Captain Eugene Handza - Pharmacist (Reserve)
Captain Eugene Handza, Pharmacist (Reserve) talks further about job details and benefits: balance of professional practice and soldiering skills. You provide education and training to leathcare professionals regarding new pharmacy practice...
In my Reserve unit there's a balance of professional practice and soldiering skills. Normally on drill weekends, we will begin our weekend with a drill-in ceremony, we'll understand how to salute, how to march, the proper military protocol.
In addition to that, most of the Officers will have extra jobs to perform to ensure that the unit is running efficiently.
In terms of pharmacy practice, it would be my responsibility to provide education and training to the other health care providers who are working within our combat support hospital, like doctors, nurses, medics, regarding new pharmacy practices, formulary changes, new ways of how Pharmacy will support the direct-care providers so the Soldiers are receiving top-notch care.
The Army does invest a lot of resources into cutting-edge automation and technology to ensure that medications are delivered in a very efficient, cost-effective, and safe manner, so the right medication is getting to the right patient.
Automation will actually fill medications in the vial or bottle, put a label on it, put a cap on it. It allows me to use my clinical skills and counseling skills to the best of my ability, so that my customers understand how to best take their medications.
Pharmacists have a role to play in research, both in the private and public sector. The standards are the same - patients are enrolled into a research study the exact same way whether they go to a private-sector hospital or they come to the Army. And the same protocol and the same level of caution is still involved to ensure those patients remain safe.
It's been a great experience for me. It's allowed me to practice pharmacy in a different setting, a setting that I otherwise would not be able to practice in, and you share ideas, you share clinical expertise, you share leadership principles, and you're able to apply your knowledge and try to train other folks so that they are able to be better than they were yesterday.
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