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Healthcare PlexusCall: Clinical Pharmacists as Internal Change Agents
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When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
1-2pm ET

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Healthcare PlexusCall
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT
Topic: Clinical Pharmacists as Internal Change Agents

Guest: Rohit Moghe

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For many laymen, clinical pharmacists are "the wizards behind the screen,” much of their work invisible to the public eye.

In hospitals, clinical pharmacists collaborate with physicians and other healthcare professionals, while working directly with patients. They not only round on various medical teams, but also provide various consultative services. In outpatient settings such as clinics and infusion centers (chemotherapy, biologics), patients often interact with the clinical pharmacist, who may fill a role in chronic disease management similar to nurse practitioners and physician assistants, helping the patient manage his or her condition. With their medication expertise, they are crucial in promoting safe, rational, evidence-based use of medications, impact medication adherence, and provide insight into quality of care and outcomes through research.

In 2013, the State of California passed ground-breaking legislation to be the first state to establish pharmacists as providers, with many more states to follow. As the practice of medicine becomes more complex, clinical pharmacists may become internal change agents, working with others to solve a problem or improve a process. They are active participants and help coordinate various institutional committees such as the Pharmacy & Therapeutics, Medication/Patient Safety, and work on projects as Lean/Six Sigma leaders, , working on eliminating waste, improving efficiency, and decreasing costs.. Pharmacists also provide staff development programs for healthcare professional students, residents/fellows, and practitioners. 

Rohit Moghe, PharmD, MPH, is an advanced practice pharmacist and a certified diabetes educator with a passion for public health. He received his bachelor’s in biology at Penn State University, Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Illinois-Chicago, and Masters of Science in Public Health from Thomas Jefferson University. He currently works at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a large, urban teaching university hospital. He is involved in various activities throughout the organization including patient care, patient education, staff development, research, medication use policy, drug therapy surveillance, population management, and health care technology. He has varied healthcare practice and research interests. The most rewarding part of his job is his work in the underserved population, where the best type of patient engagement occurs, through patient empowerment and motivational interviewing techniques. As a clinician who is also embarking on a leadership path through Lean & Six Sigma methodologies that focus on quality of health care delivery and reducing waste, he finds that this philosophy works very well with his yoga practice. The motto, "Less is More!” resonates well as a leader, a clinician, and a patient advocate.

Dr. Rohit Moghe will join the call to talk about his experiences as a hospital-based clinical pharmacist, and about his role as an internal change agent who works with teams of specialists to address a wide variety of challenges. Please bring your own experience and add your voice to this important conversation. 

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