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Welcome to Our Pharmacy Residency Program

Jefferson Health New Jersey offers a postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency training program that is currently accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

For more information, please email us at JH_NJ_RXResidency@jefferson.edu.

Pharmacy Residency

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 system
  • Three hospitals within our system: Cherry Hill, Stratford, Washington Township
  • All three campuses are within thirty minutes of Philadelphia and an hour from the beaches of Southern NJ
  • Multiple opportunities for precepting pharmacy students from various schools of pharmacy
  • Teaching certificate from University of the Sciences/Philadelphia College of Pharmacy offered
  • ASHP/NJSHP membership dues provided
  • Competitive salary
  • Hospital committee involvement

Presentation Requirements

  • Eastern States Residency Conference
  • ASHP Midyear poster presentations
  • Journal Clubs/Case Presentations
  • Morning Report to House Staff

Application Requirements

Please provide the following information through PHORCAS no later than January 1, 2021 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
  • Application
  • Curriculum vitae

On-site interviews will be scheduled once all materials are received.

Benefits

  • 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 and Eastern States Residency Conference

For more information, please email us at JH_NJ_RXResidency@jefferson.edu. 

    Pharmacy Residency Experiences and Rotations

    CORE ROTATIONS

    Critical Care:

    Critical Care is a required, one month long learning experience in the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital. There are 26 ICU beds at Washington Township, serviced by an ICU rounding/teaching service which consists of an attending intensivist, medical residents (PGY-1 through 3), medical students, and a clinical pharmacy specialist. Other disciplines on the team may include a critical care fellow (PGY-4 through 6), a respiratory therapist, a clinical dietician, and the primary nurse.

    Internal Medicine:

    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 (GM) Service. The residents become fully integrated into the 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 will be covered via patient experiences; discussion of reading materials; and/or case presentations.  Common disease states in which the resident will be expected to gain proficiency through literature review, topic discussion and/or direct patient care experience including but not limited to: Management of Common Infectious Diseases such as Community Acquired Pneumonia, Hospital Acquired Pneumonia, Skin and Soft tissue infections, Urinary Tract Infections, Bacteremia, Endocarditis, Meningitis, and Osteomyelitis.  Other Common disease states encountered include: Thromboembolic Disease, Chronic Renal Failure, Acute Renal Failure, Diabetes Mellitus and associated complications, Asthma-Acute care management, COPD-Acute care management, Hypertension, Coronary Artery disease, and cerebral vascular accident. Preceptor Interaction Pre-rounds with resident before team rounds General Medicine Rounds with resident and team General Medicine Team. Preceptor office hours for patient updates and topic discussion.

    Infectious Disease:

    Infectious Diseases is a required, one month rotation that encompasses direct patient care rounds with Adult ID Consult Service and also active involvement with Antimicrobial Stewardship at Jefferson Health New Jersey.  Adult ID Consult team consists of attending physician, fellow, medical residents, 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 various community-acquired and nosocomial infections, HIV, infection control practices and immunization recommendations. The resident will serve as a resource for pharmacotherapy and drug information for the service and will focus on antimicrobial therapy, pharmacokinetics/therapeutic drug monitoring and antimicrobial stewardship.

    Informatics:

    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. Depending on the time of the rotation the resident may be involved with the planning and implementation of upgrades or new systems.

    Behavioral Health:

    Behavioral Health is a required, one-month learning experience at Jefferson Health Cherry Hill. The resident will primarily round on the inpatient behavioral health unit known as West Pavilion and be responsible for both voluntary and STCF involuntary patients.  The resident will also work alongside the preceptor to manage the Behavioral Health Pharmacy Consult service at all three Jefferson Health New Jersey hospitals.  The resident will integrate themselves into an interdisciplinary treatment team consisting of an attending psychiatrist, resident psychiatrists, medical students, nursing, social work, and pharmacy.  The resident will be able to successfully perform mental status exams and review differential diagnoses for behavioral health patients with the team and the preceptor utilizing criteria from the DSM-5.  The resident will also be able to recommend appropriate, evidence-based pharmacotherapy regimens for this patient population to meet both their psychiatric and medical needs.  The resident will also be able to construct therapeutic monitoring plans for both safety and efficacy of their selected interventions.  Interpersonal communication and time management skills will also be developed over the course of the rotation.   

    Pharmacy Practice Management:

    The Pharmacy Practice Management is a required one month rotation that places emphasis on issues of planning, structure, organization, leadership and philosophy of practice in an integrated health care system. The program helps build the resident’s maturity, creativity, judgment and problem solving skills necessary in the development and management of progressive pharmacy programs. Goal of the Pharmacy Practice Management rotation is to ensure that pharmacy resident receives proper training and guidance regarding the myriad pharmacy services and leadership skills necessary in today’s multidisciplinary health care environment. This should provide the resident the ability to practice at a management level in a wide variety of health care settings.

    LONGITUDINAL ROTATIONS

    Drug Information/Pharmacy Consult Service:

    The pharmacy resident will participate in a required 12 month longitudinal drug information and pharmacy consult rotation. The pharmacy department at Jefferson Health New Jersey provides multiple levels of cognitive services to our health care professionals and to the public, including patients and care givers.  These services include an on-demand drug information inquiry service, and a provider-driven pharmacy consult service.

    The pharmacy resident will be responsible to prepare evidence-based responses including a core library of primary, secondary, and tertiary references which are appropriate for a specific practice setting. The Drug Information and Consult Service is a division of the Department of Pharmacy Services.  The goal of the service is to provide accurate, unbiased drug information and recommendations that are directly applicable to patient care.

    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 as a pharmacist intern under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist until they obtain licensure, then as a pharmacist once the resident has proven competency to work independently. The resident will be assigned to a single site for the entire learning experience to obtain real world experience at each practice site as a pharmacist. 

    Pharmacy Residency Project:

    The Pharmacy Residency Project longitudinal rotation that places emphasis on issues of planning, structure, organization, and execution of a research project. The program helps build the resident’s maturity, creativity, judgment and problem solving skills necessary in the development and execution of an integrated research project in pharmacy practice. The goal of the Pharmacy Residency Project rotation is to ensure that pharmacy resident receives proper training and guidance regarding the issues related to research. This will provide the resident the foundational skill sets to act as a researcher as well as a clinical pharmacist in an integrated health care system.

    The resident will go through the process of conducting a research project.  The process begins with idea/hypothesis generation, sizing and scoping the project, identifying data sources and a study population, proposal generation, approval from appropriate stakeholders (IRB, etc...), data collection, statistical analysis, generation of a research report, and presentation of results.

    ELECTIVE ROTATIONS:

    • Emergency Medicine
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship
    • Pain/Palliative Care
    • Hematology/Oncology
    • Geriatrics
    • Transitions of Care
    • Ambulatory Care
    • Repeat of a core rotation