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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 healthcare systems, providing high-quality, patient-centered medical care at locations throughout Northeast Ohio.   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.

UH Ahuja Medical Center offers fully integrated services with enhanced medical, surgical and emergency care for children and adults in a family-centered, healing environment. Advanced medical technologies, evidence-based medicine, and an emphasis on wellness and prevention are aspects which promote positive patient outcomes at UH Ahuja Medical Center.  Additionally, UH Ahuja Phase 2 recently expanded the medical center’s footprint by 68% to meet the growing needs of the community.

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 165 adult inpatient beds, a 40-bed emergency department (adult and pediatric), 18 operating rooms, as well as interventional suites and radiological areas. 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 healthcare 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

  • OrientationR
  • Hospital pharmacyR, L
  • Internal medicine I & IIR
  • Critical care I & IIR
  • Practice managementR
  • Antimicrobial stewardshipR
  • Emergency department I & IIR
  • ResearchL
  • PresentationsL
  • Student preceptingR

Elective Residency Experiences

  • Antimicrobial stewardship IIR
  • Medication safetyR
  • Transitions of  careR
  • Teaching certificateL

Service Areas

The UH Ahuja Medical Center Department of Pharmacy provides pharmaceutical care services in the following major 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
  • Vancomycin – Pharmacy to dose
  • Medication history/reconciliation
  • Pain management

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