Kanabec Hospital Medication Therapy Management

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at 9:17 am

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Since July 2009, a new face has been around Kanabec Hospital.  Katharine Scheidt, PharmD, is a pharmacy resident with the University of Minnesota Ambulatory Care Program.  There are ten other program sites throughout the state, but this is the first year Kanabec Hospital has participated as a host site.

Though she hails from St. John, IN (just outside Chicago), Katharine graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA in 2009 with her B.S. in Neuroscience and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees.  Her desire to be more directly involved with patients inspired her to complete a residency in ambulatory care.  One catch…Kanabec Hospital had no ambulatory care pharmacy services at the time.

Katharine’s main project during her year at Kanabec Hospital is to implement these pharmacy services, or Medication Therapy Management (MTM) as it is usually called.

MTM is an ever-expanding niche for pharmacists who are interested in more direct patient care and helping patients get the best out of their medications.  MTM pharmacists see patients to review entire drug therapy regimens, help prevent side effects and interactions, provide medication and disease state education, and work with primary care providers to make recommendations on how to better optimize therapy.

After months of background preparation, Katharine began seeing patients at Allina Clinic in January.  She works with the physicians and mid level practitioners in the clinic to answer medication questions and provide patient education.  Katharine is continually recruiting patients and gets referrals from the providers at the clinic.

“One of my favorite parts of providing MTM is seeing a sense of greater understanding in the patients when they leave an appointment.  It gives me a great sense of accomplishment—that I helped improve someone’s health today,” said Katharine.

For more information about MTM or to make an appointment, please call Katharine at 320-225-3597.

Photo Caption:  Katharine Scheidt, PharmD, Kanabec Hospital Pharmacy Resident.

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