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PHARM.D PROGRAME: UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN ALSHIFA COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program combines rigorous basic science education with extensive and varied clinical experiences so that graduates will be prepared to contribute to revolutionizing the future of health care through new discoveries and innovations to improve patient lives. Throughout my college life, I have received extensive support and opportunities from my teachers to cater my knowledge and interests. One of the best advantages, I received as an Alshifian is the in house hospital practice opportunity in the reputed KIMS Al-Shifa Hospital. The pharmacy practice department in the college has helped me to apply medical and therapeutic knowledge to pharmacy practice which includes Developing, integrating, and applying knowledge from the foundational sciences (Scientist), Evaluating the scientific literature, Explaining drug action, Solving therapeutic problems and Advancing population health and patient-centered care.

Pharm D course is still considered to have fewer career options, but as a Pharm D graduate, I have realized that the opportunities are numerable and indeed up to the expectations of a graduate which caters hospital practice and research options. What is required is the clarity to identify your area of interest and the patience and confidence to pursue the same. As a student, I have received many achievements including the best outgoing student award, academic excellence award and most importantly the university rank for the academic year 2012-2018 from Kerala University of health sciences. Even though these blessings have given me great delight, the anxieties regarding my future career have never left the hold of me. In fact, it was the support of my staff, which gave me the confidence to try for opportunities across various arenas. This made me realize that career opportunities for Pharm D graduates are not limited to hospital practice; rather there are numerous options in clinical research, pharmacovigilance, clinical data management, and many more research areas.

Currently, I am working as Drug safety associate at IQVIA, which is a multinational clinical a research organization that manages pharmacovigilance and clinical research activities across the world. Beginning from carrying out pharmacovigilance activities efficiently to exhibiting Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the organization, I have realized that my teachers and college have nurtured me in the most excellent way to pursue any career option with utmost competency. In addition to continuously enhancing the curriculum with practical opportunities in hospital and research areas, that reflect the pharmacist’s importance as a frontline health care provider, the staffs and management have incorporated problem-based learning, a vast range of clinical opportunities, invaluable networking opportunities and a series of electives. This indeed had fostered me to personalize the education to reflect my individual interests and professional goals and in addition helped me to proclaim anew my faith in achieving them efficiently to exhibiting Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the organization, I have realized that my teachers and college have nurtured me in the most excellent way to pursue any career option with utmost competency. In addition to continuously enhancing the curriculum with practical opportunities in hospital and research areas, that reflect the pharmacist’s importance as a frontline health care provider, the staffs and management have incorporated problem-based learning, a vast range of clinical opportunities, invaluable networking opportunities and a series of electives. This indeed had fostered me to personalize the education to reflect my individual interests and professional goals and in addition helped me to proclaim anew my faith in achieving them.

Dr Anuja Pradeep

Drug Safety associate

IQVIA

Banglore