Dr. Branch’s Clinical Cases in Pharmacology

Dr. Branch’s Clinical Cases in Pharmacology Referral Program

For prior attendees who introduce one new person who then attends BCCiP, referrer doctors will receive ¥1000 off via a discount code. Referrer students will receive ¥500 off via a discount code. Only one code can be redeemed per BCCiP session.

All new attendees referred by a prior attendee should email me at ‘bccip@jamep.or.jp’ with the title ‘BCCiP Referral Program.’ In the email text, please state YOUR FULL NAME, current affiliation, state whether you are a student or doctor and level e.g student / PGY 1, and the FULL NAME of the referrer doctor or student.

If prior attendees introduce three new people to BCCiP, then they will receive free access to one future online session. This will renew for every time three more new people attend BCCiP via the same referrer.

Let’s make BCCiP a great success!

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Clinical pharmacology is typically taught at medical school in Japan for around three months out of a six-year undergraduate programme. From a foreign-trained clinician's viewpoint, this is insufficient training for junior doctors. Many junior doctors struggle with using chemical (generic) names of drugs and instead, default to using trade names. This means that they do not readily recognise drugs within the same class because of the aforementioned use of trade names.

Junior doctors also struggle with the mode of action of medications in general. There is almost no instruction in terms:

1) drug mode of action

2) drug metabolism

3) drug excretion

4) dosing and titration

5) drug side effects

6) drug-drug interactions

7) polypharmacy and how to reduce it

Patients sometimes have reams of medications, some of which have been commenced by various specialists plus those from clinic doctors. Sometimes there are several drugs prescribed in the same class e.g. two loop diuretics, two NSAIDs, two calcium channel blockers, etc. This leads to polypharmacy, and such problems can lead to adverse events in patients.

Clearly things need improving. That can only occur by challenging the current status quo and pushing for change. Doctors’ education needs improving for the very patients that they are supposed to be serving. But by staying the same without change, nothing can improve.


Please join Dr. Branch's online teaching sessions that directly deal the above listed concepts. Such sessions look at patient problems as a whole, rather than in separate subspecialty segments. Dr. Branch actually becomes a simulated patient and takes questions from the attendees so that they can build up the history and physical examination to lead them to the diagnosis and correct pharmacological treatment.

The only way to truly know how to treat the patient is to know the patient as a whole.

Please join me HERE at JAMEP-BCCiP.

JB @ Dr. Branch’s Bedside BootCamp