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Pharmacy Residency Program

Statement from the PGY1 Program Director

Capital Health’s Pharmacy Department celebrated the ASHP accreditation of our PGY1 residency program in September 2012. We aggressively pursued accreditation in the shortest timeframe possible after initiating our program in July 2011. Our program has evolved significantly since 2011, and we have continually found ways to improve the opportunities offered to the residents within our program. As stated in our mission statement, we strive to prepare our residents to practice in a variety of settings post-graduation and have the ability to structure individuality within our program to aid our residents in taking the next step toward accomplishing their future goals.

Our program is structured to offer a core curriculum of experiential rotations, including longitudinal activities with ample opportunity to choose elective experiences as desired. The Pharmacy Department—and specifically the Residency Program—are part of a culture of teaching and learning at Capital Health that integrates with other disciplines throughout the institution. Capital Health’s Pharmacy Department is dedicated to giving back to the profession of pharmacy via the training of the future of pharmacy. Capital Health preceptors train residents, as well as pharmacy students, from various pharmacy schools. It is this experience that has allowed our pharmacists to become versatile in our abilities to provide appropriately diverse training to students and residents at different stages of experience.

This dynamic environment allows the resident to develop a skill set as they balance between learning and teaching throughout the year. Our residents are challenged to accept numerous responsibilities at Capital Health, and it is expected that each challenge becomes another building block or tool for future use. We stress the concept of skill building beyond clinical education and are particularly proud of the confident leaders we have trained. As you transition to residency, you will find the bar to be raised higher. You may consider doing a residency a daunting proposition. At Capital Health, we accept the responsibility of pushing our residents to blow past their perceived limits and work beyond their comfort zones to get the absolute most out of their year. While evaluations and feedback are staples of any learning experience, residency is different in that there is no “grade” for anything. Your transcript is the skills you build. There is no limit on how much you can learn.

Capital Health is proud to offer residency positions to pharmacy learners and work with future colleagues who are driven and willing to push themselves to meet their future goals.

We encourage those who share our vision of teaching and learning to contact us and consider if Capital Health is the place for you. We wish you the best of luck during this exciting time in your life and invite you to contact us with any questions you have.

Sincerely, 
Doug St John, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Director – PGY1

Statement from the PGY2 Program Director

Capital Health’s PGY2 Pharmacotherapy Residency Program is a one-year training program designed to facilitate the transition of a PGY1 graduate to clinical specialist through exposure to a diverse patient population and learning experiences. Under the guidance of highly-qualified preceptors, the PGY2 residents provide advanced pharmacy services in ambulatory, acute, and critical care settings. Additionally, graduates of this program will be well-prepared to further contribute to the field of pharmacy through clinical, educational, and scholarly activities.

Capital Health pharmacy residents are considered integral members of the multidisciplinary team and graduate medical education program. Our PGY2 resident is trained to be a preceptor for pharmacy students from various schools throughout the country, chief resident for the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residents, and educator for the pharmacy, medical, and nursing staff. Their contribution to the institution extends beyond patient care and education, through research projects, clinical initiatives, and leadership responsibilities that drive the advancement of pharmacy hospital practice and medication safety. Residents are challenged with scholarly pursuits and encouraged to participate in professional pharmacy associations to broaden their horizon.

Our residency program leadership is proud of our past PGY1 graduates’ accomplishments and is confident in our ability to train a successful PGY2 pharmacotherapy resident. Our goal is to graduate independent practitioners well-equipped for specialized patient care, academia, and certifications. As a department, we continually strive for excellence and welcome all applicants who share in our hospital’s mission to improve the health and well-being of the populations we serve.

Sincerely, 
Kim P. To-Lui, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Disease
PGY2 Pharmacotherapy Residency Director

PGY2 Pharmacotherapy Purpose Statement

PGY2 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.