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St Joseph Residency
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 seven 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.