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  • Curriculum

    The Einstein Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is committed to developing leaders prepared to meet the current and future challenges of the pharmacy profession. Graduates of the program will be competent practitioners proficient in providing a variety of pharmacy-based services in multiple settings.Specifically, they will utilize evidence-based medicine in order to independently and confidently manage patient disease states and drug therapies as a key member of the healthcare team.

    Residency graduates will possess the ability to successfully adapt their knowledge and skills to conquer new problems and be capable of efficient verbal and written communication. They will be able to effectively educate healthcare practitioners, care givers and patients alike. They will be independent learners capable of self-reflection and assessment and will demonstrate a strong commitment to the advancement of the pharmacy profession as well as excellence in patient care.

    Required rotations

    The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is designed to provide a diverse experience for the future acute care clinician. Core rotations include:

    • Cardiology
    • Critical Care
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pharmacy Administration
    • Pharmacy Practice

    Longitudinal rotations

    The resident will also gain experience in direct patient care by participating in required year-long longitudinal rotations.

    • Immunodeficiency clinic
    • Outpatient anticoagulation consult service
    • Discharge counseling program*
    • Drug information
    • Student teaching: residents are awarded a teaching certificate through the University of the Sciences

    *Modeled after the 2013 award-winning ASHP-APhA Medication Management in Care Transitions Best Practice Medication REACH program

    Elective rotations

    The elective rotations available allow residents to tailor the learning experience to their needs. Approximately 20 weeks throughout the residency year are dedicated to elective rotations.You may choose any of the following:

    • Anticoagulation
    • Antimicrobial management
    • Cardiothoracic surgery
    • Emergency medicine
    • Geriatrics
    • Neonatology
    • Oncology
    • Solid organ transplant
    • Transitions of care

    Teaching certificate component

    The resident is required to participate in a 12-month teaching certificate program. The resident receives an appointment as clinical instructor at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. This experience allows the resident to build precepting skills with pharmacy students on clinical rotations and in the didactic setting.

    The resident participates in mentor-lead discussions in the following areas:

    • Purpose and structure of a teaching portfolio
    • Writing a teaching philosophy statement
    • Educational/learning theories
    • Objective writing
    • Exam question writing
    • Active learning
    • Team-based learning
    • Classroom technology
    • Course management systems
    • Academic integrity and professionalism
    • ACPE PharmD standards
    • Peer observation of teaching

    During the course of the program, the resident participates in the following teaching activities:

    • Completes a teaching philosophy statement and portfolio
    • Teaches at least one didactic lecture (preferably to a large lecture section)
    • Teaches a small group of students in at least one section of a multi-instructor course
    • Serves as a primary preceptor for a P4 PharmD student APPE
    • Gives an ACPE-accredited Continuing Education Program

    The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration, will award a teaching certificate after completion of the requirements.

    Core curriculum/Case presentations

    The core curriculum program was developed to affirm that residents receive exposure to core pharmacotherapy topics with each rotation and to ensure that each resident has baseline exposure in a number of defined acute care areas, outside of the scope of core rotations.  The core curriculum and case presentation meeting occur bi-monthly and prepares residents for independent clinical pharmacy practice and pharmacotherapy specialty boards upon completion of the residency.

    Research project

    As a collaborative effort with an experienced mentor and biostatistician, residents conduct at least one clinical research project to develop skills to ask and answer practice questions unexplored by the literature.

    Residents will be encouraged to publish the results of their research and will be required to present the results of their research at the Eastern States Conference for Residents and Preceptors. Time is devoted specifically to the research project during the academic year including utilizing the month of December for project time.

    Medication Use Committee

    You will have the opportunity to participate on institutional committees, such as the medication use committee, to optimize the residency training experience. Through this experience, you will participate in secretarial duties and formulary reviews as well as provide valuable input into practice decisions. A preceptor and/or committee member typically attends all meetings with you to provide guidance throughout the year.

    Service commitment

    All PGY1 residents provide approximately 24 hours of staffing a month, one 40-hour week in December, and two holidays a year.Staffing may include a combination of weekend experiences to maintain operational and clinical pharmacy competency and knowledge. No formal on-call program exists.

    Professional travel

    During your residency, you will have the opportunity to attend professional meetings for the purpose of networking, professional development and service to the profession. Funding for travel-related expenses, such as airfare, hotel and registration fees, and meal reimbursement, are provided by the pharmacy department.

    PGY1 residents are required to attend the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors Conference.