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About the Program

Located on the western edge of Cleveland, Fairview Hospital is a Level II trauma center with a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. Other medical specialties include cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, critical care, neonatology, oncology, orthopedics, and pediatrics. Residents will assist in the training of Doctor of Pharmacy Candidates from The University of Toledo, Ohio Northern University, Northeast Ohio Medical University and other colleges of pharmacy affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

Required Rotations (5): internal medicine, critical care, unit-based pharmacy practice model, pediatrics (including neonatal intensive care, obstetrics), administrative practice

Elective Rotations (3): acute inpatient family medicine, oncology, pediatric psychiatry, adult psychiatry

Presentations

Effective communication skills are critical as a pharmacy practitioner. Many opportunities exist to refine these skills in each rotation. The following presentations and writing are required for each rotation:

  • Formal presentations on disease states or other topics of interest will be presented to preceptors, students, Fairview Hospital pharmacy staff and other individuals from Fairview Hospital. In addition, the resident will prepare regular journal “club” presentations as well as case presentations.
  • Completion and presentation of at least one formulary review monograph.
  • Pharmacy or nursing in-services will be presented during each rotation. Topics will be selected in conjunction with the preceptor, unit-based pharmacist and pharmacy management staff.
  • The residents' major project will be presented to preceptors at Fairview Hospital and at Great Lakes Residency Conference. The presentation is 15 to 20 minutes, with an additional 5 to 10 minutes allotted for questions.
Meetings and Conferences

Travel to pharmacy professional meetings is an important component of the Fairview Hospital pharmacy residency. All residents are required to attend the ASHP Midyear meeting, during which residency recruitment occurs. In the spring, residents formally present their projects at the Great Lakes Residency Conference. Accommodations, travel and expenses will be reimbursed for local, state and national meetings.

Study Completion

Residents will complete a study in the early part of the residency year with the intent of preparing a poster for presentation at the ASHP Midyear Meeting. The goal is to help the resident learn how to develop a systematic process designed to improve the medication process. A mentor will be assigned to help the resident with the project.

Staffing Requirements

ASHP guidelines recommend that each resident complete a pharmacy practice component of the residency program. The staffing component is crucial to the development of professional practice skills and of pharmacy practice distribution skills.

Residents will gain proficiency in distribution skills, incorporation of clinical services and development of personnel management skills. They also will develop insight into the operations, policies and procedures of an acute care facility.

  • Scheduled duty hours will be 11 days in a two week (pay) period. Rotational responsibilities will generally be during the day shift Monday through Friday. In addition, staffing responsibilities will be on weekends and holidays and could be either for any shift (primarily day or evening shift).
  • Pharmacy practice residents are required to staff every other weekend in the Pharmacy. Residents will also staff on three of the six major holidays.
  • Residents may choose to cover additional pharmacist shifts and will be compensated at the standard time and a half pharmacist rate. Residents are reminded that the primary objective of the residency year relates to the residency program objectives. Achievement of these objectives should not be hindered by other activities, including extra staffing.
  • Pharmacists in the assigned practice areas serve as preceptors for the practice (staffing) rotation. Evaluations of the resident’s performance in this component of the program are completed three times during the residency year. Residents are expected to complete an evaluation of the staffing component and offer suggestions for improvement of operational procedures.
Evaluations

During the year, residents will be evaluated by rotation preceptors, the program director, and themselves.

Prior to the start of each new rotation, the resident will meet with the rotation preceptor to discuss and customize the rotation's goals and objectives in order to meet the specific needs of the resident.

During the rotation, residents meet with preceptors on a regular basis, as determined by the preceptor and resident. Preceptors and residents should meet after one week of the rotation is complete to discuss any changes that are needed. Preceptors will complete a snapshot evaluation after rotations are complete and the pharmacy resident will complete a self- evaluation.

Within two to three days of completing the rotation, residents meet with their preceptors for evaluation purposes: preceptors evaluate the residents; residents evaluate preceptors and the rotation; and they conduct a self-assessment. Any modifications to the rotation or its goals and objectives may be discussed. All resident and rotation evaluations must be in written form and included in ResiTrak.

Residents and preceptors will complete the evaluations separately and then meet to discuss the evaluations. Each resident will keep copies of the rotation evaluations and quarterly evaluations electronically in the ResiTrak system as well as in the resident binder. Evaluations in ResiTrak are available to the preceptors, and all members of the Resident Steering Committee.