As pharmacists, we need to take advantage of the opportunities we have to advance our knowledge base and clinical skills. My PGY-1 residency with Liberty Pharmacy and A Avenue Pharmacy through the University of Iowa was the next logical step in my training to become an essential member of the health care team.
Our health care system is in a transitional period and the lines between community practice, ambulatory care, and hospital care are blurring with every step forward. I feel that as a pharmacist I am in a unique position where I am able to use my clinical skills and expertise with medication therapy across all of these practice settings for patients who are transitioning between them. Pharmacists now play an ever expanding role in taking care of the whole patient and ensuring they have the best possible outcomes.
Pharmacists in the community practice setting have the most face-to-face contact with their patients on a regular basis and are excellent resources that are often underutilized as medication therapy experts. Community pharmacies around the country are realizing the hidden assets they have in their pharmacists and offering advanced pharmaceutical care services to do more to improve the health of their patients and community as a whole. The pharmacy sites participating in the University of Iowa Community Practice Residency Program have a long history of being on the cutting edge with offering their pharmaceutical care services in the community setting and being devoted to putting them into practice. I’m looking forward to working with my patients over the next year to provide these services and learning more about the management practices required for these programs to thrive in the community setting.