Pharmacy Residency - PGY1

St. Joseph Medical Center Residency Program; Tacoma, Washington

The St. Joseph Medical Center’s ASHP accredited residency is a one-year PGY-1 program providing experience in acute, ambulatory, and administrative pharmacy practice settings. The purpose of the program is to develop a foundation of critical thinking and leadership skills that will promote continuous professional development and innovation in health care. Our program fosters a skill set to prepare residents for practice as clinical pharmacists in a variety of patient care, academic, and research settings; or further PGY-2 residency and fellowship experiences. The residency recruits for six residency positions from candidates throughout the United States.

Pharmacists completing this program will function as independent patient-focused practitioners who are able to provide care in multiple environments across the continuum of pharmacy practice. As integral members of the health care team, residents work to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes for their patients. They will display leadership and professionalism in all aspects of their practice and function as effective communicators and educators.

Our residency program, based in a non-academic hospital environment, has become a catalyst for innovative pharmacy practice models within the CHI Franciscan Health. In addition to orientation and the resident project, there are six required rotations and two required longitudinal experiences. Rotation areas are designed to provide the resident with a well-rounded clinical and administrative experience. Within each rotation, additional time may be devoted to areas of interest, thus providing the opportunity for specialized training. Clinical rotations are designed to enhance the resident’s expertise in promoting, assessing and assuring safe, efficacious and rational drug therapy.

Orientation and Concentrated Learning    three weeks
These areas are to be covered early in the residency. The resident is expected to acquire the following general skills necessary to care for patients in required rotations and longitudinal experiences. The following educational experiences will occur during this orientation time.

Anticoagulation Management
Aminoglycoside Dosing
Basic Oncology
Basic Skills and Tools
Code Blue
Computer Training
Pain Management
Renal Dosing Adjustment
Vancomycin Dosing

Required Rotations    32 Weeks
Residents participate in six required rotations spanning 32 weeks, with the opportunity for further experiences based on individual background and future interests.
Critical Care, eight weeks
Emergency Services department, six weeks
Hospice, two weeks
Internal Medicine, six weeks
Oncology, six weeks
Practice Management, four weeks

Required Longitudinal Experiences    Continuous
Longitudinal experiences will occur throughout the residency year and encompass activities such as performing Drug Utilization Evaluations, presenting recommendations to Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committees, and creating monthly newsletters directed to all CHI Franciscan Health clinical staff. Residents will be assigned to a hospital within the Health System for further experiential development through staffing opportunities.

Optional Rotations    13 Weeks
These are specialty rotations, some of which may be done off-site. Additionally, residents have the opportunity to propose and create alternate rotations based on clinical interests.

Advanced Critical Care, two-four weeks
Advanced ED, two-four weeks
Advanced Internal Medicine, two-four weeks
Advanced Oncology, two-six weeks
Ambulatory Care, two weeks
Infectious Disease, four weeks
Mental Health, two-four weeks
NICU, two-four weeks
Nephrology, two-four weeks
Pediatrics, two-four week
Research, one-two weeks

Residency Project    Continuous
Residents conduct a project aimed at identifying, organizing, and solving a clinical or management-related problem or developing a new program. This project will be presented at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows, and Preceptors. The resident will be encouraged to submit the project for publication and present at state or national pharmacy meetings.

Stipend and Benefits
Benefits include twenty-four days of Paid Time Off (PTO) accrued for use as vacation, holiday, and sick leave. Medical, dental, and life Insurance is also provided for the resident and any dependents. Paid educational leave and travel allowance are available to support attendance at state, regional, and national meetings. The current resident stipend is $51,188 annually with additional per diem pharmacist wages paid for all staffing shifts.


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