South County Hospital has launched a pharmacy-residency program, the first of its kind in Rhode Island.
Those accepted are in their first post-graduate year. The residents work closely with a dedicated group of specialized pharmacy preceptors that mentor and train future pharmacist practitioners. Although separately administered from the University of Rhode Island, the program does benefit from URI’s strong pharmacy school.
“Residents in our program enroll in the University of Rhode Island Post-Graduate Teaching Program as a supplement to their residency program,” said Jacqueline Costantino, South County Hospital’s pharmacy team leader and director of the residency program.
“Pharmacy training is becoming more and more patient-focused,” Costantino said, “and residency training provides a focused year for licensed post-graduate pharmacists to learn specialized skill sets that help them advance the profession.”
The intense twelve-month program provides experiences in a variety of settings, focusing on the core areas of practice specified in the American Society Health-System Pharmacists Accreditation Standards.
The program is a 12-month postgraduate curriculum that offers training opportunities in acute care, ambulatory care, drug information, drug use policy development, clinical services and practice leadership. Residents will gain the necessary experience and develop critical thinking skills needed to practice in a hospital, ambulatory care or teaching environment.
Participants are required to do a research project as part of their residency, and those projects have to be presented at a national or regional meeting.
As other parts of the program, residents support both clinical and pharmacy practice at the hospital, verifying pharmacy orders, dosing medications, supporting medication reconciliation services, triaging, responding to code blue team, and supervising and overseeing pharmacy technicians and students.
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