Pharmacist laments midlevel mistakes
Who would have thought that physicians make fewer mistakes than midlevels?
Originally posted on Reddit. Lightly edited for clarity and grammar.
After working in inpatient pharmacy for a couple of weeks, I’ve barely found any errors with physician orders. Most of the time, they’re just small timing errors that I can fix without contacting the physician. Sure, residents/attendings make mistakes, but they’re usually so minor. Also, residents are there to LEARN, whereas midlevels are already “practicing medicine”.
The amount of errors I found on orders entered by midlevels is absurd. I contact at least three to five midlevels per day about how their orders are not good. Like prescribing oral quinolones for a urinary tract infection in a 97-year-old female with a QTc around 625. The patient was growing E. coli that was susceptible to Keflex...
I had a friend in undergrad who went on to become a chiropractor. He told me that their anatomy and physiology courses are harder than in medical school and that he knows more about musculoskeletal conditions than physicians do; it took a lot of self control to not laugh in his face.
I love all the support for pharmacists I’ve read on here! As a new grad, it really helps me feel welcomed and appreciated. Keep up the fight against midlevels and their scope creep.
Also, I promise that I will NEVER introduce myself as Dr. So-and-so, unlike the “D”NPs.