SinfoníaRx Education & Research Opportunities

The SinfoníaRx Medication Management PGY2 Residency in Ambulatory Care is a 12-month training program offered by the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy at the SinfoníaRx Medication Management program. The purpose of this program is to prepare the graduate for the role of an ambulatory care specialist, a clinical coordinator or an adjunct faculty member in an area of ambulatory care pharmacy, and specifically to be prepared to develop new financially sustainable ambulatory care services in one of these roles.

At the completion of residency training, residents should be able to:

  • Establish or expand a collaborative interdisciplinary practice.
  • Provide efficient, effective, evidence-based, patient-centered treatment for chronic and/or acute illnesses in all degrees of complexity.
  • Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills.
  • Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications.
  • Further the pharmacy profession through advocacy, education, public health promotion and research.

Director, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program
100 N. Stone Ave, Ste 109
Tucson, AZ  85701
Phone: (520) 955-8587

The SinfoníaRx Medication Management program serves as a clinical rotation site for numerous colleges of pharmacy, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy International Postgraduate Pharmacy Training, University of Arizona College of Nursing, University of Arizona Department of Nutritional Sciences, and third-year Family Medicine Residents from Banner University Medical Center Tucson Campus.

Robert Lipsy, PharmD, BCACP, FASHP, FAzPA
Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Medication Management Center
Clinical Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice & Science

The SinfoníaRx Medication Management program, as part of the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS), is the statewide leader in training health professionals. Interprofessional collaboration among health care providers is critical for the delivery of safe, effective, patient-centered care.  The SinfoníaRx Medication Management program provides an environment and supports the practice of collaboration and the development of communication skills amongst other professions.  The Interprofessional Education program incorporates students from the College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and the College of Nutritional Sciences to provide comprehensive medication therapy management (MTM) consultations and well-rounded patient care as a team. The students work in small groups at the SinfoníaRx Medication Management program one day per week for a three-week rotation, working through case studies, preparing and presenting real patient cases, and performing telephonic MTM reviews as an interprofessional team. This rotation provides a unique and innovative approach to team-based healthcare education and allows students to expand their clinical knowledge.

Eric Smith, MPH, BSN, RN
Nursing Program Coordinator
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A unique relationship exists between the SinfoníaRx Medication Management program, the College of Pharmacy and the pharmacy students. Students are able to apply the information learned in their didactic coursework in real-world settings. Starting with their first year, interns are immersed in the real world application of medication therapy management in complicated patients with multiple chronic disease states. They not only learn the signs, symptoms and therapeutic approaches of common disease states, they also gain the important skills needed to interact with individual patients, gain their trust, and provide a meaningful service. As students advance in their didactic coursework, their role expands to include more clinical work.  Working side by side with other pharmacy students, technicians, pharmacy residents, clinical instructors and faculty in a challenging environment, enriches their College of Pharmacy Education.

Recruitment/Interest Tucson
Kwyn Morales, PharmD
Director, SinfoníaRx Medication Management program
Recruitment/Interest Phoenix
Kristin Calabro, PharmD
Director, SinfoníaRx (Phoenix)

We have partnered with the University of Arizona's College of Nursing to promote and support the experiences of nursing students through direct patient counseling and education, nurse case management programs, and roundtable discussions with peers including both pharmacy and medical students. Similar to the pharmacy student internship, nursing students are able to apply their newly developed clinical skills directly with patients in the MTM setting. This environment encourages and promotes collaborative skills development as well as sharpening effective communication skills.  We are excited to continue this collaboration with the College of Nursing and setting them up for success in their future nursing careers.

Eric Smith, MPH, BSN, RN
Nursing Program Coordinator
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The SinfoníaRx Medication Management program hosts pre-medicine honors students for a semester-long internship to supplement their Health and Human Values minor coursework. The goal of this rotation is to expose future physicians to unique aspects of the healthcare field, including medication therapy management (MTM), interprofessional collaboration, and managed care pharmacy. Students involved in this internship are given the opportunity to shadow several programs theSinfoníaRx Medication Management program delivers, such as transitions of care, MTM, opioid case management, and many others, and to learn more about the role of the pharmacy profession. This internship allows for a unique opportunity for curriculum enrichment.

Eric Smith, MPH, BSN, RN
Nursing Program Coordinator
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The SinfoníaRx Medication Management program conducts research on the implementation of innovative services by community pharmacy. The center also partners with the Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Research (HOPE Center) to conduct health outcomes research related to medication therapy management services.