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PGY-1 Program Overview

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The PGY-1 pharmacy residency program at Hunterdon Medical Center is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and as a result, establishes a foundation of clinical practice that can be applied in various professional settings.  Hunterdon Medical Center Pharmacy Residency Program prides itself in developing highly qualified independent practitioners able to provide patient-centered care in various environments. Pharmacists completing this program will be capable of conducting their practice with a high level of maturity and leadership, and be able to perform practice-related projects.

Program Overview and Purpose

Hunterdon Medical Center’s Department of Pharmacy recognizes the value and need for pharmacy residency training for individuals seeking a career in hospital and health-system pharmacy.  A graduate of the PGY-1 residency at Hunterdon Medical Center will be a competent and confident practitioner.

The Pharmacy Residency Program at Hunterdon Medical Center offers a wide variety of opportunities.  The resident will accept responsibility for patient safety and optimal patient outcomes and be accountable for all aspects of the medication use process. Some of the clinical services provided by the Department include renal drug monitoring, drug interaction monitoring, patient care rounding, medication teaching, therapeutic drug monitoring, drug order review, drug information support for care providers and a focus on an integrated, unit-based model for care delivery. Resident graduates will exhibit a commitment to the profession and display professional maturity and leadership. Additionally, the resident will develop written and verbal communication skills, serving as an effective interdisciplinary team member and educator.

A pharmacist completing this program will be a competent generalist who can function in multiple roles within a pharmacy system. Upon completion of this program, the resident will be prepared to enter a PGY-2 residency, adjunct faculty position, or a clinical general practice position in either an academic or community health system

Program Description:

The PGY-1 pharmacy residency at the Hunterdon Medical Center consists of 12 months of general training and experience. The PGY-1 residency program has been accredited since 2007, and its goals, objectives and evaluation procedures are established to be consistent with ASHP standards. The program allows sufficient flexibility to adapt to the needs and interests of the individual resident, yet provides the basic foundation to develop professional practice skills.

Throughout the year, the resident will gain the following skills:

  • Provide competent patient care throughout all aspects of the health system focusing on safety, efficacy, and economy
  • Serve as the drug expert on an interdisciplinary health care team
  • Effectively teach health care practitioners, students, and the community about drug therapy
  • Become a competent written and verbal communicator
  • Apply critical thinking and evaluative skills to solving practice-related problems
  • Enhance drug information skills, focusing on evidence-based medicine
  • Improve self-evaluation and increase confidence level
  • Develop skills to become a leader in the pharmacy profession and understand the need for continual professional development
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