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A number of individuals play key roles in the administration of our residency program.
- Program Director
- The Director of Pharmacy has ultimate responsibility for the residency program. Specialty programs are directed by individuals qualified to direct the training experience.
- Program Coordinator
- The Residency Program Coordinator works with the Director of Pharmacy and the Residency Program Directors to ensure the program goals and learning objectives are met, training schedules are maintained, appropriate preceptorship for each rotation or training period is provided, and resident evaluations are conducted routinely and based on pre-established learning objectives.
- The Residency Program Coordinator also serves as Secretary of the Residency Preceptors Committee and assumes a lead role in program administration and recruitment activities.
- Each rotation has a pharmacist preceptor who develops and guides the learning experiences to meet the programs' goals and objectives while considering residents' goals, interests and skills. At the end of the rotation, residents meet with preceptors to review their performance. A written report assessing residents is prepared based on the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' (ASHP) Residency Learning System (RLS).
- Each resident selects a preceptor to be the facilitator to advise him or her throughout the year. Facilitators review residents' training plan and assist them in establishing a development program for the year. Quarterly, facilitators review the residents' progress, and together with the residents, make modifications in the training plan. In addition, facilitators guide residents as the select their project and research committee, find preceptors to assist residents with their presentations and guide them in their career choices.
- Project Advisor
- The Project Advisor for each resident has primary responsibility for guiding residents in completing their required research projects. The advisor assists residents in selecting a project, defining the scope of the project to assure completion within the time schedule, and planning and implementing the project design.
- Residents are required to present the results of their projects at the Eastern States Residents and Preceptors Conference. Residents are invited to submit their projects for publication at the ASHP Summer, ASHP Midyear Clinical or other meetings as deemed appropriate by the Project Advisor and Research Committee. The advisor provides guidance concerning the suitability for publication of the research work.
- Project Committee
- Each resident is required to complete one major project relating to a specific aspect of pharmacy practice. A Project Committee, consisting of a primary project advisor and at least two other preceptors, assists residents with planning, implementing, analyzing and presenting their project.
- The resident must select a project idea and a primary project advisor within six weeks of entering the program. The proposed project and project advisor are then presented to the Residency Preceptors Committee for approval. The remainder of the project committee is selected within three months of entering the program.
- Big Brother / Big Sister
- In the spring of each residency year, following the results of the residency match, incoming residents are assigned a big brother or big sister. This role is fulfilled by residents completing the program to assist incoming residents with their efforts to relocate and begin their year. Activities of the Big Brother or Big Sister include assisting with relocation, finding housing, licensure, orientation, mentoring and fellowship.
- Preceptors Committee
- The Residency Preceptors Committee is a standing committee of the Department of Pharmacy. It includes residency preceptors invited to serve by the Director of Pharmacy and respective Residency Program Directors. The committee, which serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of Pharmacy and respective Residency Program Directors, seeks to maintain the quality and consistency of the program. The committee provides a forum for preceptors to discuss common concerns, develop additional learning experiences, and promote new and innovative areas of practice.