Successful candidates are asked to complete the Residency Entering Interest and Self Assessment questionnaires via PharmAcademic prior to their arrival for the start of the residency. This will aid residents in identifying areas of strength, weakness, and interest. These forms are also utilized in developing the training schedule and residency plan for each resident.
Customized Residency Plan
The plan is written and developed collaboratively by the resident and program director during the first month of the residency. The plan includes the resident’s interests, areas for improvement, areas of strength, current and future goals, and the plan for training. This information is used to develop an individualized training schedule for the residents. The Resident’s Plan is updated on a quarterly basis by the resident’s advisor and resident and adjusted according to the resident’s progress.
Residents develop, with guidance from the residency director and their advisor, an annual schedule. The schedule includes all required and elective experiences, research project, staffing requirements, travel, miscellaneous assignments, meetings, and time off.
Required and Elective Learning Experiences
Structured learning experiences spread throughout a 12-month period are utilized to facilitate the achievement of the program outcomes. Within each structured experience, learning activities have been developed which allow the resident to meet the program’s goals and objectives. There are 14 mandatory learning experiences (seven rotation blocks, including orientation, and seven longitudinal) and a minimum of three elective learning experiences. The program is flexible to meet the individual needs of each resident. Residents are encouraged to develop areas of interest and become involved in all pharmacy activities.
One week prior to each learning experience, the resident will provide a statement of their goals to the preceptor providing an opportunity for the preceptor to evaluate and, if possible, to design specific activities to meet the resident’s goals. Activities and expectations to achieve the goals and objectives identified for each learning experience have been developed by each preceptor and are shared with the resident at the beginning of each experience.
Mandatory rotational learning experiences and their minimum lengths are:
- Orientation - six weeks (split 2/4)
- Adult Critical Care Medicine - five weeks
- Adult Internal Medicine - five weeks
- Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Diseases - five weeks
- Medication Management (Pharmacy Administration, Quality and Medication Safety) - four weeks
- Neonatal Intensive Care Medicine - five weeks
- Unit-Based Pharmacy - four weeks
Elective rotational learning experiences, usually a total of four months, are incorporated according to resident interest and preceptor availability. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Advanced Adult Critical Care Medicine
- Advanced Adult Internal Medicine
- Emergency Medicine
- Heart Failure
- HIV Clinic
- Pain/Palliative Medicine
- Pharmacy Informatics
Required longitudinal learning experiences
The mandatory longitudinal learning experiences are:
- Ambulatory/Transitions of Care
- Drug Use Policy
- HIV Clinic
- Hospital Pharmacy Practice
- Medical Emergencies
Objectives have been selected to assure outcomes and goals are achieved through structured learning experiences. Flexibility has been designed into the program to permit individualization of the program to meet the personal interests and goals of the resident while directing attention to areas identified for improvement.