Monday, October 12, 2009

is a pharmacist[DR] a good medic[DR] ?not a surgeon I mean like a internist.what you think ? and why ?

Pharmacists are experts in drugs, the way that drugs work, and how different drugs interact with each other. They have to know a LOT about the details of how body systems work. But in general, they are only trained a little in how to diagnose illnesses. Just enough so that they can work with the MDs. Unfortunately, although MDs get a lot of training in recognizing diseases, they are often amazingly ignorant about how the drugs they are prescribing actually work and interact. Hospitals have recognized this by hiring thousands of PharmD's (Doctors of Pharmacy) to review the medication use on their patients)
If you have a good physician treating you, and a good pharmacist looking over the MDs shoulder, and good lab technologists taking care of the diagnostic tests, and good nurses carrying out the MDs orders, then you are getting the best of all worlds. Good MDs recognize their limitations and know how to work with other health science professionals to give the patient the best possible care.
A pharmacist is not a provider, no training in clinical skills, or pathophysiology, or many other subjects, no no no Pharmacists are not always Doctors, the standard is doctors in Pharmacy a degree. Like having a Doctors in Mathematics.
No. A doctor of pharmacy is an advanced degree in pharmacy. They are not trained to provide medical care (but are great at calculating drug dosages in situations of decreased creatinine clearance and that sort of thing)They help doctors do their job better. We're a team.
Pharmacists are not physicians. They have experitise in medications. They have absolutely no experience in managing patients. That experience typically comes during a grueling residency under the supervision of experienced physicians. There is no substitute for a medical or surgical residency training. Trust me, medicine is hard enough as it is.
A pharmacist is a person who has (1) completed 5, 6, or 7 years of formal education in pharmacy school and (2) is licensed to prepare and distribute drugs and counsel on the use of medication in the state in which he/she practices.
I must comment on this, being a pharmacist. We do get clinical training (think of how many times you have consulted your pharmacist about a wound/eye infection/whatever the problem is). We are trained to take manual blood pressure readings, blood glucose and cholesterol levels. We take 8 classes on pathophysiology and its therapeutic application with medications. Obviously, our training is not equivalent to that of an MD, but since pharmacists are often more accessible, we get basic clinical training. MDs (which are Doctors of Medicine) and PharmDs (Doctors of Pharmacy) work together to establish the best level of care for patients.

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