Originally Posted by Odysseus
Doctor of Pharmacy Degree
While bachelor's degrees in pharmacy were once the requirement for entry-level positions, pharmacists are now required to hold Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
professional degrees. Pharm.D. programs take four years to complete and prepare students for the technical, scientific and patient-care aspects of the profession.
Courses may include:
- Disease treatments
- Pharmacy ethics and law
- Drug absorption rates
- Patient care
- Medicinal chemistry
Pharm.D. programs also incorporate clinical training into their curricula. Through clerkships, students gain practical experience in pharmacy settings under the supervision of licensed pharmacists. The goal of clinical practice is to familiarize students with patient interaction while allowing them to develop professional skills by applying knowledge acquired in the classroom.
Graduates of Pharm.D. programs may choose to pursue additional training through residencies or fellowships. These programs generally last 1-2 years and allow training pharmacists to gain direct, patient-care experience in community pharmacies, hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
Residents may pursue training in general, clinical or specialty pharmacy practice and are typically required to complete research projects. Fellowships provide pharmacists with more specialized training in a particular field, such as biomedical research, community pharmacy practice or geriatrics pharmacology.
Doesn't sound like just a chemist to me...
I had a major stoke caused by an aortic aneurysm 3 years ago and was in critical care for 2 months, a specialty hospital for 2 months and a rehab hospital for 4 months. In the critical care unit my doctor did rounds with a pharmacist to make sure that the drugs I received met my symptoms which were flux almost minute by minute. My doctors didn't know the exact cause behind my stroke until the diagnostician at the CT center told them that I had not one but two aneurysms in my aorta. I would assume, if needed, a pharmacist could use the same sources as a medical doctor for diagnosis couldn't they?
A pharmacist might
know your symptoms, but would he know all of the likely conditions that could cause them? You are assuming that pharmacists know as much about the treatment of diseases as doctors, or that you know as much about their duties as they do, and can decide the scope of their responsibilities based on your presumption of your own infallibility.
Why is the outcome impossible? If the flaw is that there are too few medical doctors to handle the load of new patients under Obamacare, as is the premise of this argument, and if using Nurse Practitioners, PA's, and Pharmacists can help to absorb the overflow I don't see the impossibility at all. In fact, it seems a very reasonable and practical solution and therefore very possible.
You are messing with things that you don't understand, because you want a specific outcome, but no matter how often you are told that the outcome is impossible, you keep clamoring for it.
You can't accomplish that without your health and if government is not here to ensure quality of life then it has no purpose. We are capable of defending ourselves, at least collectively, nor do we need a centralized government for self governance nor for individual prosperity. And in fact, the larger the government and more centralized the greater the jeopardy to all propositions. And yet that is exactly what we did, almost, before the ink was even dry. Therefore, I go back to what I originally said:
This country was about offering people the opportunity to govern themselves, to determine their own priorities and pursue them. It was never meant to guarantee prosperity, only to step out of the way so that we could achieve it ourselves.
"This country should be about offering a high quality of life for everyone and healthcare is a big part of that. If we don't have enough doctors to do that now, and a reasonable solution is presented, then what the F is wrong with this country is those who stand in the way...Hoss..."
Obamacare isn't going anywhere whether you like it our not. When I see a solution presented that I like I will support it. If you don't like it then don't use it. I could give a F who, if anyone, you see when you are sick.