PGY1 Pharmacy Training

About the Pharmacy

University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center is an acute care, not-for-profit hospital which is part of the University Hospitals Health System. University Hospitals is one of the nation’s leading health care systems, providing high-quality, patient-centered medical care at locations throughout Northeast Ohio. UH Ahuja Medical Center offers fully integrated services with enhanced medical, surgical and emergency care in a family-centered, healing environment. Advanced medical technologies, evidence-based medicine, and an emphasis on wellness and prevention are aspects that promote positive patient outcomes at UH Ahuja Medical Center.

The hospital is situated on a 53-acre campus near the intersection of I-271 and Harvard Road at Chagrin Highlands in Beachwood. The site offers convenient access from Cleveland’s eastern and southeastern communities, as well as Lake and Summit counties.

The UH Ahuja Medical Center Department of Pharmacy operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide a full range of pharmacy services including medication receipt, storage, repackaging, dispensing, distribution, controlled substance services, sterile product preparation, drug information, drug interaction and allergy screening, and monitoring of drug therapy. The pharmacy department services approximately

140 adult inpatient beds, a 22-bed emergency department, 10 operating rooms, and nine interventional suites. The UH Ahuja Medical Center pharmacy hosts many technologically advanced features. An electronic medical record supports CPOE, and Omnicell carousel and automated dispensing cabinets are utilized for medication storage and inventory control in the pharmacy and on the nursing units. The Omnicell dispensing cabinets provide nursing access to medications immediately after pharmacist order review and verification, without the need for cart-fill.


Residency Overview

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy training.

The UH Ahuja Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency will expose residents to the many aspects of community hospital pharmacy. Residents will be integrated among the interdisciplinary health care teams in order to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered pharmaceutical care. Communication, precepting and leadership skills will also be enhanced throughout the year. Upon completion of the residency, the resident will be well qualified to practice as a clinical pharmacist in a variety of hospital settings or continue training in a PGY2 program.

Residency Experience Opportunities

  • Orientation
  • Hospital pharmacy
  • Internal medicine I & II
  • Critical care I & II
  • Practice Management
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Research
  • Precepting
  • Multiple electives experiences (based on availability)

Pharmacy Service Areas

  • Order assessment and verification
  • Interdisciplinary rounds
  • Medication teaching
  • Code Blue attendance/assistance
  • Renal adjustment of medication dosages
  • Changing medications from IV to PO route
  • Medication history/reconciliation
  • Pain management

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