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Pharmacy Practice Residency

Photo of Fort Defiance Indian HospitalFort Defiance Indian Hospital
Intersection of  Highways N12 & N7
PO Box 649
Fort Defiance, Ariz. 86504

Director of Pharmacy:
Brenda J. Benally, DPh
Email:  Brenda.benally@fdihb.org

Residency Program Director:
LCDR Anastasia Shields
Email: anastasia.shields@fdihb.org

Type of training site:
Hospital and Ambulatory Care

Accreditation:
ASHP-accredited PGY-1 residency

Facility:
Fort Defiance Indian Hospital is located on the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona, 15 minutes north of Window Rock, Arizona (the capitol of the Navajo Nation).  Fort Defiance Indian Hospital is licensed for 56 inpatient beds including: an Intensive Care Unit, Medical-Surgical Unit, OB/GYN Ward and an inpatient Adolescent Psychiatric Care Unit. The 65-exam room Ambulatory Care Center and Dental Clinic accumulates over 235,000 Outpatient visits yearly.  FDIH has a 24/7 Level 2 Emergency Room.  The hospital is a 245,000 square foot facility which opened in 2002.

Purpose Statement:
Residents completing this program will have developed the necessary skills, including leadership, problem-solving, clinical judgment and cultural sensitivity to provide a high level of pharmaceutical care within the Indian Health Service.  The residents will be proficient at delivering accurate drug information to patients, caregivers and other healthcare providers.  Each resident will have a concrete foundation in medical informatics as well as having acquired the skills to develop, implement and evaluate pharmacy programs.  The residents will be able to employ self-evaluation techniques and identify areas for continuing education to allow them to meet the needs of and provide future pharmaceutical care beyond the completion of this residency.

Rotational Experience opportunities:
Clinical Pharmacy services including pharmacy-based anticoagulation clinic, dialysis patient interdisciplinary team meetings, inpatient rotation with hospitalist provider, inpatient pharmacy care, ambulatory care for adults and pediatrics, and chart review and medication tray fill for a special education/long-term care facility. Experience also includes drug utilization review, pharmacy informatics, P&T committee involvement, policy writing, drug information and kinetics.

Special features:
Fort Defiance is located in northeastern Arizona in a high-desert climate.  It is ideal for many outdoor activities including hiking and biking.  Many ski areas are located within a day’s drive of Fort Defiance including areas in New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.  In addition, Fort Defiance is within driving distance of the metropolitan areas of Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Albuquerque.