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PGY1 Program Requirements

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Residents will be scheduled in 6- week rotations or in a longitudinal format. Prior to each rotation, residents will meet with preceptors to review that day’s goals, objectives, responsibilities, and expectations. Any changes in the schedule will need to be approved by the preceptor(s) and the residency program director (RPD).

Evaluations are required for each learning experience in PharmAcademic and must be completed during the last week of rotation or no later than 7 days after completion of the rotation. Evaluations for longitudinal rotations must be completed quarterly with the final evaluation completed no later than two weeks before the residency is completed.

Weekend/holiday coverage-patient care pharmacy services

Each resident will work, on average, every third weekend throughout the year and will be assigned holiday coverage as well. Weekend and holiday schedules will be given to residents during orientation. If a resident is sick and needs to call in, residents must contact the Pharmacy Residency Director and their preceptor(s) for the weekend. Calls should be placed to preceptor(s) and Residency Program Director's cell phone prior to 7 a.m. A VOICEMAIL MESSAGE IS NOT SUFFICIENT. If no answers, residents must call the Main Pharmacy Number.

Major pharmacy project

A residency project may be administrative, clinical, or pharmaceutical policy and outcomes research in focus. The project is required and must be completed and appropriate for publication prior to completion of the residency program. Residents will present these at the Regional Residency Conference in the spring. A preceptor/mentor will be assigned to the resident for the project to help ensure appropriateness and completion. Documentation of the research project will include a project description (including background, objectives, methods, and resident’s responsibilities) and a final project report in manuscript format complete with results.

The minimum requirements for the project are:

  • Submission of an abstract (to American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP) Residency Poster presentation during the Clinical Midyear, LSHP Annual Meeting, and Regional Residency Conference)
  • Up to three practice presentations of the project findings to peers, preceptors, and other health care professionals
  • Presentation of the project findings at the Regional Residency Conference and the Louisiana Society of Health System Pharmacists (LSHP) Annual Meeting poster session
  • Submission of final project in a manuscript form suitable for publication
  • Full completion of project expectations as determined by the project preceptor

Interactive learning topics

All residents will participate in topic discussions with the RPD and/or members of pharmacy leadership in order to gain experience and exposure to goals and objectives not covered during scheduled learning experiences. Some of these include working with technology, managing a pharmacy practice budget, being professional, credentialing and drug therapy management, and credibility.

Teaching responsibilities

All residents are required to participate in student training conducted at UMCNO. The extent of their involvement will depend on their desire and capability to participate in the preceptorship of pharmacy students. Additional teaching responsibilities during the residency year may be assigned by preceptors and will include journal club, case studies, and drug use reviews and monographs.

Residents who wish to complete a teaching certificate will be given the opportunity to participate in a teaching certificate program. This is NOT required to complete the residency program. The UMCNO pharmacy residency programs currently use the teaching certificate program sponsored by University of Louisiana Monroe College of Pharmacy. Residents who successfully complete the program will be awarded a teaching certificate at the completion of the residency year. A separate orientation regarding the program will occur in mid-July and calendar/syllabus with required attendance will be provided.

Meetings and conference attendance

Residents are expected to attend and participate in monthly Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee meetings, Antibiotic Stewardship Committee meetings, pharmacy department meetings, and other meetings as assigned by the preceptor or RPD.

Residents will also attend the following conferences:

  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • LSHP Annual Meeting
  • Regional Residency Conference

Development plans

Residents can receive tailored instruction based on their unique interest(s), experiences, and career goals. They will develop a plan on entry to the program and make adjustments each quarter to address changes in practice interests and needs.

UMCNO will offer multiple educational opportunities and rotations for pharmacy residents to improve their clinical, management, and presenting skills. A resident development plan will be developed to focus on areas of identified development needs. Individual development plans will be developed for residents.

On an initial and quarterly basis, the RPD, in conjunction with the RAC, will be responsible for:

  • An assessment of needs
  • Reviewing the schedule of activities to address identified needs
  • Periodic review of effectiveness of plan

Resident development needs identified through the assessment process and achievement of goals documented in PharmAcademic and discussed quarterly as part of the RAC meetings.

Dismissal of the pharmacy resident

The Pharmacy Resident Dismissal Policy will be reviewed with the RPD and signed by the resident upon entrance into the program.