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Postgraduate Year One (PGY1)

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at The Nebraska Medical Center offers a unique and stimulating learning environment which provides outstanding clinical training in pharmacy practice. The 12-month program is designed to develop the resident's expertise that will enable them to practice independently and excel in service, teaching and clinical research. The program provides experiences in a variety of settings including patient-centered care and pharmacy operations, as well as fostering the development of leadership skills applicable throughout a lifetime.

Residents participate in all aspects of our comprehensive pharmacy services:

  • Rounding with multidisciplinary medical teams
  • Pharmacokinetic consultations
  • Experience with clinical pathways, protocols and core measures
  • Anti-coagulation management
  • Education and precepting of pharmacy students
  • Education of patients and other health-care professionals

Rotations are designed to integrate clinical practice, drug-use evaluation, drug information and teaching. Each resident completes five required rotations including orientation (July), drug information, management, internal medicine and research (December). Each resident also completes two selective core rotations (two months each) and three elective rotations.

A resident completing this program will be a competent practitioner who will be able to function in multiple roles within a pharmacy system. Upon completion of this program, the resident will be prepared to enter a postgraduate year two residency, a fellowship program or a clinical practice position.

Benefits

Salary and Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • PGY1 residents will receive a stipend of $41,600.
  • Residents will be given 12 days for vacation and sick time during their 12-month program.

Benefits

  • Health insurance: comprehensive medical, dental and vision care coverage effective July 1.
  • Basic life insurance and long term disability coverage.
  • Residents will each receive one complimentary lab coat.

Funding for Professional Meetings

  • Financial support will be provided to each resident attending the Fall Resident Retreat, ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting, and the Midwest Pharmacist Residents Conference. Funding for additional meetings may be provided at the discretion of the director of Pharmaceutical and Nutrition Care.

Educational Leave

The program provides the following days of required educational leave which are not deducted from the resident’s PTO allotment.

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training and testing (2 days in July)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support training and testing (optional) (2 days)
  • Resident Fall Retreat (2 days)
  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting (4 weekdays)
  • Midwest Pharmacists Residents Conference (2 days)

PGY1 General Residency Requirements

Residents will be required to perform or participate in a number of activities throughout the year. These activities are designed to assure competency with the goals and objectives outlined in the Residency Learning System (RLS) and the ASHP accreditation standards. In addition to the expectations outlined in the accreditation standards, the residents are expected to be able to:

  • Display professionalism on a daily basis
  • Uphold and adhere to all standards of the pharmacy profession
  • Participate in medication use evaluation and drug policy development
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to educate, teach and lead other health care providers
  • Demonstrate the ability to educate patients in regards to medication therapy
  • Participate in quality improvement initiatives

The following specific activities are designed to achieve these outcomes and are required for successful completion of the program.

  • Residents shall participate in the residency orientation program and all resident meetings
  • Residents shall complete all service commitment required duties (including the longitudinal ambulatory care staffing experience)
  • Residents shall participate in department service documentation activities
  • Residents shall complete all required and elective rotations
  • Residents shall attend assigned medication safety seminars
  • Residents shall attend assigned department meetings
  • Residents shall participate and present in the leadership development series
  • Residents shall participate and present in journal clubs
  • Residents shall participate and present in case conferences
  • Residents shall attend the Fall Resident Retreat
  • Residents shall attend ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting
  • Residents shall participate in recruitment efforts of the department
  • Residents shall attend 85 percent of Pharmacy Grand Rounds (PGR) Seminars
  • Residents shall prepare and present three ACPE-approved continuing education PGRs
  • Residents shall participate in the teaching of P-4 pharmacy students on clinical rotations
  • Residents shall participate in teaching activities at UNMC’s College of Pharmacy
  • Residents shall successfully complete BLS and ACLS (PALS is optional)
  • Residents shall complete a research project designed to improve the services of the department and/or contribute knowledge to the Pharmacy profession
  • Residents shall present a research poster at the University HealthSystem Consortium Midyear Meeting
  • Residents shall present their research project at the Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference
  • Residents shall complete a research project manuscript
  • Residents shall complete a teaching certificate program

Staffing

PGY1 residents are required to fulfill the service commitment (staffing) designed to ensure that residents gain experience and can function as competent clinical practitioners. Each resident will train with preceptors and basic training will take place during the first month of residency. At the conclusion of the basic training period, the designated preceptors and the resident will mutually determine if the resident is ready to function independently as a pharmacist.

As part of the service commitment for PGY1 Residents, the following staffing requirements apply:

  1. PGY1 residents will staff every third weekend (10-hour shifts) and every sixth evening (five-hour shifts) for the entirety of their residency year starting in August.
  2. PGY1 residents must work two holidays.
    1. Each PGY1 resident will be required to work either Christmas Day or New Years Day.
      1. One half of the PGY1 residents will be required to work each of these holidays.
      2. This staffing obligation will also include staffing consecutive days around whichever holiday (Christmas or New Year’s) they have been assigned. This will be determined on an annual basis by the residency director in consultation with the inpatient pharmacy clinical services manager and pharmacy operations manager.
      3. Residents are not required to be on hospital grounds during the seven days around the holiday (Christmas Day or New Year’s Day) to which they were NOT assigned. These days off will not be deducted from the resident’s PTO bank.
    2. Each PGY1 resident will also be required to work one additional holiday from the following holidays recognized by The Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pharmacy:
      1. Memorial Day
      2. Labor Day
    3. All residents will have off Thanksgiving and the day-after-Thanksgiving.

Leadership Development Series

Residents are future leaders in the profession. Residents are required to attend leadership development meetings. Residents will lead article discussions regarding leadership philosophies from many aspects of life. Residents will read and discuss selected essays from the Harvey Whitney Award Lectures. Residents are encouraged to assess their own leadership philosophy/style and use the residency year as a way of further developing their leadership skills.

Fall Retreat

Each year a resident retreat is arranged to provide each resident the opportunity to participate in team building. Lectures will be provided on various topics including but not limited to the following: communication, leadership, personal growth, ethics, finance, stress management and personality traits. This is a very rewarding experience and is an overnight event.

Research Project

Residents are required to develop and complete a research project. Residents will select a research topic based on their clinical interests. Faculty and clinical staff will present project ideas during orientation. An appropriate preceptor will be selected to guide and supervise the resident. Residents will develop a formal research proposal. If necessary, the resident will submit the proposal for IRB approval. A completed research project form, formal proposal, completed IRB (if required), oral presentation at the Midwest Pharmacy Residency Conference and final written manuscript are required for successful completion of the project.

Poster Presentation at University HealthSystem Consortium

Each resident will present a poster on their research topic at the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) meeting held in conjunction with the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Attendance/Presentation at the Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference (MPRC)

Each resident is required to attend and present research findings at the MPRC held each spring. Each resident will make a brief presentation on their project which will be evaluated by a preceptor from within or outside of the program.

Pharmacy Grand Rounds

Each resident will present three formal ACPE-approved continuing education seminars during the residency program. Grand Rounds are scheduled between September through June (excluding portions of December and February). The goal of the seminar is to improve the resident’s communication skills and techniques, literature evaluation, and understanding of the continuing education process. The topic will be selected by the resident with guidance from at least one pharmacist or faculty member.

PGY1 Program Director Publications

Journal Club

Residents will formally present one journal club during the residency year to staff and faculty. This will include a self-evaluation and a formal evaluation. Residents may be asked on rotations to formally present journal articles.

Case Conference

Residents will formally present one case presentation to faculty and staff during their residency year. These cases revolve around pharmacotherapy topics, include primary literature, and be a case in which the resident was directly involved.

Teaching Certificate Program

The Teaching Certificate Program will allow the resident to participate in a wide-variety of activities related to pharmacy education and explore the external forces that impact the educational process. The focus is to introduce pharmacy residents to the many aspects involved in teaching including both didactic and clinical instruction. Residents will gain a broad understanding of pharmacy education on an institutional and national level. Residents will develop their own teaching portfolio and teaching philosophy.

Participation in teaching activities

Resident involvement in all teaching activities fosters the development and refinement of the resident’s communication skills and knowledge base. This experience can build confidence and promote the effectiveness of the resident as a teacher. Residents will serve as co-preceptors for P-4 pharmacy students on clinical rotations and are expected to act as role models for our future practitioners. In addition, residents will collaborate with the UNMC College of Pharmacy by participating in activities including inservices, didactic lectures, case studies and small group discussions throughout the year. In all circumstances, each resident will work under the guidance of a preceptor.

Rotations

Rotations are designed to integrate clinical practice, teaching and research. Throughout the year, residents participate in several longitudinal experiences to further enhance their training. Upon completion of this program, each resident will be prepared to enter a postgraduate year two residency, a fellowship or a clinical practice position.

Required Rotations

  • Orientation (July)
  • Drug Information
  • Internal Medicine
  • Management
  • Research (December)

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Ambulatory Care Clinic
  • Journal Club
  • Leadership Development Series
  • Pharmacy Grand Rounds
  • Teaching Certificate Program
  • Research
  • Service (Staffing)
  • Teaching Certificate Program

Selective Core Rotations

  • Adult Stem Cell Transplant
  • General Medical Oncology
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary Critical Care
  • Trauma Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Heart Failure/Heart Transplant
  • Adult Liver Transplant
  • Pediatric Liver Transplant
  • Kidney/Pancreas Transplant
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care

Elective Rotations

  • Any selective rotation
  • Anesthesia/Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Immunocompromised Infectious Diseases
  • Toxicology

Practice Area

The Nebraska Medical Center is the clinical partner of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), which includes the colleges of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry and allied health. UNMC, with an enrollment of approximately 3,655 students, is the only public academic health science center in Nebraska and is internationally recognized as a leader in patient care, research and education. The not-for-profit hospital is known for excellence and innovation in medicine.

The Nebraska Medical Center is a 635-bed, level one trauma center with over 40,000 emergency room visits per year. As the primary teaching hospital for UNMC, The Nebraska Medical Center is a respected leader in solid organ transplantation, cardiology, bone marrow transplantation, oncology and neurosciences. The Nebraska Medical Center brings together the expertise of private practice medicine with the strengths of an academic health center.

The Nebraska Medical Center’s many areas of specialization give the resident a variety of experiences, from the critically ill neonate to the cancer patient undergoing bone marrow transplantation. By combining state-of-the-art research, education and extraordinary patient care, we offer the best of both worlds.

The working relationship between The Nebraska Medical Center and the UNMC College of Pharmacy provides a solid foundation for a quality pharmacy residency program. The program provides an excellent mixture of clinical experiences, one-on-one interaction with faculty and clinical preceptors and the flexibility to modify the program to individual needs. In addition, the residency provides many opportunities for educating and precepting students. The end product is pharmacy training that actively involves the resident in patient care, education and research.

Qualifications of Resident Applicants

Qualifications for participation in The Nebraska Medical Center PGY1 Residency Program are in accordance with criteria set forth by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

  • Resident applicants shall be graduates of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited doctor of pharmacy degree program
  • Resident applicants must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the state of Nebraska. Licensure must be obtained by July 31
  • Resident applicants shall participate and adhere to all rules of the ASHP Resident Matching Program process

Application Information

Candidates are required to complete and submit an online electronic application through PhORCAS. No hardcopy applications will be accepted. Please review the application agreement below to proceed to the PhORCAS website. Deadline January 3.

Required application materials include the following:

  • letter of intent (addressing program specific questions)
  • curriculum vitae
  • pharmacy school transcripts
  • three narrative letters of recommendation in addition to PhORCAS standardized reference forms

Program specific application information for PhORCAS are as follows:

Letter of Intent

A one page letter of intent addressed to Dr. Patrick D. Fuller. In this letter, please address the following three statements:

  1. Why would you like to pursue a residency at The Nebraska Medical Center?
  2. Why are you choosing to complete a pharmacy residency and how do you feel this experience will influence your career?
  3. Describe one situation in which you influenced a patient’s medical therapy.

Curriculum Vitae

Your curriculum vitae must include (if applicable) a minimum of:

  • Work experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Organizational involvement and positions held
  • Philanthropy/community service
  • Presentations
  • Honors/awards
  • Research experience/publications
  • Rotational experiences

Three Letters of Recommendation

  • Three narrative letters are required along with standardized PhORCAS reference forms.
  • Two of the letters of recommendation must be from clinical preceptors who can attest to your abilities as a pharmacy professional, commenting on your character, personality, dependability, professionalism and clinical abilities.

After receipt of all application materials above, applicants will be reviewed and a select number of candidates will be invited for a required onsite interview.

Application Agreement

The applicant applying through the Pharmacy Online Residency Application Service (PhORCAS) acknowledges and agrees to the following:

I certify that the information contained in the PhORCAS application is true to the best of my knowledge and belief. I understand that any omission of facts or misrepresentation is cause for denial of employment and/or dismissal (if hired) regardless of when discovered.

I grant permission for the authorities of The Nebraska Medical Center to investigate my work references and release them and any former employer from any and all liability resulting from such investigation. Upon my termination, I authorize the release of reference information on my work.

I agree to submit to a post-offer physical, including drug and/or alcohol screening and recognize employment is contingent upon successfully meeting physical requirements.

I further agree that if I’ve been convicted of a crime, the authorities of The Nebraska Medical Center may obtain the details of my conviction to determine its relationship to the position I’m applying for as a condition of my employment.

In consideration of my employment, I agree to conform to the rules and regulations of The Nebraska Medical Center. My employment may be terminated, with or without cause, at any time, at the option of The Nebraska Medical Center or myself. I certify that the information submitted in this application is complete and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. I grant The Nebraska Medical Center permission, if necessary, to request additional information from previous schools and employers concerning my academic record and professional ability.

You will be required to obtain a Nebraska license by July 31.

Federal law requires evidence of identity and employment eligibility upon hire.

The Nebraska Medical Center is an EOE/AA Employer

Continue to the PhORCAS website

Contact

Patrick D. Fuller, Pharm.D., BCPS
PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Pharmacy Staff Development Coordinator
Adjunct Assistant Professor, UNMC College of Pharmacy
The Nebraska Medical Center
981090 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-1090
Office (402) 559-8253
Fax: (402) 559-4907
Email Patrick Fuller