Originally Posted by Its Z
I have a different take. Get a job at a hospital as a tech and spend a lot of time mixing and preparing IVs in the compounding room. Then learn all the antibiotics...know the vials...learn the names...learn what its mixed in....how fast to infuse..learn what the vials look like...then by the time you get to pharmacology and therapeutics you will be a lot more familiar with them. Then you can really delve into therapeutics of it. Also spend some time with the purchaser and go ahead and do the purchasing some....you will get a sense of how much they cost. And always ask the pharmacists what its being used for....what you're treating.
Get a copy of the hospital antibiogram. Learn what antibiotics are effective against what bugs. Ask the pharmacist to show you culture and sensitivity reports to see if patient is on correct antibiotics.
great advice. I'd add that you need to keep an open mind about evidence based medicine. It's a start, but we need to move to science based medicine.
oh, and don't believe the financial masters that acquisition costs alone dictate the posture of your stewardship program.