The Children’s Mercy Clinical Pharmacy Intern Program is designed to allow currently enrolled pharmacy students to grow professionally and academically while being immersed in a clinical hospital pharmacy experience. Clinical interns begin their training by functioning first as a pharmacy technician. Interns will participate in all duties of the pharmacy, including sterile and non-sterile compounding, dose preparation, medication delivery, unit dose packaging, and other necessary systems operations. After students are fully competent in the technician role, they will begin clinical training to advance into the intern role. Once proficient in both technician and clinical intern duties, students will typically alternate between pharmacy technician and clinical intern shifts.
As the clinical pharmacy intern progresses in their coursework, their responsibilities increase. Clinical interns will learn to interview families regarding patients’ documented adverse drug reactions. They will also learn to perform certain medication teachings for discharge patient counseling, including but not limited to: DiaStat, EpiPen, Lovenox, specialty medications, and maintenance medications for cardiac patients. These medications are life-saving, and it is essential that families (and patients who are of age) be completely confident administering and monitoring them. Clinical interns educate families on the indication, dosing, schedule, potential side effects, and other special pearls regarding the medications that the patient will need to take at home.
The interns will transition from working with the emergency department pharmacists to being stationed in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) with a PICU pharmacist. The interns will assist in recording daily lab values for patients and shadow the pharmacist during certain procedures and rounds with the healthcare team. They will continue to perform and document medication histories, adverse drug reaction assessments, and patient medication teachings. They will also have the opportunity to participate in topic discussions with the pharmacist over clinical issues, such as TPN formulations, fluid replacement, therapeutic drug monitoring, ECMO, and others, in addition to learning about medications.
Throughout the program, clinical interns have the opportunity to participate in research projects, present posters, publish articles, and shadow other hospital pharmacists in various specialties. They gain valuable experience reading and documenting in patient charts. Interns and pharmacists also meet quarterly to provide updates on projects and workflow and to modify the program as new opportunities arise.
*Note: Clinical Pharmacy Intern duties, responsibilities, and opportunities are subject to vary based on personal competency, staffing requirements, and program evolution.*
About Our Preceptors
Clinical pharmacy interns will work with a variety of pharmacists and preceptors. As they begin training, interns will work with the emergency department pharmacists. Once they advance to the next step of the program, they will work with the pediatric critical care pharmacists. Our preceptors have a large variety of educational backgrounds, in addition to years of valuable experience, and love sharing their knowledge with students. They provide interns with opportunities for hands-on experiences, challenge them to think critically, and serve as a resource for networking and advice.
Outpatient Pharmacy Interns
Children's Mercy also staffs clinical interns in the outpatient pharmacy. In addition to performing pharmacy technician duties (prescription data entry, filling, and dispensing, etc.), they also:
- Counsel patients and caregivers on new prescriptions;
- Review prescriptions - verification step prior to filling a prescription (checking that the correct patient, drug, dose, allergies, directions, etc. are listed); and
- Conduct "Meds to Beds" discharge counseling on the inpatient floors.
To apply, please visit our careers page.