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Walgreens/MCPHS University Community Pharmacy Practice Postgraduate Year 1 Residency Program


Rotations


Clinical Component

Community Practice Overview

The resident gains experience in the community setting, learning unique methods in providing quality patient care, and patient education techniques. The majority of the resident's time is spent in the community setting. Interpersonal skills are developed through interactions with patients and other healthcare providers. Operational, administrative, and management skills are developed on site.

Administrative Component

Through participation in pharmacy management meetings and planning group meetings, the resident will develop an appreciation of administrative issues including, but not limited to: staffing and resource allocation, strategic planning, budget development, productivity indicators, purchasing, contracts, and managed care.

Required Rotations

Ambulatory Care

South End Community Health Center; Boston, MA

The resident will rotate through this ambulatory care facility on a weekly basis. During this year long rotation, the resident is responsible for seeing patients with the preceptor, answering drug information questions both formally and informally, assisting in patient education groups, and providing feedback to clerkship students. Skills will be developed in assessing therapeutic outcomes, evaluating compliance, providing education to healthcare providers as well as patients, and precepting skills in an outpatient setting.

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center; Lawrence, MA

The resident will rotate through this ambulatory care facility on a weekly basis as well. During this year long rotation, the resident is responsible for answering formal drug information questions, providing in-services to other healthcare providers, assisting the preceptor in developing new programs within the clinic, as well as patient education.

Drug Safety/Drug Information

Brigham & Women's Hospital; Boston, MA

The resident will rotate through this facility on a weekly basis throughout the year. Here the resident will be exposed to medication safety concerns within a hospital, assist the preceptor in managing an anticoagulation clinic, answer formal drug information questions, as well as participate in monthly P&T committee meetings.

Academic Administration

MCPHS University; Boston, MA

The resident will work with the administration in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS University. Projects will be undertaken in conjunction with the Dean, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Department, and the experiential education coordinators.

Elective Rotations

Managed Care

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates; Boston, MA

The resident will participate in the daily operations of a managed care organization. The resident will be exposed to the operational and clinical aspects of both managed care and ambulatory pharmacy. Contemporary issues in managed care will be the resident's focus.

Academic Administration

MCPHS University; Boston, MA

The resident will work with the administration in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS University. Projects will be undertaken in conjunction with the Dean, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Department, and the experiential education coordinators.

Undergraduate Teaching

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)

The Walgreens Patient Care Center is one site participating in the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Residents will be involved in teaching students about such topics as dispensing, labeling, and proper handling of pharmaceutical products; drug literature sources; elements of a patient database; patient monitoring, compliance and outcomes documentation; interventions; patient and professional counseling.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE)

Walgreens is one of several sites that provides advanced training in community pharmacy practice. Residents will train PharmD students how to utilize clinical skills in the community setting. Students will critically evaluate pharmacotherapy, devise treatment plans, and participate in the provision of pharmaceutical care and disease state management. The residents will facilitate an Over - The - Counter Competency with the students to expand upon their knowledge base relative to the over - the - counter medications. Additionally, residents will introduce various personal development skills to the students. Lastly, the residents will critically evaluate the students on presentations, assignments, and progress throughout the five-week APPE.

Advanced Practice Management (APM)

The residents will serve as an instructor in Advanced Practice Management lab. This laboratory experience, required for all pharmacy students, involves the evaluation and dispensing of medications in a simulated pharmacy setting. Emphasis is placed on patient counseling techniques through discussion groups with students, monitoring patients for appropriateness of therapy, and development of information processing and evaluation skills. The laboratory requires the resident to be at the University for one of four hour sessions per week.

Pharmacotherapeutics Seminar

The resident will have the option to serve as a facilitator in the Pharmacotherapeutics Seminar. Pharmacy students apply information learned in Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics to develop patient care plans. The plans are presented by each group and are critically evaluated and deliberated. Another component of seminar incorporates problem-based learning in which students identify and present weekly learning issues pertaining to patient cases.