Pharmacy Residency Program Governance
Residency Steering Committee
The Residency Steering Committee governs the residency program. The Committee is comprised of all preceptors and select members of the Pharmacy Leadership Group. The Committee is chaired by the Residency Program Director and meets routinely to review and discuss the progress of the residents. Interactive feedback within the committee is utilized to direct the resident’s current and upcoming residency activities and to provide mentoring and guidance in the resident’s pharmacy practice. The group will recommend modifications to the residents’ schedule as necessary.
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident Advisor
Mentoring and advising are key elements of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program. Following the orientation period, each resident will select an individual from the membership of the Residency Steering Committee as their personal Resident Advisor. This selection should take into consideration shared career goals, work ethic, general attitude and disposition. The advisor to resident ratio cannot exceed 1:1. The Resident Advisor will collaborate with the Residency Program Director to complete the resident’s quarterly assessments. If circumstances arise during the residency year that warrant reevaluation of the Resident Advisor selection, discussion with and approval from the Residency Program Director will be required before any changes are made.
The Resident Advisor will act as a personal contact in all matters related to the successful completion of the PGY1 pharmacy residency program and will supplement and augment the activities of the Residency Program Director. The Resident Advisor will collaborate with the resident to develop their residency plan and monitor the plan’s progress. The resident and advisor will determine the degree of contact and involvement necessary to meet these objectives (generally meeting at least monthly). Key areas that will be focused on include: advice on projects (initiation, completion, deadlines, etc.), elective rotation selection, time management, professional interpersonal relationships and conflict, licensing, career opportunities after residency and any residency-related or other issues that may arise.
The goal in providing a residency advisor is to give the resident a specific contact, of their choosing, with whom they will be comfortable discussing any matters related to the successful completion of the residency. Residents are involved in many different projects, in many different aspects of hospital operations, interacting with many different individuals. The pharmacy practice resident may become overwhelmed at some time during the Program and may benefit from discussions, direction and counsel from their selected contact person. The Resident Advisor can provide unique insight and personalized advice to guide the resident to the residency certificate. The Resident Advisor may also act as an impartial third party should issues or conflicts arise between the resident and the director/managers of the pharmacy department or residency program.