Pharmacy Residency

PGY-1 PHARMACY RESIDENCY PROGRAM

  • Three pharmacy resident positions annually
  • Start date: July 1st
  • ASHP accredited

PROGRAM PURPOSE

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Saint Vincent Hospital is designed to develop skills in acute patient care, drug information, pharmacy systems and leadership. Upon successful completion of the residency, the resident should be prepared to work as an independent practitioner.

The residency provides an opportunity to develop skills while working in a collaborative environment involving pharmacy, nursing and the medical staff. The pharmacy resident will provide patient care through pharmacy staffing, pharmacokinetics, disease state management, and pharmacy consultative services.  The resident will provide educational programs to pharmacy, nursing, medical staff and the community. The resident will also have involvement in drug information, quality improvement activities, pharmacy distribution, automated medication delivery systems, use of electronic software, database management, and administrative and regulatory activities (e.g., JCAHO survey preparation). The resident will also be required to complete a project during the residency.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • Manage and improve the medication-use process
  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills
  • Demonstrate project management skills
  • Provide medications and practice-related education/training
  • Utilize medical informatics

STANDARD ROTATION SCHEDULE

Required:

  • Pharmacy Practice (Distribution/Orientation)
  • Pharmacy Consultative Services/Collaborative Practice 
  • Internal Medicine (2 rotations)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatrics/NICU
  • Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Medication Safety
  • Staffing

Elective Rotations (one rotation):

  • Teaching/Academia
  • Palliative Care/Pain Management
  • Advanced Critical Care
  • Nutrition
  • Medication Use/Outcome Assessment
    Resident may also complete an additional rotation in a Required area.

SAINT VINCENT DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACY SERVICES
The Saint Vincent Department of Pharmacy currently employs 48 full-time equivalents with 24 pharmacists and 24 supportive personnel. This staff includes the director of pharmacy, 16 staff pharmacists, two managers, and five clinical pharmacists. The Pharmacy Department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A brief description of the Pharmacy Department follows:

Distributive Services - Inpatient:

  • Fully decentralized unit-based drug distribution system house wide (Pyxis MedStation® 2000 Rx)
  • Computerized pharmacy operation and patient information system (McKesson HMM®)
  • Decentralized pharmacy service units in two critical care areas (ICU/CCU) and two medical/surgical units
  • 24 hour/day, 7 day/week, 365 days/year service
  • IV admixture program for large and small volume parenterals and chemotherapy

Clinical Services and Drug Information:

  • Four full-time and one part-time inpatient clinical pharmacy specialists
  • Drug information services for healthcare professionals
  • Clinical pharmacy services includes rounding in several areas with nurses and physicians, drug consult and education programs
  • Computerized drug information data base (Lexi-Comp)
  • Drug use evaluation and quality improvement programs
  • Pharmacokinetic monitoring service
  • Anticoagulation and Anti-thrombotic monitoring service
  • Palliative Care service
  • Nutritional support program (TPN)
  • Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Program
  • Target drug intervention programs (eg, IV to PO switch, renal dosing)
  • Active Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and formulary process

Academic Affiliations:

The Pharmacy Department has affiliations with several colleges of pharmacy including Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy, Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh and Ohio Northern University. Both general hospital pharmacy and clinical pharmacy clerkship rotations are offered for students from these schools.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy.
  • Licensed or license eligibility by the Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy during the upcoming residency year.
  • Participate in an on site interview at Saint Vincent Health Center, Erie, Pennsylvania.

SALARY:

  • $42,500 per year

APPLICATION MATERIALS:

All materials must be submitted via PhORCAS which can be accessed at https://portal.phorcas.org        
The following information is required:         

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of interest (include primary area of clinical interest)
  • Transcripts (Doctor of Pharmacy program only)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation/references submitted using the provided form on PhORCAS

QUESTIONS MAY BE ADDRESSED TO:        

Andy Grimone, PharmD, BCPS      
Pharmacy Residency Director      
Saint Vincent Hospital
232 West 25th Street      
Erie, PA  16544      
(814) 452 - 5489 (phone and voice mail)      
agrimone@svhs.org