Program Requirements

Learning Experiences:

Learning experiences are scheduled as monthly rotations or in a longitudinal format. Residents are required to meet with the preceptors prior to starting the experience/rotation to review the goals/objectives and expectations. The resident’s daily responsibilities will be under the direction of the assigned preceptor. Revisions to this schedule based on individual resident performance, preceptor recommendations, or other factors. Any changes in the schedule must be approved by the preceptor(s) and the RPD. Evaluations are required for each learning experience in PharmAcademic and must be completed during the last week of rotation or no later than two weeks after completion of the rotation. Evaluations for longitudinal rotations must be completed quarterly with the final evaluation completed no later than two weeks before the residency is completed.

Weekend/Holiday Coverage-Patient Care Pharmacy Services:

Residents work on average two weekends a month throughout the year. All residents will be assigned holiday coverage as well. Weekends will be divided between the PGY1 pharmacy residents throughout the year. When working weekends, residents will be assigned an area to cover during an eight-hour shift.  Holidays and weekends are assigned in advance.

Major Pharmacy Project:

The residency project is a requirement and must be completed prior to completion of the residency program. The project should be appropriate for publication and will be presented at the Regional Residency Conference in the spring. The project may be administrative, clinical, or pharmaceutical policy and outcomes research in focus. A preceptor/mentor will be assigned to the resident for the project to help ensure appropriateness and completion. Documentation of the research project will include a project description (including background, objectives, methods, and resident’s responsibilities) and a final project report in manuscript format complete with results.

The minimum requirements for the project are:

  1. Submission of an abstract (to American Society of Health-system Pharmacist (ASHP) Residency Poster presentation during the Clinical Midyear, LSHP Annual Meeting, Regional Residency Conference),
  2. Up to three practice presentations of the project findings to peers, preceptors, and other healthcare professionals,
  3. Presentation of the project findings at the Regional Residency Conference and the Louisiana Society of Health System Pharmacists (LSHP) Annual Meeting poster session,
  4. Submission of final project in a manuscript form suitable for publication,
  5. Full completion of project expectations as determined by the project preceptor.

Preparation of a Manuscript Acceptable for Publication:

The resident is required to write at least one manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed biomedical journal. This manuscript may include a drug monograph, journal article, case report, etc. The topic of this written work will be determined by the resident and the RPD based on the resident's background, experience and goals. Editorial assistance by a preceptor is required. The resident may be first author and responsible for submission and revisions to a journal. The resident should submit a manuscript for publication within 6 months of graduation.

Interactive Learning Topics:

All residents will participate in topic discussions with the RPD and/or members of pharmacy leadership in order to gain experience/exposure to residency goals and objectives not covered during scheduled learning experiences. Examples of these discussions include: professionalism and credibility, credentialing and drug therapy management, technology and automation, pharmacy budget planning, etc. 

Teaching Responsibilities:

All residents are required to participate in student training conducted at UMCNO.  The extent of resident involvement will depend on the resident’s desire/capability to participate in the preceptorship of pharmacy students on experiential rotations.  Additional teaching responsibilities during the residency year may be assigned by preceptors and will include journal club, case studies and drug use reviews and monographs. 

A Teaching Certificate is also integrated into the training program. UMCNO currently uses the online teaching certificate program sponsored by ASHP & the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.  Residents who successfully complete the program will be awarded a teaching certificate at the completion of the residency year.  A separate orientation regarding the program will occur at the beginning of August.

Conference/Seminar Attendance:

Residents will attend the following conferences:  ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, LSHP Annual Meeting, and the Regional Residents’ Conference. 


The resident is expected to attend and participate in monthly Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee meetings, Antibiotic Stewardship Committee meetings, monthly pharmacy department meetings, and other meetings as assigned by the preceptor or RPD.

Active Participation in the Successful Completion of a Medication Use Evaluation:

The resident is required to participate in a Drug Use Evaluation (DUE). DUEs will be performed in conjunction with the Residency Program Director (RPD), Director of Pharmacy, and/or one of the assigned preceptors. Satisfactory performance as determined by the RPD and/or Preceptor is required for successful completion of the program.

Development Plans:

The program allows for tailored instruction for the individual resident based on interest(s), past experiences, and desired career goals. The development plan is created on entry to the program and updated quarterly to address changes in practice interests and needs.  This is accomplished through varies self-assessments and review of goals accomplished/areas where needs improvement.

UMCNO will offer multiple educational opportunities and rotations for pharmacy residents to improve their clinical, management and precepting skills. A resident development plan will be developed to focus on areas of identified development needs. Individual development plans will be developed for residents. The PPD, in conjunction with the RAC, will be responsible for the following on an initial and quarterly basis:

  • An assessment of needs
  • Reviewing the schedule of activities to address identified needs
  • Periodic review of effectiveness of plan.

 Resident development needs identified through the assessment process and achievement of goals documented in PharmAcademic and discussed quarterly as part of the RAC meetings.

Dismissal of the Pharmacy Resident:

The Pharmacy Resident Dismissal Policy will be reviewed with the RPD and signed by the resident upon entrance into the program.

Certificate of Completion Requirements:

The following is a list of minimum requirements each resident must successfully complete in order to be considered for graduation from the residency and receipt of a certificate of completion. If the resident does not successfully complete these requirements, they will not graduate from the program.

  1. The resident is expected to abide by all policies of the residency program, pharmacy department, and health system.
  2. The resident must become a licensed pharmacist in the state of Louisiana by the required date.
  3. The resident must complete their orientation training, orientation checklists, and required pharmacist competencies.
  4. The resident is expected to complete all staffing shifts as assigned, including distributive pharmacist functions. This includes working assigned weekends, and other designated, prearranged shifts during the residency year, including some holidays.
  5. The resident is expected to complete an initial evaluation of career interests, prior experience, and areas of strength and weakness.
  6. The resident is then expected to work with the RPD to develop a customized plan for their training and to meet with the RPD quarterly to review and update this plan and review the resident’s progress in achieving program goals and objectives (Development Plan).
  7. The resident is expected to maintain active membership in ASHP.
  8. The resident is expected to conduct at least one medication/drug use evaluation and one drug class review (as available).
  9. Participate in recruitment efforts future Pharmacy Practice (PGY1) residents, including but not limited to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting Residency Showcase
  10. The resident is expected to achieve for the residency all of the ASHP required educational outcomes and goals for PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Programs and 90% of the program specified elective goals and objectives. The resident must have received an achieved (ACH) or satisfactory progress (SP) rating. 
  11. The resident is expected to complete required competencies for each rotation and sign off in PharmAcademic within 2 weeks of the completion of the rotation.
  12. Activities required of the resident to meet these goals and objectives include compliance with rotation expectations, which include but are not limited to:
    1. Meeting with the rotation preceptor at the beginning of each rotation to define individual goals and objectives for the rotation
    2. Completing rotation assignments by designated deadlines
    3. Scheduling routine meetings with the rotation preceptor to obtain feedback on performance
    4. Informing the residency director of difficulties encountered in meeting goals and objectives or problems with preceptors
    5. Assuming responsibility of the rotation preceptor in his/her absence
    6. Completion of assigned criteria-based assessments (snapshots)
    7. Completing a self-evaluation of progress on rotation goals and objectives at the conclusion of each rotation (or quarterly, for longitudinal rotations) and discussing this evaluation with the rotation preceptor
    8. Completing an evaluation of the preceptor and the learning experience at the conclusion of each rotation (or quarterly, for longitudinal rotations), to include constructive criticism for improvement of preceptor performance
  13. Documentation of clinical interventions
  14. Completing required presentations throughout the residency, including journal club presentations, in-services, and continuing education presentations to various audiences (multidisciplinary education).
  15. Submissions of newsletter articles
  16. Complete major residency project as approved by RPD, mentor/preceptor, and RAC: The resident will collaborate with pharmacy preceptors and any collaborators to identify, design, execute and report the results of a pharmacy practice research project.
  17. Complete all required presentations/posters as described as part of the project(s).
  18. The resident is expected to return their identification badge, pager, laptop, and other UMCNO property at the completion of the residency. 

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