Pharmacy Residency Program

Program Structure & Rotations

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is a 12-month long program. Each resident's first rotation will be orientation and training in the drug distribution service components of the Department of Pharmacy Services. The December rotation is designated for the attendance at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, assistance in the recruitment of future residents, project activities, completing assignments, and assisting in the staffing areas as needed.

At a minimum, the resident spends two thirds or more of their time involved in direct patient care activities. The practice model integrates distribution and clinical activities at the patient care level and is supported by decentralized drug distribution. Clinical pharmacists cover all acute patient care areas and select ambulatory care clinics.

Residents contribute to many clinical activities including collection of data for Drug Utilization Evaluations (DUEs), in-services to the staff (e.g. pharmacist, technicians, nurses, physicians) during their clinical rotations, and medication education to inpatients/out-patients. In addition to clinical services, the residents serve as preceptors throughout the year to pharmacy students completing their clinical clerkships.

Throughout the year, residents serve on the Antibiotic Stewardship Committee, University Medical Center Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, LCMC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and other related committees. The formal aspects of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee are coordinated by the Clinical Pharmacy Manager, and residents have an opportunity to present to the Committees.

Pharmacy practice areas

The resident will participate in a total of 10 rotations (December is considered a project/staffing/Mid-Year Meeting month) and will gain experience from these rotations through working with nationally recognized pharmacy practitioners in various areas of advanced pharmacy practice. The University Medical Center Pharmacy Residency Program covers the areas listed below.

Core Learning Experiences

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Internal medicine (4 weeks)
  • Internal medicine II (4 weeks)
  • Critical Care- MICU and TICU (8 weeks)
  • Infectious Disease/ Antimicrobial Stewardship (4 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Administration/Practice Management (4 weeks)

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Staffing (inpatient care component)
  • Practice Management and Administration
  • Research project
  • Multi-disciplinary
  • Drug Information and Information Technology

Elective Learning Experiences (choose 4)

  • Critical care (Addition to CORE)
  • Academia
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Practice Management (Addition to CORE)
  • Psychiatry
  • HIV
  • Oncology Drug Information
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Anticoagulation Management Clinic
  • Burn Services

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