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Pharmacy Residency Program: Pain Management and Palliative Care


Residency Program Information
Program Name: Pain Management and Palliative Care
Program Type: ASHP Accredited PGY2 Specialty
ASHP Match Number: 600473

The Department of Pharmacy Services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital offers an ASHP accredited PGY2 Residency in Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy Practice. This program is based upon the ASHP PGY2 Educational Goals and Objectives for Pharmacy Residencies in Pain Management and Palliative Care.

Mission: The residency focuses on the development of expert competencies and skills needed to provide pharmaceutical care to pain and palliative care patients. Graduates of the program will be highly qualified independent practitioners and educators who display professionalism and leadership. It is assumed that the resident already possesses basic knowledge and competencies in institutional and clinical pharmacy practice gained through completion of a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. The specific program for each resident may vary in structure and area of emphasis based on the individual resident's entering knowledge, skills, and interests.

Program Overview and Objective: This program is designed to provide advanced training in clinical pharmacy practice focusing on patient care, clinical research and education in pain and palliative care. A multidisciplinary approach to inpatient and outpatient pain management and palliative care is used. Patient care experiences occur in the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, neurosciences, acute and chronic pain services and hospice. The longitudinal clinic is completed in the Pain and Palliative Care clinic in the cancer center. Other experiences may include the emergency department, psychiatric pain service, pediatric pain service and teaching opportunities at the Colleges of Pharmacy in the Baltimore area.

Training Experience:
• Experience in various pain syndromes
• Symptom management
• End of life care
• Pharmaceutical care to patients with acute and chronic pain
• Interdisciplinary functions such as Oncology Grand Rounds, Blaustein Pain conference, Palliative Care Rounds, Cancer Pain conference, as well as departmental meetings and educational     sessions

Core Rotations:
• Orientation/Pharmacy Operations
• Pain and Palliative Care Clinical Skills
• Pain and Palliative Care - Oncology
• Hospice and Palliative Care
• Neurosciences Pain Resource Team
• Interventional Pain Service
• Acute Pain Service
• Research

Elective Rotations:
• Outcomes Research and Drug PolicyJHH
• Research
• Pediatric Pain Service
• Inpatient Pain and Palliative Care - Union Memorial Hospital
• Pharmacy Administration

Longitudinal Clinic:
• Pain and Palliative Care Clinic - 6-12 months




Application Information:
All applications will be accepted through PHORCAS


SNesbit        Program Director: Suzanne Amato Nesbit, PharmD, CPE
        Titles: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pain Management
        Research Associate, Department of Oncology
        Clinical Assistant Professor
        University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
        Education: B. S. Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University
        Doctor of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University
        Certification: Certified Pain Educator

Dr. Nesbit is currently on the Pain & Palliative Care Service at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Neuroscience Pain Resource Team at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a Clinical Specialist in Pain and Palliative Care with the Department of Pharmacy. Dr. Nesbit also holds faculty appointments in the Department of Oncology at Johns Hopkins as well as the Schools of Pharmacy at University of Maryland and Notre Dame University of Maryland. She is also a faculty member in the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has been practicing in pain management for over 25 years. During her time at Johns Hopkins, she has participated in several research protocols and health systems pain initiatives. She is the co-developer of the Hopkins Opioid Program a web-based application that performs opioid equianalgesic conversions. Dr. Nesbit has served as Chair of the Pain Management Subcommittee of the Maryland Cancer Plan, Chair of the Pain & Palliative Care PRN of ACCP (American College of Clinical Pharmacy), Chair of the ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Pain and Palliative Care Section Advisory Group, Board member of the Maryland Pain Initiative and appointed to the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties Role Delineation Taskforce for Pain and Palliative Care. She is currently serving on the Board of Regents for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Dr Nesbit is the Chair of the Johns Hopkins Pain Management Taskforce which is charged with reviewing current pain protocols and making any recommendations for improvements in clinical care and staff education regarding pain management.

Contact Information:

Suzanne Amato Nesbit, Pharm.D, CPE
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pain Management
Research Associate, Department of Oncology
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Department of Pharmacy
600 N. Wolfe Street / Carnegie 180
Baltimore, MD 21287-6180
Phone 410-502-3578
Fax 410-955-0287


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