Residents will spend approximately five weeks at the start of the residency year in orientation. During orientation, the majority of time will be spent learning acute care pharmacist responsibilities and the responsibilities of 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. During 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 about 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:
Each resident is required to complete rotations in a core group of acute care areas which include internal medicine, critical care, pediatrics, and surgery. This core group is intended to provide 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. Additional elective time will be available to allow the resident to further customize their training program. Residents will also be required to complete rotations in drug information, medication use evaluation, and pharmacy management.
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
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.