Residents will spend approximately the first five weeks at the start of the residency year in orientation. During the orientation, the majority of time will be spending learning the acute care pharmacist responsibilities and the responsibilities during the staffing component of the residency. Rotations are designed to enhance the expertise of the resident in management of drug therapy for acute and ambulatory patients; drug information services; management of pharmacy services; population based drug therapy; and drug policy. For each rotation, the resident participates in all aspects of patient medication use therapy including selection, assessment, monitoring, reconciliation, safety, and adherence. The resident will work as a part of the multidisciplinary team advising physicians, nurses, and patients on appropriate medication use; attending rounds and conferences; and providing lectures on drug therapy to medical, pharmacy, and nursing staff. Rotations are typically four weeks in length, but some may be longer.
Core (blocked) Rotations:
Acute Care (minimum of three rotations)
Each resident is required to complete a rotation within a core group of areas which are internal medicine, critical care, pediatrics, and surgery. This core group is intended to provide for a well-rounded learning experience for the resident. The specific patient care services in which each of these rotations will take place, either general or specialty area, will be tailored to each resident’s interest and needs.
Acute Care Rotation Options:
- Bone Marrow Transplant
- Cardiovascular Intensive Care
- Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplant
- Internal Medicine
- Medical Intensive Care
- Neonatal Intensive Care
- Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
- Pediatric Intensive Care
- Solid Organ Transplant
- Surgical Intensive Care
Pharmacy Practice Management
This rotation provides the resident with experience in management of comprehensive pharmacy services.
This rotation allows the resident to answer drug information calls that come into the center, review references, and complete comprehensive literature reviews.
Medication Use Evaluation
This rotation provides residents with the experience in performing medication use evaluations and participating in drug therapy policy development.
Residents are provided time to complete rotations in elective areas or other areas of interest. This selection of rotations may be selected from the acute care rotations listed above or from the list below:
- Ambulatory Clinic
- Emergency Medicine
- Infectious Diseases
- Pain Management Clinic
Anticoagulation Case Management Service (ACMS) clinic
Residents are required to provide service in this established pharmacist run service for managing patients on anticoagulation therapy one half day a week starting in August. The clinic functions under the use of a Collaborative Practice Agreement and is a billable service. During clinic time, residents are responsible for monitoring and adjusting patient’s anticoagulants based upon lab values and conversations with the patients.