The Baptist Health Louisville PGY1 residency program provides a comprehensive training environment in a large community based hospital practice. The program is designed to give the resident a breadth of experiences including direct patient care, project management, distributive operations and drug information/literature evaluation. Scholarly endeavors, including the design of continuing education, participation in the peer-review process, and engagement in pharmacy research is encouraged. By the conclusion of the residency year, the trainee will have acquired the confidence to be an independent practitioner in the many facets of general pharmacy practice.

Required rotations – The PGY-1 program is designed to provide direct patient care experiences typical of a large community based hospital setting. Required learning experiences are selected in a sequence to provide the resident an opportunity to be a competitive candidate for a specialized PGY-2 if desired.

Concentrated Rotations:

  • Orientation (6 weeks)
  • Critical Care (4 weeks)
  • Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship (4 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Pharmacy Management (4 weeks)
  • Transitions of Care (4 weeks)
  • Ambulatory Care (4 weeks - residents choose one of two available experiences)
    • Medication Management Clinic
    • Heart Failure Clinic

Longitudinal Rotations:

  • Nutrition Support (3 weeks)
  • Code Response (6 weeks)
  • Clinical Project Management (12 months)
  • Pharmacy Distribution/Staffing (12 months)
  • Research Project (12 months)
  • Teaching and Learning Program (12 months)

Elective Rotations – The following elective rotations are available to the residents to tailor their residency experience to meet their needs and interests.

  • Cardiology (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Heart Failure Clinic (4 weeks)
  • Hematology/Oncology (4 weeks)
  • Informatics (4 weeks)
  • Medication Management Clinic (4 weeks)
  • Advanced Clinical Oncology and Palliative Care (4 weeks)
  • Advanced Critical Care (4 weeks)
  • Advanced Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Advanced Internal Medicine (4 weeks)

Teaching Experiences – Residents will participate in Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Science's Teaching and Learning Curriculum. This program includes didactic instruction in educational methods and experiential practice in lecturing, leading small group activities, and precepting. Residents will work with the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy to practice their own skills in teaching and precepting in a wide variety of situations. At the end of the program the resident will have prepared a teaching philosophy and teaching portfolio.

Staffing – The resident will be required to staff every fourth weekend in the central distributive pharmacy and two evenings each month. Upon completion of training, the resident will serve as a pharmacist with other staff in the areas of order entry verification and sterile compounding. Through these activities, residents will gain experience as a staff pharmacist, learning to lead teams of peers and technicians through daily pharmacy tasks. 

Professional Development - During the course of their residency year, residents will be involved in the following professional and scholarly activities:

  • ACLS certification/code participation 
  • ACPE-accredited continuing education presentation  
  • Poster presentation at a national meeting 
  • Platform presentation at a regional residency meeting
  • Longitudinal hospital and system committee involvement

Baptist Health Louisville seeks to provide residents with professional support beyond the educational and experiential training received via learning experiences, and to enable residents to achieve their immediate and lifelong professional and personal goals.  Residents will have the opportunity to select a mentor who will serve as a resource for general guidance and support.  Additionally, residents will participate in a longitudinal Life Pearls series, which may include but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Professionalism
  • Documentation and liability
  • Advocacy and involvement in professional organizations
  • Resiliency and wellbeing
  • Interviewing and CV writing
  • Medication errors
  • Financial planning
  • Preparing for board certification exams

Evaluation – The evaluation process will be in compliance with ASHP accreditation standards. PharmAcademic™ evaluation system will be used for written summative evaluations at the end of all month-long rotations and quarterly for longitudinal activities. In addition to formal assessment regarding progress towards residency objectives, preceptors also utilize verbal and written formative evaluations during rotations, presentations and on written activities to encourage resident development.

Graduation and Certification – Upon successful completion of the residency program, the resident will receive a certificate verifying completion of the program in accordance with ASHP Regulations on Accreditation of Pharmacy Residencies.

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