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CA in Drug Information

Attachment Duration

At least 2 weeks

Criteria

Only for practising and/or registered Senior Pharmacists

Note: Each request is subject to Department's review and approval

Objectives*

At the end of the attachment at the Drug Information Center, the participant would be an effective provider of drug information.

Upon completion of the attachment, participant(s) should be able to:

1. Understand and apply a systematic approach to drug information requests

    i. Identify drug information needs in different settings

   ii. Respond to drug information requests in an efficient and timely manner

  iii. Obtain relevant and accurate background information on the question from the inquirer

   iv. Classify the drug information request

    v. Systematically and efficiently identify appropriate drug information sources, including selecting appropriate primary, secondary and tertiary reference sources

   vi. Retrieve and critically analyse the information found

  vii. Formulate a concise and evidence-based response, aiming to optimise patient care and clinical outcomes

 viii. Using clear and accurate bibliographic writing style, electronically document all appropriate information  arising from drug information requests

2. Develop critical appraisal skills and describe application in clinical practice

3. Effectively communicate drug information to other health professionals and/or patients verbally and in writing, and assure patient privacy and confidentiality in all drug information activities

4. Practice clinical pharmacy in a reliable, independent, organized and self-directed manner on a daily basis.

5. Demonstrate professional attitudes, appropriate human relation skills, positive work ethic and initiative and maintain ethical standards and patient confidentiality in caring for the patients.

Note: *Attachment objectives would be tailored to individual participant(s) in accordance to the needs, desires and clinical abilities. Please share specific areas/ objectives that would like to focus on during the attachment to design to meet the individual’s specific needs when contacting PGAHI.

Outline*

  • Principles of Evidence Based Medicine
  • Review of key drug information resources for effective strategy
  • Systematic approach to a drug information request (7 steps)
  • Clinical skills in handling enquiries on: 
    • Drug availability
    • Drug identification (including foreign medicines)
    • Parenteral drug administration
    • Parenteral drug administration compatibilities & admixtures
    • Drug use and safety in pregnancy and lactation
    • Drug interactions
    • Adverse drug reactions and safety issues
    • Drug dosing and choice of therapy selection
    • Drug dosing and selection in specialized populations (pediatric, geriatric, renal/ hepatic impairment, obesity)
  • Critical appraisal and evidence review of literature (e.g. journal club presentation)

Note: *Attachment activities would be tailored to individual participant(s) in accordance to the needs, desires and clinical abilities. Please share specific areas/ objectives that would like to focus on during the attachment to design to meet the individual’s specific needs when contacting PGAHI.

Methodology*

  • Readings
  • Role-play
  • Case-based clinical discussions
  • Literature evaluations and journal club presentation
  • Observation and participation in Drug Information Center’s activities
  • Action plans on reflective practice (mid-point evaluation)

Note: *Attachment activities would be tailored to individual participant(s) in accordance to the needs, desires and clinical abilities. Please share specific areas/ objectives that would like to focus on during the attachment to design to meet the individual’s specific needs when contacting PGAHI.

Attachment Fees

1. Training Fee (5-day work week) depending on the nature of attachment

At least SGD $642** per applicant per week

For enquiries, please email carlyn.wee.g.p@sgh.com.sg


2. Administrative Fee Upon Acceptance (non-refundable)

Singaporeans: SGD $128.40**

Non-Singaporeans & Overseas Applicants: SGD $214**


3. Miscellaneous Fees for Overseas Applicants (Non-Singaporeans) [non-refundable]

a. Training Employment Pass (TEP)

  • One time application fee: SGD $105
  • Issuance Fee: SGD $225

b. Multiple Journey visa (if applicable): SGD $30

** Inclusive of 7% GST