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Pharmacy Residency Program: Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Q. Can you tell me about your program, including how many applicants will be accepted into your upcoming class?

A. The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Pharmacy residency program is a 12-month curriculum that provides residents with extensive training opportunities in acute care, ambulatory care, drug information and drug use policy development, as well as clinical services and practice management. Eight pharmacy practice applicants will be accepted into our program. We also offer specialty residency training in ambulatory care, emergency medicine, oncology, pediatrics, health system pharmacy administration, critical care, medication safety, pharmacotherapy, infectious diseases, cardiology, informatics, solid organ transplant and pain management.

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jhhQ. When was the program at Hopkins developed?
A.
Residency training programs were first established as hospital internships in 1927. The Johns Hopkins Hospital was one of the original 11 organizations that offered internships pre – 1947. The modern era of residency training and accreditation of residency training was developed in the 1950’s and 60’s. The residency program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital was first reviewed and accredited in 1971. The Department of Pharmacy at Hopkins, consistent with the policies of ASHP recognizes the value and need for pharmacy residency training for individuals seeking a career in hospital and health-system pharmacy.

Q. Where are your former residents practicing now?
A.
Graduates of our residency program have assumed a variety of leadership roles in acute care, home care, managed care and consulting practice settings. The residency program at Hopkins follows the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists standard for pharmacy practice residencies, and as a result, established a foundation of clinical practice that can be applied in various professional settings.

Q. What clinical and specialized service does your department offer?
A.
We offer clinical services in ambulatory care, critical care, internal medicine, infectious disease, pediatrics, oncology and transplantation. We also support Hopkins' Drug Information Center, the Investigational Drug Service and the AIDS Clinical Trial Group.

Q. How is pharmaceutical care supported at your institution?
A.
The mission of the Department of Pharmacy is to provide high quality pharmaceutical care to our patients in an atmosphere of educational growth, shared respect and communication. Pharmacists with expertise in clinical practice (as Pharmacy Clinical Specialists and Clinical Generalists), drug information, sterile drug compounding, investigational drug services are needed to accomplish this complex mission. Pharmacy Technicians and automation are key to the order fulfillment process and the clinical role of pharmacists.

About Our Program

jhhQ. What rotations are required to complete your program?
A.  Internal medicine, Integrated Practice, Leadership Collaborative and Critical Care. Residents also are required to complete a half-day biweekly ambulatory care clinic rotation: 3 months in an anticoagulation clinic, and 3 months in an internal medicine clinic..
Q. What elective rotations are available?
A.
A number of rotations are available including: Cardiology, Research and Investigational Drug Service, Infectious Disease, HIV/AIDS, Transplant, Oncology, Pharmacy Practice in a community hospital, and Pediatrics.

Q. How are residents evaluated?
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Residents receive a list of goals and objectives at the beginning of each rotation. At the end of the rotation, they meet with a preceptor to review their performance. A written report assessing residents is prepared based on ASHP's Residency Learning System (RLS). On a quarterly basis, the director of the residency program provides residents with an evaluation of their progress based on comments of the preceptors.

Q. What teaching opportunities are there for residents?
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Hopkins residents, in cooperation with the University of Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University, can lead several small group case-based discussions as well as precept students during rotations. In addition, they may apply for academic appointment at the University. Further opportunities may be made available to residents seeking additional teaching responsibilities.

Q. Is research required?
A. Residents are required to design, conduct and evaluate a major project related to an aspect of pharmacy practice during the residency year. Elective rotations with the Investigational Drug Service (IDS) are available to those residents interested in further research experience.

Q. What types of presentations are required?
A.
Residents are required to deliver one continuing education presentation at Pharmacotherapy Rounds. They also must provide in-services on the pharmacy and medical teams throughout the year, depending on the rotation. In addition, residents present the results of their major project to the preceptors before presenting the results at the regional residency conference: the Eastern States Residency Conference.

Q. Is staffing required?
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Consistent with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Commission on Credentialing standards, the Hopkins residency experience is primarily a practical, rather than didactic or classroom experience. Practice skills are developed throughout the program in all aspects of pharmaceutical care. Residents will staff every-other-weekend. Responsibilities include patient care, distribution, management, drug usage evaluation (DUE) and DI.

Compensation and Benefits

Q. What is the salary?
A. A PGY1 resident's stipend for the 2015-16 year is $47,705 plus benefits. PGY2 residents receive a stipend of $50,183. Stipends for both programs are assessed yearly.

jhhQ. Do residents receive vacation time?
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Residents receive a comprehensive benefits package, including health care, dental, eye care and paid time off during the residency year.

Q. Is funding available for residents to attend professional meetings?
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Financial support is provided for residents to attend the ASHP residents visitation trip, the ASHP mid-year clinical meeitng, and the Eastern States Residency Conference. Funding also is available to those residents participating in other professional meetings.

Q. Do residents have library privileges?
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Residents have access to the William H. Welch Medical Library and the Meyer Library, both of which are located on Johns Hopkins' East Baltimore campus. One of the largest medical libraries in the country, the Welch Library houses the medical literature in all fields of teaching, patient care and research represented at Hopkins. It contains more than 267,000 bound volumes as well as an extensive audiovisual collection.

Q. Is office space available to residents?
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Residents are provided office space. Computers are available in the residents' office.

Q. Do residents have parking privileges?
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There are several parking options from which residents may choose, providing convenient and safe access to the hospital.

Relocation

Q: Where will I find affordable housing during my residency year at the Johns Hopkins Hospital?
A: An apartment guide has been prepared for incoming residents and is updated yearly. Each incoming resident is assigned a "big brother or big sister" to help answer questions associated with relocation and licensure in Maryland.

Q: Is there any additional assistance provided?
A:
Reimbursement is provided for licensure and reciprocity for membership in pharmacy associations.

 

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