The team of Pharm D interns from University of Findlay College of Pharmacy and Marshall University, United States (US), along with Dr. M. Chandra Sekar, Fullbright Nehru Scholar 2023 & Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Findlay visited Amrita School of Pharmacy during January 04-06, 2024. The team visited the Department of Pharmacy Practice of Amrita School of Pharmacy and various clinical departments of Amrita Hospital, Kochi, on January 04 and 05. They interacted with the Pharm D interns and clinicians and had meaningful discussions.
A one-day seminar followed on January 06. The sessions were delivered by experts in the field. Dr. Sabitha M., Principal, Amrita School of Pharmacy, in her presidential address elaborated on Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, the establishment of Amrita School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice at Amrita Hospital, Kochi, and about the exposure given to the students of Pharm D program to all clinical and speciality departments. Dr. Ashwani Dhar, President-Avenida Innovations, Chairman & CEO – Think Roman Ventures, in his presentation explained the use of technology in healthcare services. Dr. Chandra Sekar, Fullbright Nehru Scholar 2023 & Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Findlay, inspired the audience through his life story. Mr. Satheesh S. Gottipati, Dean of Academics & Chief Preceptor – Vignan Pharmacy College, Aster Ramesh Hospital, shared his view on NAPLEX exam and the other eligibility exams to qualify as a registered pharmacist in the United States. Dr. Karthik Rakam, Medical Advisor-Arintra Inc USA & CEO-Avenida Innovations, described about the wide carrier opportunities available for Pharm D graduates. Dr. Gokul Sampathkumar shared his experience in Avenida Ltd. Dr. Vrinda Namboothiri, PhD Scholar, Amrita Hospital, Kochi presented on the topic-Clinical Pharmacy Training and Practice-An Amrita Experience. The Pharm D interns of Amrita School of Pharmacy made presentations on topics such as antimicrobial stewardship, emergency medicine services and clinical services towards patients on anticoagulants. Prof. Dr. M.P. Narmadha rendered the vote of thanks and the program came to an end with National Anthem. The seminar sessions were attended by Pharm D students of first to fourth year along with the US team.