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Program Overview

While functioning as integral members of the health care team, residents are equipped with the knowledge and skills to meet the daily demands of pharmacy practice. Residents learn to solve practice-related problems through critical thinking and evaluative skills, are effective educators of other health care professionals and patients, and develop a commitment to the profession of pharmacy and life-long learning.

Staffing

Residents are required to staff every other weekend and are required to staff one of the company-recognized holidays (Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day). These requirements may be changed based on the needs of the department.

Activities include, but are not limited to, verifying patient-specific orders and medications, providing pharmacokinetic consults when requested, answering in-depth drug information questions, attending all adult codes as the pharmacy member of the code team, providing patient education, and resolving pharmacotherapy situations as needed.

Clinical On-Call Program

Residents rotate through the clinical pharmacist's on-call rotation and support the staff in answering drug information and time-sensitive non-formulary requests. Residents are supported by a back-up on call clinical pharmacist who will help assist in navigating difficult scenarios.

Longitudinal Rotations and Additional Projects

Pharmacy Grand Rounds

Formal topic discussions that are open to pharmacy staff, physicians, medical residents, and other members of the healthcare team. Residents will work with a mentor to develop an hour-long educational session on a controversial or relevant disease state topic.

Case Conferences

Bi-monthly, interactive, case-based opportunities that the residents will participate in throughout the year. The resident will partner with the preceptor for the current rotation to develop a presentation that is attended by the members of the pharmacy team.

Research / Publication

Residents will be required to participate in multiple projects throughout the year including a medication-use evaluation and a drug monograph which will be presented at the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting. Residents will also be required to complete a research project that will be presented at ASHP Midyear Conference and at the Alcalde Southwest Leadership Conference.

Teaching Opportunities

Residents are offered the opportunity to pursue a Teaching and Learning Certificate Program through an accredited program. The residents also participate in our current preceptor development program where they will be provided guidance on numerous topics including developing a teaching philosophy, creating a rotation experience, and other strategies to promote being an effective preceptor.

Evaluations

PharmAcademic, an ASHP-endorsed online evaluation system, is used for all resident evaluations. Evaluations are done for each individual rotation, as well as presentations, research and staffing components of the program. Additionally, quarterly evaluations are held with the program director, coordinator and/or mentor to ensure progress on long term goals.

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