More than two dozen student pharmacists explored a career in pediatric pharmacy during University of the Sciences’ first pediatric clinical pharmacist round-table event held in the spring semester. This event – hosted by the University’s student chapter of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group – allowed students to engage with pediatric pharmacy practitioners as they discussed residency, niche fields within pediatrics, and the pharmacist’s role in treating children.
“This event provided student pharmacists with an opportunity to network and gain a better understanding of what a career in pediatric pharmacy entails,” said Aisha Uddin PharmD'15, president of the student organization. “My peers definitely left the event with a real-life understanding of what these types of pharmacists do on a daily basis.”
Guest speakers represented a variety of local healthcare institutions, including Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children, and the Children's Regional Hospital at Cooper University Hospital. Opportunities in pharmaceutical areas such as pediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care, cardiology, academia, and general pediatric pharmacy practice were also discussed. The event’s discussion topics ranged from the journey into pediatric pharmacy and proper training required, to the typical duties and responsibilities of pediatric pharmacists.
With a keen interest in pediatric medicine, Michael Flacco PharmD’15 spent the spring semester exploring the implications of underdosing acetaminophen in pediatric patients. He shared his results with the University community during the institution’s 12th Annual Research Day on April 10.
"If children are being underdosed [with acetaminophen], like the majority of pediatric patients were in my research, they are either going to be in pain longer or febrile longer, which could lead to longer hospital stays and increased costs," said Flacco. Watch as he presents his research below:
The purpose of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group of the University’s Philadelphia College of Pharmacy is to enhance the education and practice of pediatric pharmacy for student pharmacists, as well as the medication outcomes for pediatric patients. As an expert in pediatric pharmacy, professor Laura L. Bio PharmD, BCPS, serves as the organization’s advisor.