Longitudinal Experiences

Pharmacy Operations

All residents have a yearlong operational staffing commitment designed to ensure that they gain experience and can function as a general pharmacist. 

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 

Ambulatory/ Transitional Care

Ambulatory and Transitional Care is a hybrid 11-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 will gain 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 will be provided with medication and disease-state counseling and education in both inpatient and outpatient settings. 

The ambulatory care component is a 26-week longitudinal experience at a Capital Health clinic. The resident will work 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.

Medical Emergency Response

Medical Emergency Training and Management is a longitudinal learning experience. This rotation is designed to develop the resident’s ability to participate in the management of medical emergencies that may occur in the inpatient or acute care setting. 

Residents are responsible for attending all adult medical emergencies in accordance with Capital Health Regional Medical Center departmental policy. Residents will alternate the days of the week they will respond to codes to minimize the number of individuals present at a code. 

Drug Information/ Literature Evaluation

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 will utilize literature to enhance therapeutic decision-making. Residents will evaluate literature to complete a formulary monograph and /or class review and/or develop or revise therapeutic protocols for presentation at Pharmacy Committee. 

Community Health Education

Residents will organize and /or participate in community health events or classes to improve the health literacy of the community served. Events may be classroom type activities, health fairs, immunization clinics or topic specific inservices .

Pharmacy Consultations

Residents will participate in all clinical consultative services offered by the department of pharmacy, including geriatric trauma, pain management and medication dosing consultations. 

Research Project

Research is a year-long 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 will be responsible for demonstrating understanding of the above concepts and applying them to their own clinical research. The resident will be expected to express understanding of different types of research, including retrospective, prospective, observational and interventional protocols. 

Each resident will select an impactful research topic in an area of interest. Residents will complete all steps in the research process, including CITI training, study design, IRB approval, data collection and analysis. The research in progress will be presented as a poster at ASHP Midyear meeting and culminated with a platform presentation at Eastern States Conference and manuscript preparation in May.