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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program in the Ambulatory Care/Specialty Setting

Residency Program Director

Elizabeth Koczera

Elizabeth A. Koczera, PharmD, BCACP
Ambulatory Care Pharmacist
PGY1 Residency Program Director

For questions, please email elizabeth.a.koczera@hitchcock.org.

Residency Program Coordinator

Gabrielle Plaia

Gabrielle N. Plaia, PharmD, AAHIVP
Specialty Pharmacist-HIV
PGY1 Residency Program Coordinator

For questions, please email gabrielle.n.plaia@hitchcock.org.

Thank you for your interest and consideration in our PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program.

Program purpose

To provide experiences to develop pharmacy practitioners who will possess the knowledge of the systematic processes associated with medication acquisition, appropriateness, and accreditation standards as well as clinical knowledge to provide high-quality patient care to advance pharmacy practice.

The primary goals of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program in the ambulatory care-specialty pharmacy practice setting are as follows:

  • Develop competent pharmacists, capable of practicing at a clinical pharmacist level in any pharmacy setting by successfully completing each learning experience.
  • Prepare residents to pursue and be employed as a specialty staff pharmacist in the specialty of the resident's choice.
  • Prepare residents to successfully challenge the BCPS examination at the conclusion of the PGY1 program.
  • Prepare residents to successfully match at the PGY2 program of the resident's choice.

Required learning experiences

  • Orientation
  • Hematology/Oncology Clinic
  • HIV/ID Clinic
  • Inpatient Internal Medicine/Cardiology
  • Primary Care Clinic
  • Rheumatology Clinic
  • GI/HCV Clinics
  • Administration

Elective learning experiences

  • Allergy Clinic
  • Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonary Clinic
  • Dermatology Clinic
  • Emergency Medicine Department
  • Geriatrics Service
  • Pediatrics/Endocrine Clinics
  • Investigational Drug Services
  • Medication Therapy Management
  • Neurology Clinic
  • Transplant
  • Transitions of care
  • Additional opportunities may be available upon request

Longitudinal learning experiences

  • Specialty Pharmacy/On-call
  • Outpatient Pharmacy Practice
  • Drug Information
  • Anticoagulation
  • Longitudinal research project
  • Medication use evaluation
  • Teaching Certificate Program

Additional responsibilities

Medication use evaluation

The resident will complete one medication usage evaluation during the first half of the residency year, and present the completed MUE results at ASHP Midyear/Vizient meeting via a poster presentation.

Longitudinal research project

The resident will complete one longitudinal research project throughout the residency year. This project may be original research or a development/enhancement of pharmacy services. Completed results will be presented as a poster presentation at the Eastern States Residency Conference in May. In addition, you will complete a manuscript suitable for publication.

Continuing education

The resident will present two ACPE accredited presentations during the residency year. The topic should surround a controversial oncology topic, new medication, or guideline update.

ACPE continuing education presentation

  • Two ACPE Continuing Education Presentations for pharmacists
  • One ACPE Continuing Education Presentation at New England Alliance of Health NEAH Annual Continuing Education Retreat

Staffing

The resident will staff in both the outpatient pharmacy and in specialty services. They will carry the specialty pharmacy services on-call pager one week monthly. The resident will be expected to staff 16 hours every other week in the outpatient pharmacy alternating with 4-8 hours of specialty pharmacy services staffing. The resident will not be expected to staff holidays or Sundays, but will staff the weekends before/after a holiday and be expected to carry the specialty services on-call pager for two holidays.

Teaching certificate

There will be an opportunity to participate in a teaching certificate program during the PGY1 year. We determine the provider of the teaching certificate program on a yearly basis. The resident is not required to participate in this program.

APPE pharmacy student precepting

The resident will have the opportunity to co-precept APPE pharmacy student activities throughout the year.

Benefits

Stipend: $47,486

Earned time:

  • Sick days: 4 days
  • Holidays: 4 days
  • Vacation days: 10 days
  • Interview days: 5 days

Professional travel:

  • ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Vizient Consortium Pharmacy Network Meeting
  • Eastern States Regional Residency Program

How to apply

Please submit all application materials via PhORCAS.

Application deadline: January 1st

Must have a valid pharmacy license to practice in the state of New Hampshire by August 1st.

Application submission:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • College Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • PhORCAS Residency Program Application
  • ASHP Residency Matching Program registration

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