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Resident with patientOur Postgraduate (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program requires a high level of dedication from its residents. Residents are granted a significant amount of autonomy in their positions, and often enjoy the freedom this allows them when making direct patient care decisions.

Along with this benefit comes a high level of responsibility. All residents are responsible for and evaluated against the following residency program goals. Specific residency experiences may have additional goals to those listed below.

Patient care

Provide Pharmaceutical Care to Patients
  • Assume responsibility for the drug therapy needs of patients.
  • Establish a collaborative therapeutic relationship between the pharmacist and patient and/or caregiver
  • Build the patient-specific information and drug information database needed to design and implement a comprehensive patient care plan.
    • Assess a patient's understanding/expectations/concerns with respect to their drug therapy.
    • Collect a patient's demographics, background, medical problem list, past medical history and history of present illness.
  • Identify patient-specific drug therapy problems to be resolved and/or prevented.
  • Define, in cooperation with the patient and their health care providers, individualized therapeutic goals that are measurable, achievable, and time-specific.
    • Appreciate the need to adapt patient care for diversity.
  • Through development of a care plan, outline the practitioner and patient's responsibility to meet defined goals of therapy.
    • Describe interventions required to achieve defined treatment goals.
    • Provide patient-specific drug/health education.
    • Use processes that help ensure continuity of patient care across health care delivery settings.
    • Outline a specific follow-up plan and schedule.
  • Provide ongoing evaluation of patient care.
    • Evaluate the patient's status by comparing actual patient outcomes with that patient's goals of therapy.
    • Document the status of each medical condition.
    • Identify new patient-specific drug therapy problems to be resolved and/or prevented.
    • Redesign patient care plans based on evaluation of indication, effectiveness, safety and convenience of drug therapy.
  • Appropriately document patient care.
    • Clearly document patient care decisions in writing.
    • Prepare documentation appropriate to communicate with patients, prescribers, managers and payers.
    • Document care using computer software.
  • Establish a collaborative working relationship with health care providers in the community.
    • Communicate patient assessment findings with the patient's health care providers.
  • Verbalize patient cases to colleagues using a patient-centered case presentation.

Education

Teach Pharmaceutical Care Practice
  • Serve as a role model for pharmacy students.
  • Communicate the principles of pharmaceutical care.
  • Precept pharmacy students in an experiential practice setting.
  • Self-evaluate personal knowledge and skill development needs.

Practiced-based research

Conduct Practice-Based Research in Pharmaceutical Care
  • Use effective project management skills
  • Define a research question
    • Complete a literature search on the subject
  • Outline appropriate methodologies to evaluate the research question
  • Conduct a research project
    • Obtain Institutional Review Board approval, if necessary
    • Collect relevant data
    • Analyze data and summarize findings
  • Communicate research findings by engaging in the peer-review publication process
    • Identify an appropriate journal for publication of the completed work
    • Prepare a manuscript following the journal's "Guidelines for Authors"
    • Incorporate into the manuscript relevant literature that supports the research
    • Clearly present research methodologies, results and analysis in writing
    • Submit the manuscript to journal
    • Communicate with editorial staff
    • Incorporate peer-comments into manuscript
  • Communicate research findings via oral presentation

Practice Management

Demonstrate Leadership in Practice Management
  • Participate in the steps required to initiate a pharmaceutical care practice
    • Market pharmaceutical care to patients
    • Develop a referral system with other health care professionals
    • Understand strategies for determining the value of and securing compensation for pharmaceutical care
    • Understand the contract negotiation and implementation process
  • Describe political, economic and regulatory forces affecting the implementation of pharmaceutical care
    • Use knowledge of an organization's political and decision-making structure to influence accomplishing a practice goal
  • Participate in the development and implementation of selected policies and procedures
  • Effectively participate in or lead committees and informal work groups
  • Participate in activities that contribute to the pharmacy's compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and performance standards (e.g., professional standards, statements, and guidelines, state and federal laws regulating pharmacy practice; OSHA regulations).
  • Understand the process of establishing a community pharmacy practice residency program