I have an exam later tonight on pharmacy systems. When we first started these classes I was ecstatic because, as some of you may have gathered, between my business background and my experience, I know how and why pharmacies work and function quite well.
I've studied CQI, the various ISOs and I've seen every flavor of community pharmacy (the main focus of the course) that there is. It should be a cinch right?
Nope. Not at all.
You see, I know too much. How can that be? I shall explain.
The first exam we had in this type of course way back in September was about the economics of pharmacy. I had taken many Econ classes during my undergrad and feel like I have a rather good understanding of the topic. On the exam though... that was another story.
I lost numerous points because either my thought process went beyond the scope of the problem, even though it was completely correct and that they did not define the scope, or that I understood the topic better than the TA who did not understand what I was saying.
It was immensely frustrating, and alas that has been the theme for the rest of the course.
Tonight's though could be far worse. You see, the material we have been given is, at best, five years out of date. Our text talks about the 'new' use of PDAs in health care, or how eRxs are going to take off.
One of our readings is an analysis of the functions of the pharmacy... only it states that one of the problems they recognized is that pharmacists do 95% of data entry and 50% of filling. The article is twenty years old.
For the most part, this isn't the fault of the course or the professor. It is such a fluid topic, that it is hard to devise a textbook or lecture set that is current. I completely and totally understand that.
But I will be going into a test today with the knowledge that I need to dumb down my answers. I can't sit down and study a lot of this information because I know it's wrong. It's a very unusual position to be in, and a very frustrating position to be in.
To state a quote that my wife hates, it is what it is... isn't it?