Area of Pharmacy Which Closely Deals with Infection?

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  1. Doktor_dud3

    Doktor_dud3 CPhT, Pre-Pharmacy

    Jan 30, 2017
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    Hello again everyone!

    I am in the process of changing my course of study at Wingate to Pre-Pharmacy before I enroll this fall, and I had some questions about specific areas of pharmacy. I currently work as a technician in an independent pharmacy in a very small town, and while I enjoy it, I was thinking about where I may want to work in the future. Sorry in advance if this is a stupid question, but is there a chance of working as a pharmacist in areas which commonly treat infections? I was doing some reading about anti-virals and antibiotics and I just seem to find the process of combating infection really interesting. I know in medicine there are infectious disease physicians, is there anything similar that a pharmacist could do? As I said I'm really more interesting in the medication side of treating infections. Sorry for the really specific question, and thanks for any help you can provide.

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  3. Apothecary Aquinas

    Apothecary Aquinas Infectious Disease

    Sep 8, 2017
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    I'm no expert on the "pharmacist's path" but I'd say I do know enough to help you out a bit even if I can't fully answer your question. So the short answer is yes, there are definitely infectious disease (ID) pharmacists that go through a PGY2 ASHP accredited residency after pharmacy school. Basically, in order to be specialized as an ID pharmacist you complete pharmacy school and then enter into a residency that allows you to specialize. The ID residencies are PGY2 meaning its a second post-grad year residency, so you must complete a general clinical post-grad year first (PGY1) then you can apply to and enter the second year ID residency (or find a combined PGY1 and PGY2 ID residency, if they exist). After that you'll be fully qualified to work as an ID pharmacist.

    I shadowed an ID physician in a hospital once and he served on an "ID and antibiotics advisory board" of sorts for the hospital. He regularly met with and collaborated with an ID pharmacist who was also a member of said board. That being said, as an ID pharmacist you'll act as a member of a healthcare team (at least in a hospital setting) to help treat patients with antibiotics and treat infectious disease in a variety of patients. Chances are you would be sought after for consultation when antibiotic treatments were created for less than routine cases also.

    A simple google search for 'infectious disease pharmacist' will bring up a lot of resources to look through as well.
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  4. SpartanDOnoharm

    Pharmacist Gold Donor Classifieds Approved

    Nov 21, 2017
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    Many hospitals have antimicrobial stewardship pharmacists. These are normally at least PGY1 residency trained, many hospitals have a PGY2 trained pharmacist. It's a cool job, ours basically spends the entire day with the ID physician.

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