Company/Organization: Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Mentor(s):Leslie Turitz, et. al.
Topic of Internship
The pharmacy department is only one department out of many departments of Englewood Hospital. The hospital was around since 1888 through the World Wars and Depression. Of course, many of the original buildings or medical equipment aren’t available any longer. In fact, much money was spent to better the technological equipment and expand the medical research to help the patients. The pharmacy is part of this large organization to help save lives. Englewood Hospital is a non-sectarian voluntary health care facility devoted to "the care, maintenance and cure of the sick, the injured and the infirm." It officially opened its doors on June 14, 1890 in a 12 bed wooden building on a three acre tract of land on Engle Street. Now in its second century of service, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has evolved into a major medical and academic institution, providing "world class medicine in a community setting." Providing primary, secondary and tertiary care, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is an acute care, community teaching hospital. At Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, we are proud of our reputation as a leader in providing high quality healthcare, using state-of-the-art technology, and providing innovative programs and services.
Summary of Internship
Although I was but an intern, I got to experience many things around the pharmacy. My mentor made sure I wasn't limited to local jobs of the pharmacy. I got to travel through many floors and observe (and experience) the many duties of a pharmacist. I also got to help fill labels – which is to pack the right medications to the right patients. Although it sounds like a tedious job, I actually learned a lot. I got used to hearing the various drug names and started to learn what each of them are used for (there are hundreds of medication in the hospital). My passing the aseptic technique test was an asset, for I was able to compound at least two kinds of drugs. I also joined in on rounds – meetings with doctors about patients - and even in services – lunches with various industrial pharmaceutical companies. The whole experience was a positive one and would recommend anyone who is interested in hospital pharmacy.
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