To educate the resident in using the appropriate tools needed in managing drug therapy, which will ultimately lead to excellent, rational medical care.
To train residents to justify their drug selection for their patients using evidence based medicine.
To address core competencies found in this document
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Establish individualized therapeutic goals and evaluate therapeutic outcomes
Practice cost-effective pharmacotherapy
Recognize, avoid, and manage adverse drug reactions; drug allergies; drug-drug, drug-herb/supplement, and drug-food interactions
Prescribe based on considerations in special populations (pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics)
Dose appropriately based on hepatic and renal function
Therapeutic drug monitoring (how and why to measure drug concentrations)
Consider the use of complementary and alternative medicine
Critically evaluate scientific literature and practice evidence-based medicine
Discuss sources for accessing unbiased drug information
Provide patient education as necessary
Prescribe medications with consideration of insurance plan and hospital formularies