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Residency Program

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Research Project

The PGY1 resident will complete a research project that will be presented at the Eastern States Residency and Preceptors Conference. The PGY2 resident will complete a research project that will be presented at a conference relevant to their clinical specialty. This project can be of original research, a problem-solving exercise or development, or an enhancement or evaluation of some aspect of pharmacy services. A publication-quality manuscript of the residency project must be submitted to the Residency Program Director prior to completion of the program.

Improvement Project

All PGY1 residents will complete one project that focuses on identifying an opportunity for/implementing an improvement within the Department of Pharmacy. The project may relate to an opportunity for improvement in pharmacy processes, systems, medication usage, or any other identified area. The results of this project will be presented at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Formal Patient Case Presentations

All residents are required to prepare and present two formal patient case presentations during the residency year. The goal of these presentations is to discuss a disease state and drug therapy of a particular case that the resident encountered during a rotation, incorporating and evaluating primary literature.

Pharmacy Grand Rounds

All residents prepare and present one formal ACPE (American Council on Pharmacy Education) accredited pharmacy Grand Rounds during the residency year. The goal is to expand the resident’s communication and presentation skill set. The topics review pharmacotherapeutic principles and disease states based on the educational needs of the department.

Journal Club

All residents will present two formal journal clubs during the residency year. This experience is designed to help residents evaluate and appraise medical literature through the evaluation of statistical methods used, the statistical and clinical significance of study results as well as the impact on current and future practice.

Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS) & Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

BLS certification is required of all residents. ACLS is required for PGY1 and PGY2 critical care pharmacy residents and is optional for all others.

Adult Cardiopulmonary Arrest Pager

The purpose of this learning experience is to expand the resident's competency in adult cardiopulmonary arrests outside the intensive care unit (ICU). This is a required longitudinal experience for PGY2 critical care residents and a concentrated experience for PGY1 residents during a critical care or emergency medicine rotation.

Resident Core Topic Series

The Resident Core Topic Series is a monthly forum where residents learn about fundamental clinical topics pertaining to pharmacy practice. These preceptor-facilitated discussions are tailored to PGY1 residents, but all residents are encouraged to attend. Discussions are high-level and interactive, allowing residents to gain a deeper understanding of the literature and evidence-based guidelines. Each PGY2 resident serves as a facilitator of a discussion in the respective specialty area.

Weekend Coverage

PGY1 pharmacy residents work on-site in the pharmacy satellite and designated decentralized areas at the Weill Cornell Medical Center campus every third weekend. Duties include:

  • Pharmacy satellite operations
  • Drug information coverage
  • Pharmacokinetic drug monitoring

PGY2 pharmacy residents work on-site at their assigned campus every third weekend. Duties will be specific to the program.

Management Project

The PGY1/2 HSPAL resident will be responsible for conducting or participating in a departmental project/initiative over the 24-month program that focuses on optimizing a management-related problem. The resident, in conjunction with their preceptor(s), will be responsible for identifying a need in the institution and, designing a project to address the need identified. This may include collecting, analyzing, and presenting relevant data or information from contemporary processes and/or literature review; developing a plan for implementation of a department initiative; and detailing a follow-up plan to ensure the need was met appropriately.

Leadership Pearls

Over the course of the second year, the PGY1/2 HSPAL resident will present at least 2 pharmacy leadership pearls related to evidence-based leadership resources at a pharmacy management forum. The goal of each pearl is to convey one idea, concept or fact that can prove useful to day-to-day leadership or management. It may be a new topic to the leadership group or one that is not widely understood. The chosen pearl should be useful, practical, applicable and innovative.

License Requirements

A limited (intern) permit or NYS pharmacist license is required prior to the start of the residency. PGY2 residents who are licensed as a pharmacist in another state do not need a limited (intern) permit unless their NYS pharmacist license will be delayed.

All residents are required to be licensed as a pharmacist in the state of New York within 90 days from the start of the program. This may be accomplished by primary examination, score transfer, or reciprocity.

Residents seeking NYS licensure through primary examination may complete the compounding exam offered by NewYork-Presbyterian in place of Part III of the New York State Board Exam.