Consistent with the commitment of the hospital and the Department of Pharmacy, a number of individuals play key roles in the administration of the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. The individuals and their respective roles follow:
Director of Pharmacy
The Director of Pharmacy has ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the pharmacy department and ultimately the residency program. The Director of Pharmacy along with the Residency Program Director will set the goals and timelines for the program. The Director is responsible for reporting to hospital administration on the progress and performance of the residency program.
Residency Program Director
The Residency Program Director works to assure that the overall program goals and specific learning objectives are met, training schedules are maintained, and appropriate preceptorship for each experience or training period is provided and that resident evaluations are conducted routinely and based on pre-established learning objectives.
The Residency Program Director serves as the chairman of the Residency Advisory Committee and assumes a lead role in program administration and program recruitment activities.
Residency Program Coordinator
The Residency Program Coordinator works with the Director of Pharmacy and the Residency Program Directors to ensure the program goals and learning objectives are met, training schedules are maintained, appropriate preceptorship for each rotation or training period is provided, and resident evaluations are conducted routinely and based on pre-established learning objectives. The Residency Program Coordinator also serves as Secretary of the Residency Advisory Committee and assumes a lead role in program administration and recruitment activities.
Each experience has a pharmacist preceptor who develops and guides the learning experience to meet the residency program’s goals and objectives, and with consideration of the resident’s goals, interests and skills. The preceptor periodically reviews the resident’s performance, with a final written evaluation at the conclusion of the learning experience.
Each resident is assigned a preceptor to be an advisor during the orientation month to advise him or her throughout the year. Advisors review the resident’s broad plan and assist them in developing a program of development for the year. On a quarterly basis, the advisor reviews the residents’ progress, and together with the resident, makes modifications in the plan for development. The advisor also guides the resident as they select their project and to find preceptors to assist them with their presentations and to guide them in career choices.
Residency Advisory Committee
The Residency Advisory Committee is a standing committee of the Department of Pharmacy. It is composed of residency preceptors, invited to serve by the Director of Pharmacy and respective Residency Program Director. The Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of Pharmacy and the Residency Program Director, and endeavors to maintain the quality and consistency of the residency program. The committee provides a forum for preceptors to discuss common concerns, to develop additional learning experiences, and to promote new and innovative areas of practice. The committee meets on a monthly basis. The specific functions of the committee include:
Big Brother / Big Sister
In the spring of each residency year, following the results of the residency match, incoming residents are assigned a big brother or big sister. This role is fulfilled by residents completing the program to assist incoming residents with their efforts to relocate and begin their year. Activities of the Big Brother or Big Sister include assisting with relocation, finding housing, licensure, orientation, mentoring and fellowship.