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IHS PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency Programs

  • Northern Navajo Medical Center

    PO Box 160 (N Hwy 491) Shiprock, NM 87420

    Phone: 505-368-7246
    Fax: 505-368-7260

    Director of Pharmacy
    CDR Clint Krestel

    Residency Program Director
    CAPT Kevin McDermott, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

    Type of Training Site
    Ambulatory Care

    Positions :1; Early Commit is not available

    Accreditation
    ASHP Accredited

    Facility Information
    The Northern Navajo Medical Center serves as a referral center for reservation-based hospitals and clinics in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah. Each year NNMC has roughly 133,000 outpatient clinic visits from 68,000 patients not including pharmacy visits.

    Goal

    Create a well-rounded, confident, and competent pharmacist practitioners capable of working in multiple clinic settings. PGY2 residents are expected to begin working towards the privileging requirements for the NNMC Pharmacist Practitioner during residency. This requires completion of physical assessment training course and obtaining 500 clinic hours in various settings.

    Vision

    National provider shortages are creating obstacles to patient care. It is the vision of NNMC to fill this gap with qualified Pharmacist Practitioners (PP). The PP assume the same level of diagnostic and therapeutic responsibilities as medical personnel, similar to nurse practitioners and physician assistants. PPs utilize comprehensive interviewing, physical assessment, and diagnostic skills to manage patients who present with common, high volume acute and chronic illnesses. Complex problems are referred to the physician.

    The NNMC PGY2 program shall provide a training environment to meet this vision.

    Rotational Experience Opportunities
    Administration

    Resident will learn administrative responsibilities, complete projects related to pharmacy administration, and develop an understanding of pharmacy leadership.

    Physical Assessment Course

    All residents shall be required to attend the NNMC Pharmacy Physical Assessment Course. This course provides training on performing general cardiology, pulmonology, abdominal, neurology, musculoskeletal, and HEENT examinations. Additionally, training on working up and evaluating common new complaints will be presented.

    Chronic Disease Management Clinic

    Manage any previously diagnosed disease states and related co-morbid conditions including but not limited to diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, asthma, COPD, heart failure, gout, hyper/hypothyroid, epilepsy, headaches, depression, GERD, sinusitis, anticoagulation, rheumatoid arthritis, and onychomycosis.

    HIV/Hepatitis C

    Specialized clinic involving care of these disease states and appropriation of funds to pay for required medications.

    Epilepsy

    Specialized clinic for the evaluation and treatment of seizure in adults.

    Anticoagulation

    General clinic for the monitoring and adjustment of warfarin, heparin products, and DOACs.

    Family Medicine Clinics

    In these clinics, residents will begin learning how to work up new complaints and hone diagnostic skills. Residents will perform appropriate physical examinations and order labs and tests as needed to treat and diagnose the patient. Focus is on common acute and chronic complaints with more complex complaints being referred to a higher level of care.

    Outpatient

    Resident shall screen medication orders, enter orders into the computer system, and counsel patients using I.H.S. techniques. Residents will be expected to review patient charts and perform necessary calculations to ensure safe medication administration.

    Drug Information

    Attend P&T and Medication Error meetings and write meeting minutes. Present case and journal article reviews to staff.

    Student Program

    Serve as primary preceptor to student(s) on rotation utilizing the ASHP preceptor roles and perform final student evaluations. Resident shall also assist Student Program Coordinator with all administrative duties.

    Other Training

    Residents shall attend Officer Basic Course (if Commissioned Corps), Indian Health Service Pharmacy Practice Training Program, and ASHP mid-year meeting.

    Special Features
    Surrounded by a land of immense natural beauty marked by towering mesas and bordered by scenic mountains, the community of Shiprock is situated on the banks of the San Juan River. Many world-class attractions are within 90 miles of Shiprock including the mountain bike meccas of Moab, Utah and Durango, Colorado. Winter sports destinations include the Rocky Mountain ski areas of Purgatory, Telluride, and Wolf Creek.

  • Whiteriver Indian Health Service Hospital

    PO Box 860 Whiteriver, AZ 85941

    Phone: 928-338-3502
    Fax: 928-338-3510

    Director of Pharmacy
    CDR Greg Sarchet, PharmD, BCPS

    Residency Program Director
    LCDR L. Michelle Vaughn, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDE

    Assistant Residency Director
    LT Marilee Chapman, PharmD, BCACP

    Type of Training Site
    Ambulatory Care

    Positions 1

    Accreditation
    ASHP accredited residency program

    Facility Information
    Whiteriver Indian Health Hospital provides services to over 20,000 Native Americans primarily of the White Mountain Apache Tribe throughout the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona. The Fort Apache Indian Reservation spans an area the size of Delaware, and is located in the high desert of Northeast Arizona. The facility receives over 120,000 ambulatory visits and 2,000 admissions annually. Local services/departments include: Outpatient, Inpatient, Emergency Room, Dental, Eye, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Dietary, Diabetes, and a full suite of Pharmacy services.

    Goal

    To prepare PGY-1 trained pharmacists to become exceptional ambulatory care practitioners. Our philosophy aligns with the Indian Health Service Mission: to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest possible level. All activities undertaken by the resident will support the IHS mission.

    Rotational Experience Opportunities
    The Whiteriver Service Unit (WRSU) PGY2 Ambulatory Care pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and residents’ prior PGY1 pharmacy residency experience to contribute to the development of exceptional clinical pharmacists in Ambulatory Care practice. The program provides PGY2 residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care. WRSU pharmacists are fully integrated into in several areas of Ambulatory Care practice, including: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Urgent Care, Dialysis, Skilled Nursing, Home Visits, and provision of vaccines for adults and children in the community. The resident will be embedded in the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and care for patients under a broad collaborative practice agreement (CPA). The Chronic Disease Therapy Management (CDTM) CPA allows pharmacists to manage diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, heart failure, chronic pain, rheumatology, hepatology, nephrology, anticoagulation, hypothyroidism, tobacco cessation, immunizations, and other chronic conditions, as well as some acute issues. PGY2 residents complete a required Pharmacy Administration and Leadership learning experience with exposure to both pharmacy and hospital administration and leaders. The resident will have the opportunity to pursue an elective rotation (Pediatrics) in addition to block rotations in PCMH, Community Outreach and ER/Outpatient Staffing, as well as experience in dialysis. PGY2 residents will precept pharmacy students. Participation in a Teaching and Learning Certificate Program is encouraged and supported. The resident will initiate and implement a residency project as a longitudinal experience including a written manuscript.

    Other Training

    Residents shall be sent to Officer Basic Course (if Commissioned Corps), Indian Health Service Applied Clinical Training Program, New Mexico Physical Assessment Course, Indian Health Service Southwest Regional Pharmacy Continuing Education Meeting (QUAD), Southwest States Residency Conference, and ASHP Midyear meetings.

    Special Features
    As the first fully accredited PGY2 residency in the Indian Health Service, we pride ourselves on pharmacy innovation. WRSU has a long history of progressive pharmacy practice and is nationally known for innovative programs. We are located in the northern area of Arizona surrounded by lakes and the largest ponderosa pine forest in the nation. During the summer months, many people come for the cool weather to fish, hike, camp and bike; and during the winter, people come for the wonderful skiing/snowboarding opportunities at the Sunrise Ski Resort. Whiteriver is an excellent home base to explore the southwest. Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson, and the Grand Canyon are all less than 4 hours away.

  • Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority

    1 Choctaw Way Talihina OK 74571

    Phone: 918-567-7000 ext. 6735
    Fax: 918-567-7037

    Director of Pharmacy
    CAPT Clint Bullock, DPh, MPH

    Residency Program Director
    CDR Ashlee Knapp Harden, PharmD, MS, BCPS

    Type of Training Site
    Medication Use Safety and Policy

    Positions 1

    Accreditation
    Awaiting ASHP Pre-Candidate approval

    Facility Information
    In 1999, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was the first tribe to build its own hospital with its own funding. The Choctaw Nation Health Care Center is a 140,000 square foot health facility with 44 hospital beds for inpatient care and 52 exam rooms located in Talihina, OK. This is the center of health care services covering 10 ½ counties of southeastern Oklahoma.

    The Choctaw Nation is the third largest Indian Nation in the United States, with close to 200,000 tribal members. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, the historic boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma. The vision of the Choctaw Nation is “To achieve healthy, successful, productive, and self-sufficient lifestyles for a proud nation of Choctaws.”

    Goal

    The Medication-Use Safety and Policy PGY2 Residency offers advanced pharmacist training that prepares them to assume a leadership role in devising and implementing system changes that improve the safety, efficiency, and appropriateness of the medication-use system.

    Rotational Experience Opportunities
    The Choctaw Nation Health Services Center (CNHSA) PGY2 Medication Use Safety and Policy pharmacy residency program builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and residents’ prior PGY1 pharmacy residency experience to contribute to the development of exceptional clinical pharmacists in Medication Safety practice.

    Rotational experiences will include required rotations in Orientation, Medication safety I including med safety principles, Medication safety II including error investigations/risk reduction strategy, Clinical Informatics, Antibiotic/Opioid stewardship, Hospital Accreditation including focus on Joint Commission medication management standards. Longitudinal rotations include Research and Quality Improvement Project and Outpatient Staffing and will include projects such as ISMP/ASHP medication safety certificate, teaching/precepting, medication safety workgroup, as well as root cause analysis participation.

    Throughout the year, the resident will be involved in pharmacy student, pharmacy resident and all staff education. The resident will also be responsible for assisting in precepting student and residents during the residency year. Participation in a Teaching and Learning Certificate Program is offered. The resident will develop a research project as a longitudinal experience and present at ASHP mid-year meeting.

    Other Training: Residents shall attend the Officer Basic Course (if commissioned corps), Indian Health Service Pharmacy Practice Training Program, and ASHP mid-year meeting.

    Special Features
    The Choctaw Nation Health Services center is located in beautiful Southeastern Oklahoma, boasting a large integrated health system that spans an area roughly the size of the state of Vermont. It is the mountain gateway to the beautiful Talimena Drive and the Ouachita National Forest. It offers many outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting. This position is the first residency of its kind in the state of Oklahoma and only the third postgraduate year 2 program within the Indian Health Service. CNHSA has had a successful PGY1 program since 2004, helping to create many leaders within the health system and IHS itself.

  • Cherokee Indian Hospital

    1 Hospital Rd, Cherokee, NC, 28719

    Phone: 828-497-9163
    Fax: 928-497-3663

    Director of Pharmacy
    CAPT Jason White, PharmD, BCACP

    Residency Program Director
    CDR Eric Metterhausen, PharmD, BCPS, CPP, CPH

    Type of Training Site
    Ambulatory Care

    Positions 1

    Accreditation
    ASHP pre-candidate status

    Facility Information
    Cherokee Indian Hospital provides services to over 14,000 patients, primarily enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, in western North Carolina. The facility receives over 115,000 ambulatory visits annually. Local services/departments include: Primary Care, Inpatient (Medical and Psychiatric), Medication Assisted Treatment, Residential Treatment Center, Emergency Room, Dental, Eye Clinic, Physical Therapy/Ortho/Wound Care, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Radiology, Laboratory, Respiratory Therapy, Durable Medical Equipment, and a wide variety of Pharmacy services.

    Goal

    To prepare PGY-1 trained pharmacists to become an independent Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners in Ambulatory Care and be well prepared for board certification. PGY-2 residents are expected to become licensed as Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners in NC. We would like to see our PGY-2 residents not only become confident and proficient in our current clinics, but also expand upon or create a new program and become future pharmacy leaders.

    Rotational Experience Opportunities
    Primary Care

    Serve as an embedded clinical pharmacist within the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model, providing chronic disease state management, medication reconciliations, drug information, patient education, and population health management. Some of the chronic disease states that are managed by the Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners include but are not limited to: hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, hepatitis C, thyroid disorders, asthma, COPD, nicotine dependence, obesity and anticoagulation.

    Geriatrics

    Work with our Geriatrics team to ensure appropriate care of our elders. In addition to those responsibilities in Primary Care, there will be an additional focus on several areas including: osteoporosis, dementia care, anticholinergic burden, and transitions of care.

    Pediatrics

    Work with our Pediatrics team with an additional focus in several areas including, asthma, obesity, and antimicrobial stewardship.

    Teaching

    Serve as a primary preceptor to APPE students utilizing the appropriate preceptor roles. An optional teaching certificate is available.

    Special Projects

    Demonstrate the ability to conduct a research or quality improvement project, generally leading to a new pharmacy service.

    Administration and Leadership

    Develop leadership skills while developing and updating policies and procedure. Attending ASHP Midyear.

    Drug Information

    Completing non-formulary request research and making recommendations to the Non-Formulary Subcommittee and P&T.

    Outlying Clinics (elective)

    Serve as the clinical pharmacist at one or both of our outlying rural clinics.

    Pharmacy Informatics (elective)

    Work with our Clinical Applications Coordinator to analyze and improve patient care through the use of technology, such as updating quick order menus, utilizing population health tools, and running reports.

    Other elective learning experiences may be developed based on resident interest and preceptor availability

    Other Training

    Residents shall be sent to Officer Basic Course (if Commissioned Corps) and ASHP Midyear meetings. A teaching certificate is optional.

    Special Features
    Located in beautiful western North Carolina, the Cherokee Indian Hospital sits right up against Great Smokey Mountain National Park. Outdoor adventure opportunities are abundant in the area including but not limited to, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, boating, and fly fishing. Within a short driving distance from the facility are several nice communities with vibrant downtowns and plenty of shopping and dining opportunities. Within about an hour drive is Asheville NC, which is renowned for its culinary, music, and art scene. Major cities nearby include Charlotte NC (3.5 hours), Atlanta GA (3 hours), and Knoxville TN (2 hours).