Core Rotations

Pharmacy Department Orientation

Pharmacy Orientation is a five-week learning experience followed five weeks later by a two-week continuance after licensure. The orientation rotation is designed to orient the resident to the general functioning of the pharmacy and the hospital environment.

The resident is initially trained to develop proficiency with the automated dispensing cabinets, narcotic distribution and management, compounding IV admixtures and chemotherapy, extemporaneous oral preparations, and other distributional pharmacy operations. The resident will also develop an understanding of workflow processes in the pharmacy department and become familiar with key hospital policies and protocols.

Once licensed, the second phase of orientation will focus on becoming competent in entering orders into the computer profile, providing drug information and performing the duties of a staff pharmacist.

Pharmacotherapy

Pharmacotherapy is a five-week required learning experience. The resident will round with the Medicine Teaching Service (MTS) teams on a general medicine floor (GMF) and/or Telemetry. MTS teams include an attending physician, a PGY3 medical resident, one or two PGY2 medical residents, two to three PGY1 medical interns, and occasionally a medical student. Other disciplines on the team include the clinical pharmacist and pharmacy student.

Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antimicrobial Stewardship is a five-week required learning experience. The resident will participate in antimicrobial stewardship activities primarily include tracking use and evaluating appropriateness of broad spectrum antimicrobials, antimicrobial dosing, and pharmacokinetic modeling.

Critical Care

Critical Care is a required five-week learning experience. The resident will round with a critical care teaching team that consists of intensivists and medical residents. Other providers on the team may include the clinical pharmacy specialist, respiratory therapist, case management, social worker, charge nurse, and the primary nurse caring for the patient.

Pharmacy Informatics

Pharmacy Informatics is a five-week learning experience at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. This rotation is designed to develop the resident’s ability to manage technology related to pharmacy practice such as Pharmacist Order Entry, Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), electronic medical record (EMR), barcoding, automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs), carousel dispensing technology, and smart IV pump technology. The goal of this rotation is to provide the resident with the building blocks for successfully working alongside a multidisciplinary team to design and maintain Pharmacy Informatics systems with safe medication practices in mind.

Emergency Medicine Shock/Trauma

Residents work alongside unit-based pharmacists to facilitate provision of medications to patients in the Emergency Department. Services provided are acute patient care pharmaceutical services, medication histories, order evaluation, and patient counseling. Primary focus of rotation is response to acute care emergencies.

Emergency Medicine

Residents will work alongside unit-based pharmacists to facilitate provision of medications to patients in the Emergency Department. Services provided are acute patient care pharmaceutical services, medication histories, order evaluation, and patient counseling. Primary focus is transitional care aspects of pharmacy services within the emergency department and pediatric care services.