Thank you for your interest in the Pharmacy Residency Program at Jefferson Health New Jersey. The program offers a postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency training program that is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The residency program at Jefferson Health New Jersey provides an environment which fosters extensive learning opportunities and promotes collaborative practice among all members of the pharmacy departments and healthcare teams.
Our mission is to develop a pharmacist with the skills and abilities to successfully practice as an acute care pharmacist, adjunct faculty member and/or be prepared to pursue and complete PGY2 residency training.
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Overview
About the Program
- University teaching hospital
- Multi-hospital locations providing various specialties
- Three hospitals within our system: Cherry Hill, Stratford, Washington Township
- Multiple opportunities for precepting pharmacy students from various schools of pharmacy
- Teaching certificate from University of the Sciences/Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
- All three campuses are within thirty minutes of Philadelphia and an hour from the beaches of Southern NJ
- ASHP/NJSHP membership dues provided
- Competitive salary
- Hospital committee involvement
- Residency Trip to Hikma Pharmaceuticals
- Eastern States Residency Conference
- Journal Clubs/Case Presentations
- Morning Report to House Staff
- Please provide the following information no later than January 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm:
- Official transcript from an ACPE-accredited or ACPE-candidate status College of Pharmacy
- ASHP match program number
- Letter of intent
- Three (3) letters of recommendation, with at least one from a preceptor during clerkship
- Curriculum vitae
On-site interviews will be scheduled once all materials are received.
- 10 days paid time off per year and no working holidays
- ACLS/PALS Certification
- Cell phone
- Free parking
- Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance
- Travel allowances to attend ASHP Midyear Meeting (booth #4627) and Eastern States Residency Conference
For more information, please email us at RxResidency@kennedyhealth.org.
Pharmacy Residency Experiences and Rotations
Critical Care is a required, one month learning experience at Jefferson Health New Jersey. There are 26 ICU beds at Washington Township, 14 at Cherry Hill, 15 at Stratford. Each campus has an ICU rounding/teaching service which consists of an attending physician, 2 medical residents, 2 medical interns, medical students, and a clinical pharmacy specialist. Other disciplines on the team include a respiratory therapist, a clinical dietitian, and the primary nurse.
The Internal Medicine rotation is a one month required rotation in the PGY-pharmacy residency program. This rotation allows the provision of evidence-based patient- centered care to patients admitted to the General Medicine Service. The residents become fully integrated into the GM interdisciplinary team, round on daily basis with GM interdisciplinary team, round on a daily basis with GM physician team and focus on management of drug therapy in patients with multiple medical problems. Core Content which will be covered via patient experiences; discussion of reading materials; and/or case presentations.
Infectious Diseases is a required, one month rotation that encompasses Jefferson Health New Jersey’s antibiotic stewardship program and clinical rounds with KHA Infectious Disease.
Garden State Infectious Disease is a teaching service. The team consists of attending physician, fellow, medical residents, interns, students and pharmacist. As a member of the team, the pharmacist is responsible for safe and effective medication use. The PGY1 resident will be exposed to community-acquired and nosocomial infections, HIV, infection control practices and immunization recommendations.
KHS antibiotic stewardship is a system-wide program. PGY1 resident will utilize electronic data and chart review to assess concurrent antibiotic use. Physicians/services will be contacted as needed for dose adjustments based on renal/hepatic function. As culture results become available, therapy recommendations will be made based on results (de-escalation/escalation). Pharmacokinetic recommendations will be made for vancomycin and aminoglycosides. Documentation must occur on the day service provided. PGY1 resident will develop and complete a Drug Use Evaluation.
The pharmacy informatics rotation will focus on the pharmacy resident becoming familiar with medication use information systems within a multi-hospital setting. During the rotation the pharmacy resident will develop a basic understanding of how clinical pharmacy integrates with pharmacy informatics to provide medication safety. The pharmacy resident will gain experience with bar-coded medication administration (BCMA), Automated Distribution Cabinets (ADC), Computerized Prescriber Order Entry (CPOE), robotics, clinical drug database, system interfaces and maintaining the pharmacy web page and Smart Pump Technology.
Behavioral Health is a required, one month learning experience at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital. There are four major areas where the resident will round on West Pavilion, the Child and Adolescent Pyschiatric Unit (CAPU).
The pharmacy resident should be able to identify the differential diagnosis for patients with a diverse range of neuropyschiatric symptoms as well as being able to recognize signs and symptoms of substance abuse and be able to provide treatment options for the aforementioned conditions in accordance with the DSM IV as well as making sure those interventions substantiated within primary literature. The pharmacy resident will be responsible for interacting with a Physician, Nurse, Advance Nurse Practioner as well as a counselor in contributing to pharmacologic and non pharmacologic treatment planning.
The Pharmacy Administration rotation is a required one month rotation that places emphasis on issues of systemwide pharmacy department management, strategic operations, integrated healthcare delivery, fiscal responsibility, resource stewardship (both in human resources and supplies), interdisciplinary hospital operations, and overall healthcare leadership. The program helps build the resident’s maturity, creativity, judgment and problem solving skills necessary in the development and management of progressive pharmacy programs. The goal of the Pharmacy Administration rotation is to expose the resident to all aspects of corporate pharmacy management in an integrated healthcare delivery system, and understand the complex environment in which pharmacy services play a role in the overall patient experience. After completion of this rotation, the resident should understand the knowledge and experience needed to practice at a management level in a wide variety of health care settings.
Drug Information/Pharmacy Consultation Service
The pharmacy resident will participate in a required 6 month longitudinal drug information rotation. The goal of this rotation is to provide drug information to health care professionals and or the public which would include patients and their caregivers. Additionally, the pharmacy resident will be responsible for a monthly newsletter highlighting any new policy and procedures in the pharmacy department as well as any other information that would be important to pharmacists such as new drugs added to the formulary, shortages, recalls, etc.
Medication Safety/TJC is a required, year-long, longitudinal learning experience at Jefferson Health New Jersey. The resident will participate in all areas of medication safety with each pharmacy department and clinical department, across all three campuses. This will include all the steps in medication use process, including the prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, administering, or monitoring of medications. The resident will assist in the development of policies and/or procedures intended to decrease medication errors within the organization. In addition, the resident will meet routinely with the preceptor to discuss topics related to medication safety. This longitudinal rotation will provide the resident knowledge and experience to recognize, create and implement safe medication practices.
Patient Care Services
Patient Care Services is a mandatory longitudinal learning experience at Jefferson Health New Jersey. It is an opportunity for the resident to develop skills in hospital pharmacy practice. The resident will work primarily in the main pharmacy and will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Medication order processing
- Provide drug information
- IV admixture preparation
- Assist with Automated medication processes
- Narcotic distribution to automated dispensing cabinets (Acudose)
- Assist physicians in selection of appropriate drug selection
- Assess patient lab data when managing medication therapy
- Review chemotherapy orders for appropriateness
- Prepare chemotherapy
- Participate in KHS therapeutic substitution and IV to PO conversions
- The resident will be assigned every 2nd weekend at one campus for a period of approximately 4 months at a time. The campus and shift times will vary. An attempt will be made to allow for the evening shift to be at the campus of the current rotation.
Ambulatory Care/Medication Therapy Management
The Medication Therapy Management (MTM) longitudinal learning provides residents a broad-spectrum experience for the management of patient medication therapy in the ambulatory setting. These activities are based on direct patient care with regard to their medication therapy and how it relates to the patient’s quality of life, improving medication-related outcomes as well as the overall wellness & compliance of the patient. The resident will learn to incorporate inter-professional as well as collaborative skills vital for a successful MTM service. MTM services create a patient-caring environment where the resident designs and implements pharmacy-care plans that are patient-specific, address health literacy, are evidence-based, and enable the resident to firmly grasp the concept of the term ‘polypharmacy’, especially when it is accompanied with chronic disease states.
- Emergency Medicine
- Antimicrobial Stewardship
- Pain/Palliative Care
- Transitions of Care
- Repeat core rotation