Does knowledge of human anatomy enrich us in any way in a pharmacy? The answer is a resounding yes. Knowledge of human anatomy allows pharmacists to know exactly what is needed to fill a prescription for a particular drug. It also helps to prevent over or under-consumption of that drug, and can help ensure that proper doses are administered, reducing the risk of adverse effects. A Pharmacy Tech’s knowledge of the inner workings of how a human body works not only enlightens him or her on the matter, but also puts them at a distinct advantage when working with patients in a clinical setting.
As more drugstores choose to implement computerized bar coding systems, it has become necessary for pharmacists to know the ins and outs of those systems as well. This not only helps them visually confirm a patient’s prescription when it comes time for a refill, it also increases their knowledge of drug interactions between drugs and their various contraindications. A Pharmacy Tech should be able to decode any drug name, including brand names and code numbers. While there is no substitute for textbook knowledge for a Pharmacy Technician’s career, increasing knowledge of human anatomy will put them at an advantage for a very rewarding and enjoyable career in the world of drugstore medicine.
So, does increasing knowledge of anatomy enrich us in any way in a drugstore? Certainly. A Pharmacy Technician must have great insight into how the human body works. Knowledge of anatomy also opens a wide variety of job opportunities in the field of pharmacy administration, pharmaceutical research, medical information management, pharmaceutical manufacturing, technical assistance, pharmacy marketing, and pharmaceutical contract management.
How does increasing knowledge of human anatomy benefit me, as a Pharmacy Technician? Knowledge of anatomy increases our ability to assess a patient’s drug inventory. It can also increase the quality of care that we are able to provide for a patient. Knowledge of anatomy allows us to see beyond the surface of a patient’s body to the various conditions that may be plaguing its various systems. As we gain more knowledge of how our bodies function, we are able to anticipate the needs of patients with greater accuracy.
In what ways does increasing knowledge of the body benefit us in a pharmacy? One of the greatest benefits of increased knowledge of the body is that it helps to create better care plans for a patient. It also empowers pharmacists to administer medication with greater confidence and skill. In many cases, the knowledge of the body not only permits us to prescribe medications with confidence, but it also allows us to avoid potentially harmful drug interactions with other medications or with other pharmacists.
Knowledge of human anatomy also allows us to improve the way that we perform our work. For example, in some specialized areas such as oncology, surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, and neurology, increased knowledge of the human body greatly enhances our ability to provide optimal patient care. With increased knowledge of anatomy we are also able to perform our work in a safer manner. This can reduce unnecessary surgery, increase surgical scars, reduce pain during surgeries and increase overall therapeutic healing time. As knowledge of human anatomy grows, so too do our capabilities as pharmacists.
What about Sex? Does increasing knowledge of the body have implications for the development of sexual identity? Not necessarily. While many would argue that knowledge of anatomy and gender are independent concepts, others would disagree. The most common argument is, “One gender is just as healthy as the other,” and that there are no differences between the sexes. This particular argument is certainly arguable, but even if there are no gender differences in health, there are clearly obvious differences in physical attributes (such as height and muscle tone).
So, does knowledge of the body necessarily make us more knowledgeable about medicine? In my opinion, the answer is no. Knowledge of the body can help improve our performance in many areas of medicine, but to say that knowledge of anatomy necessarily encompasses all areas of medical knowledge is a little extreme. However, I do believe that understanding how the body works, and how the different parts interrelate, can enhance both your knowledge of the body and your knowledge of medicine.