Critical Care and Shock

Critical care pharmacotherapy: description of an innovative pediatric residency elective experience utilizing clinical pharmacy faculty as preceptor


Objective: The objective of this brief report is to describe a pediatric pharmacotherapy curriculum pilot rotation experience for medical residents using a clinical pharmacy faculty preceptor. The goal of the experience was for the resident to gain additional training in drug use in critically ill children, as specific training in this area for medical residents may be inadequate.
Setting: The medical resident and clinical pharmacy faculty member rotated in a multi-disciplinary 18 bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Patient-specific drug therapy plans were developed and discussed in depth along with various topic discussions covering common pediatric intensive care issues.
Conclusions: This pilot experience demonstrates the use of pediatric critical care pharmacotherapy education in an elective rotation. This experience has the potential to be significantly expanded to include more residents, a longer duration, and an examination of its impact on clinical knowledge. This is the first report of clinical pharmacy faculty acting as a preceptor in a pediatric rotation.