Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Ambulatory Care/Population Health Residency Program

Overview

Capital Health is the region’s leader in providing progressive, quality patient care with significant investments in our exceptional medical staff and advanced technology. Comprised of two hospitals (Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey and Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell in Pennington, New Jersey), our Hamilton outpatient facility, and various primary and specialty care practices across the region. A four-time Magnet-designated health system for nursing excellence, Capital Health serves as a Level II regional trauma center, comprehensive stroke center, regional perinatal center (including a Level III NICU), and emergency mental health-screening center. Capital Health takes great pride in our innovative programs such as our Capital Institute for Neurosciences; nationally accredited Center for Comprehensive Breast Care; Center for Digestive Health; Marjorie G. Ernest Joint Replacement Center of Excellence; award-winning Cancer Center; and our Heart & Vascular Institute, which includes the region’s first accredited Chest Pain Center.

The PGY2 ambulatory care/population health resident will learn and serve as a member of the pharmacy’s clinical team, which includes a clinical coordinator and six clinicians in the areas of Critical Care, Infectious Disease, and Emergency Medicine as well as PGY1 pharmacy residents. Pharmacy services are provided throughout both institutions via centralized and decentralized operations, utilizing integrated electronic medical record (EMR) and automation technology. The resident will also collaborate with medical, nursing, and pharmacy staff to optimize the care of patients as part of Department of Clinical Integration, Capital Health Medical Group, and the Institute for Urban Care.

Purpose

The purpose of the PGY2 ambulatory care/population health pharmacy residency program (non-accredited) at Capital Health is to produce residents that possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and prepare them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area (when board certification for the practice area exists).

Our program is designed to support the mission of Capital Health: to improve the health and well-being of the populations we serve in urban and suburban communities. We accomplish this by providing multidisciplinary patient-centered experiences caring for diverse populations. Residents develop skills in patient care, leadership, teaching, and research. The program is tailored to each resident and cultivates professional development.

Curriculum

Core Learning Experiences

  • Adult Medicine—Primary Care
    • Medication therapy management (MTM)
    • Preventive medicine/adult wellness, women’s health, and geriatric care
  • Clinical leadership
    • Chief resident
    • Teaching and learning
  • Community health and outreach
    • Capital City Diabetes Collaborative
  • Opioid Stewardship Program
  • Pharmacy operations/staffing
  • Population health management
    • Transitional care
  • Research

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Dialysis
  • Drug information/medication-use safety
  • Emergency medicine
  • Outpatient antimicrobial stewardship
  • Palliative care
  • Telehealth
  • Urban health

Additional Opportunities

  • Emergency/Code Blue response
  • Pharmacy consults
  • Student precepting
  • Teaching certificate (Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy – Rutgers, The State University of NJ)

Program Outcomes

Upon completion, residents will have gained the following:

  1. Patient care skills with focus on: MTM services, population health management, transitions of care, and clinical leadership
  2. Project planning and execution skills
  3. Teaching and precepting skills

Program Details

  • One PGY2 position offered yearly
  • 53-week residency program includes one week of orientation with graduating pharmacy residents
  • Participation at American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting and Eastern States Regional Residency Conferences with travel stipend
  • Continuing education seminars
  • BLS and ACLS certification
  • Learning opportunities: committee involvement, Code Blue participation, scholarship, mentorship
  • Benefits include: competitive salary, 10 PTO days, free parking, health insurance, designated office space
  • Operational requirement: staffing every fourth weekend and two hospital-designated holidays (Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, or Memorial Day)

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduation from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree
  • Completion of PGY1 pharmacy residency
  • US citizen or legal resident
  • Eligible for pharmacist licensure in New Jersey

Application Process

  • Deadline: January 5th
  • Email the following to [email protected]:
    • Letter of intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Transcript from school of pharmacy
    • Three (3) professional recommendations

For questions about our program, please contact the PGY2 Residency program director:

Daniel T. Abazia, PharmD, BCPS, CPE
[email protected]