Third-year professional pharmacy students will put their studies into practice Feb. 14-18 as they provide free medication therapy management and point-of-care testing to NDSU faculty and staff. The faculty and staff who volunteer for the one-hour appointments will meet with two pharmacy students and one faculty member. Students gain experience in health screenings, including checks for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Medication therapy management involves identifying and resolving medication issues, assessing medication interactions, evaluating information when responding to medication-related questions, managing cost containment of medications and communicating professionally with healthcare peers. Students gain these skills through simulation provided in the colleges licensed model pharmacy.
The real-life encounters help students gain practical experience, while providing faculty and staff members a chance to gain knowledge related to their medication therapy and health outcomes. A similar appointment and health screenings could cost more than $100 at local pharmacies. Students, faculty and staff who participated last year gave the experience overwhelmingly positive responses.
More information is at www.ndsu.edu/pharmacy.