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Pharmacy Residency Program - Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the application requirements?


A curriculum vitae, letter of intent, transcript, 3 letters of recommendation


How many pharmacy residents are accepted to the program?


Currently, there are four available resident positions.


What is the application deadline?


All application materials must be received by January 15th.


Do I need to be licensed in the state of NJ?


Yes. The program requires that pharmacy residents become licensed pharmacists in NJ as soon as possible after graduation. This will facilitate training as a resident pharmacist. Licensure by September 1st is required.


Is the residency program accredited?


The PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency was established in 2009 and is designed to follow the accreditation standards. The program has received full accreditation by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).


What are the rotations offered?


Core rotations: Acute Patient Care, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Administration, Cardiology/Anticoagulation, Geriatrics/Community Hospital, and HIV Clinic


Electives: Residents can choose to repeat any of the core rotations or select to complete a rotation based on their practice interests such as psychiatry, oncology, informatics, teaching, or transitions of care


How long is each rotation?


Most rotations comprise of learning experiences that are 4 to 6 weeks in length. Additional time may be allocated to a specific rotation based on the resident's interest and availability of preceptor.


The longitudinal rotations span over 6 months each.


What longitudinal experiences are available?


Longitudinal rotations: Antimicrobial Stewardship, Inpatient and Outpatient Anticoagulation, and CHF discharge counseling


Each longitudinal experience spans 6 months. 


What is the typical day for a resident?


  • Inpatient rounding associated with the rotation, Antimicrobial Stewardship service, warfarin dosing service, patient counseling, drug information, medication use evaluations
  • Multi-disciplinary committee participation
  • Precepting pharmacy students
  • Participating in education programs and in-services


How are residents evaluated?


The Residency Program follows the ASHP Residency Learning System (RLS) method of providing ongoing feedback. Preceptors discuss rotation expectations with the residents at the start of each rotation. Preceptors and residents discuss progress formally and informally throughout the rotation and at the conclusion of the rotation. The program uses Resitrak™, an online documentation system for documenting evaluations.


How often will I be able to contact my preceptor?


Preceptors are available on a daily basis to provide guidance and support to the residents. In addition, the residents have many resources including the RPD, clinical pharmacy team, and pharmacy management.


How often will I interact with the Residency Program Director (RPD)?


The RPD is present onsite to provide guidance and feedback to residents formally and informally throughout the program. The RPD meets with the residents on a monthly basis to discuss their progress. The RPD meets with the residents quarterly to develop an individualized learning plan focusing on the resident's goals and progress.


How do residents choose the topics for mid-year/eastern states conference?


The preceptors and the RPD discuss potential topics for projects with the residents. The resident's area of interest and the clinical need of the institution are considered when selecting a research topic.


What is the staffing component?


The residency program values a comprehensive understanding of all distributive and clinical functions of the department. The pharmacy resident is expected to fulfill staffing service every other weekend.


Do residents have their own work space?


Residents are provided with a personal workspace including a computer workstation, phone and pager within the Department of Pharmacy.


What drug information resources are available?


Residents have access to journals through the hospital's online databases, on-site library, and drug information resources such as Micromedex and Up-to-Date.


What are the stipend and benefits?


The annual stipend is $42,000. Pharmacy Residents receive paid vacation, holidays, sick time, health benefits, meal card, travel support to professional meetings, and free parking.


Is housing provided?


While on campus housing is not available, there are many affordable housing options in the area.


What is the application process?


Applicants must submit materials utilizing the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Residency Application Service (PhORCAS). For more information about PhORCAS, please see: http://www.ashp.org/phorcas


Documents that will be required to be submitted include: a curriculum vitae, letter of intent, transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation are required.


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