Residency Learning Experiences
Practice Site Orientation – 1 month
During the first month of the program, the resident participates in orientation activities at OU Medical Center. This rotation is designed to familiarize the resident with the primary practice site and to prepare the resident to function as a staff pharmacist in the inpatient setting. Residents begin training in investigational drugs and drug information during this month in addition to completing institutional review board requirements for conducting research.
Clinical Staffing Orientation – 1 month
This rotation will take place over 2-weeks in December and is designed to expose the resident to the roles and responsibilities of the clinical pharmacy specialists in an effort to prepare the resident for their clinical staffing weekend shifts in the Spring semester of their longitudinal staffing requirement.
Ambulatory Care – 1 month
The rotation in ambulatory care pharmacy practice is designed to provide the resident with an introduction to the outpatient management of thromboembolic disorders and diabetes as well as co-morbid diseases such as hypertension and dyslipidemia. Additionally, the experience allows residents to learn how pharmacists may be involved in the care of patients in an ambulatory care setting.
Adult Internal Medicine – 1 month
The internal medicine rotation is designed to promote the development of skills necessary to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care services to internal medicine inpatients. The pharmacy resident joins a medicine teaching team consisting of physicians, physician trainees, the pharmacist preceptor, and pharmacy trainees. Patients assigned to the internal medicine teaching teams represent a wide variety of disease states including but not limited to diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure, end-stage liver disease, lower respiratory tract infections.
Critical Care – 1 month
The critical care rotation is designed to provide the resident with an opportunity to be exposed to the management and care of critically-ill patients. The pharmacy resident will be a member of a teaching team composed of medical students, mid-level practitioners, medical residents, and an attending physician. Critical care opportunities include the Medical Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The resident will be exposed to disease states and/or topic discussions including sepsis/septic shock, ICU related infections (e.g., ventilator associated pneumonia) inotropes and vasopressors, sedation, analgesia, and neuromuscular blockers.
Inpatient Infectious Diseases - 1 month
The inpatient infectious diseases rotation is designed to provide the resident with an opportunity to design, monitor, and re-design patient specific infectious diseases pharmacotherapy for patients on the infectious disease consult service. The pharmacy resident will be a member of a teaching team that includes an infectious diseases attending physician, infectious diseases fellow, and internal medicine residents. The resident will be exposed to a variety of disease states/infections including endocarditis, opportunistic infections, meningitis, multi-drug resistant infections, and invasive fungal infections.
General Pediatrics – 1 month
The general pediatric rotation is designed to provide the resident with exposure to disease states and various pharmacotherapy topics in children. The pharmacy resident will join a teaching team composed of medical students, medical residents, and an attending physician. Residents will be exposed to a variety of disease states including but not limited to asthma, sepsis work-up, a variety of viral and bacterial infections, bronchiolitis, seizure disorders, and pediatric pain management.
Elective Rotations – 3 months
Elective rotations can be tailored to the resident’s interests. Offerings include ambulatory care and acute care rotations including cardiology, bone marrow transplant, oncology, hematology/oncology, and nephrology. Residents will also have the potential to work with residency preceptors to develop additional learning experiences.
Research – 1 month and longitudinal
Residents complete a research curriculum which includes the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Institutional Review Board (IRB) certification for conducting human research and specific research training sessions through Resident Rounds. Each resident designs and executes an original research project under the mentorship of their research committee, which consists of the residency program director, an expert in the practice area in which research will be conducted, and an expert in study design, data analysis, and statistical methods. Residents present preliminary research findings as a poster at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and final results as a podium presentation at the Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Residency Research Conference. In accordance with ASHP standards, residents prepare a high-quality manuscript based on their research findings.
Pharmacy Practice Management – 1 month and longitudinal
Pharmacy practice management describes the participation in institutional programs and activities involving the medical and pharmacy staff, as well as adherence to established practices, procedures, and policies of the institutions and affiliated hospitals. Specifically, residents are assigned to institutional committees and are expected to actively participate in committee activities as well as other development experiences at OU Medical Center and OU College of Pharmacy.
Teaching and Methodology - Longitudinal (12 months)
The teaching and methodology rotation consists of both didactic and experiential components designed to promote integration and application of various aspects of teaching and optimize learning through a variety of teaching experiences. The course coordinator and education specialist work closely with each resident to ensure adequate support in each of the teaching opportunities. Resident learning is predicated not only on the responsibilities given, but also on acceptance of personal responsibility and dedication to educational objectives.
Continuity of Care Clinic - Longitudinal (6 months)
Continuity of care clinic experiences takes place in the second half of the PGY1 pharmacy residency (January through June). Residents provide pharmaceutical care services to patients on a regular basis (usually weekly) in the same outpatient setting for a period of six months. This gives residents the opportunity to practice longitudinally in one setting and see patients on return visits to the clinic. Available experiences include management of diabetes, thromboembolic disorders, and infectious diseases (HIV).
Drug Information/Medication Use Evaluation - Longitudinal (12 months)
Since the development of strong drug information skills is essential for pharmacy practitioners, this experience is present throughout the entire residency program. Residents participate in defined drug information activities, such as the completion one drug information question, preparation of drug monographs for formulary consideration, participation in antibiotic streamlining activities, presentation of an educational seminar for nurses or staff pharmacists, and development and presentation of at least one medication use evaluation (MUE).
Service Commitment/Investigational Drug Service - Longitudinal (12 months)
As an integral component of the PGY1 pharmacy residency, PGY1 pharmacy residents learn to function independently as a staff pharmacist within the OU Medical Center Department of Pharmacy (approximately every third weekend rotation). In the Fall semester, the resident will be exposed to and fulfill responsibilities of a staff clinical pharmacist in both the Presbyterian Pharmacy and the Children’s Hospital pharmacy. In the Spring semester, the resident will be exposed to and fulfill the responsibilities of a clinical pharmacy specialist. In addition, residents participate in educational programs and departmental staff meetings as assigned.
Investigational Drug Service:
Residents receive training and mentorship in the handling of investigational drug products and research protocols at OU Medical Center. As functioning pharmacists, residents manage the use of investigational drug products (a component of the service commitment experience) in accordance with OU Medical Center policies and procedures.