Focus on Pharmacy With Practice Partner Deanna Ratermann, PharmD
Deanna Ratermann, PharmD, is the residency program director and
education coordinator at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern
Kentucky. Systemwide, St. Elizabeth Healthcare offers experiences
to approximately 10 to 12 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
(APPE) students per month and five to seven Introductory Pharmacy
Practice Experience (IPPE) students per semester. In her position,
Ratermann oversees all residency and student training, as well as
pharmacy education at St. Elizabeth.
What is your educational background?
I received my Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2013 from Ohio
Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy. After graduation, I
completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in
Northern Kentucky. I also completed a teaching certificate program
through the University of Cincinnati (UC) James L. Winkle College
of Pharmacy and received credentialing as a board certified
Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
I began looking into pharmacy as a career while in high
school; I was serving as camp counselor for my hometown’s 6th
grade class trip. Two of the girls in my cabin had medical
conditions requiring daily monitoring and medications. I recall a
profound curiosity and desire to understand how the medications
worked in the body to treat their medical conditions. After a
little research on the profession of pharmacy, I found that
pharmacists make a significant impact on the quality of care
provided to patients and that the pharmacy profession had a wide
variety of exciting career opportunities.
What roles do you have at St. Elizabeth, and what do students
learn in these areas?
On top of my other responsibilities to the system, I still
maintain an active practice as an internal medicine clinical
pharmacist at our Edgewood campus. I round every morning with our
physician residents to assist in optimizing medication use for our
patients. Pharmacy residents and students on rotation with me
attend rounds and learn how to manage pharmacotherapy in patients
with a wide variety of acute and chronic disease states. I place a
large emphasis on learning to practice evidence-based medicine by
staying up to date on clinical practice guidelines. I encourage
pharmacy residents and students to become the medication experts
for the health care team and teach them to collaborate with various
disciplines to provide exceptional patient care.
What message do you hope students take away from their
experience with you?
I have several messages that I hope students take away from
their experience at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. The first is to be a
continuous self-learner, even after their 4th--year rotations! The
profession of pharmacy and the medical field are constantly
evolving and there is opportunity to learn something new each day.
The second is to learn to exercise clinical judgement based off
experience and knowledge. Not every decision made in a patient care
scenario is going to be black and white, they must learn how to
make decisions in the shades of gray. Lastly, I hope they remember
how they were not only taught, but rather mentored throughout the
month. I hope they then go out into their careers and mentor and
cultivate more promising young professionals.
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