Learning on the job: UTS Pharmacy hospital placements
For UTS Master of Pharmacy alumna Ream Sabbah, gaining real-world experience during clinical placements was a highlight of her degree.
In my time at UTS, I completed multiple placements across community, industry and hospital settings, gaining exposure to a range of career paths available to Pharmacy graduates.
My placement at St George Hospital in the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District was especially rewarding.
During the placement, I was privileged to work with multidisciplinary teams of doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and social workers, tending to patients’ needs across various wards, including the cardiology and renal units.
In Cardiology, we went through each patient case with the specialist nurse to check their progress and discuss any changes to their medication program. With the heart failure patients, we got to apply a lot of the knowledge we’d just learned in the subject Integrated Therapeutics, which was great.
In the renal ward, I was asked to design a drugs chart for new doctors and nurses, explaining the range of anti-coagulant drugs available to patients.
Anti-coagulant drugs like Warfarin and other lesser known products are vital medications used to prevent heart attacks, strokes and blood clots.
I really enjoyed designing the drug chart explaining each of the medications and the various risks associated. I’m really interested in pharmacy education as well as patient-care, so that was a particularly worthwhile experience.