Sunday, September 21, 2014

Interpreting minimum inhibitory concentrations

Several previous discussions have dealt with the concept of the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) such as extended-infusion piperacillin/tazobactam (Zosyn) and vancomycin dosing in hemodialysis.  Though this concept was learned at some point, questions occasionally arise as to what these numbers represent and what to make of them when they show up on a culture and sensitivity result.  This post will discuss the MIC and hopefully address some common misconceptions.  For the take home points, skip down to the bullets at the end.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

About becoming a clinical pharmacist

In this post we'll discuss some of the basic questions about clinical pharmacists including the steps in becoming a pharmacist, resident, and clinical pharmacist and what competencies a clinical pharmacist should have.  I'll also mention some statistics to give objectivity to the process.

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