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The field of pharmacy has become second nature to me as I have spent four years working in the environment and six years studying the profession I have my Honors in Biochemistry and a license to practice as a registered Technician in both Canada and the United statesI am currently upgrading and going to school to become a Pharmacist and get my PharmD I have worked at a methadone clinic for three years and the Childrens Hospital of Michigan Inpatient Pharmacy for a year I have been exposed to a variety of patients and have knowledge on providing patient care At the methadone clinic my responsibilities include controlling dispensing and distributing medicine I am also responsible to work with legal and ethical guidelines to ensure the correct and safe supply of medical products to the general public Additionally I am involved in maintaining and improving peoples health by providing advice and information as well as supplying prescription medicines Brief counseling on the medications a patient is taking is required to make sure they understand the directions and why it is being used Correspondingly I sell over-the-counter medical products and instruct patients on the use of medicines and medical appliances Sometimes I also offer specialist health checks such as blood pressure monitoring and diabetes screening organize smoking cessation clinics and weight management programs However at the Childrens Hospital I have limited patient interaction as I am more responsible for preparing and dispensing their drugs and providing counseling on nutritional programs Over the years I have looked at factors which affect patient care and at ways to improve patient health One important factor is the communication barrier that medical professionals have with patients Does medical terminology affect the patients understanding on their conditions and directional use of medications When patients receive instructions from pharmacists do they really understand what is going on and why they are taking their medications I have chose to explore these topics in
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