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Sisca Addresses Clinical Pharmacy Conference in Saudi Arabia
June 1st, 2007

Clinical pharmacist Dr. Thomas Sisca, antithrombosis specialist for Shore Health System's Antithrombosis Services CoumadinĀ® Clinic (left), pictured at the Saudi Aramco Oil Company Museum in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia with Dr. Jean Dib (center), pharmacy supervisor for Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization and a past pharmacotherapy specialty resident at Shore Health System, and Dr. Terry L. Schwinghammer, professor and chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy for the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy.

Thomas Sisca, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, clinical pharmacist and antithrombosis specialist for Shore Health System's Antithrombosis Services CoumadinĀ® Clinic, was invited to speak at the Clinical Pharmacy Conference in Saudi Arabia. The March 2007 conference, titled "A Quest for Optimal Pharmacotherapy," was held at Dhahran Health Center, a 390-bed tertiary care center established in 1949. The Center is part of Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization, which services over 350,000 employees and their dependents. Attendees at the conference included physicians, pharmacists and nurses from all over Saudi Arabia.

In his lecture about the pharmacist's role in the ambulatory care setting, Dr. Sisca presented an overview of warfarin (CoumadinĀ®) management and the role of the pharmacists at Shore Health System in regulating and improving outcomes for patients on antithrombosis therapy. He also discussed the development of clinical pharmacy services over the past 35 years at The Memorial Hospital at Easton and Dorchester General Hospital. Dr. Sisca's other lectures addressed medication use in interventional cardiology and updates in the prevention of TIA (transient ischemic attacks) and stroke.

Commenting on his experience, Dr. Sisca says, "I was impressed with the hospitality provided to me by members of the pharmacy, administration and medical staff of the Saudi Aramco Medical Services Hospital. To be able to act as a role model and see the excitement in the eyes of the clinical pharmacists, physicians and nurses about the expanding roles of the clinical pharmacist in Saudi Arabia was truly one of the highlights of my career."

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