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Pharmacy Residency Rotation Descriptions

Cardiology - Amanda Torbett, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCCP

Residents will gain experience serving as the cardiology drug therapy specialist, as well as the pharmacy educator, actively participating in team meetings and bedside rounds with a team comprised of a cardiology attending, fellow, medical residents, and nurse practitioners. Interventions and patient education will be documented in the medical record as appropriate. Residents will also have the opportunity to provide presentations to medical staff, precept pharmacy students, will participate in regular topic discussions, and assist in policy and/or order set development.

Cardiothoracic Critical Care - Megan Van Berkel Patel, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

During this rotation, the resident will become an integral part of the cardiothoracic surgery team and participate on daily multidisciplinary rounds. The resident will be expected to build on the basic knowledge gained during other patient care rotations, while focusing on cardiac and critical care issues. Residents will gain experience understanding hemodynamic monitoring, hemostasis, mechanical circulatory support including extracorporal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), pharmacotherapy and disease states as it relates to the cardiothoracic surgery patient. Residents will be expected to give a patient case presentation and participate in a journal club discussion with the cardiothoracic surgery team while on this rotation.

Emergency Medicine - Jeffery Galyon, PharmD, BCPS

The Emergency Medicine rotation is a four week acute care rotation designed to expose residents to key clinical, communication, and teaching skills utilized by clinical pharmacists in the Emergency Department (ED) setting. In this practice environment, residents will learn ED processes and develop an understanding of the pharmacologic management of acute and emergent disease states and traumatic injuries. Rotation activities will include response to emergency situations including acute trauma and ACLS events, supervision of pharmacy technician medication reconciliation, medication order review, drug therapy monitoring, medication preparation and delivery, provision of drug information to ED staff, and working as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team. Daily interactions with medical attendings, mid-level practitioners, nursing, and pharmacy staff will enhance professional communication and teaching skills. The rotation will focus on enhancing the resident’s teaching skills by providing opportunities for provision of direct physician and nursing staff education, as well allowing the resident to participate in multidisciplinary committees and workgroups within the ED. During the course of this rotation, residents will also assist with identifying areas for quality improvement within the ED.

Family Medicine - J. Lacie Bradford, PharmD, BCPS

Residents will gain experience managing all aspects of pharmacotherapy through active participation on daily bedside rounds with a multi-disciplinary team comprised of an attending physician, PGY1/PGY2 medical residents, medical students, pharmacy students and a clinical pharmacy specialist.  There will also be opportunities for the resident to participate in clinical pharmacy services at the outpatient UT Family Medicine Clinic. The resident will provide drug information and education to healthcare professionals as well as patients and caregivers.

Family Medicine Clinic - J. Lacie Bradford, PharmD, BCPS

The Family Medicine Clinic longitudinal rotation is a required learning experience. Residents will staff the clinic on a biweekly basis. Rotation responsibilities consist of opportunities for continuity of care with medication therapy management and patient counseling in the outpatient Family Medicine Clinic. The pharmacy resident will also be responsible for assisting the physician with pharmacotherapy plan development for the management of chronic disease states. This may include individual patient appointments with the pharmacy resident or during joint appointments with clinic physician staff to help ensure safe and effective medication use for all patients seen at the clinic. Additional routine responsibilities include reconciling mediations, review of medications for efficacy and safety, therapeutic drug monitoring, patient and caregiver counseling, response to drug information questions, and education to other healthcare professionals. The resident will also focus on provision of thorough and extensive medication reconciliations for high risk patients.

HIV Clinic - Cyle White, PharmD, BCPS, BCID; Jay Sizemore, MD

The HIV Clinic rotation is an elective four-week learning experience. The purpose of the rotation is to help the resident develop expert skills and competency in the care of patients with HIV. Residents will spend time caring for patients in both the inpatient setting at the Baroness Erlanger Campus as well as the outpatient CEMPA HIV Clinic. The majority of the learning experience will focus on outpatient management of patients with HIV. HIV clinic partners include an Infectious Diseases Physician and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner, as well as multidisciplinary team that includes nurses and case managers. Rotation responsibilities will include participation in daily rounds, provision of medication therapy management, and counseling to patients about HIV and chronic disease state management.Communication skills, both oral and written, are essential during the rotation due to frequent interactions with other members of the healthcare team. Higher level learning will be demonstrated through literature review and evaluation, patient presentations, and direct patient care. Upon completion of the rotation, the resident will have the necessary skills and experience to holistically manage patients with HIV.

Hospital Practice - Emily Garrett, PharmD, BCPS

Residents will gain longitudinal experience with the distributive functions of hospital pharmacy practice. Residents will become familiar with the medication-use system, medication and departmental policies and procedures and the skills required to serve as a clinical pharmacist during staffing requirements. Residents will also be involved with medication-use improvement projects. Residents are required to staff every fourth weekend and one four-hour evening shift per week.

Infectious Diseases - Cyle White, PharmD, BCPS

The purpose of the ID rotation is to help the resident develop expert skills and competency in the care of infectious diseases and appropriate use of antimicrobials. The activities are designed to expose the resident to the diagnosis and pathophysiology of various infections. The resident will effectively design and recommend appropriate empiric and definitive treatment regimens, including monitoring of antimicrobial therapies. The resident will also gain experience through our antimicrobial stewardship program to promote appropriate and judicious use of antimicrobial agents. The majority of the resident’s experience on this rotation will focus on bedside rounding with an ID consult service and performing hospital-wide antimicrobial stewardship. There is one ID teaching team consisting of an attending physician, medical interns, PGY2 and PGY3 medical residents, medical students, pharmacy students and a clinical pharmacy specialist. Pharmacy residents and other healthcare professionals in training also participate when assigned to the ID teaching team.

Internal Medicine - Brittany N. White, PharmD, BCPS, Emily Goodwin, PharmD, BCPS

Internal medicine is a core rotation that will expose residents to management of pharmacotherapy through active participation on daily rounds with a multidisciplinary team comprised of an attending physician, medical residents and students, and pharmacy students. Residents will develop a mastery of evaluation and management of chronic disease states as well as acute critical illnesses. In addition, residents will provide pharmacy anticoagulation and pharmacokinetic consult services, medical resident and pharmacy student education, and assist in various projects include medication use evaluations and drug information consults.

Management - Katie Duffy, PharmD, MBA

This is a four week experience that encompasses participation in multidisciplinary meetings and activities concerning the role of pharmacy across the Erlanger Health System. Residents will gain experience in all aspects of pharmacy management, and will also have the opportunity to organize meeting agendas and present material for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

Medication Use Evaluation

Residents will complete a Medication Use Evaluation (MUE) and gain experience on a smaller scale research project that has potential for great impact to both the pharmacy department and institution, as well as improvement in medication use within the health system. This experience is aimed at targeting evaluating use of a specific medication or medication issue identified within the institution. The resident will gain experience in data collection, analysis and formal presentation of results to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, as well as implementation of process improvement ideas. By the end of this experience the resident should feel comfortable in their ability to complete an MUE and implement process changes based on research results.

Nutrition Support - Breanna Carter, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Nutrition Support is a required longitudinal learning experience at Erlanger Health System. The clinical pharmacy specialist is responsible for all adult parenteral nutrition consults. This includes evaluation for appropriate use, writing parenteral nutrition orders, and monitoring labs and nutritional status of the patient. The residents will participate in a two-week Nutrition Support Bootcamp to prepare them to function as a member of the Nutrition Support Team throughout the residency program.  After the Bootcamp, residents will be responsible for completing daily parenteral nutrition consults. Residents will also participate in weekly multidisciplinary nutrition support rounds.

Oncology - Brenna Germann, PharmD, BCPS; Whitney Keithan, PharmD; Bea Turner, PharmD, BCPS

The Oncology rotation is an elective, four-week learning experience at Erlanger Health System. The rotation incorporates patient populations from two outpatient infusion centers and the inpatient oncology unit. The Baroness Infusion Center is comprised of thirty-six chairs and provides chemotherapy and non-chemotherapy infusion services. The Baroness Infusion Center pharmacy also compounds chemotherapy for patients on the inpatient oncology unit. Erlanger Gynecologic Oncology also provides infusion services to patients with ovarian, endometrial, and cervical cancers. The clinical pharmacy specialist works directly with oncologists, hematologists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to optimize pharmaceutical patient care. Routine responsibilities include: ensuring safe and effective medication use for patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings, formulation and review of chemotherapy treatment plans, addressing formal consults for non-formulary drug requests, providing patient education, furnishing drug information and education to healthcare professionals upon request, participating in quality improvement projects, personnel training for hazardous drug handling, and developing and implementing new policies and procedures.

Pediatric General Medicine - Andrea Gerwin, PharmD, BCPPS

The resident will gain an understanding of medication issues specifically related to the care of pediatric patients. During this rotation, the resident will also be exposed to various disease states including neurosurgical, pulmonary, cardiac, general medicine, orthopedic, and trauma patients. Pediatric patients often have unique conditions uncommon in adult populations. The patients will be followed closely by the resident and daily activities will include monitoring medications, labs, sedation scores, vital signs, and other information relevant to appropriate medication use. The resident will become familiar with developmental pharmacology as well as age appropriate medication dosing. Plans and issues with medication therapy will be discussed on rounds with the interdisciplinary team and with the preceptor. Recommendations will be made when appropriate and education will be provided to the team when necessary. Educational activities include regular topic discussions with the preceptor or ICU team, daily attendance at Morning Report, weekly attendance of Grand Rounds, precepting students, and one patient case presentation to be given to the clinical pharmacy staff. The resident will participate in the pediatric antimicrobial stewardship review, renal review, and anticoagulation monitoring for the Children’s Hospital. Opportunities for rounding independently with the inpatient teams and participating in outpatient clinics are also available for the advanced resident.

Pulmonary Critical Care - Cassie Hamilton, PharmD, BCCCP

During this rotation, residents will monitor patients in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) and participate in daily evaluation and assessment of patient pharmacotherapeutic needs in addition to  multidisciplinary bedside rounding. This teaching team includes an attending physician, medical residents and students as well as a clinical pharmacy specialist. Pharmacy residents and other healthcare professionals in training also participate. The resident will also gain experience in management of pharmacokinetic consults and development of proficiency in chart documentation.

Research Project Management - J. Lacie Bradford, PharmD, BCPS

Residents will gain experience in research by completing a clinical practice-related project of publishable quality. The residents will complete an extensive literature review, data collection and statistical evaluation while learning how to lead a research project.  Residents will formally present their research projects at the Southeastern Residency Conference at the end of the residency year and complete a written manuscript.  Residents will work closely with a project team that will assist and support them at every step of the research process.

Transplant - Holly Lee, PharmD

The transplant rotation is a four-week elective learning experience at Erlanger Health System that includes experiences caring for renal transplant patients at the outpatient UT Erlanger Kidney Transplant Center and the inpatient Baroness Erlanger Campus. Residents will be involved in renal transplant care including aspects such as evaluation of potential renal transplant patients and donors, care and education of new transplant patients, post-transplant care in the outpatient clinic, and any transplant patients admitted to the Baroness Erlanger Hospital. This experience will include involvement with the multidisciplinary team which is comprised of Transplant Coordinators, Nephrologists, Dieticians, Social Workers, Insurance Coordinators, Surgeons, and Pharmacists both in team meetings and in patient care. Education of patients and other healthcare professionals on the importance of transplant medications, toxicities and drug-drug interactions plays a large role in this experience. Residents will be permitted to precept and supervise 4th year pharmacy students during the rotation when the opportunity is available. The resident will be involved in protocol development, drug monograph presentation, reporting of adverse events, process improvement, and participation with the Transplant Support Group as opportunities arise. The preceptor will teach, demonstrate, review, and participate in therapeutic discussions with the goal of developing a self-reliant resident practitioner.

Trauma Critical Care - Breanna Carter, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

On this rotation, residents will act as the drug therapy specialist for the Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care Team.  Residents will actively participate in daily bedside rounds with a team comprised of an attending surgeon, surgical critical care fellow, and surgery/orthopedic surgery/emergency medicine residents and pharmacy students.  Residents may have the opportunity to precept pharmacy students, respond to trauma activations, and participate in weekly topic discussions.

Residency Contact

For more information about the Erlanger Pharmacy Residency Program, email Amanda Torbett, PharmD at Amanda.Torbett@erlanger.org.