April 4, 2018

Middlesex Hospital expands USJ pharmacy partnership

Middletown's Middlesex Hospital announced that its pharmacy department has expanded its partnership with the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) School of Pharmacy in Hartford.

The partnership began in 2011 when Middlesex staff began serving as instructors for the experiential training of USJ pharmacy students and expanded in 2016 to provide for the clinical training of additional student pharmacists through the placement of USJ faculty at the hospital.

The partnership now includes an initiative that delivers pharmaceutical care in an outpatient setting — with the focus on the needs of patients who may have concurrent illness and are taking multiple medications.

Middlesex Hospital Primary Care in January welcomed USJ pharmacy students who are working with their professor, Alaina Rotelli, on comprehensive medication management.

The students are in their last year of pharmacy school and must complete advanced pharmacy practice rotations before graduation. The new partnership fulfills that requirement for 10 students each year.

Rotelli and her students meet with patients who visit the Middlesex Hospital Primary Care offices in Middletown and Portland to discuss their medications, and the group will soon offer e-consults for Primary Care's other offices. For those preparing to see their physician after a hospital stay, Rotelli looks at medication prescribed upon hospital discharge to ensure that it is appropriate, and Rotelli and her students are evaluating value-based contracts by weighing medication options. The goal is to increase the quality of care, while lowering costs.

Rotelli and her students also are developing a curriculum that will be used to educate Middlesex physicians and creating a pharmacy newsletter to help physicians learn about medication from a pharmacist rather than a pharmaceutical company.

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