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Rotations

Our flexible rotations at the pharmacy practice residency program at Memorial Hospital adapt to your interests while providing a solid foundation in core therapeutic areas. Rotations enhance skills and knowledge in:

Rotations

Our flexible rotations at the pharmacy practice residency program at Memorial Hospital adapt to your interests while providing a solid foundation in core therapeutic areas. Rotations enhance skills and knowledge in:

  • Required Rotations:
    • Critical Care
      This 6-week rotation will expose the resident to the functions of clinical pharmacists in a critical care (mixed) ICU setting and will enhance the knowledge of therapeutics and the skills necessary to provide pharmaceutical care. Activities will include daily multidisciplinary rounds with pulmonary and trauma teams, anticoagulant and antimicrobial consultation, and participation in all Adult Code Blues.
    • Emergency Medicine
      This 5-week rotation provides an opportunity for the pharmacy resident to practice clinical pharmacy in the emergency department under supervision of an emergency medicine clinical pharmacist. Upon rotation completion, the resident should be able to prioritize and triage patients to evaluate, synthesize complex medication recommendations in this fast-paced environment, and become capable of working with a wide range of diseases and disorders.
    • Infectious Disease
      This concentrated 4-week rotation provides opportunities to review general infectious disease states that will be seen throughout the residency, to experience the processes in the Microbiology lab and to round with Infectious Disease physicians in their daily practice.
    • Internal Medicine
      This 6-week rotation will allow the resident to actively participate in the provision of pharmaceutical care, solidify their knowledge base of common disease states and enhance their ability to work on an interdisciplinary team. The resident will become familiar with internal medicine services, by independently rounding with hospitalists, hospitalist nurse practitioners, nephrologists, trauma physicians/nurse practitioners and acute pain service nurses.
    • Clean Room
      This is a 2-week rotation where the resident will gain knowledge and experience with the preparation of sterile product according to applicable standards and institutional policies. Resident will be prepared for hands on preparation and providing oversight of technicians.
    • Practice Management
      • Leadership: This four week concentrated rotation with the director of pharmacy (DOP). Experiences may include cost analysis, capital expenditure process, safety issues, policy development, Joint Commission continual readiness, and committee attendance.
      • Pharmacy and Therapeutics: This 3-month longitudinal rotation provides the resident the opportunity to participate in P&T meetings, prepare and present drug monographs, and prepare and present a guideline/SOP to the pharmacy department.
      • Quality: This 3-month longitudinal rotation allows the resident to actively participate in the management of the Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) database, participate in the Medication Safety Steering Committee and perform a Medication Use Evaluation.
  • Elective Rotations:
    • Oncology, Ambulatory
      This 4 week rotation is designed to make the pharmacy practice resident familiar with the daily activities and responsibilities of managing an ambulatory oncology practice. Emphasis will be placed on providing medication therapy management to patients with oncologic diagnoses. The resident will become familiar with standard of care chemotherapy regimens for breast, lung, prostate, and colon cancer, at a minimum. The resident, in collaboration with the clinical pharmacy specialist, will be responsible for chemotherapy education, supportive care medication management, implementation of treatment plans, modification of medications based on laboratory parameters, medication reconciliation, and drug information responses to providers, nurses, and patients. Concise and timely documentation of patient appointment and patient phone calls is essential. During the rotation, the resident will regularly interact with medical staff, nurse practitioners, and other health care providers involved in the care of patients.
    • Oncology, Inpatient
      This 4-week rotation provides the resident an opportunity to review inpatient, outpatient and/or clinic-based cancer patients. Residents will become familiar with different cancers, appropriate chemotherapy and symptom management. Residents will spend time rounding on inpatients and in the clinic with the medical oncologists and nurse practitioners.
    • Pediatrics
      This 5-week rotation will expose the resident to the functions of clinical pharmacists in a pediatric setting and enhance their knowledge of therapeutics and the skills necessary to provide optimal pharmaceutical care. Examples of activities include multidisciplinary rounds, pharmacokinetic monitoring, and asthma education.
    • NICU
      This rotation will expose the resident to the functions of clinical pharmacists in NICU setting and to enhance the knowledge of therapeutics and the skills necessary to provide pharmaceutical care. Resident will understand the therapeutic principles of neonatal pharmacotherapy, be proficient in the common disease states affecting patients, and general concepts discussed on this rotation.
    • Women’s Services
      This 4-week rotation provides the resident the opportunity to gain understanding of the complex needs of the pregnant patient with a primary focus on high risk pregnancy/maternal-fetal medicine patients. Upon rotation completion, the resident should be able to recommend pharmaceutical interventions for pregnant patients with a variety of disease states and have a thorough understanding of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the pregnant patient, the postpartum/breastfeeding patient, and the newborn.

Other Electives:

Select from the following to meet your interests and professional goals:

  • Trauma
  • Surgical Care
  • Repeat any of the original rotations to further develop skills
  • Others, as approved by the residency director

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Certifications in ACLS and PALS
  • Completing of the Colorado Pharmacy Residency Teaching Certificate Program
  • Precepting P4 Students
  • Newsletter Contribution
  • Management of the Adverse Drug Reaction database
  • Participation in key multidisciplinary health system committees
  • Development of operational skills through biweekly staffing

Residency Project:

  • Design and complete a self-directed residency project suitable for presentation and publication that will be beneficial to the institution
  • One or more preceptors will serve as advisors for the project
  • Gain IRB approval for project
  • Present a poster at ASHP Clinical Midyear Conference and United Healthcare Consortium conference
  • Present the residency project at the Mountain States Residency Conference
  • Complete manuscript for publications prior to completion of the residency
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