Elaine Altamura

Student Spotlight

This student is featured for exemplary work during experiential education.

Elaine Altamura

The preceptor had this to say about Elaine:

HIPPE Rotation at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital

“Elaine and (Student) just completed their HIPPE rotations with me. They were enthusiastic in learning and their positive attitude was refreshing for a busy hospital pharmacy. They completed a presentation about dabigatran in pediatrics that was useful for the pharmacists and also wrote a new targeted drug review (TDR) to be used within Orlando Health.”

What was your favorite part of this rotation?

“My overall experience on the rotation was very well-rounded as I saw the different roles and responsibilities of hospital pharmacists. My favorite part was my final presentation on the newly approved indication for Dabigatran within the pediatric population. I realized during my presentation how much I learned through my rotation about the important factors to consider for pediatric patients. The presentation gave me the opportunity to complete a literature review, interpret an FDA label, and apply what I have learned in school to a hospital setting.”

What advice do you have for pharmacy students preparing for rotations?

“The most important advice I would like to share would be for students to advocate for what they want from their rotation. I wanted to practice the skill set needed to collect and assess a patient case in a hospital setting and had to ask for this additional practice. I asked the current PGY2 resident for the opportunity to review patient cases prior to going on rounds. It was an activity that I wanted from my rotation that was outside the expectations of a HIPPE student but they were more than happy to accommodate my request.”

What are your plans after graduation?

“My plan for after graduation is continuously evolving as I am exposed to new areas of pharmacy. My HIPPE rotation has helped to make my plans clearer for graduation with the different areas of specialties. I am interested in pursuing a residency after graduation with some of my areas of interest being infectious disease, pediatrics and critical care.”

What is a fun fact about you?

“I really love being part of research projects! The most recent research project I helped work on with my team was just accepted to be presented at the 2021 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. The focus of the project was to evaluate the use of Omeprazole within the pediatric population and how pharmacogenomics can affect the efficacy and toxicity of treatment.”