Pharmacy Residency Program

Pharmacy Residency Program

Program Overview

The Department of Pharmacy Services offers a PGY-1, Pharmacy Practice Residency program with positions for two residents. This program has been accredited by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) since 1996. Our residency program is an organized, directed, postgraduate training program that centers on the development of the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to pursue rational drug therapy.

Program Purpose and Goals

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists who are responsible for the medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions. Residents will develop effective written and verbal communication skills in order to provide education to, and interact with, patients, students, and a multi-disciplinary team of health care providers. Residents will exercise and continue to develop leadership skills and professionalism while learning to manage their own clinical pharmacy practice. At the completion of the program, residents will be eligible for board certification and postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Program Structure

The residency is predicated on development of the knowledge, attitudes, and skills required to develop the resident's competence to provide pharmaceutical care. In order to provide training in all aspects of contemporary pharmacy practice, the resident will complete organized learning experiences in the following practice areas:

  • Acute patient care
  • Ambulatory patient care
  • Drug information
  • Drug use policy development
  • Practice management

These training segments will include the following elective learning experiences:

  • Orientation
  • Adult Medicine I
  • Adult Medicine II
  • Critical Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Ambulatory Care - learning experience and longitudinal
  • Drug Information/Medication Safety - learning experience and longitudinal
  • Major Project - learning experience and longitudinal
  • Practice Management - learning experience and longitudinal

The resident is expected to complete a major pharmacy practice project (often research oriented in nature) during the residency year. This project will be presented at the Southeastern Residency Conference and a manuscript will be prepared for journal submission. Pharmacy practice experience will include a staffing commitment every other weekend as well as one, three-hour evening shift monthly. In addition, each resident will staff the main pharmacy for a half-day shift weekly for approximately six months out of the year.

Three elective learning experiences may be chosen from the following list, all one month in length:

  • Advanced practice in any required learning experience
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neonatology
  • OR Pharmacy
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Pharmacy Operations (required for any resident without prior hospital experience)

Salary and Benefits

The resident stipend is approximately $55,000. Full employee benefits are available including medical, dental, and life insurance, and vacation and sick leave accrual. Educational travel support is provided for the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Southeastern Residency Conference, and other offerings as approved by the program director.

Application Process

The Pharmacy Practice Residency at The Medical Center, Navicent Health participates in the ASHP Matching Program and requires all applicants to participate in the Match. Applicants must be Doctor of Pharmacy candidates of an accredited school of pharmacy and be eligible for Georgia licensure. Previous hospital pharmacy experience as well as membership and involvement in pharmacy organizations is preferred. The PhorCas online application system should be utilized for submission of all application materials. Recommendations submitted on behalf of applicants should include specific criteria relating to the candidate's ability to function as a resident. All application materials should be submitted to PhorCas no later than January 1st. Applicants will be contacted regarding an interview date.

For additional information, contact:

Amanda Stankowitz, PharmD
Residency Program Coordinator

Department of Pharmacy Services
The Medical Center, Navicent Health
777 Hemlock Street, MSC 113
Macon, GA 31201

Phone: (478) 633-2037
Email: Stankowitz.Amanda@NavicentHealth.org