Middlesex Expands Partnership with University of Saint Joseph
MIDDLETOWN — Middlesex Hospital’s Pharmacy Department has expanded its partnership with the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) School of Pharmacy, and the move will benefit patients, physicians and students.
The partnership began in 2011 when Middlesex staff began serving as preceptors for the experiential training of USJ pharmacy students. It expanded in 2016 to provide for the clinical training of additional student pharmacists through the placement of USJ faculty at the Hospital. Now, the partnership includes an initiative that delivers pharmaceutical care in an outpatient setting—with the focus on the special needs of patients who may have concurrent illness and be taking multiple medications.
In January, Middlesex Hospital Primary Care welcomed USJ pharmacy students. The students are working with their professor or preceptor, Alaina Rotelli, on comprehensive medication management.
The students are in their last year of pharmacy school and must complete advanced pharmacy practice rotations before graduation. This new partnership fulfills that requirement for 10 students each year.
Rotelli and her students meet face-to-face with patients who visit the Middlesex Hospital Primary Care offices in Middletown and Portland to discuss their medications, and the group will soon offer e-consults for Primary Care’s other offices. For those preparing to see their physician after a Hospital stay, Rotelli is looking at medications prescribed upon Hospital discharge to ensure that it is appropriate, and Rotelli and her students are evaluating value-based contracts by weighing medication options. The goal is to increase the quality of care, while lowering costs.
And there’s more.
Rotelli and her students are developing a curriculum that will be used to educate Middlesex physicians, and they are creating a pharmacy newsletter. This will allow physicians to learn about medication from a pharmacist rather than a pharmaceutical company. Dr. Israel Cordero, medical director of Middlesex Hospital Primary Care, calls this unbiased education.
While the partnership certainly benefits the Hospital and its patients, it also helps the students. Rotelli says the experience allows her students “real-world experience that they don’t get in school.”
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