Dr. Arun Verma completed both a bachelor of science in biochemistry and a bachelor of science in pharmacy at UBC. Following a hospital residency with the Department of Pharmacy at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Dr. Verma returned to UBC as a graduate student, completing an MSc and PhD in pharmacy. Dr. Verma is currently an instructor with the Faculty.
Dr. Verma's teaching interests focus on interprofessional education (IPE). He has also played a key role in co-coordinating the Faculty's annual medication reconciliation IPE event with UBC Pharm Sci's Dr. Judith Soon and Lynda Eccott (in conjunction with UBC's Faculty of Medicine and School of Nursing). Medication reconciliation is a process of identifying the most accurate list of medications a patient is taking — including name, dosage, frequency and route — and using this list to provide correct medications for patient transitions within the health care system. Reconciliation involves comparing the patient’s current list of medications against the physician’s admission, transfer and/or discharge orders. Studies indicate that 40-50% of patients experience medication discrepancies when transitioning between health care settings. This is a considerable patient safety challenge and an important topic for discussion between health care professionals.