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 to enter orders into the computer profile, provide drug information and perform the duties of a staff pharmacist. 

Internal Medicine

Internal medicine 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.

Infectious Disease

Infectious disease is a five-week required learning experience. The resident will participate in antimicrobial stewardship activities, round with the medical service and/or infectious disease physicians focusing on the infectious disease needs of his/her patients. 

Critical Care*

Critical Care is a five-week required learning experience. The resident will round with the critical care teaching team. The team includes intensivists and medical residents. Other disciplines 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.

Neurocritical Care*

Neurosurgical Critical Care is a five-week required learning experience. The resident will round with the neurosurgical critical care team in the neurosurgical critical care area of Capital Health Regional Medical Center. The teaching team includes the neurosurgeon and neurosurgical physician assistants. Other disciplines on the team include the clinical pharmacy specialist, respiratory therapist, case management, social worker, charge nurse, and primary nurse for 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 to be able to successfully work alongside a multidisciplinary team to design and maintain pharmacy informatics systems with safe medication practices in mind.

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.

*Residents are not required to complete both Critical Care and Neurocritical Care blocks, but must complete one of the two and may opt to complete both.

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