PGY1 Pharmacy Practice

Introduction 

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy/Banner – University Medical Center Tucson is a 12-month program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The program was established in 1975.

A pharmacist completing the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program will be well-prepared to provide direct patient care services in an acute, tertiary care facility, pursue advanced training in a PGY2 residency or fellowship, and be prepared for board certification. Upon successful completion of the residency program, a certificate will be awarded to the resident by the college and the hospital.

Number of Positions: 
4-8
About The Program 

The program emphasizes clinical practice consisting of six months of core (required) learning experiences in specific aspects of acute care pharmacy practice and six months of elective opportunities. These core and elective learning experiences will provide the basic foundation for quality clinical practice. In addition, this program enables the resident to learn and apply teaching and research techniques.

Learning Experiences
Core 
  • Internal Medicine, Rounding (2)
  • Internal Medicine, Floor-based
  • Critical Care
  • Nutrition Support
  • Clinical Operations, Informatics, Policy, Administration, and Safety
Electives 
  • Academia
  • Administration
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • ID Stewardship
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Oncology/BMT, Adult
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Poison Center/Toxicology
  • Transplant, Abdominal
  • And others
Longitudinal 
  • Resident Research Project
  • Teaching Certificate (PRSTL) Program
  • Weekend Clinical Staffing/On-Call
Clinical Responsibilities 

The resident will participate in safe, evidence-based, compassionate, and cost-effective patient care. All patient care activities are under the supervision of attending pharmacists and commensurate with the resident’s level of training as determined by the residency program. The resident will communicate effectively with supervising attending pharmacists regarding his/her patient evaluation, interpretation of diagnostic tests, and plan of care and intended therapeutic interventions. Additionally, the resident will provide oral and written consultations focused on improving patient outcomes and enhancing communication with the health care team.

Academic Responsibilities 

The resident is required to participate in the longitudinal Teaching Certificate (PRSTL) Program, please follow the link for complete information. The resident is also responsible for the development, implementation, and completion of a research project. The objective is to develop the resident's skills in problem identification, investigation, and solution. Each project must be approved by the residency program director. The results will be presented at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows, and Preceptors. After completion of data collection and analysis, the resident will be responsible for drafting a manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Weekend Staffing/On-call Responsibilities 

The resident is required to staff every two to three weekends. Weekend staffing shifts will vary between clinical staffing duties and operational duties. Clinical staffing consists of adult parenteral nutrition monitoring, pharmacokinetic monitoring, anticoagulation monitoring and education, and other duties as deemed necessary. Operational staffing will include the following: performing centralized pharmacy order verification, responding to adult codes, answering drug information questions, and other duties as deemed necessary.

The resident is also responsible for coverage of the three rotating on-call pagers. While covering the 24-hour on-call pager, the resident may receive questions regarding drug information, parenteral nutrition, and post-discharge medication counseling. The resident is expected to answer calls in a timely manner, but is not required to stay in the hospital overnight.

Benefits and Financial Provisions 

The salary for this program is competitive with similar residency programs nationwide. The resident is entitled to all benefits provided to full time University of Arizona appointed personnel. Funds may be provided to help offset travel expenses to selected state and national meetings.

Salary: $47,659

Application Process 

The University of Arizona Residency Programs participate in the ASHP-associated Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) for applications and the National Matching Service (NMS) for the residency matching process.

Please submit the following REQUIRED documents through the PhORCAS system by JANUARY 3rd, 2018:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Pharmacy School Transcripts
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

ASHP Code: 81100
NMS Match Code: 179113 (Traditional Track), 195113 (International Track)

On-site interviews for invited applicants will occur in late January through February.

Contact Information 

For additional information about the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, please contact:

Jennifer Baggs, PharmD, BCPS, BCNSP
Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program 
Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Pharmacy Services
Tucson, AZ 85724
Phone: (520) 694-6783
Email: jennifer.baggs@bannerhealth.com

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