Required Learning Experiences

Anticoagulation
Drug Information
Management
Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease
Nutrition
Operations
Orientation

Anticoagulation:

  • The Anticoagulation Monitoring Service (AMS) Inpatient Package is a 4 week required rotational learning experience. It is designed to enhance the resident's therapeutic knowledge base and promote critical thinking skills while providing a safe and efficacious process for the care of patients receiving anticoagulants. The resident will make rounds with the preceptor for hospitalized Coumadin Clinic and Lovenox Service patients. The resident will demonstrate understanding of pharmacology/pharmacokinetic parameters of antithrombotic agents and current practice parameters by initial patient assessment, determining appropriateness of therapy based on established criteria for the service, developing patient specific care plans with goals, providing patient education, monitoring therapy progress, and providing follow up while the patient is on service.
  • The Anticoagulation Monitoring Service (AMS) Outpatient Package is a 2 week required concentrated learning experience. It is designed to enhance the resident's therapeutic knowledge base and promote critical thinking skills while providing a safe and efficacious process for the care of patients receiving anticoagulants. The resident will become familiar with the policies and procedures for anticoagulant management in the AMS Clinic. The resident will review medication histories, conduct patient monitoring (blood pressure, heart rate, and INRs), assess compliance to therapy, evaluate drug-food/drug-drug interactions, and provide recommendations to the preceptors regarding changes to therapy and return visits. At the end of this rotation, the resident should be prepared to see patients independently in the clinic and make recommendations for therapy during the weekly longitudinal rotation, with minimal advice from the preceptors on checkout.

Drug Information:

  • The Drug Information Package is a 3 week required rotational learning experience. It is designed to develop critical thinking skills in responding to drug information requests and preparing written and verbal presentations of evaluations of medical literature.

Management:

  • The Practice Management/Medication Safety Package is a 3 week required rotational learning experience. It is designed to focus on a review of the director of pharmacy role and responsibilities with a current literature review, role playing, shadowing with direct involvement that will include: Discussions on Budgeting/Finances, Human Resources, Regulatory Agencies, Risk Management, Development/Updating a Policy and Procedure, Problem/Conflict Resolution, Attending and Participating in Hospital Committees, Study and Promotion of Medication Safety in relation to current and future standards of the Joint Commission/National Patient Safety Goals, Institute of Medicine, Leapfrog and Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease:

  • The Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease Package is a 6 week required rotational learning experience. It is designed to enhance the resident’s therapeutic knowledge base and promote both critical and independent thinking skills while providing care to hospitalized patients. The resident will demonstrate an understanding of disease state management and medication related problems according to established guidelines and hospital protocols. The resident will develop inter-personal and communication skills as they participate in clinical rounds with attending physicians and assist with drug information questions. The resident will observe microbiology laboratory procedures and participate in antifungal monitoring and antibiotic subcommittee meetings if applicable.

Nutrition:

  • The Nutrition Support Package is a 6 week required rotational learning experience. This experience is designed to foster the development of or build upon skills necessary to the provision of parenteral and enteral nutrition. Upon consultation, the pharmacy practice resident will assess the need for, formulate, prescribe, and monitor specialized nutrition support based on current practice guidelines. The resident will gain experience in working closely with other practitioners, serving as an important member of the health care team.

Operations:

  • The Operations Package is a 2 week required concentrated learning experience. It is designed to teach residents the process of preparation and dispensation of medications according to existing standards of practice and the organizations policies and procedures. The resident will perform necessary aspects of the medication-use system by preventing, identifying, and resolving pharmacy related patient care problems.

Orientation:

  • The Orientation Package is a 5 week required concentrated learning experience. It is designed to orient the resident to departmental policies, provide an overview of the residency schedule, explain the learning experiences and evaluation process, and assess personal goals. The resident will undergo computer based training involving Health and Safety, Corporate Compliance, and HIPAA. Attendance at the Behavior Based Expectations workshop is mandatory and will be arranged for each resident. The learning experience is also designed to train residents the functions of the renal dosing service, IV to PO service, pharmacokinetic monitoring service, and consult service. At the end of orientation, the resident should demonstrate ownership and responsibility of the services for patients assigned.

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