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PSHP Member Spotlight – Neela Bhajandas, BS, PharmD

Friday, October 20, 2017  
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Neela Bhajandas, BS, PharmD. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Temple University School of Pharmacy (TUSP).  Her specialty area of practice is critical care at Temple University Hospital (TUH).  Dr. Bhajandas practiced as the critical care pharmacy specialist in the Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (MRICU) for 9 years, and recently switched over to the Emergency Department with a focus on transitions of care and prevention of adverse drug events.  One of her favorite aspects about the Emergency Department is that it is a mixture of acute and ambulatory care and every day brings on new challenges.  She has a passion for teaching and loves to work with pharmacy students and residents.  She currently precepts APPE PY4 students and pharmacy residents in the Emergency Department, and teaches PY2 and PY3 didactic lectures at the School of Pharmacy with a focus on pulmonary and critical care topics.  She co-coordinates and started the critical care elective at TUSP.  Her career includes experience in critical care, diabetes, pulmonary, simulation, transition of care, and emergency medicine.

Dr. Bhajandas earned her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University Sciences of Philadelphia, where she received the “Outstanding Student of the Year Award.”  She then worked as a Community Pharmacist, for Rite-Aid Pharmacy, where she won the “Favorite Pharmacist of the Year Award,” prior to completing a PGY-1 residency at Memorial Medical Center, Conemaugh Health System.  Shortly afterwards, Dr. Bhajandas became the Critical Care Clinical Specialist in the Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit at Temple University Hospital where she worked on various hospital protocols and guidelines such as Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Hypothermic protocol, Neuromuscular Blocker Continuous Infusion, Pain, Agitation, and Delirium MRICU guidelines, and continuous insulin infusion guidelines.   She also served as a PGY-1 residency advisor and preceptor to PGY-1 residents and pharmacy students.   In addition to teaching didactic lectures to pharmacy students, Dr. Bhajandas has taught in the TUH Critical Care Nursing Course (Pain, Agitation, and Delirium and Neuromuscular Blockade in the Critically Ill), Co-instructor for the Pharmacy Technician Course (District 1199C Training Fund), and has taught Physicians Assistants in the Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics Course at Philadelphia University. She has contributed to various chapters and is published in two textbooks.  Dr. Bhajandas is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Societies of Health-System Pharmacists. 

She currently serves as a Board of Director for Delaware Valley Society of Health-System Pharmacists (DVSHP) and participates on their Membership and Constitution and By-Laws Committee.  Dr. Bhajandas recently presented at the PSHP Annual Assembly at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort on “Updates to Sepsis and Septic Shock Guidelines.” She is very excited to become involved in PSHP on their Public Relations Committee, and believes that both organizations play a vital role in advocacy within the profession especially during this exciting time for pharmacy!

Neela Bhajandas, PharmD.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Temple University School of Pharmacy
Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist, Temple University Hospital

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