Top 10 Clinical Guidelines to Review

Top 10 clinical guidelines for students, residents, and pharmacists to review before a hospital interview or rotation

Many users utilize PharmGuides to review guidelines for their NAPLEX boards, APPE rotations, or before a hospital/residency interview. I compiled what I believe are the most common disease states with guidelines that you should know to be prepared to take on most patient cases.

It was actually difficult to narrow down and I left out many other important disease states (psychiatry, HIV, stroke, infectious diseases, BCLS/ACLS, etc) but for the sake of brevity and quick review, I kept it to the ten most common disease states. Even within each disease state opens more categories to study. It’s not going to be easy but the secret to getting ahead is getting started. 

For pharmacy students about to start APPE rotations, I recommend reviewing these disease states so you’ll be mostly prepared:

  • Ambulatory care: Hypertension, Heart Failure, Hyperlipidemia, Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease, Asthma/COPD
  • Acute care: Acute Coronary Syndromes, Atrial Fibrillation, and above^
  • Internal Medicine: Community acquired pneumonia, Sepsis, and above^. As my internal medicine preceptor said, “you gotta know everything.” 

For pharmacy students about to interview for residency, there was a lot of focus on all these top 10 areas. I interviewed at 6 large academic centers and the clinical section of the interview, without fail, included some form of cardiology and infectious disease. 

  1. Hypertension 
  2. Heart Failure
  3. Hyperlipidemia
  4. Diabetes
  5. Asthma/COPD
  6. Chronic Kidney Disease
  7. Atrial Fibrillation
  8. Acute Coronary Syndromes
  9. Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP)
  10. Sepsis

Whether you’re interviewing for a hospital position or residency or studying during school, the guidelines can get overwhelming but remember life’s rules: 1. Don’t quit. 2. See rule 1. I wasn’t the brightest (ADHD attention span) but I was willing to learn and that was enough. Good luck and feel free to Contact Me at the bottom of the page if you have any questions! ~Diana

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