The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Surgery Department

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Preceptors David Thomsen, ’91 BSPh, Megan Alderton, PharmD, Emily Augustine, PharmD, and Kathryn Hensley, ’14 PharmD, work to improve students’ knowledge of post-operative and surgical issues in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Surgery Department, with a primary focus on organ transplant recipients. The patient population includes general surgery patients, vascular patients, liver/renal failure patients, and organ transplant recipients. Key rotation activities include daily rounds with the multidisciplinary team, extensive patient counseling opportunities, opportunistic infections, immunosuppressive medication regimens, and prescribing in renal/liver failure patients. Students are expected to follow patients, monitor laboratory data, review medication profiles, watch for drug interactions, evaluate drug therapy, suggest changes to therapy, and participate in patient education.