Dr. Kimberly L. Zitko has practiced at Trinity Medical Associates since 2017. She studied at The University of Toledo where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency with St. Louis College of Pharmacy/Mercy Hospital St. Louis and her PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency with St. Louis College of Pharmacy/St. Louis County Department of Public Health. She is now an Assistant Professor with South College School of Pharmacy, and she is Board Certified in Ambulatory Care.
What can a clinical pharmacist do?
- Assess the status of patient’s health problems and determine whether the prescribed medications are optimally meeting the patient’s needs and goals of care.
- Evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of medications.
- Recognize untreated health problems that could be improved or resolved with appropriate medication therapy.
- Follow a patient’s progress to determine the effects of the patient’s medications on his or her health.
- Consult with physicians and other health care providers in selecting the medication therapy that best meets the patient’s needs and contributes effectively to the overall therapy goals.
- Advise patients on how to best take his or her medications.
- Support the health care team’s efforts to educate patients on other important steps to improve or maintain health, such as exercise, diet, and preventive steps like immunizations.
How is this different from typical allergy shot routines?
- Anticoagulation collaborative practice
- Consults for drug information (doses, interactions, side effects etc.)
- Medication optimization and education
- Chronic disease state consulting (diabetes, insulin titration, hypertension, pain, smoking cessation)
- Device education (inhalers, glucometer, insulin devices)