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PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Program

The residency prepares pharmacists for patient care positions focused on specialty, community, or ambulatory pharmacy practice or for PGY2 pharmacy residency training. Residents will have exposure to ambulatory and specialty clinical practice, ambulatory administration, finance, and accreditation/regulatory experiences.

The purpose of the PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program is to prepare pharmacists for patient care positions focused on specialty or ambulatory pharmacy practice or for PGY2 pharmacy residency training. The PGY1 year consists of a series of learning experiences that span a 52-week period.  Specific learning experiences and goals will be accomplished in discrete blocks of time, while others will occur longitudinally throughout the duration of the residency.  Residency time will be generally structured as follows:

4 weeks 
Residency Learning Experiences*
44 weeks
Conferences 1 week
Interviews/Holidays/Time Off
14 days plus 3 interview days
(not a contiguous block)

Required Rotations (4 weeks each) 

  1. Ambulatory Oncology (OPS) 
  2. Primary Care Clinic
  3. Ambulatory Infectious Diseases Clinic 
  4. Inflammatory Diseases Clinic
  5. Transplant Clinic
  6. Health system leadership
  7. Community Pharmacy
  8. Long-term care

Elective Rotations (2-7 weeks):

  1. Ambulatory cardiology
  2. Finance
  3. Payer relations
  4. Regulatory
  5. Pharmacy Informatics
  6. Specialty pharmacy operations
  7. Repeat of required learning experience+
Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences (12-52 weeks)
1. Professional Projects
2. Specialty Pharmacy Staffing
3. Community Pharmacy Staffing
4. Precepting%

* Schedule and duration of residency learning experiences may vary based on ASHP/APhA site survey recommendations, accreditation standards, and resident and preceptor feedback.
+ As preceptor availability and residency schedule permits
% Teaching certificate available through University of Connecticut

Longitudinal Experiences

  1. Professional projects: 
    - Serve as project lead for a quality improvement and/or cost savings project and longitudinal project that involves identification of a need, development of a plan and implementation and assessment of changes to improve patient care
    - Poster presentation of quality improvement and/or cost savings project at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting and Vizient Consortium Pharmacy Network
    - Longitudinal project Platform presentation at the Eastern States Residency Conference
    - Prepare at least one manuscript suitable for publication

  2. Education and opportunities to precept:
    - Co-precept Pharm.D. students 
    - Nursing and physician in-services
    - Clinical case conference presentations
    - Journal club presentations
    - Continuing education presentations
    - Teaching certificate program (optional):  opportunity to develop preceptor teaching skills and graduate with a teaching certificate. 

  3. Staffing:
    - One major holiday (Christmas, Thanksgiving or New Year's)
    - One minor holidays (, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Memorial Day)
    - 4 days a month split between the specialty call center and dispensing area
    - Weekend staffing at an outpatient pharmacy location once a month
    - Rotating On-call duty for specialty pharmacy every 4 weeks

PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Program Requirements for Successful Graduation

  1. Educational checklist complete
    a. Pharmacy Grand Rounds
    b. Clinical Case Conference (1)
    c. In-service (at least 2 to 2 different audiences)
    d. Community Service (2)
    e. Journal Club (2)
    f. Business plan (1)
    g. Collaborative practice agreement, standing order or implementation process for a state-based protocol (1)
    h. Active participation in the activities of a national, state and/or local processional association
    i. Quality Improvement Project (1)
    j. Manuscript (see below)
    k. Precept at least one student
  2. Portfolio complete (completed documents for each checklist item uploaded to resident portfolio)
  3. Longitudinal practice-based research project that is presented orally and in writing (manuscript), a final project report Poster presentation at a meeting such as ASHP Midyear Meeting and a platform presentation at a meeting such as Eastern State Residency Conference (ESRC)
  4. Manuscript suitable for publication (Complete manuscript incorporating at least two rounds of preceptor feedback)
  5. Achieved at least 80% of ASHP residency objectives (Preceptor marked as "achieved" on at least two occasions or other documentation demonstrating achievement of the objective as evaluated by the RPC/RPD)
  6. Compliant with all pharmacist mandatory requirements (e.g. current pharmacist license in good standing on file, completion of all mandatory training)

The residency structure of learning is subject to change based on preceptor availability and the discretion of the residency program director and coordinator. An individual resident plan and calendar will be developed for each resident. 

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