Pharmacy

DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACY SERVICES Aim to provide quality medicines with compassionate care. Mission is to provide cost effective, compassionate and quality pharmaceutical care to all patients with optimum support in all clinical areas with complete guidance and counseling. Vision is to be recognized as center of excellence and regional leader in pharmaceutical care through quality services, effective resource management, technological excellence through education and research. Services The scope of pharmacy services includes:

  • Inpatient pharmacy Service
  • Ambulatory Care (OPD) Pharmacy Services
  • Chemo Admixture Service (Oncology Pharmacy)
  • Compounding, TPN and IV Admixture Service
  • Drug & Poison Information Centre
  • Clinical Pharmacy Service
  • Surgical Supplies Distribution
  • 24/7 working under supervision of qualified pharmacists
  • Maintaining optimum storage & safety requirements for drugs & supplies
  • Pharmacist intervention to avoid prescription/administration errors
  • Inventory and expiry management
  • Medication Reconciliation upon admission
  • Nursing education
  • Floor stocks, transfer kits and crash cart management etc.
  • Stat order and modified unit dose drug dispensing
  • Provision of drug information
  • Training of residents and interns
  • Dispensing under supervision of qualified pharmacists
  • Maintaining optimum storage & safety requirements for drugs & supplies
  • Pharmacist intervention to avoid prescription/administration errors
  • Inventory and expiry management
  • Patients counseling and education
  • Patient education brochures and demonstration of device use
  • Dispensing of vaccines and other specialized products
  • Floor stocks and crash cart management etc.
  • Provision of drug information
  • Training of residents and interns
  • Dispensing under supervision of qualified pharmacists
  • Maintaining optimum storage & safety requirements for drugs & supplies
  • Pharmacist intervention to avoid prescription/administration errors
  • Inventory and expiry management
  • Mixing and dispensing in most ready to use form of chemo drugs including IV, IT, PO and other routes
  • Patients counseling and education
  • Specially designed clean room and biological safety cabinets
  • Managing specialized dosage forms like ambulatory infusion pumps
  • Floor stocks and crash cart management etc.
  • Provision of drug information
  • Compound a wide array of non-sterile and sterile products such as ointment, creams, lotions, syrups, capsules, injectables, irrigation sol., eye preparations etc.
  • Clean room as per USP 797/800 guidelines
  • Horizontal laminar flow hoods
  • Dispensing under supervision of qualified pharmacist
  • Maintaining optimum storage & safety requirements for drugs & supplies
  • Inventory and expiry management
  • Pharmacist intervention to avoid prescription/administration errors
  • Mixing and dispensing in most ready to use form of IV antibiotic to admitted patients
  • Individualized (patient wise) Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) compounding
  • Provision of drug or Poison management information to healthcare professionals & community (layman)
  • Making drug evaluation monographs for formulary addition/deletion
  • Managing publications of newsletter
  • Safety alerts/memos/updates are released
  • Medication Availability alerts or recall alerts are released
  • Multidisciplinary Clinical rounds in key high risk wards (e.g. ICUs, Oncology, Transplant, Peads). Identifying and rectifying drug related problems
  • ADR tracking and reporting – trend analysis
  • Managing KPIs of clinical pharmacy e.g. renal dose adjustment, antibiotic stewardship, TDM, IV to PO switch etc.
  • Managing continuous education sessions for pharmacy staff, assessment tests and trainings (brief internships and 1 year post graduate residency program)
  • Managing clinical rotations of sister-concern Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University (STMU) Pharm.D students
  • Pharmacist oversight to entire service
  • 24/7 services – coverage to all critical areas: ICUs, wards, clinics, Cathlab, ER, diagnostics and OT
  • Maintaining optimum storage & safety requirements for supplies
  • Interventions to avoid over/under charging of supplies
  • Inventory and expiry management

Pharmacy Residency Program

The pharmacy residency program provides an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills a pharmacy graduate has learned during education to real patients, situation, and setting. Residents are exposed todifferent facets of practice and learn about the many and varied career paths available to a pharmacist today.

SIH pharmacy residency program is Accredited from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP) Accreditation Standards for International Pharmacy Practice Residency Programs (IPPRP).

Residency Program Purpose: International pharmacy practice residency programs build on pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions and to have a leadership role in advancing pharmacy practice in their country.

 The residents after the completion of residency at Shifa will be able to:

  • Provide pharmaceutical care to diverse patient populations.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary team practice to optimize patient outcomes.
  • Educate other healthcare professionals, resulting in improved medication therapy.
  • Provide leadership to advance health system practice and the pharmacy profession.
  • Manage their own practice and engage in lifelong learning.

Closely supervised Hospital & Clinical Pharmacy Residency program conducted under a team of experienced and qualified pharmacy preceptors and pharmacy management.

Hands-on experience in reviewing medication therapy, getting involved in direct patient care activities, and chance to work in close coordination with other healthcare providers.

All training is conducted in a state-of-the-art Pharmacy Services which is ISO certified and JCI Accredited facility. Multiple rotations in the hospital sections, Inpatient outpatient, supply chain, Clinical areas, and leadership.

 

Follows ASHP International Pharmacy Residency Accreditation Standards. (Please visit the ASHP website for details).

Shifa qualified residents pharmacists are knowledgeable, confident, professionally groomed, and can effectively play their role in patient care in any part of the world.

 

Duration:                    1 year

Batch Starts:             January

Application open:     November

Selection process:    Entrance Test, Interview, Final Selection

Eligibility:                   Fresh Pharm.D graduate with min. CGPA 2.5 (or 60%)

# of positions:            10

For further detail: ……………………………………Email at drug.information@shifa.com.pk


Department of Pharmacy Services’ Mission and Vision

Internship Objective

The purpose of a hospital pharmacy internship is to provide a structured learning experience that bridges the gap between academic knowledge and practical application in a hospital pharmacy setting. It aims to prepare interns for their future roles as competent and compassionate pharmacists while fostering their professional growth and development.

SHIFA INTERNATIONAL HOSPITALS LTD. ISLAMABAD internship opportunity provides aspiring pharmacy professionals with valuable hands-on experience at our state-of-the-art hospital and clinical pharmacy services, and a chance to contribute to our mission of delivering exceptional healthcare services to the community.

 

Internship Duration

 6-weeks

Total positions

20

Responsibilities

As a pharmacy intern, your responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Assisting pharmacists in dispensing medications, review of prescriptions and documenting pharmacist interventions
  2. Assisting Pharmacists in extemporaneous preparations and observing patient counseling
  3. Daily attendance in the lectures
  4. Clear the competency tests (at least 4 out of 5)
  5. Present at least one topic presented during the internship
  6. Participating in medication safety initiatives and quality improvement projects (as assigned/applicable)
  7. Collaborating with other healthcare professionals to optimize patient care. (as assigned/applicable)

 

Eligibility for Internship

Educational Qualifications

  • Pharm-D from Pharmacy Council recognized universities only
  • Students whose results or transcripts are awaited, are required to provide a letter from the dean school of pharmacy stating: you are a bona fide student of the university, have completed 5-years degree program while your result/degree is awaited, and it is expected that you will pass/have passed all subjects
  • Candidates having supple in any of the subjects are not eligible for internship (until they clear all subjects)

Competency:

  • Demonstrated basic knowledge of pharmacy practices, drug classification, and dosage calculations.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively within a team.

Application Process:

To apply for the Shifa Pharmacy Internship please submit the following documents:

  1. Updated Curriculum Vitae (only PDF file – Photo, and online links are not acceptable)
  2. Cover-Letter stating your interest in the Shifa hospital pharmacy internship, and how it aligns with your career goals.
  3. Letter of the bona fide student issued by your university (see eligibility)
  4. Official academic transcripts from your Pharm-D program.
  5. Covid-19 vaccination certificate
  6. Copy of CNIC

How to submit application:

  1. Please compile all the documents into a single PDF file, label it with your full name and attach with email.
  2. Write subject in email; “Pharmacy Internship Application,” and submit it via email to cv@shifa.com.pk
  3. only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for internship.
  4. Shortlisting will be based on the evaluation of submitted documents and on first come-first served basis

Closely supervised by a team of experienced and qualified Pharmacist. All training is conducted in a state-of-the-art Pharmacy Services which is ISO certified and JCI Accredited facility. Multiple rotations in the hospital sections, Inpatient, outpatient, surgical, Clinical areas, Home health services and compounding section.

 

Note: Shifa does not provide boarding/lodging or transport facilities to interns and this is not a paid internship

 

For the further details :

Call at:  051-846-3977, 3005 (Mon-Sat; 8:30-5pm only)

Mail at:  pharmacy.cv@shifa.com.pk

Department of Pharmacy Services – Shifa International Hospitals Ltd. strongly believes in the need and importance of “Life-Long Learning for healthcare professionals”. Therefore, our dedicated team of expert pharmacists regularly plan and execute continuing education (C.E.) sessions & events for pharmacists, pharmacy students and other healthcare professionals, both internally (within Shifa), and open for external participants as well. We believe that it will help them improve their knowledge and competence, that in turn will have a positive impact on the patient care.

These continuing education efforts include:

  1. Continuing Education (CE) sessions [Monthly]: These sessions cover a wide range of core operational, clinical, leadership, medication safety and other topics relevant to contemporary pharmacy practices, healthcare management & patient safety.

Live Webinar and Q&A


No fees

Certificate of attendance

 

  1. Eminent Pharmacist Lecture Series [Quarterly]: These lectures feature renowned, expert Pakistani Pharmacists and Pharmacy Leaders across the country. They share their invaluable expertise, knowledge, and professional guidance on the given topic. It is an opportunity for participants to know the and interact with the field experts, identify mentors and expand their professional horizons.

Live Webinar and Q&A


No fees

Certificate of attendance
  1. Annual Medication Management Conference – AMMC [Annual]: This annual conference and workshop are meant to achieve following objectives:
  2. Bringing the national and international experts and stakeholders on one platform to highlight the importance of ‘Medication Safety’ and discuss ways and strategies to improve various aspects of Medication Management & Use Cycle in a healthcare system.
  3. Capacity building on an important medication use related aspect, through a well-planned workshop: The past year’s workshop topics were:
    • Practical approach to implementing Antibiotic Stewardship Program in Hospital setting – 2023
    • Setting up Sterile Compounding Services in Hospital Pharmacies – Ensuring Quality and Patient Safety – 2022
  4. Promote research and provide a platform to showcase your research endeavors in the medication use and safety related themes (via poster and oral abstract presentations).

Conference & Workshop

Registration fees

Certificate of attendance

See: https://www.shifa.com.pk/ammc-2023/ for some glimpses of last AMMC

We invite all interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in pharmacy and medication safety to subscribe our CE sessions and lectures.

  • Registration is simple! Just sign-up using the link or Scan the QR Code, and you’ll start receiving regular updates about the upcoming sessions and events via email.
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  • Can’t make it to the live sessions? Don’t worry! Session recordings are available on the Shifa Pharmacy Continuing Education (SPaCE) YouTube channel. (https://www.youtube.com/@SPaCE_SIH)

Catchup on the valuable content at your own convenient time/place and stay abreast of the latest developments in pharmacy practice.

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