PGY2 pharmacy residency in medication use safety and policy at UH Cleveland Medical Center

Overview

University Hospitals is one of the nation’s leading health care systems. It provides high-quality, patient-centered medical care at hundreds of locations throughout Northeast Ohio.

The system’s 1,032-bed tertiary medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, is an academic affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. This academic medical center includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, among the nation’s best children’s hospitals; UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center; and UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women.

With more than 26,000 physicians and employees, our system is Northeast Ohio’s second-largest private-sector employer. UH performs more than 5.8 million outpatient procedures and nearly 62,000 inpatient discharges annually.

University Hospitals’ goal is to provide comprehensive primary and community-based care – the kind of health care people need most – as well as access to the highest-quality specialty care when necessary.

Pharmacy Residency

The UH Cleveland Medical Center postgraduate year two (PGY2) specialty residency in medication use safety and policy is a one-year postgraduate training program designed to transition PGY1 residency graduates from generalist practice to specialized practice that meets the needs of system wide management of the medication-use system at a large health system. This training focuses on integrating clinical, safety, policy, formulary, informatics, and drug distribution systems to optimize drug therapy for the University Hospitals Health System. Special focus is given to formulary management and medication safety, with aspects of quality improvement, analytics, informatics, accreditation, compliance, and administration. The resident will participate in system functions throughout the fifteen hospital health-system and locally at Cleveland Medical Center.

During the residency year, our resident will become an integral member of the system pharmacy department team, learning our systems and providing valuable new perspectives from their own experiences. Our team practices strong leadership and project management skills in our own day to day work; we hope to impart these valuable skills into our resident’s work practices. Our goal is to provide experience and learning such that the resident will be able to independently function as a System Pharmacy team member during their final/mastery month. Graduates of this residency program will be prepared to pursue a multitude of careers including Medication Safety, Medication Use Policy, Formulary Management, Drug Information. Throughout the residency experience, the resident will develop individual and professional skills that result in a highly marketable practitioner.

Graduating PGY2 Specialty Residents will:

  • Participate in medication use safety improvement through involvement in the day-to-day operations in managing the system medication safety program
  • Review medication errors, participate in root cause analyses, and participate in the Medication Safety Committee
  • Participate in formulary and policy development through involvement in the day-to-day operations in managing system adult and system pediatric formulary programs
  • Participate in supply chain, drug shortage management, and drug contracting activities, as it relates to formulary management
  • Participate in pharmacy compliance/regulatory and accreditation activities, such as continuous readiness tracers
  • Present as a competent, confident and compassionate practitioner
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of the profession and continued personal growth
  • Create, promote and participate as a part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify opportunities for improvement within a practice and practice site
  • Provide education to professional and nonprofessional audiences, utilizing effective communication skills
  • Demonstrate a foundation of leadership skills in pharmacy practice

Residency General Information

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Rotations: 10 required and 2 elective rotations
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Starting date: July 1, 2020
  • Estimated stipend: $49,600
  • Interview required: Yes
  • Training site: UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Practice setting: Tertiary medical center
  • Total beds: 1,032

PROGRAM BENEFITS:

  • Medical coverage
  • Paid time off: 10 days
  • Desk with personal computer
  • Monogrammed lab coat
  • Resident office space
  • Reduced professional membership fees
  • Reduced meeting registration fees
  • Travel opportunities* for the following meetings:
    • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting

*Travel opportunities are available based on hospital policy requirements.

REQUIRED ROTATIONS:

  • Orientation
  • Medication Safety 1
  • Formulary & Policy 1
  • Formulary & Policy 2
  • Medication Safety 2
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Compliance and Accreditation
  • System Leadership
  • Mastery

REQUIRED ROTATIONS (LONGITUDINAL):

  • Pharmacy Research,
  • Formulary & policy project management,
  • Medication Safety ASHP Certificate,

ELECTIVE ROTATIONS:

  • Teaching
  • Medication use emergency preparedness
  • Financial Analysis
  • Investigational Drug Services
  • Pediatric Medication Safety
  • Quality
  • Sterile Compounding Compliance
  • Community Medication Safety Officer
  • Diversion

Additional Required Activities:

  • Residency project (clinical, economic, research or administrative)
  • Design and conduct a project to develop or enhance an aspect of medication use safety or policy
  • Present abstract and results at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Presentation at Pharmacy Grand Rounds
  • Present an ACPE-accredited CE presentation
  • Journal club (total of four)
  • Present a critical evaluation of primary literature as part of a rotation to the faculty/staff
  • Monthly topic/case-based presentations
  • Teaching activities
  • Prepare a manuscript suitable for publication

Residency Program Application

Graduates of accredited Colleges of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio may submit the following materials via PhORCAS to the program director for consideration for residency program admission:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • Official college transcripts
  • PhORCAS application deadline: January 4th, 2021

Contact Information

To learn more about the PGY2 pharmacy residency at UH Cleveland Medical Center, please contact:

Bridget Gegorski, PharmD, MS, BCSCP
Program Director
11100 Euclid Avenue, Wearn 102
Mail Stop 5006
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Bridget.Gegorski@UHhospitals.org
216-983-1307

Indrani Kar, PharmD
Program Coordinator
11100 Euclid Avenue, Wearn 102
Mail Stop 5006
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Indrani.Kar@UHhospitals.org
216-844-8303

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