The resident has direct patient care responsibilities with a focus on continuity of care. Pharmacists practice under a robust collaborative practice agreement that allows for independent clinical decision making. Residents maintain an individual patient schedule and establish their own patient panel. Pharmacists are highly integrated into the patient-centered medical home making the standard of care interdisciplinary.
Patient care activities include but are not limited to:
The nursing home experience is a longitudinal, interdisciplinary rotation that focuses on geriatric care and provision of geriatric medication education to medical residents. The pharmacy residents participate in and facilitate geriatric topic discussions, serve as a drug information resource, and conduct comprehensive medication reviews to optimize the care of elderly patients. This experience offers an opportunity for the resident to refine skills in advocating for pharmacy involvement.
Residents are required to have a minimum of 400 hours of experience (not including IPPE) in both community and inpatient pharmacy settings. A highly-effective ambulatory care pharmacist has baseline knowledge across the continuum of care and acts as a liaison between practice settings. If a resident’s previous experiences do not meet one of the three month minimums, the experience will be built into the resident’s customized learning plan.