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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.

In addition, residents are tasked with accepting a leadership/supervisory role on weekend shifts to build a broader array of skills.

Population Health

Population Health 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 settings, 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 longitudinal experience at a Capital Health clinic working alongside a PGY2 resident and preceptor. 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.

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 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.

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 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.

Additional activities include formulary and clinical protocol/guideline management and participation in medication use evaluations.

Formulary Management and Medication Use /Safety

Formulary Management and Medication Use/Safety is a required longitudinal experience aimed at providing the resident with a working understanding of how regulatory and legal standards and safety standards impact the manner in which pharmacy services and medication usage is structured in an institution.

Residents will become proficient in the processes involved with reviewing and making decisions related to formulary status including restrictions for use and evaluation of usage of formulary medications.