Will I need an Ohio pharmacy license?

Pharmacy Services/PGY1 & PGY2 Pharmacy Residency.

What if I need a leave of absence?

What situations will cause a resident to be dismissed from the program and what is the policy regarding resident dismissal?

How does the program manage duty hours and what documentation is required?

Do I attend professional conferences throughout the residency?

Yes, Pharmacy PGY1 residents will attend the ASHP Midyear meeting and the Ohio Residency Conference. Residents will also be highly encouraged to attend the Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacists meeting and other local pharmacy organizations that they have an interest in.

Does Hillcrest Hospital support travel to conferences?

Hillcrest Hospital will reimburse Pharmacy PGY1 residents for travel to and from the ASHP midyear meeting and the Ohio Residency Conference.

How are residents evaluated?

Residents are evaluated utilizing Pharmacademic. A snap shot evaluation is completed after two weeks into a rotation. Summative evaluations are completed within 5 days of completing a rotation. Residents will also be evaluated quarterly by the Program Director, and by preceptors who are working with residents in longitudinal experiences such as Research and Ambulatory Medicine.

Residents will be given a pre and a post test for each rotation and a mid-year evaluation will be completed to determine the resident’s status in the program.

How often does the resident meet with the RPD?

Formally, the RPD meets weekly with the resident to start but the RPD has an open door policy as well.

What projects or presentations are required in addition to daily clinical activities?

Residents will be responsible for one research project throughout the year as well as one MUE. Residents will also write one drug information question each month and complete a journal club evaluation or a formal presentation, two informal case presentations and possibly an in-service each month. The residents will also work on "Drug of the Day" with the Director of Pharmacy or the preceptor for the month.

What other educational opportunities are available?

Several educational opportunities are available to Pharmacy PGY1 residents including attendance at Medical Grand Rounds specific to the rotation the resident is currently on, as well as sessions on various rotations where physicians teach the house staff during or following rounds. Finally, Cleveland Clinic and Hillcrest Hospital offer an extensive selection of classes for staff with a lecture series to improve almost any weakness (teaching, communication, presentation, computer skills, etc.).

Residents will meet once a month with the Chief Pharmacy Officer of Cleveland Clinic to discuss recent administration related publications or enhance strengths.

What teaching opportunities are available at Hillcrest Hospital?

Pharmacy PGY1 residents will have the opportunity to precept students from various pharmacy schools throughout the United States. 

Is the residency accredited?

Yes, the residency is an ASHP accredited residency since 2007. It recently received a 6-year accreditation.

How many residents will be selected?

We select two residents each year.

Does this program participate in the match?

Yes, we participate in the match.

When is the application deadline?

ALL application materials are due on or before January 4. If we do not have a sufficient pool of qualified applicants, we will extend the deadline to January 15. All information must be available by the respective date listed in PHORCAS.

Does Cleveland Clinic, Hillcrest provide employment-based non-immigration visa sponsorship for pharmacy residency programs?

Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy does not provide employment-based non-immigration visa sponsorship for pharmacy residency programs.

Is an interview required?

Yes, an on-site interview is required. We will also screen potential applicants utilizing Skype and Facetime before an on-site interview is provided. Hillcrest Department of Pharmacy will offer an on-site meet and greet for potential residents in mid-December.

When will interviews take place?

Interviews will take place starting the last week of January and end the last week of February.

When does the residency begin and end?

The Residency will begin in mid-June and no later than July 1.  It will end around mid-June each year.

What is the stipend?

The stipend is $47,500.

How much vacation time is available?

Residents are permitted to take ten days of vacation during the year and must be approved by the residency program director.  Two additional days are allotted for interviews, and if needed, two professional days are allotted for any licensure issues.  Residents are encouraged to utilize days in late January and February to interview for future positions.

Vacation time may only be taken the last week of a rotation, or the first week of a rotation.

Will the residency program be showcased at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting?

Yes, the residency is showcased at the ASHP midyear. The Hillcrest residency program will be showcased with all Cleveland Clinic residency programs.

How will this residency prepare me for board certification?

In addition to the critical thinking skills you develop during patient care, the required rotations of Hillcrest Hospital's Pharmacy PGY1 residency offer an excellent preparation for the Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) exam. Hillcrest also offers a number of CE’s throughout the year in a wide variety of topics (generally about 1 per week) which help reinforce the more general range of knowledge/experience acquired in your PGY1 year. The program also includes an evidence base medicine course and review for statistics. The program also includes research lectures to assist with statistical knowledge.

What is EPIC?

EPIC is a computer-based provider order entry program utilized by Hillcrest Hospital and all Cleveland Clinic hospitals. The program integrates data from pharmacy, admissions, laboratory, radiology, nursing, medicine and microbiology. EPIC is used to perform daily pharmaceutical care duties including: providing patient demographic data, laboratory data, microbiology data, medications, parenteral nutrition information and drug concentrations. Additionally, patient daily progress notes, nursing care notes and all data pertinent to patient care is available on this computer system. Epic is utilized to document pharmacist-performed clinical activities, interventions and monitoring notes.

Is there anything else I should know?

Hillcrest Hospital Department of Pharmacy utilizes the Patient Centered Pharmacy Practice Model. This model was initiated in 2011. Pharmacists practice in unit based areas and provide all operational and clinical pharmacy care to the patient. Residents are offered the opportunity to practice in this model in a concentrated rotation.

The library has a colossal collection of online journals that you can easily access from anywhere in the hospital. If Hillcrest does not have a particular journal, articles can be obtained from Cleveland Clinic main campus in a timely manner.

Hillcrest utilizes Epic as our electronic medical record which is extremely useful for clinical activities as well as any data collection/research that may be done throughout the year.

On-site parking is available for pharmacy residents across the street from the main hospital. A shuttle service runs frequently to allow for efficient use of time.

Do you have resources available for resident apartments?
Apartment recommendations from former pharmacy residents and staff include: Hamilton House, Wynwood Apartments, and Arbor Court.

Below is a link for details regarding the above apartments and others available within 5 miles from Hillcrest Hospital:

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