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Pharmacy PGY-1 Curriculum

Pharmacy Residents Attending a Presentation

Pharmacy PGY-1 Curriculum

Experiential Rotations:

  • Orientation / Hospital Pharmacy Practice
  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Critical Care
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Pharmacy Practice Management
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Transitions of Care

Longitudinal Rotations:

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Hospital Pharmacy Practice
  • Academia (Adjunct Faculty)
  • Research and Projects

Learning Opportunities

Hunterdon Medical Center’s Pharmacy Residency Program provides many opportunities for career development. Through teaching, in-services, precepting students, and networking, we offer a wide array of learning experience.

Appointment as Adjunct Faculty

The residency program at Hunterdon Medical Center is affiliated with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  With this academic appointment, pharmacy residents will partake in the Teaching Certificate Program and assist in didactic teaching and co-precepting doctor of pharmacy students from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  The programs will provide seminars and workshops to improve and refine the pharmacy residents’ skills in many areas in academia.

Presentations

Effective communication skills are critical for the pharmacy practitioner. While residents will have many opportunities to refine their skills on rotation, the following experiences are assigned:

  • Various presentations such as disease states, journal clubs and cases or other topics of interest are to be presented to preceptors, doctor of pharmacy students, and hospital pharmacy staff.  Slides and handouts are to be developed and used. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.
  • At least one nursing in-service and noon conference to the medical staff is to be presented during integrated practice rotation. Topics will be selected in conjunction with the preceptor. Appropriate audio-visual and handout materials should be developed.
  • The residents’ poster presentation with be presented at a state and national meeting.  Topics will be selected in conjunction with the residency program director.
  • The residents’ major project will be presented to residents and preceptors at a regional resident conference. The presentation is 10 to 12 minutes long, with additional time allotted for questions.

Travel

Travel to pharmacy-related sites is an important component of Hunterdon Medical Center’s pharmacy residency. All residents are required to attend the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP) Midyear Clinical meeting, during which residency recruitment occurs. Networking opportunities are numerous at this annual meeting.  In addition to the ASHP Midyear, residents have the opportunity to attend the ASHP annual meeting to present their projects. In the spring, residents formally present their projects at the Eastern States Residency Conference. Accommodations, travel and some other expenses will be paid for professional travel to local, state and national meetings.

Professional Meetings and Conferences

Pharmacy residents are required to attend a variety of meetings and conferences, including departmental, administrative staff meetings, committees, clinical meetings, and professional meetings. In most cases, the preceptor will assign meeting attendance at the beginning of the month. In other cases, the resident will be asked to attend a specific meeting by another preceptor to enhance the resident’s education experience or assist with the development of a project. Meeting times and locations are found on the departmental calendar.

The following meetings are mandatory to those on rotation at Hunterdon Medical Center:

  • Hospital Meetings and Committees
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Services staff meetings
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Medication Management

Professional Meetings

American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Midyear Clinical Meeting. In an effort to support the field of pharmacy.  This residency program actively supports the society involvement of residents through membership reimbursement and meeting attendance. Networking opportunities are numerous at this annual meeting.

Eastern States Residency Conference. This spring conference is an opportunity for residents to formally present their research projects and provides an opportunity to interact professionally with other resident colleagues and leaders in health-system pharmacy.

New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists The annual meeting occurs in the spring and is a great way for the residents to be involved at the state level.  The resident is expected to present their research and/or projects at this meeting.  In addition, the resident is responsible to attend monthly meetings offered by the organization.

Attendance of other professional meets is based on resident interest and Program Director approval.

Research and Projects

Each resident is required to complete one major project/research relating to a specific aspect of pharmacy practice. The project may be:

  • Original research
  • A problem-solving exercise
  • Development or enhancement of pharmacy services

The results of this project will be presented at the Eastern States Residency Conference.  A manuscript or poster suitable for publication should be prepared.

Estimated Timeline

September:

Selection of a project is made by the resident and primary project advisor.  Project Advisor and the resident will be required to write a description of the project, including background information, objectives, possible methodology, and potential problems.

October:

Proposal submitted to the residency director.  A written proposal of the project with references should contain:

  • Background: This includes the rationale for the project and pertinent background information. Literature citations supporting the hypothesis should be included.
  • Objectives: A statement of the primary question(s) or goal(s) of the project should be included, along with secondary objectives.
  • Methodology: The methods for completing the project should be specified. This includes trial design, population for area to be studied, data to be collected and how collection will occur.
  • Data analysis: A description of methods for analyzing data, including statistical methods and end points, should be discussed.
  • Critical analysis: Describe study weakness and/or obstacles for completion and how they will be addressed.

November:

Presentation by the resident to the Residency Program Director of the final, written proposal of the project and timetable for completion.  The timetable will include specific time points for data collection, data analysis, and presentation preparation. Approval from appropriate institutional committees should be obtained prior to initiation of the project. If Investigational Review Board (IRB) review of the project is needed, two months for final approval should be allowed.

February:

Abstract and registration for Eastern States Residency Conference due.

March:

Formal presentation of the project to preceptors, residents, staff, and students.

May

The resident presents the project at the Eastern States Residency Conference.

June 15:

The resident submits a manuscript or poster to the Residency Program Director.

Evaluation Process:

During the year, residents will be evaluated by rotation preceptors, their respective Program Director, and themselves.

Prior to the start of each new rotation, the resident is required to meet with the rotation preceptor, primarily to discuss and customize the rotation’s goals and objectives in order to meet the specific needs of the resident. During the rotation, residents meet with preceptors on a regular basis, as determined by the preceptor and resident. Within one week after completion of the rotation, residents meet with their preceptors for evaluation purposes: preceptors evaluate the residents; residents evaluate preceptors and the rotation, and they conduct a self-assessment. Any modifications to the rotation or its goals and objectives also can be discussed. All resident and rotation evaluations must be completed using PharmAcademicTM.

Self-assessments are completed quarterly and reviewed with the facilitator and Residency Program Director. Each resident will keep copies of the rotation evaluations and quarterly evaluations in their Residency Binder.  Evaluations in ResiTrakTM are available to the facilitator, rotation preceptor, and the Preceptor Committee.

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