St. Francis Medical Center Transition to Capital Health

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Program Overview

PGY1 Program Mission Statement

The purpose of the PGY 1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Capital Health Regional Medical Center, here after referred to as Capital Health, is to prepare pharmacist clinicians to pursue positions involving direct patient care, pharmacy administration, research or academia, in an adjunct or full time faculty position.

After completion of this residency, the pharmacist clinician should additionally be prepared to pursue further postgraduate training in the area of their choice, including board certification.

This mission is in addition to resident’s contributions to the overall Pharmacy Department goal to provide Capital Health with current and proper pharmaceutical services that will fulfill the healthcare needs of patients locally in Mercer County and its surrounding communities. Specifically, Pharmacy serves the pharmaceutical needs of all patients and family regardless of age, sex, race, ethnic background, religious belief, financial status or diagnosis.

PGY2 Program Mission Statement

The purpose of the PGY-2 Pharmacotherapy Residency with Capital Health System is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

The 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.

Program Details

The PGY1 residency term starts on the Monday of the last full week of the current residency year to allow for a 1-week overlap with the graduating residency class. The program continues for 53 weeks. Throughout the program, residents will complete a department orientation, followed by a series of experiential rotations, each lasting 4 to 5 weeks. Various longitudinal learning activities are coordinated throughout the year. Residents will be responsible for completing a research project and presenting at ASHP Midyear meeting in December and Eastern States Regional Residency Conference in May. Residents will be afforded the opportunity to participate in a teaching certificate program at no cost offered by the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University.

For more information about the PGY1 program, please visit our Curriculum and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more specific details about the program.

The PGY-2 pharmacy residency in pharmacotherapy is a 53-week residency program at Capital Health that is designed to produce a specialized practitioner with an advanced level of proficiency and expertise in working with interdisciplinary teams to deliver pharmaceutical care to diverse populations presenting with varied and complex health problems. The program builds on knowledge acquisition in a broad range of disease states and decision-making skills that is transferable across various practice areas. The resident will complete a department orientation including 1-week overlap with the graduating PGY-2 resident, followed by a series of rotations, each lasting 4 to 5 weeks, with various longitudinal learning experiences. The resident will be expected to complete a research project during the residency with presentation at various conferences. The resident will be actively involved in medication use evaluation, system performance improvement projects, and formulary evaluation for the institution. The resident will be well versed in completion of pharmacotherapy consults for a variety of patient population. The resident is expected to take on the chief resident roles and responsibilities and serve as a mentor to pharmacy students and the PGY1 residents, progressing to become a leader for the pharmacy department. As part of the Capital Health mission, the resident will actively participate in various community outreach programs throughout the year. The resident will be exposed to a variety of diverse patient populations, practice settings, and learning experiences to develop into a highly qualified and well-rounded Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

For more information about the PGY2 program, please visit our Curriculum and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages.

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For questions about our program, please contact the program directors:

Doug St John, Pharm.D, BCPS 
PGY1 Program Director/Interim PGY2 Pharmacotherapy Program Contact
[email protected]