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Program Overview

Baton Rouge General's PGY1 Residency Program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the educational competency areas, goals, and objectives. Residents who successfully complete PGY1 residency programs will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership and education, and will be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.

Pharmacy Practice

Residents are required to staff every other weekend (27 weekends per year), one weeknight monthly (11 evening shifts per year) and one major company recognized holiday (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day). This may change based on the needs of the department.

Clinical On-Call Program

Residents will rotate through the clinical on-call rotation with clinical pharmacy specialists to provide support to staff with challenging patient care scenarios including answering drug information inquiries and time-sensitive, non-formulary requests.

Additional Projects

Pharmacy Grand Rounds / Seminars

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

Case Conferences

Residents will participate in bi-monthly, interactive, case-based opportunities throughout the year and will partner with the preceptor for the current rotation to develop a presentation for 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, a drug class review and two drug monographs 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 the ASHP Midyear Conference, the LSHP Annual Meeting and a regional residency conference.. Residents will also serve as co-editors of the pharmacy department newsletter.

Optional Teaching Opportunities

Residents can complete a teaching and learning certificate program through an accredited program and may also participate in the current preceptor development program
where they will be introduced to topics including developing a teaching philosophy, creating a rotation experience, and other strategies to be an effective preceptor.


PharmAcademic, an ASHP-endorsed online evaluation system, is used for all resident evaluations. Evaluations are done for each individual rotation, research and staffing component 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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