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Thank you for your interest in developing your pharmacist career with Mercy Medical Center. The purpose of the Mercy Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in preparation for health-system pharmacist positions, board certification, or post-graduate year two pharmacy residency training.
The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency conducted by Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
Mercy PGY1 Residents play a vital role in the healthcare team and will learn a broad array of skills to ensure patients receive the highest quality of pharmaceutical care. The residency training program at Mercy is designed to incorporate didactic and experiential learning opportunities to develop well-rounded pharmacists who can fully integrate into an interdisciplinary healthcare team. Residents will have the opportunity to develop clinical skills and increase knowledge through a variety of experiences, including: completion of an ASHP certificate program; practice management and leadership; committee involvement; inter-professional care rounds; personal and professional development.
The residency year provides exposure to a wide variety of clinical, leadership and project management experiences. Each resident begins their residency with an orientation rotation that allows the resident to gain experience in central pharmacy workflows and set the groundwork for the staffing component of the residency. Throughout the remainder of the year, the resident completes both core, required rotation experiences and elective rotation experiences.
Core rotations are intended to provide the resident with a balanced overview of decentralized clinical pharmacy services offered throughout the hospital. Core rotations include: Internal Medicine; Cardiac/Stroke; Surgical and Inpatient Oncology; Critical and Intensive Care/Pediatrics; Ambulatory Anticoagulation Management; and Pharmacy Management and Leadership.
Elective rotations are intended to provide the resident opportunity to explore additional pharmacy care offerings and tailor the residency program to specific interests. Residents may also take an advanced version of a core rotation as an elective. Elective rotations include: Emergency Medicine; Infectious Disease; Hospice/Palliative Care; and Oncology.
The residency includes a staffing component to develop the resident’s competency and confidence in a decentralized clinical pharmacist role. Staffing requirements include working every other weekend upon completion of the orientation rotation and working every other holiday (staffing requirements are subject to change).
Residents will have the opportunity to precept APPE pharmacy students while on rotations. Additionally, residents will have numerous educational presentation opportunities for staff to enhance presentation skills. Residents will have the option to complete the ASHP Teaching Certificate Program.
Residents will identify and complete a year-long research project based on interests and organizational needs. Residents will present their research poster at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and a spring pharmacy forum (TBD).
Applicants must register for the ASHP matching program handled by the National Matching Services, Inc. Rankings must be submitted by the deadline.
Applicant must be a graduate of an accredited College of Pharmacy and eligible for licensure in the State of Iowa.
Candidates must apply online using PhORCAS system (information available at www.ashp.org/phorcas). Requirements include:
Deadline for receipt of all application materials is December 30, 2020. Interviews will be scheduled in January or February.
Residency Program DirectorJennifer M. Morris, PharmD, MBA 340B ACEResidency Program DirectorManager, Pharmacy Ambulatory Services319firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie S. Sinclair, MS, FASHPDirector, Pharmacy Servicesjsinclair@mercycare.org
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