Pharmacy Residency Program Features

The residency program commences with a two-week introductory period to help the residents acclimate to the organization, the department, the program and their new role. This brief, initial orientation is followed by a rotation, after-which orientation resumes with four additional weeks of training and exposure to the various practice components of the department, committees/teams, policies and procedures, computers/automation and expectations. Residents will be trained in the daily operations, distribution and staffing duties of the department. Residents will also complete orientation and training for sterile product preparation and code response.

Hospital Pharmacy Practice

Each resident is required to complete a pharmacy practice component of the residency program. This service component, often referred to as staffing, is crucial to the development of professional practice and distribution skills to ensure provision of safe and effective pharmaceutical care. Through this longitudinal experience, you will develop insight into the operations, policies and procedures of the acute care facility.

The service component of the residency program is fulfilled by each resident staffing every third weekend, every third Friday evening and two holidays (including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Memorial Day) throughout the year. The program complies with Pharmacy-Specific Duty Hours Requirements, taking regular residency hours as well as service hours into consideration.

Project/Research

Each resident is responsible for the completion of a residency project. You must select the topic and have it approved by the Residency Steering Committee by September 1 of the residency year. You will be assigned a preceptor who will guide your work. You will be provided with a list of project ideas during the orientation period, but may propose original project ideas as well. You will be required to present project proposals to the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval. Organizational and departmental mission, values, and strategic initiatives are taken into account when selecting projects.

You are encouraged to submit the project as a work in progress for poster presentation at the ASHP Midyear Meeting. Presentation of the completed project (preferably as a podium presentation) at the Eastern States Residency Conference is required.

Medication Use Evaluation

Each resident is required to participate in at least one Medication Use Evaluation (MUE). MUEs are conducted in support of patient care at Reading Hospital. Residents participating in MUEs will follow the policies and procedures determined by the IRB. Satisfactory performance as determined by the Residency Program Director or designee is required for successful completion of this requirement.

A completed MUE may be submitted as a poster presentation at the ASHP Midyear Meeting in lieu of the research project work in progress.

Participation on Teams and Committees

Each resident is required to participate on the Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee. You will share the responsibility of taking minutes for P&T meetings and preparing quarterly newsletters for distribution throughout the system. Each resident will prepare and present at least one drug monograph for formulary review. You will also be required to present a summary evaluation of your MUE and any resulting recommendations to the P&T Committee.

Each resident is expected to play an active role on the Pharmacy Medication Safety Team in order to provide residents with the opportunity to better understand the QI process and how it impacts the functioning of the pharmacy department as well as patient care within Reading Hospital.

Quality Improvement/Process Improvement

You will be afforded numerous opportunities to be involved and gain direct experience in quality and process improvement initiatives through required experiences including the resident project, Medication Utilization Evaluation, Medication Management (Pharmacy Administration and Quality Improvement) Rotation, and participation on the P&T Committee and the Pharmacy Medication Safety Team. Additional opportunities exist to participate in departmental and institutional initiatives and to collaborate on Continuous Quality Improvement projects with medical residents.

Teaching/Precepting

Pharmacy residents complete the University of Connecticut Teaching and Learning certificate program. Each resident is expected to formally present a minimum of one in-service program and two research articles to the Department of Pharmacy during the residency program. These requirements are designed to improve your literature evaluation, biomedical statistics, communication, and presentation skills. Residents prepare and conduct educational presentations for various audiences throughout the hospital and community.

You will assist and support preceptors to pharmacy students completing their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience clinical rotations at Reading Hospital. You are expected to attend all student presentations.

You should also attend noon conferences, departmental grand rounds, and other educational conferences offered throughout Reading Hospital whenever the schedule permits.

Participation in Recruitment Efforts

Each resident will assist the department in recruiting new residents to the program. Because you are a valuable source of information and advice for prospective candidates, time will be scheduled during the interview process for interviewees to interact with current residents. Each resident is also required to spend time providing information to potential candidates during the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and at Residency Showcases, as appropriate.