National Seminar - Sanjoe Clinical Update 2018

        A one day national seminar on “Emerging Trends in Clinical Pharmacy in India: An experience sharing for the aspirants” was held at St. Joseph’s college of pharmacy on 25 January, 2018. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Betty Carla, director of the institute. Prof. Boby Johns welcomed the gathering and Mr. R. Praveen Raj proposed the vote of thanks. Dr. Sr. Teslin , Vice principal and Mr. Siby Joseph felicitated the function.
        There were four different scientific sessions guided by clinical pharmacists working in various hospitals in India. The first session was on “Antibiotic stewardship” by Dr. Vrinda Namboothiri, clinical pharmacy specialist in Antibiotic Stewardship at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin. The session explained on the members included in the stewardship committee, their workflow and various interventions made by them for the improvement of health care system. The session ended with various case discussions and explanations on their interventions. At the end, an opportunity was given for open discussion and it was very interactive. Students came forward with doubts and all the doubts were clarified by the speaker.

        The second session was led by Dr. Soumya Mary Alex, Clinical pharmacy specialist in Intensive care units at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin. Her talk was on “Role of clinical pharmacist in ICU”. She explained on the importance of ICU pre-rounds and various medication errors encountered in her ICU. She also gave an idea of what the doctors expect from a clinical pharmacist, which include up to date knowledge on pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, newer treatment regimens, etc. The session also had many case discussions at the end which explained her interventions made at her work station.
        The third session was on “Pharmaceutical care and research in Rheumatology”, It wasled by Dr. Glindow Antony, clinical pharmacy specialist in Rheumatology care centre, Cochin. He first gave a brief idea on various diseases in rheumatology and their treatment options. He gave a wide view on the role and responsibilities of clinical pharmacist in Care hospital. Dr. Glindow further explained on various other functions like medication reconciliation, ADR monitoring, Therapeutic drug monitoring in addition to current research projects in rheumatology. The session was very encouraging for all budding clinical pharmacists to identify and know more on the extended opportunities available ahead and was an interactive one.
        The last session was taken by Dr. Surya Krishnan, clinical pharmacist at Rajagiri Hospital, Cochin. The talk was on the topic “Sharing the experience as clinical pharmacist in a JCI accredited hospital in South India”. She gave a new idea of Medication Room, which is a pioneer approach towards patient safety. Medication room workflow, medication errors and strategies for their prevention, medication reconciliation, ADR reporting, Storage of medicines in medication room etc were explained in detail. The session was a very interactive one for the students. The speaker gave us more idea on various other roles of clinical pharmacist.
        All students of I year, II year, III year and IV year Pharm.D batches were present for the seminar. It was a real encouragement for all budding clinical pharmacists as the sessions gave a more clear view on the job oppurtunities, and importance of clinical pharmacists especially in Indian practise.