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Rachel Root, PharmD, MS, BCPS
PGY1 residency program director
  

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Pharmacy Department 
800 East 28th Street, Mail Route 11321 
Minneapolis, MN 55407 

Ph: 612-863-5417 
Fax: 612-863-7134 
rachel.root@allina.com

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency; ASHP-accredited

Purpose statement

PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

 

Program description

The PGY1 Residency Program at Abbott Northwestern is both flexible and focused. Residents develop skills in the provision of patient-centered care, service excellence, practice management and leadership. The pharmacy practice model combines decentralized pharmacist practice with responsibility for a drug distribution system that leverages automated dispensing cabinets and a sterile compounding facility.

Residents interact with numerous pharmacist practitioners specialized in clinical pharmacy, informatics, logistics and leadership. Residents gain valuable experience by preparing and presenting educational programs, participating in multidisciplinary patient care rounds, staffing, teaching students and completing a major research project.

Upon completion of the residency, each pharmacist will demonstrate a general practitioner and leadership and skill set. Moreover, each resident will have experienced a variety of specialty practices that will set the stage for career planning or further training. Residents will develop their own preceptor skills through their presentation experiences and student teaching. Finally, each resident will be exposed to the why and how of pharmacy practice program development and practice changes.

Learning Experiences

Required Learning Experiences*

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurosurgical/Medical-Surgical ICU
  • Orientation
  • Practice Management
  • System Formulary Management (1 week)

Elective Learning Experiences*

  • Advanced Heart Failure
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Cardiovascular ICU
  • Emergency Department
  • Executive Pharmacy Leadership
  • Hospice &Palliative Care (1 week)
  • Infectious Diseases Rounding  (2 weeks)
  • Nephrology/Solid Organ Transplant
  • Neurology/Orthopedics/Spine
  • Oncology/Hematology
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Psychiatry
  • Renal/Medical-Surgical

*Learning experiences are 4 weeks in length unless otherwise noted

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Major project
  • Medication use evaluation
  • Precepting/Teaching
  • Staffing

Staffing

Each resident staffs a decentral practice area or central pharmacy an average of two out of five weekends following completion of introductory training through the end of the residency year. Also, each resident will work three of six observed holidays. Decentral teams for weekend staffing experience include:

  • Neurology/Orthopedics/Spine
  • Oncology/Medical-Surgical
  • Renal/Medical-Surgical
  • Cardiology

    Benefits

    • Stipend: Competitive – contact site
    • Personal office space, personal computer, telephone and pager
    • Health, dental and life insurance
    • Paid time off
    • Financial support for approved national, state and local pharmacy meetings
    • Access to online resources through the University of Minnesota

    Application process

    Prerequisites

    • Doctor of pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
    • Licensure as a Minnesota pharmacist no later than August 1

    Application materials

    • Enrollment in ASHP National Matching Service (match number 110113)
    • Submit all application materials through the ASHP PhORCAS system by 1/2/2020
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Official college of pharmacy transcript(s)
    • Letter of intent
    • Letters of reference (3)