PHCL 501 THERAPEUTICS I (3+1)
A. COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The Therapeutics Courses I,II and II are post-graduate pharmacy courses designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge of the basic pharmaceutical sciences and to obtain new information about rational drug therapy to promote the practice of patient oriented pharmacy.
The courses consist of both lectures and conferences. Students will gain an understanding of rational drug therapy in the treatment of selected diseases; problems associated with implementing rational drug therapy; how therapy concepts correlate with the pathophysiology of the disease; and the monitoring tools necessary for evaluation of drug therapy. Students will be expected to correlate the findings of case study with the drug therapy and disease.
B. COURSE OBJECTIVES:
By the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Discuss pathophysiology of selected diseases, including pathogenesis, signs and symptoms and common laboratory findings as well as complicating factors.
2. Apply knowledge of pertinent chemical, physical, and pharmaceutical properties of drugs as they relate to drug disposition, stability and handling when evaluating therapeutic regimens.
3. Apply pertinent pharmaceutical principles when evaluating a therapeutic problem such as adjustment of the dose or regimen for certain drugs in the presence of renal or liver dysfunction or other diseases affecting drug absorption or disposition.
4. Evaluate day-by-day multiple drug therapy with particular attention placed on the pharmacist's role in recognizing and monitoring for drug efficacy and giving alternative treatment plans.
5. Utilize common clinical laboratory tests and evaluate their usefulness in monitoring the progress of the disease and/or drug therapy.
6. Assess the multiple factors which affect the patient's response to drug therapy regimens.
7. Use the information from the biomedical and pharmaceutical literature to evaluate and solve problems concerning drug therapy.
8. Read and interpret information found in medical records and create a pertinent data base in a problem-oriented manner.
9. Develop communication skills both formal and informal with peers, other health professionals, and patients. Students will demonstrate an ability to gather, organize and articulately present material in response to drug-use questions.
10. Understand the role of other health professionals with whom the pharmacist interacts in patient care and develop a sense of the pharmacist's role as member of the health care team.
C. COURSE FORMAT
Advanced Therapeutic I, II and III will consist of three 1 hr lectures and 3-hour conference per week. Selected topics from diseases of major organ systems will be presented each week followed by conference discussions the following week to enhance understanding of the topic presented through case history analysis.
D. CONFERENCE GUIDELINES:
Conferences are designed to allow students to discuss the topic presented the previous week in lecture. An abstract of a patient's case history is used as part of the discussion. During the conference, aspects of the lectures are blended with the findings and development of the case study with particular emphasis being placed on the contribution that a pharmacist can make. Areas for discussion each week will include:
A) presentation of the case study-summary of pertinent positive and negative findings; special observations, findings or considerations of the case study.
b) drug monitoring parameters - means by which the pharmacist should monitor drug therapy, ADR, SE, and the progress of the disease as it relates to the specific case study and the drug therapy/disease in general.
c) rational/irrational therapy-alternatives to the therapy in the case study; advantages and disadvantages to alternative therapy; dosing considerations.
d) Patient education and considerations - factors that should be considered when preparing and providing patient counseling; issues surrounding compliance and ways to encourage it.
PHCL 501 ADVANCE THERAPEUTICS - I (3 + 1)
WK # TOPIC OF THE WEEK
2 Cardiac arrhythmia (I)
3 Cardiac arrhythmia (II)
4 Pediatric respiratory diseases
5 Chronic complications of D.M.
7 Acute MI/CHF
8 Hypertensive crisis
9 Thrombolytic therapy
10 Midterm Exam.
12 Viral and parasitic infections
13 Neoplastic diseases and pain management.
14 Pediatric neoplastic disorders
15 Study week
16 Final exam. week