4

Drug Labels and Inserts

  • Show how to read labels using the MedWise resources and have participants take turns reading labels aloud or in small groups.
  • Show how to interpret package inserts and have participants examine additional package inserts.

ACTIVITY 5

Pharmacy Tour

  • Tour a pharmacy.

ADVISOR NOTE

Some sample questions are below. They are designed to help the participants apply what they have learned to their own interests. You are welcome to use these questions or develop your own questions that relate to your post or specific focus area.

REFLECTION

Focusing Questions

  • What type of pharmacist role or specialty most interests you?
  • What did you learn during today’s discussion?
  • What, if any, modifications will you make in managing your own medication use based on the information gained today?

Analysis Questions

  • Discuss feedback from the videos or hands-on practice.
  • What types of ethical issues do you think could arise related to being a pharmacist?

Generalization Questions

  • What can you do now, during your time as a student, to prepare yourself for this or a similar career in the medical field?
  • Why is this topic important?

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