CU Dental Magazine Fall 2014
By: Brenna Deutchman
Unique from the experiences of medical or physician assistant students, pharmacy students can elect to spend their spring clinical rotations at the dental school. Pharmacy students are given a choice of rotation sites throughout the community. During their semester-long rotation at the dental school, they see both the Dental Emergency and the Adolescent Clinic.
For Richard Preite, 3rd year Pharmacy student, the choice was easy.
“My Aunt Rosie was a dental hygienist, and wished for someone with Pharmacy experience,” he says. Preite ranked the dental option high on his list of preferred rotations. “I was lucky to get it.”
Of the experience itself, he says “It’s been enlightening so far. Most people think dentistry is mostly teeth cleaning, but it’s a lot more.” Preite’s seen tooth extractions, many dental procedures, and has been surprised by how intensive clinic and screening processes can be. If he sees a patient with dental issues in the future, he is much more likely to recommend appropriate dental care.
For Myvi Nguyen, 3rd year Pharmacy student, experiences in the dental clinics are among her most recent collaborative educational activities, and she enjoyed sharing knowledge of the relationship between medication and dental issues.
Last summer Nguyen was involved at Indian Health Services in Parker, Arizona, an interprofessional medical center. During that experience, Nguyen witnessed a patient in the ER with jaw pain. Three days later, the patient passed away due to a stroke.
“The telltale sign of that stroke was jaw pain,” says Nguyen. “Situations like that we learn what we could have done better. The more different fields interact, the better.”
Dental students also find the pharmacy student rotations valuable.
“I think [these experiences] will make me a better clinician,” says Amisha Singh, 3rd year dental student.
For Darin Johnston, 3rd year dental student, being involved with the pharmacy students in the screening clinic and the ER has been enjoyable.
“I wish they were over more often,” he says.
Johnston’s utilized the interaction with pharmacy students to review head and neck exams as well as show the pharmacy students radiographs, while also learning about medication interactions.
“It’s great to be learning – and not waiting – between patients.”
The pharmacy student rotations are in their second year, and will continue in the future.