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Residency Program Specifics

The primary objective of the core rotations is to reinforce key concepts and foster new skills that will enable residents to develop into well-rounded clinical pharmacists. Residents also may select from various elective rotations to match experiences to their interests. The program is designed to best serve each resident’s experiences, interests and goals. Completion of core rotations is required as they include essential training for the pharmacy practitioner.

Required Core Rotations

Internal Medicine I & II

These two six-week rotations provide residents opportunities to build on their clinical pharmacy knowledge and skills through application in the direct patient care setting. The rotation takes place in a general medicine unit with a multidisciplinary team approach to caring for patients. This multidisciplinary team may include pharmacists, physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers. Activities that residents may participate in include joining healthcare team on family practice rounds, reviewing cases of all assigned patients, identifying problems that require therapeutic intervention, consulting with physicians, monitoring patient outcomes and providing educational sessions for the professional staff.

Critical Care

This rotation allows residents to build on the knowledge and skills acquired through didactic education and advanced pharmacy practice experiences, and apply them in caring for critically ill patients. The patient population includes a combination of trauma, medical and surgical ICU patients who require a specialized level of care and monitoring that includes unique dosing and/or medication needs. The resident will develop, recommend, monitor and evaluate the therapeutic regimens for selected critically ill patients.

Cardiology

This experience-based rotation trains residents in providing pharmaceutical care in the cardiovascular patient care setting. Residents gain experience in designing patients’ medication regimens, monitoring for adverse and therapeutic effects of medications, and participating in multidisciplinary cardiology rounds. The resident will be expected to participate in cardiology and progressive care rounds, maintain organized and up-to-date patient data, discuss patient cases with the preceptor, and present on current practice interests at pharmacy journal clubs

Emergency Medicine

The goal of this rotation is to further develop and refine the residents’ knowledge and understanding of the pharmacotherapy learned on other rotations thus far. The resident will gain an understanding of how the pharmacist can enhance the quality of medical care delivered in the emergency department from patient triage to discharge in the ED and improve continuity of care throughout the patient’s hospital stay. Residents also will learn how to balance supporting both the central pharmacy and ED team simultaneously.

Infectious Diseases

During this rotation, pharmacy residents will learn about the various aspects of antimicrobial stewardship and infectious diseases consults for all levels of acuity in the inpatient setting. As antimicrobial stewards under the supervision of preceptors, residents will be involved in any drug utilization and quality improvement projects and responsible for clinical tasks, including reviewing patient profiles for rational drug therapy, participating in rounds and providing drug information.