Clinical pharmacists care for patients in all health care settings but the clinical pharmacy movement initially began inside hospitals and clinics. ahs_pharm+tag logo     Per the American College of Clinical Pharmacist, a Clinical pharmacists works directly with doctors, other health professionals, and patients to ensure that the medications prescribed for patients contribute to the best possible health outcomes. Clinical pharmacists practice in health care settings where they have frequent and regular interactions with doctors and other health professionals, contributing to better coordination of care. The clinical pharmacist is educated and trained in direct patient care environments, including medical centers, clinics, and a variety of other health care settings. Clinical pharmacists are frequently granted patient care privileges by collaborating doctors and/or health systems that allow them to perform a full range of medication decision-making functions as part of the patient’s health care team. These privileges are granted on the basis of the clinical pharmacist’s demonstrated knowledge of medication therapy and record of clinical experience. This specialized knowledge and clinical experience is usually gained through residency training and specialist board certification. Outlook for Clinical Pharmacist: According to Drug Store News, under ACA, 17 million people are expected to be added to state Medicaid programs in 2014.  At the same time, a growing shortage of physicians is developing. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates our country will have 45,000 too few patient care physicians by 2020. These two factors alone present a tremendous opportunity for an untapped resource of highly trained clinical professionals — pharmacists — to step into a new role. For more information go to:  American College of Clinical Pharmacist

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