The AMC Pharmacy Practice Residency program is designed to accelerate resident growth beyond entry-level professional competence in acute institutional direct patient care and practice management. The Residency provides experiences to meet all Required Outcomes for ASHP accreditation. The program is designed to access the best learning experiences available at AMC, and is based on the systematic ASHP Residency Learning System.
Additionally, the residency experiences are individualized when possible to meet the residents' areas of interest and learning needs. Learning experiences will consist of a combination of rotational, longitudinal, concentrated and extended activities.
Emphasis is placed on progressive development of clinical judgment and professional competence. Learning experiences are scheduled when appropriate, to provide the appropriate background experiences and skills to best learn from subsequent activities.
An important goal is to help the resident prepare for their next professional step after completion of the residency program. The residency schedule is structured so that a variety of core learning experiences occur, including areas of resident interest, by the winter months when decisions are typically made regarding future professional pursuits.
Duration: 12 months
Typical starting date is on or about July 1st of each year and concludes on or about July 1st of the following year.
Modification of the start and end dates of the residency may be approved at the discretion of the Residency Director.
Accreditation Status: Full ASHP Accreditation (effective 7-1-2007)
Residency Experience Overview
Pharmacy Residents complete a number of learning and work experiences designed to achieve the outcomes and goals of the residency. Many experiences will reflect the actual work environment and occur concurrently and continuously throughout the residency. Specific rotational experiences will provide opportunity for focused learning. The required focused rotations include adult acute care, acute pediatric care, Infectious Disease, Pharmacy Practice Management. Drug Information, Resident Project/Research and Ambulatory Care experiences may be attained as a focused rotational experience, longitudinally or concurrently with other experiences.
Inherent in all experiences are the expectations that the residents incorporate, integrate and participate in ongoing activities throughout the Center and across patient populations throughout the residency.
Patient care duties will involve, but are not limited to:
Patient Care Rotational Experiences
Required Focused Patient Care Learning Experiences:
Patient Care Electives
Hospital Pharmacy Practice Experiences
Rotational: Pharmacy Practice- Central Pharmacy, Unit based pharmacy, IV Room, OR, Oncology, TPN, Outpatient Pharmacy, and Investigational Drug Service. Based on the resident’s past experiences, specific rotation in pharmacy staffing may be required (e.g., may be waived for individuals already trained / oriented as Staff Pharmacists at AMC). The content, focus and duration of the rotation will be based on assessment of individual resident’s experiences and demonstrated knowledge/skills ate the outset of the residency.
Longitudinal: All residents will participate in activities related to delivery and coordination of of pharmaceutical care (issue problem identification/resolution, communications, support of pharmacy staff, staff education, drug information…)
Residents may be called upon in emergency situations to help with staffing, if necessary. Longitudinal staffing in the central pharmacy or OR Satellite Pharmacy to a maximum of 12 hours/week.
Longitudinal Pharmacy Practice Activities (Medication policy development, administrative meetings, small project assignments, continuous quality improvement activities (clinical interventions program, medication safety, standing orders, etc.).
Develop one "Quality Management Monitor" related to the medication use system monitor and collect one set of data appropriate for the monitor. This data is presented to the monitor in the appropriate forum.
Required Pharmacy Practice Research Project
The resident will conduct one primary research project suitable for presentation at a regional (eg, Eastern States Residency Conference) and a national meeting. The project must be completed (data collection, presentation to Department, written summary in publication format) by the end of the residency year.
The resident will be provided with suggestions for potential projects as well as encouraged to pursue his/her own ideas. Projects will have useful outcomes and not be conducted solely for the purpose of academic exercise. A project write-up and presentation to the Pharmacy Department and other co-investigators is required.
The resident is expected to provide concise, applicable, comprehensive and timely responses to requests for drug information from health care providers and patients. The resident will become proficient in the use of multiple drug information resources. This will occur throughout the year (longitudinal), during learning experiences, the hospital practice (staffing) experience, and if selected, the elective Drug Information rotation. In addition, the resident will have the following responsibilities related to drug information skill development:
Required Educational Activities
Optional Educational Experiences
The resident must be oriented to, and routinely utilize medical informatics and automation in their work: