All residents have a yearlong operational staffing commitment designed to ensure that they gain experience and can function as a general pharmacist.
In addition, residents are tasked with accepting a leadership/supervisory role on weekend shifts to build a broader array of skills.
Leadership and Management
Leadership and Management is a yearlong experience that 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.
Population Health is a hybrid eleven-month longitudinal learning experience that simultaneously exposes the resident to direct patient care in the emerging pharmacy practice areas of transitional and ambulatory care. The resident gains experience and skill in transitioning a patient with complex chronic diseases from the inpatient to outpatient, and outpatient to home care settings. Patients and/or caregivers are provided with medication and disease-state counseling and education in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
The ambulatory care component is longitudinal experience at a Capital Health clinic working alongside a PGY2 resident and preceptor. The resident works in the clinic setting with the medical team consisting of physicians, pharmacy preceptor, nurses, nurse practitioners, resident physicians and prescription assistance personnel. Each resident will spend half a year in the clinic on one weekday afternoon each week.
Teaching and Learning
Drug Information/Literature Evaluation is a longitudinal learning experience in which the resident gains competence in identifying and evaluating medical literature to determine its quality and applicability. Residents utilize literature to enhance therapeutic decision making.
Residents evaluate literature to complete a formulary monograph and /or class review and/or develop or revise therapeutic protocols for presentation at Pharmacy Committee.
Research Project/Drug Information
Research is a yearlong learning experience designed to assist the resident in becoming proficient in all aspects of research. This includes learning the ethical and legal aspects of research as well as logical clinical research methodology. The resident is responsible for demonstrating understanding of the above concepts and applying them to their own clinical research. The resident is expected to express understanding of different types of research, including retrospective, prospective, observational and interventional protocols.
Each resident selects an impactful research topic in an area of interest. Residents complete all steps in the research process, including CITI training, study design, IRB approval, data collection and analysis. The research in progress is presented as a poster at ASHP midyear meeting and culminate with a platform presentation at Eastern States Conference and manuscript preparation in May.
Additional activities include formulary and clinical protocol/guideline management and participation in medication use evaluations.