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Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Emergency Medicine
  • ED Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Administration/Management
  • Research
  • Preceptorship

Required Core Learning Experiences

  • Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Emergency Medicine will prepare the resident to be proficient in common disease states seen within the Emergency Department. Residents will receive advanced training in Emergency Medicine including: trauma, toxicology, code response (code blue adult and pediatric, stroke, STEMI, and rapid response), and Emergency Medicine Services (EMS).

ED Antimicrobial Stewardship is a longitudinal experience allowing the PGY2 resident to become proficient in empiric antibiotic selection for a variety of infectious sources as well as definitive antibiotic selection for our ED culture call-back program. Emergency Department pharmacists provide culture call-back services for both the SWG and Brunswick Emergency Departments.

Administration/Management will expose the resident to administrative responsibilities within the Emergency and Pharmacy Departments. Residents will focus on emergency/disaster preparedness, medication safety, core measure/quality initiatives, and CPOE/smart pump utilization. The resident will provide quality assurance oversight for the ED technician medication reconciliation program.

Research is a longitudinal learning experience that will allow the PGY2 resident to further their knowledge base on the research process, refine pharmacotherapeutic skills required to conduct a research project, and present and publish results. Every resident will conduct research in the field of Emergency Medicine pharmacy to improve patient care and further the practice of pharmacy. Formal presentations will include a fall, winter, and spring state, regional, or national poster or podium presentation with the end goal being to publish the research project in a national journal.

Preceptorship allows the resident to serve as a co-preceptor for APPE students as well as PGY1 Pharmacy Residents. The PGY2 resident will provide lecture driven topic discussions to APPE students and PGY1 residents throughout the residency year. Opportunities for presentations to SWG Medical and Nursing staff as well as EMS departments will also be available.

Required Core Learning Experiences

Antimicrobial Stewardship is a concentrated, 2-week learning experience focusing on empiric antibiotic selection, culture reports, and antibiotic utilization for Southwest General patients. Collaboration between antimicrobial stewardship pharmacists, physicians, and other clinical providers will allow the resident to become independent in making therapy recommendations based on Southwest General antimicrobial formulary.

Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit is a 4-week learning experience focusing on management of post-PCI, open heart surgery, and other cardiovascular conditions. Collaboration with providers and nursing staff focusing on adherence to guideline recommended therapy for congestive heart failure patients. Provide patients with the necessary tools to help manage their disease state with appropriate medication counseling. Training with our ACLS SIMM Man will also be provided.

Department of Pharmacy Orientation is required during the first month (longer or shorter depending on past experience and present abilities). The purpose is to provide the PGY2 resident with a foundational rotation at Southwest General where he or she will be oriented to the department, learn the computer systems and be able to perform the daily duties of a practicing staff pharmacist. During this time, the resident will be coached by the inpatient manager and have guidance from various pharmacists to ensure they are competent in performing the necessary pharmacist tasks.

Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit is a 4-week learning experience integrating the resident into the critical care team including physicians, nurses, case management and dieticians. The resident will use evidence based therapy to care for an array of medically complex patients. The resident will take the primary pharmacy role in all intubations, code blue and stroke responses. Precepting PGY1 residents and APPE students will also be available.

Staffing Responsibilities

  • The resident will provide clinical staffing every 4th weekend
  • 1 major and 1 minor holiday