Pharmacy Residency Program

Program Requirements for PGY1

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Residents will be scheduled in monthly rotations or in a longitudinal format. Prior to each rotation, residents will meet with preceptors to review that day’s goals, objectives, responsibilities, and expectations. Any changes in the schedule will need to be approved by the preceptor(s) and the residency program director (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

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

Major pharmacy project

A residency project may be administrative, clinical, or pharmaceutical policy and outcomes research in focus. The project is required and must be completed and appropriate for publication prior to completion of the residency program. Students will present these at the Regional Residency Conference in the spring. 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:

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

Making a manuscript acceptable for publication

To further the science of medicine, each resident will write at least one manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed biomedical journal. This could include a drug monograph, a journal article, a case report, etc. Residents will work with their RPD to come up with a topic that effectively uses their background, experience, and goals. Editorial assistance by a preceptor is required. The resident may be first author and will be responsible for submission and revisions to a journal. They should submit 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 and exposure to goals and objectives not covered during scheduled learning experiences. Some of these include working with technology, managing a pharmacy practice budget, being professional, credentialing and drug therapy management, and credibility.

Teaching responsibilities

All residents are required to participate in student training conducted at UMCNO. The extent of their involvement will depend on their desire and capability to participate in the preceptorship of pharmacy students. 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.

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

Meetings and conference attendance

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

Residents will also attend the following conferences:

  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • LSHP Annual Meeting
  • Regional Residents’ Conference

Active participation in the successful completion of a medication use evaluation

Successful completion of the program requires each resident to participate in a Drug Use Evaluation, (DUE) which will be performed in conjunction with the Residency Program Director (RPD), Director of Pharmacy, and/or one of the assigned preceptors.

Development plans

Residents can receive tailored instruction based on their unique interest(s), experiences, and career goals. They will develop a plan on entry to the program and make adjustments each quarter to address changes in practice interests and needs.

UMCNO will offer multiple educational opportunities and rotations for pharmacy residents to improve their clinical, management, and presenting skills. A resident development plan will be developed to focus on areas of identified development needs. Individual development plans will be developed for residents.

On an initial and quarterly basis, the PPD, in conjunction with the RAC, will be responsible for:

  • 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, he or she will not graduate from the program.

Completion requirements include:

  • The resident is expected to abide by all policies of the residency program, pharmacy department, and health system.
  • The resident must become a licensed pharmacist in the state of Louisiana by the required date.
  • The resident must complete their orientation training, orientation checklists, and required pharmacist competencies.
  • 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.
  • The resident is expected to complete an initial evaluation of career interests, prior experience, and areas of strength and weakness.
  • 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).
  • The resident is expected to maintain active membership in ASHP.
  • The resident is expected to conduct at least one medication/drug use evaluation and one drug class review (as available).
  • The resident is expected to participate in recruitment efforts future Pharmacy Practice (PGY1) residents, including but not limited to, the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting Residency Showcase.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Documentation of clinical interventions
  • The resident must complete required presentations throughout the residency, including journal club presentations, in-services, and continuing education presentations to various audiences (multidisciplinary education).
  • Submissions of newsletter articles
  • The resident is expected to 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.
  • The resident is expected to complete all required presentations/posters as described as part of the project(s).
  • The resident is expected to return their identification badge, pager, laptop, and other UMCNO property at the completion of the residency.

Activities required of the resident to meet these goals and objectives include compliance with rotation expectations, which include but are not limited to:

  • Meeting with the rotation preceptor at the beginning of each rotation to define individual goals and objectives for the rotation
  • Completing rotation assignments by designated deadlines
  • Scheduling routine meetings with the rotation preceptor to obtain feedback on performance
  • Informing the residency director of difficulties encountered in meeting goals and objectives or problems with preceptors
  • Assuming responsibility of the rotation preceptor in his/her absence
  • Completing assigned criteria-based assessments (snapshots)
  • 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
  • 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

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