Pharmacy Practice Residency Program
The Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Memorial is designed to develop self-directed practitioners in a hospital environment. This is a 12-month postgraduate training experience that is designed to provide residents with advanced instruction in all aspects of pharmacy practice: acute patient care, ambulatory patient care, drug information, drug use policy development, and practice management. This program is in the process of ASHP-accreditation. Memorial Hospital of South Bend provides a systems-based approach with outcomes consistent with ASHP’s Pharmacy Practice Residency Standard in a large hospital, multi-campus setting:
Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams.
- Manage and improve the medication-use process
- Demonstrate project management skills
- Exercise leadership and practice management skills
- Provide medication and practice-related education/training
- Utilize medical informatics
Rotations vary in format from four to six weeks to longitudinal rotations. The rotations are designed to provide structure and guidance with the flexibility to customize learning experiences to each resident’s personal and professional needs. Emphasis is placed on establishing a personal philosophy of practice, developing leadership and teaching skills, utilizing performance self-evaluation and exhibiting commitment to the profession.
The ultimate goal of the Memorial Hospital Pharmacy Residency PGY1 Program is to produce a competent clinical pharmacist in general medicine.
To be considered for a PGY1 residency position at Memorial Hospital of South Bend, the following criteria must be met:
- Attending or graduated from an ACPE accredited College of Pharmacy at time of application
- Achieved a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or have passed all classes up to the point of application for schools with Pass/Fail assessments
- United States citizen
- Must have all the following application materials completed no later than the deadline date specified on the application.
- Application Form
- A letter of intent stating reason(s) for applying to the Memorial Hospital Residency Program (uploaded online preferably in PDF format)
- An updated curriculum vitae (uploaded online preferably in PDF format)
- One copy of college transcripts (mailed or sent electronically directly from the university or college where pharmacy school was/is being attended)
- Three letters of professional recommendation on facility letterhead (sent electronically originating from email addresses of recommenders supplied on application form – preferably in PDF)
Memorial Hospital’s residency learning experiences are designed to help residents develop the necessary skills for providing optimal pharmaceutical care to patients in a variety of care settings. The resident’s first rotation will be spent orienting and training with the drug distribution components of the Department of Pharmacy Services. During this time, residents will also begin training and demonstrating competency in Memorial Hospital’s inpatient prescriptive authority protocols including but not limited to anticoagulation, pain management, parenteral nutrition, hyperemesis, and antibiotics and pharmacokinetic consults. Core rotations length can be decreased or extended to accommodate for the residents’ interests:
Four to Six Week Rotations
- Ambulatory Care
- Anticoagulation Clinic
- Critical Care
- Emergency Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Pediatrics/Neonatal Intensive Care
- Elective Rotation — Residents have the opportunity to choose elective rotations based on personal interest.
- Elective Rotation
- Drug Policy / Drug Information / Quality Assurance / Project
- Inpatient Staffing / Drug Distribution
- Administration/Practice Management
Resident staffing commitments are every other weekend and may involve centralized or decentralized order entry/verification and/or clinical services. Residents are expected to respond to cardiopulmonary codes. ACLS and PALS training will be provided.
Each resident is expected to participate in a project that enhances the following learning objectives:
- developing criteria
- seeking approval of the criteria from the medical staff
- collecting and summarizing the data
- analyzing the results, and
- presenting the findings.
To fulfill this requirement at Memorial, each resident must complete a pharmacotherapy project, a medication use evaluation and an administrative project completed in publishable form.
Residents will serve as preceptors for pharmacy students on clinical clerkships.
The practice management rotation provides the resident with managerial experience combined with issues that pharmacy management faces on a daily basis.
Presentations to pharmacy staff will occur frequently, as will presentations at Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Subcommittee meetings. Residents are required to present a poster at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and present the results of his/her pharmacotherapy project at Western States Conference among other requirements. Additional public speaking instruction (Toastmasters) is available at Memorial Hospital for residents interested in this program.
Each resident is expected to attend management meetings, ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting and Western States Conference. Financial compensation is provided by Memorial Hospital for these educational expenses.
Applicants must hold or be in the process of obtaining a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy. Applicants must be licensed to practice pharmacy in State of Indiana by July 31.
2012-2013 salary compensation is $52,000.00. Each resident will be given 10 days of vacation / personal leave for the entire year. Nine paid holidays will also be provided to each resident.
Memorial Hospital provides individual health and dental insurance.
Memorial Hospital of South Bend currently offers two positions in our pharmacy residency program.
If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please contact:
Meddie Nazifi, Pharm.D, MBA
Residency Program Director
Department of Pharmacy Services
Memorial Hospital of South Bend
615 N. Michigan St.
South Bend, IN 46601