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Required Experiences

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Emergency Medicine (I, II, III, IV)
  • ED Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Administration/Management
  • Research
  • Preceptorship
  • Resuscitation

Required Core Learning Experiences

  • Orientation
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Critical Care 1
  • Critical Care 2
  • Trauma/Surgical ICU

Required Longitudinal Learning Experiences

Emergency Medicine is a longitudinal direct patient care experience that 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). Bedside medication preparation, clinical consultation, prospective order verification, discharge counseling, committee participation, and medication histories will be areas of focus during these experiences. Precepting of IPPEs, APPEs, and PGY1 residents will be available.

ED Antimicrobial Stewardship is a longitudinal experience that will allow the resident to become proficient in empiric antibiotic selection for a variety of infectious sources as well as definitive antibiotic selection for our ED culture review program. Emergency Department pharmacists provide culture review services for both the SWG and Brunswick Emergency Departments through both our Collaborative Practice Agreement as well as provider discussion.

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.

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 IPPE and 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.

Resuscitation focuses on training the resident to become an integral member of the resuscitation team in emergency response within both the Emergency Department and the hospital. This includes respiratory/full arrests (Code Blue), trauma, rapid sequence intubation, stroke, sepsis, STEMI alerts, procedural sedation, cardioversion and rapid responses within the hospital. The resident will also participate in Code Blue, Trauma, Stroke, ED Operations and EMS Protocol Development Committees throughout the year.

Required Core Learning Experiences

Orientation is required experience during the first few weeks of the residency year (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 Pharmacy and Emergency Departments, learn the computer systems and be able to perform the daily duties of a practicing pharmacist.

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.

Critical Care 1 is a 4-week direct patient care 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.

Critical Care 2 is a 4-week direct patient care 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.

Trauma/Surgical ICU is a 4-week direct patient care learning experience conducted at University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Collaboration with a multidisciplinary team including an Attending Surgeon/Anesthesiologist, Fellow, physician residents from various disciplines (Surgery, Anesthesia, and Emergency Medicine), and bedside nursing staff.

Staffing Responsibilities

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