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Overview

The Department of Pharmaceutical Services at Maimonides offers up to 4 ASHP accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy residency positions. Many highly qualified preceptors are appointed annually to support the activities of the training program and to serve as teachers and mentors for all junior and senior residents.

Residents are trained using an evidence-based pharmacotherapeutic approach, which prepares them for the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties' Pharmacotherapy Certification Examination. Our residents have achieved outstanding careers in both community and hospital practice.

To augment both training and patient care excellence, rotations have been established in the following areas:

  • Pharmacy Operations
  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Adult Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Drug Information / Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • Pharmacy Management and Administration
  • Resuscitative Care
  • Toxicology
  • Geriatrics
  • Research
  • Psychiatry

Rotation schedules are designed to assure achievement of the goals and objectives of the program, while providing the resident with opportunities to expand upon his or her own interests and goals as they develop throughout the year

Other requirements include:

  • Develop professional continuing education presentations
  • Develop, design and implement an original research project
  • Prepare at least one manuscript for peer review
  • Prepare a proposal for a research grant
  • Participation in short-call and weekend consulting

As longitudinal rotations (year long activities), residents will have the opportunity to serve on various hospital-wide committees including the Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Code and Medication Use Committees. Residents also have the opportunity to participate on a Diabetes consult service.

Residents are required to complete a longitudinal research project, the findings of which will be presented at the American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors.
 

Job Summary

To assists pharmacy administrators in providing pharmaceutical services to inpatients within a well structured, educationally-focused and objectively based environment that builds on experience gained during formal schooling. Residents advise physicians and nurses on matters relating to drug usage to optimize patient care and improve outcomes.

Responsibilities

  1. * Provides pharmaceutical services that improve drug usage by advising physicians and nurses on issues that optimize therapeutic outcomes. This includes, but is not limited to, specific patient- and disease-related drug dosing, administration, toxicity, and side-effects.
  2. * Maintains a working professional relationship with physicians, nurses and other health care providers that facilitates open discourse on timely issues relating to safe drug usage, inventory, compatibility, State and Federal rules and regulations and JCAHO standards.
  3. * Conducts and evaluates medication histories, assesses patient compliance to prescribed medication therapy, attends Patient Care Rounds with physicians and other health care providers and suggests modifications aimed at achieving desired outcomes. Counsels patients on the proper use of prescribed medications.
  4. * Individualizes medication regimens using accepted pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic principles that account for variations in drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination.
  5. Within areas of specific assignment, the Resident will assume direct responsibility for maintaining and improving patient care as related to pharmaceutical services.
  6. * Develops and/or participates in research as related to patient-specific Investigational Drug Protocols, Drug Usage Evaluations, Pharmaco-Economic data collection and reporting, FEMA, assessment of drug therapy and other projects and performance improvement activities as assigned by the Pharmacy Director or delegate.
  7. Assists the Director or delegate in promoting and establishing a role for the Pharmacist in Collaborative Drug Therapy Management programs for Anticoagulation, Diabetes, Hyperlipidemia, Asthma, and other specialty areas.
  8. Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, performance improvement activities, safety and infection control standards. Works toward achieving department key result areas.
  9. Customer Service: respect, flexibility, knowledge, confidence, professionalism, pleasant attitude, patience, and helpfulness. All responses should be timely, professional, caring and respectful in accordance with Customer Service Performance expectations.
  10. Performs the duties of a Registered Pharmacist as assigned and as required by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for a Pharmacy Practice Resident.

* Indicates an Essential Job Function

Other Job Duties

Acts as a mentor and surrogate instructor to Pharmacy Interns and Undergraduate Pharmacy Students from the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy.

Enhances professional growth and development through participation in education programs, current literature, in-service meetings and workshops. Prepares and presents continuing educational programs to pharmacy staff.

Participates in the development and implementation of future programs to improve patient care.

Participates in training programs for new pharmacy personnel including pharmacists, interns and technicians.

Guest lecture at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College.

Staffing

Residents will be expected to provide distributive functions throughout their residency year. Pharmacist staffing is an integral part of the residency experience. This activity assures first-hand appreciation and knowledge of the staff pharmacist's duties and concerns. This requirement will help the resident in future supervisory roles and in the development of individual professional responsibilities. Also, during the staffing hours the resident has an opportunity to meet and work with the pharmacy staff, while acting as a liason to the Emergency Department. The resident should display a high standard of pharmacy practice, which reflects the pride he or she has for the profession.
 

Professional Society Membership

It is strongly recommended that the resident join state and national hospital pharmacy associations. Active participation is also encouraged.

New York State Board Part III Waiver

In addition to the NAPLEX and MPJE, the New York State Board of Pharmacy requires passing a third licensing examination. Part III covers prescription compounding and pharmacy practice. The Board has amended this regulation to allow pharmacy residents to waive the practical exam in lieu of achieving certain competencies through the residency program. The Board's intent is to offer residents from out of state a means to fulfill this licensing requirement in a more convenient manner due to traveling and timing conflicts that may arise. Maimonides Pharmacy Residency Program will offer training over a 4-6 week period to those residents who wish to take advantage of this waiver. Once the required competencies are achieved, the resident will receive certification on a form prescribed by the Board. For more information, please visit the New State Board of Pharmacy or contact the Residency Program Director or Coordinator.