Pharmacy Practice Residency

Pharmacy Practice Residencies at the Health Alliance, located in the area, are twelve-month, structured training programs designed to develop skills and competence in providing pharmaceutical care. The specific program may vary in structure and area of emphasis based on the resident’s entering level of knowledge, skills and interests and the site selected for the majority of training. Elective rotations allow the resident to further pursue interests related to individual career objectives. Pharmacy Practice Residencies at The University Hospital, The St. Luke Hospitals and The Jewish Hospital are accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

The Pharmacy Practice Residency is composed of four major elements: clinical practice rotations, teaching activities, completion of a major project and pharmaceutical care experience in centralized, decentralize and satellite pharmacies.

During the practice experience, the resident is involved with both theory and practice of drug distribution. The resident learns the policies and procedures of centralized and decentralized unit dose systems, parenteral admixtures and ambulatory drug distribution. In addition, the resident acquires a thorough knowledge of departmental goals and is introduced to policies and procedures relating to drug procurement, inventory control, quality improvement and pharmaceutical care.

One month rotations are required in internal medicine, surgery, oncology, drug policy development, critical care, ambulatory care and pharmacy practice management. In each rotation, the resident is expected to perform independently and demonstrate an increasing proficiency in pharmacy practice. In addition to expanding the resident’s knowledge and experience, the resident develops communication and drug therapy monitoring skills and learns to solve therapeutic problems. Department members with full-time practice and teaching responsibilities in these areas serve as preceptors for the rotations.

Three months of elective rotations permit the resident to expand abilities and skills in other areas of interest. In the Pharmacy Practice Residency with an Emphasis in Managed Care, all electives are conducted in the managed care environment. The broad scope of pharmacy practice services offered provides a high degree of flexibility to pursue individual goals. The resident may use this time to broaden the base of training in a variety of clinical practice or administrative areas.

During the program, the resident must complete a self-directed project. The scope, magnitude and type of project may vary according to individual interests, but must be completed in a manner suitable for presentation and publication.

The educational component of the program enables the resident to develop teaching and training skills by participating in educational programs for pharmacy students, physicians, nurses and pharmacists.

Applicants for the Pharmacy Practice Residency program should hold a B.S. in Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy degree and be eligible for licensure depending upon the major site of their residency. Applications received before December 31 will be given preferential consideration. A personal interview is required.

In addition to a competitive stipend, the resident receives paid medical and dental insurance, 27 days of paid time-off (includes vacation days, selected holidays, educational leave and sick leave), and an educational travel allowance.

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