4 Things to Know Before You Become an Emergency Medicine Pharmacist

JANUARY 05, 2016
Simple math can tell you that the number of emergency departments vastly exceeds the number of emergency medicine pharmacy residencies. 
 
Nevertheless, there are many pharmacists doing great things without specialty residency experience, and each year, more pharmacists take on new roles in the emergency department.
 
If you want to be one of those pharmacists, or you know someone who does, here are 4 things to know about this unique practice setting:
 
1. The bibles of emergency medicine
Fundamental learning usually takes place in textbooks. In emergency medicine, 2 core text books cover almost every conceivable disease encountered in the emergency department: Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice and Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine Manual. Some endearingly refer to the 2 as “Rosenalli’s.”
 
These textbooks provide great insight, but it may not be practical to sit down and read them cover-to-cover. Taking the approach of a long-term project by reviewing core content when encountering cases in emergency department adventures is a better approach.  

Luckily, many emergency department staffers around the world (myself included) are huge geeks when it comes to emergency medicine, and we all love to share our learning experiences online. Tapping into this resource can be an excellent complement to reading “Rosenalli’s.” That resource is…


Craig Cocchio, PharmD
Craig Cocchio, PharmD
Craig Cocchio, PharmD, BCPS, is an Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas. Follow on Twitter @iEMPharmD and on his blog at empharmd.blogspot.com
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