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Core Rotations

Pharmacy Department Orientation

Pharmacy Orientation is a learning experience 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 department pharmacist.


Pharmacotherapy is a 5-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, medical residents and medical interns, and occasionally a medical student. Other disciplines on the team include the clinical pharmacist and may include pharmacy students.

Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antimicrobial stewardship is a 5-week required learning experience. The resident will participate in antimicrobial stewardship activities, primarily including tracking use and evaluating appropriateness of broad spectrum antimicrobials, antimicrobial dosing and pharmacokinetic modeling.

Critical Care

Critical care is a 5-week required learning experience. The resident will round with a critical care teaching team. The team includes the intensivists and medical residents. Other disciplines on the team 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 5-week required learning experience at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. This rotation is designed to develop the residents’ 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.

Leadership and Management

Leadership and management allows the resident to work closely with the director and manager of pharmacy to perform administrative duties, develop and exercise leadership characteristics, practice management skills, improve the medication use process, and develop a plan for new pharmacy services.

Emergency Medicine Shock/Trauma

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. The primary focus of this rotation is response to acute care emergencies.