I am a general physician and clinical pharmacologist at Wellington Hospital. I spend about half of my time as a hospital clinical pharmacologist, trying to educate the most junior prescribers how not to harm patients with very potent drugs. Sometimes I am successful. I also educate the next generation of prescribers via my role as a senior lecturer at OUW.
In my role as a general physician I frequently see frail elderly patients admitted with a “geriatric syndrome”, and have spent much of the last couple of years trying to pick apart the evidence around whether we are curing/caring or killing our patients by treating frail elderly patients with treatment regimens tested on 50yos with single organ disease.
In my spare time I do some work for PHARMAC, the Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee of the Ministry of Health, and the Standing Committee on Clinical Trials.
Prescribing In The Frail – Less Is Best, But Choose Your Poison Wisely