PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program
Our PGY-1 residency provides excellent clinical, academic, and practice opportunities. The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and features the following core, elective, and longitudinal rotations:
This rotation is designed to orient the resident to the general functioning of the central pharmacy and acclimate him or her to the hospital environment. The resident is trained to enter orders, initiate and adjust Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) formulas, and compound I.V. admixtures and chemotherapy. Meetings with the residency director and residency advisory board are held on a regular basis to discuss expectations, requirements, and personal goals for the program. During this rotation, the resident is expected to begin selecting a research project.
Critical Care - Medicine
The resident rounds daily in the ICU as part of the medicine critical care team. Common diagnoses include acute respiratory failure, sepsis/septic shock, hypovolemia/cardiogenic shock, acute decompensated heart failure, arrhythmias, acute intoxication, and acute renal failure. Common disease states/therapeutic issues encountered on this service include nutrition management, hemodynamics and physiologic monitoring, acid/base management, principles of mechanical ventilation, stress ulcer prophylaxis, prophylaxis and management of DVT/PE, basic ECG analysis and arrhythmia management (ACLS guidelines), fluid and electrolyte management, shock syndromes, acute respiratory failure/ARDS, MODS, acute renal failure, sepsis, management of select infectious diseases, antimicrobial pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, alcohol withdrawal management, and other disease states consistent with this patient population.
The primary goal of this rotation is to gain an understanding of appropriate empiric and definitive antibiotic utilization in adult inpatients using the principals of antimicrobial stewardship. Daily activities include supporting Memorial Health University Medical Center's Antimicrobial Management Program (AMP) through prospective audit and feedback, engaging in active dialogue with ID attending, and initiating AMP interventions with medical staff. The resident will also be involved with antimicrobial and microbial surveillance, patient counseling, allergy assessments with penicillin skin testing, pharmacokinetic monitoring, HIV medication management, and providing timely drug information for healthcare professionals and patients. This rotation also allows the resident to participate in daily rounds with an infectious disease consult team.
The resident participates in patient rounds as an integral part of a multidisciplinary team. The resident provides pharmaceutical care by providing pharmacokinetic consultations and drug information, monitoring for the appropriateness and cost-effectiveness of drug therapy, reporting adverse drug reactions, and assessing drug-drug, drug-disease state interactions. The resident attends morning report, noon conference, and weekly grand rounds, providing for intense involvement and exposure to a variety of internal medicine topics and discussions. The resident also has direct patient contact and plays an important role in patient education and patient counseling.
The pediatric rotation places emphasis on pathophysiology and treatment of disease states in the pediatric population within the Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah. Alternatives to drug therapy, documentation and prevention of adverse drug reactions, pharmacokinetics, and selection of antimicrobial regimens are important aspects of this rotation. The pharmacy resident is responsible for rounding with the PICU team, dosing medications, educating patients and their families about medications specific to the patient's disease state, and attending biweekly morning report and noon conferences. The resident is also responsible for a formal case presentation to pharmacy staff and administration.
The resident meets with the director of the pharmacy to discuss theories on pharmaceutical administration, budget issues, technology advancements, and other global issues relating to the department and the profession. The resident attends all meetings required by the director of pharmacy. The resident is assigned necessary projects throughout the rotation arising from discussions and meetings.
Any Core Rotation
Core rotations can also be repeated as electives.
The resident spends several weeks rounding with a cardiology team and may have an opportunity to observe interventional cardiology procedures. Instruction includes identifying patients at greatest risk for medication therapy problems, drug information, patient education, discussing medication-related issues with the appropriate physician, providing in-service education to the team, code participation, and contributing to the analysis of adverse drug reactions and/or medication errors. The resident is expected to gain advanced knowledge through literature review, topic discussion, and direct patient care.
Critical Care - Trauma
As a member of the trauma surgery team, the resident follows trauma patients in the medical, cardiovascular, trauma, and neuro intensive care units. Responsibilities include participating in daily rounds, providing pharmacokinetic consultation, recognizing drug-drug and drug-disease state interactions, reporting and preventing adverse drug reactions, and general monitoring of drug therapy. Care for critically ill patients is a highly specialized area and an increased emphasis will be placed on the monitoring of hemodynamic states, the utilization of appropriate antibiotics, and management of TPNs.
This rotation is for PGY1 pharmacy residents. The resident, along with the E.D. pharmacist, will cover all areas of the E.D., including trauma, cardiac treatment, exams, express, observation, pediatrics, admission unit, and the clinical decision unit. This rotation allows the resident to apply the clinical, communication, and teaching skills necessary to interact in a multidisciplinary emergency medicine environment. The practice environment requires daily interaction with physicians, residents, nurses, pharmacy staff, and other healthcare professionals to optimize pharmacotherapy for patients.
Topics covered include hardware and software basics, integration of clinical information systems, impact of technology on patient safety, barcode medication administration, computerized prescriber order entry, medication dispensing cabinets and maintenance, and troubleshooting of informatics systems. The resident will also participate in any testing of patches or upgrades that are occurring at the time of the rotation. The resident also helps to identify and implement a project to improve patient safety or improve workflow of pharmacy services.
During this rotation, the resident focuses on medication safety and investigational drugs. The resident participates in relevant meetings, documentation of medication incidents, safety coaching, and the development or modification of pharmacy policies at MHUMC. The resident is involved with the management of investigational drug products according to established protocols, policies, and procedures.
This rotation exposes the resident to a variety of issues involved in the management of cancer patients at the Memorial Health Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. The resident attends a scheduled medical oncology, hematology, and gynecologic oncology clinic during the course of the rotation. Daily responsibilities include providing patient counseling for all chemotherapy patients, providing recommendations for the management of chemotherapy-induced side effects, answering oncology-related drug information requests, and consulting on pain management cases. During the rotation, the resident has weekly case presentations and topic discussions relating to patients seen during clinic. In addition, if needed, the resident presents a brief in-service for the oncology nursing staff. Other experiences during the rotation include attendance at weekly tumor board meetings and orientation to radiation oncology.
This is a longitudinal rotation delegated by the chief resident. As drug information issues arise, the residents are assigned D.I. projects. This includes anything from dosage ranges to monitoring and reporting adverse drug reactions to new drug monographs for P&T Committee meetings. The residents are active members of the P&T Committee and also serve on other committees throughout the hospital as directed.
Residents will present a year-long research project at the Southeastern Residency Conference in the spring. Residents will work with the research coordinator starting at the onset of the year and will meet regularly to discuss issues and progress. Residents will also be active in coordinating sponsored research throughout the health system. In addition to the research project, each resident is responsible for two Medication Use Evaluations that are coordinated by the program director and presented to the P&T Committee.
This is a longitudinal rotation provided to the greater Savannah community. It may include visits to senior citizen centers, retirement and assisted living communities, pharmacy schools, career days at local high schools or colleges, and other consults as requested. Presentation topics include prescription drug plans, medication usage, "brown bag sessions," and other topics as requested. The residents also perform regular educational sessions in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation on campus.
Residents participate in a program administered by South University that encompasses teaching strategies, both didactic and experiential. After completion of the requirements of the program through submission of a teaching portfolio, the resident is eligible to receive a teaching certificate.
Other areas of interest addressed by residents will be evaluated by the program director and will be coordinated if appropriate with the guidelines set forth by the ASHP Standards of Pharmacy Practice Residencies.
Regular meetings are held with the pharmacy director and manager to discuss the practice of pharmacy and other issues pertinent to the profession. Journal Club is held regularly for article discussion as well as case presentation. Residents also present Forum presentations and precept pharmacy students as well as provide education for the pharmacy, nursing, and medical staff.