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PGY2 Program Specifics


This comprises one four hour shift in the evening during the week. Also, the resident will have scheduled weekend shifts two out of every five weekends.  The weekday evening and weekend shifts are spent in the central pharmacy verifying physician orders, answering clinical questions from the floor, and attending all codes. The pharmacy practice residents PGY1 staff along with the PGY2 resident.


The on-call program is a resident learning experience that exemplifies the critical role residents serve in providing patient care. Residents are members of the Adult Cardiac Code team as well as the Medical Rapid Response team which provide care during emergency situations. The resident on-call is required to stay later in the evening to cover consults to the pharmacy that require significant time to research or a specialized knowledge base not in the pharmacy at that time. Our residency program does not have an overnight on-call program.


The Chief Resident program allows each resident to cultivate strong leadership qualities while serving as the primary contact for the residency during alternating blocks of time. Responsibilities of the Chief Resident include coordinating the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee meeting, attending medical staff meetings, coordinating the publication of "Pharmacy Focus" (the pharmacy department's interdepartmental bulletin), and planning residency events.


Multiple teaching opportunities exist for residents including student precepting on rotations, lecture experiences, laboratory instruction and assistance, faculty development seminars through the "Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Certificate program" through the University of Kentucky, and clinical rotation teaching. The certificate program is designed to introduce participants to academic literature, contemporary pharmacy/ health professions education, teaching styles, and philosophies. The primary philosophy of the program is built upon the Carnegie Foundation's work on teaching as scholarship. Through engagement in seminars, documentation of formal teaching experiences, and development of a teaching portfolio, participants can document their participation and experience while earning a certificate of completion. Participants will receive handouts, bibliographies, and web site information to encourage future learning and development. The program was recognized as a 2004 winner of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Teaching Innovations Award.


Each resident attends a weekly seminar where fellow residents and preceptors present current data on various topics. Each resident is expected to attend and speak at the Kentucky Society of Health-System Pharmacist (KSHP) Fall or Spring conference. Saint Joseph Hospital provides financial compensation to attend these meetings. Attendance of the ACCP annual meeting is also encouraged.


The resident will be provided a list of research projects upon the beginning of their year. The resident will use this list and interactions with mentors to select a suitable project by mid-August. The resident will present an overview of the research project to the residency research committee. This committee is composed of hospital individuals and they work to help guide the resident in study design, data collection, or statistical methodology. The resident will present the information for approval through our investigation review committee. Every two months, the resident will provide the committee with a status update. Also, the committee will help the resident assimilate the data for the research day at the University of Kentucky research day. In addition, the resident will need to submit a manuscript in publishable form prior to completing the year.


As a means to integrate the practice of pharmacy into the community and encourage the patient/pharmacist relationships, we encourage our residents to participate in community events.  We provide our residents a unique opportunity to volunteer at a local Salvation Army free clinic approximately once a month.  Each clinic is staffed by a clinic coordinator (medical resident), medical students, an attending physician, a pharmacy student and a pharmacist.  This is an excellent opportunity to help disadvantaged patients, help the physicians with medication decisions and precept students during the dispensing and counseling process.  The residents this year have also participated in "Habitat for Humanity" and administered influenza vaccines in the community. 


Another highlight of the year is the professional development experience (PDE), which allows the residents to visit 2-3 residency programs. The residents should choose institutions that are within driving distance. They contact the programs and set up tours, luncheons, etc. with the host institution. This is always a fun trip and it allows for resident bonding and creating new contacts at other institutions. They then report back to our program about the trip which helps enrich our residency program and our department of pharmacy. Members of the pharmacy staff regularly get together at social events to relax and have some fun.


The Cardiology Residency is a one-year program beginning July 1 and ending June 30. It offers an annual stipend of ~$50,000, 10 days of professional leave to attend professional meetings or conduct interviews that must be approved by the program director, 7 paid holidays observed throughout the year, and 10 vacation days. Individual health insurance is provided through the hospital.

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