Ways to Stay Current on Drug Information

JUNE 07, 2015
Pharmacists have a great responsibility to stay current with drug information. Even an excerpt from the “Oath of a Pharmacist” states: “I will accept the lifelong obligation to improve my professional knowledge and competence.”1
Here are some great ways to stay abreast of changes in the pharmacy profession:
Attend continuing education (CE) conferences
Attending industry conferences that offer CE credit is a great way to expand your professional horizons. States have different CE requirements for pharmacists, and it is important to ensure you have completed all of your requirements prior to licensure renewal. Attending conferences such as the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting can provide you with the latest drug information.
Participate in a journal club
Staying current with clinical studies can be challenging, but to do so, you and your colleagues could hold a monthly journal club. Each participant can select a clinical study and briefly discuss the background, methods, results, and conclusion. Additionally, you can critique the studies and discuss the application to your practice setting.
Join a professional organization
Joining a state or national organization offers a variety of benefits. Many organizations such as the ASHP and the American Pharmacists Association provide members with print or electronic journals as part of the membership.  Regardless of whether you are a hospital, community, or ambulatory care pharmacist, this is a great way to stay current in your pharmacy practice.
1. American Pharmacists Association. Oath of a Pharmacist. Available at: http://www.pharmacist.com/oath-pharmacist. Accessed June 7, 2015.

Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh
Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh
Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh, received her PharmD degree from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy in 2006 and completed a 2-year drug information residency. She served as a pharmacy professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy for 6 years, managed the drug information center, and conducted medication therapy management reviews. Dr. Gershman has published research on prescription drug abuse, regulatory issues, and drug information in various scholarly journals. Additionally, she received the Sheriff’s Special Recognition Award for her collaboration with the Broward, Florida Sheriff’s Office to prevent prescription drug abuse through a drug disposal program. She has also presented at pharmacist and physician continuing education programs on topics that include medication errors, prescription drug abuse, and legal and regulatory issues. Dr. Gershman can be followed on Twitter @jgershman2