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PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program
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About Us:

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency

Program


  • 12 month program
  • 3 positions available
  • Starting date is variable (usually at the end of June)
  • Estimated stipend: $47,840
  • Residents receive full hospital staff benefits including:
    • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance
    • Prescription drug coverage
    • Discounted membership in HealthPlus Fitness Center
  • Residents receive an affiliate faculty appointment with the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy
    • Drug information and library access

Training Site


  • Community, non-profit hospital
  • 340-bed acute care regional referral center, which includes:
    • 20-bed medical/surgical ICU
    • 10-bed cardiovascular ICU
    • Outpatient infusion center
  • Associated ambulatory care clinics
    • Diabetes and Nutrition Center
    • Employee Wellness Clinic
      • Hypertension and MTM clinics
  • Academic responsibilities and opportunities take place at the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy
  • A teaching certificate is available

East Alabama Medical Center: Mission, Vision Values

Mission


  • High-quality, compassionate health care
  • ​Our core purpose - our mission as an organization - is simple, yet important: to provide high-quality, compassionate health care

Vision


  • To be a national leader in quality, cost and service
  • In order to achieve our vision, East Alabama Medical Center has made a commitment to the continued pursuit of excellence with all of our partners to improve the quality of life for those we serve, to measure our progress against the highest standards in quality of care and quality of service, and to be fiscally responsible with our assets.

Values


  • Values define what we fundamentally believe in and are the basic principles that influence our decisions and actions on a daily basis. EAMC’s shared core values are:
    • Excellence
    • Integrity
    • Compassion
    • Respect
    • Teamwork

Opportunities:

Rotations and Opportunities

Personalized Program

Our program allows the flexibility to select activities that will complement the resident’s background and career goals. Prior to orientation, the program director creates a personalized residency track for each resident based on their interests and desired experiences. This personalized track may be altered as residents progress through the program if their interests and career goals change. Rotations are usually 5 weeks in length and are structured to provide a solid, fundamental experience, but are flexible as to recognize individual interests.

Programs

Core Rotations

Orientation

This rotation provides introductory experience in many aspects of the distributive and clinical functions of a pharmacist. The resident will become familiar with the operations of the EAMC Pharmacy Department including: policies and procedures, the Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Service (TDMS), the automated dispensing system (Pyxis), sterile IV preparation and USP 797 Guidelines. Residents will also gain experience interpreting, evaluating, and verifying orders entered through CPOE. This rotation will include an introduction to each of the decentralized pharmacy practice areas, and a portion will be an introduction to the resident's role at the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy.

Internal Medicine I

The resident will gain experience in the provision of pharmaceutical care to internal medicine patients in an inpatient setting. The practice setting will be located primarily on the 8th floor Progressive Care and Cardiac Special Care units. The resident will work cooperatively with other healthcare providers to prevent and resolve pharmacotherapeutic and pharmacokinetic problems of both acute and chronic disease states.

Infectious Diseases

This rotation provides residents the opportunity to gain insight in the management of infectious diseases and antimicrobial utilization. They will be expected to assess the appropriateness of antimicrobial therapy for patients on a daily basis and manage patients with TDMS consults. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in antimicrobial stewardships rounds, committee meetings, and staff education.

Critical Care

This rotation allows residents to gain experience in the provision of pharmaceutical care to critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). Residents will work with other members of the heathcare team to prevent and solve patient and drug-related problems by evaluating and monitoring therapy and making drug regimen adjustments. The critical care pharmacist and resident also respond to all resuscitation events in the ICU.

Ambulatory Care (longitudinal)

Throughout the residency program, residents will participate in several ambulatory care clinics. They will be responsible for evaluating patient's pharmacotherapy and recommending appropritate therapeutic and monitoring plans. This longitudinal experience emphasizes patient education, medication, lifestyle, and dietary management and an understanding of disease management to prevent complications associated with chronic disease states. The clinics that residents will be involved in include:

  • Diabetes and Nutrition Center (DANC)
  • Employee Wellness Hypertension Clinic
  • Employee Wellness Medication Therapy Management Clinic

Skills Lab Facilitation (longitudinal)

Residents receive an affiliate faculty appointment with the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. Throughout the residency program, residents will help facilitate first, second, and third year student pharmacists during several skills labs covering a variety of topics.

Administration/Practice Management (longitudinal)

Throughout the program, residents will be exposed to different aspects of pharmacy administration and leadership issues. Residents will gain practical leadership skills in written and verbal communications, conflict resolution, understanding and utilizing politics for decisions, and development of short and long term departmental goals. They will also gain knowledge in resolving pharmacy practice issues, drug use evaluations, formulary processess, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee functions, regulatory issues, and performance improvement programs.

Research and Projects

Residents are expected to complete a variety of projects over the course of the residency. These activities will help residents develop the skills necessary to conduct, manage, and complete both major research projects and other projects that will foster the ability to conceptualize and implement new pharmacy services. Additionally, residents will have opportunities to develop their communication skills by presenting research findings and posters at local, regional, and national meetings as well as preparing and submitting manuscripts for publication.

Staffing Responsibilities

Residents are required to perform staffing responsibilties one night each week (5pm-9pm) as well as a two 8-hour shifts every third weekend. Residents are never pulled from rotation responsibilites for purposes of staffing. Residents are also never on-call, and no extra holiday staffing is required.

Elective Rotations

Academia

Residents will gain experience in all aspects of the academic work life. They will learn techniques and skills needed to teach students in both large and small group settings. Some of the activities performed during this rotation includes developing learning objectives, designing assessment tools, providing constructive critiques of student performance, as well as participating in committee activities. This rotation takes place at the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy.

Internal Medicine II

The resident will gain additional experience in internal medicine to build on the Internal Medicine I rotation. The internal medicine II rotation is precepted by a clinical pharmacist outside of the satellite pharmacy setting. The resident will interact with physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers and patients to improve outcomes and prevent readmissions. The rotation allows the resident to become involved in care transitions from the hospital to home.

HIV/AIDS

This rotation allows residents to gain experience in providing pharmaceutical care to HIV-infected patients in ambulatory care settings. The Copeland Care Clinic (Montgomery, AL) offers unique opportunities for pharmacists including collaborative practice for medication therapy management related to HIV medicine and primary care with other healthcare providers. These practitioners refer patients to pharmacist-managed cardiovascular risk reduction clinics for hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, and smoking cessation. The resident may also gain experience co-precepting student pharmacists.

Long-term Care

The resident will obtain experience with pharmaceutical care in a closed-door, long-term care pharmacy. Oak Park Pharmacy serves the pharmaceutical needs of the elderly population residing in EAMC owned long-term care facilities. The pharmacy services one nursing home and three assisted living facilities. Residents will participate in a clinical role as well as traditional dispensing each day.

Nephrology

Residents have the opportunity to work with nephrologists and medical students to provide care to patients with both acute and chronic renal disorders. This rotation allows residents to gain experience in treating a variety of kidney issues including electrolyte disturbances, volume status changes, and acid-base disorders. They also provide drug information, make drug therapy recommendations, and recommend any necessary renal dosage adjustments.

Oncology

Residents will work in the oncology satellite pharmacy to gain experience in providing pharmaceutical care to oncology patients in the outpatient Cancer Center as well as any patients receiving oncology services as an inpatient at EAMC. The rotation will help residents understand the drug therapy involved in treating a variety of cancers, understanding the drug therapy used to treat cancer-related and therapy-related disorders, reviewing charts of oncology patients, and collaborating with the interdisciplinary oncology team.

Transitional Care

During this rotation, residents work with Medicaid patients enrolled in the Care Network of East Alabama to ensure a smooth transition among various healthcare settings. Residents work with patients to assess their adherence to and understanding of their drug therapy, and they play an important role in patient education. They also work with outpatient pharmacies, inpatient and outpatient physicians, and other healthcare providers to ensure that patients are prescribed an appropriate and affordable drug regimen. Residents also help communicate any medication changes that occur during the inpatient stay to the patient's primary care provider upon discharge from the hospital.

Other Opportunities

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Training

Residents are required to complete ACLS training to enhance their skills in treating adult victims of cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. ACLS is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Residents have the opportunity to educate patients who are participating in cardiac rehabilitation. They review all of the common medications that patients may be prescribed after having a myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedure, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), or a heart valve surgical procedure. Patients with heart failure or those at a high risk for coronary artery disease may also participate in this program. Residents enjoy spending time with these patients and answering any questions they may have regarding their medications.

Teaching Certificate (optional)

Residents who opt to complete the Teaching Certificate have the opportunity to complete a variety of activities that helps develop teaching and precepting skills. Through participation in this program, residents will:

  • Gain an understanding of the current issues in pharmacy education
  • Gain experience in teaching through didactic, facilitated, and precepted learning activities
  • Develop a method for reflection, assessment, and modification of teaching experiences

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How to Apply:

Requirements for Acceptance

Each applicant must apply to our program via PhORCAS. In order to be considered for acceptance, applicants must:

  • Graduate from an accredited college of pharmacy
  • Be eligible for licensure in the State of Alabama
  • Submit pharmacy school transcripts
  • Submit a curriculum vitae
  • Submit three appropriate references (PhORCAS form)
  • Submit a Letter of Intent
  • Attend an on-site interview
  • Display a committment to their professional career goals
PhORCAS

Application Deadline: See PhORCAS for deadline

Contact Us:

Program Director

  • Director:
    Danna S. Nelson, PharmD, BCPS
  • Telephone:
    (334) 528-2474
  • Fax:
    (334) 528-1534

EAMC Address

  • Address:
    2000 Pepperell Parkway
    Opelika, AL 36801

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