FMC PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
At Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, the focus of our acute care PGY1 pharmacy residency program is to develop clinical pharmacists who can provide optimal patient care and improve patient outcomes. Upon graduation the resident should be able to exhibit professional leadership skills, and function as a competent practitioner prepared to work in a variety of pharmacy practice areas and roles. The residency program provides a strong clinical foundation, while allowing flexibility to meet the needs and interests of individual residents. The program goals, objectives, and evaluation processes are established in accordance with ASHP standards.
Pharmacy PGY1 curriculum
|IV room operations|
|At least two of the following (internal medicine):
|At least one of the following (critical care):
|Required longitudinal rotations|
|Research Project/Medication use evaluation|
|Ambulatory Care (stroke bridge clinic, anticoagulation clinic)|
|Investigational drug services|
|Optional teaching certificate (Campbell University or High Point University)|
|Formal lecture and laboratory facilitation opportunities at High Point University|
|Opportunities to teach didactic lectures to Campbell University medical students|
|Mentor and co-precept 4th year pharmacy students|
|Every third weekend staffing, alternating between first and second shift serving as a clinical verification pharmacist.
Residents will staff approximately one evening (4-8pm) every 10 days on a rotating basis, performing discharge counseling throughout the hospital.
|Service on hospital and department committees|
Upon completion, residents will have gained the following skills:
- An understanding of improvement in the medication use process
- Proficient leadership and practice management skills
- Valuable and efficient patient-centered medication therapy management skills
- Contribution to interdisciplinary teams
- Professional development
|10 days, with 5 additional professional days|
|Medical insurance provided with low monthly premium|
|Vision and dental insurance available with low monthly premium|
|On-site childcare offered with a monthly cost (Forsyth Medical Center and Presbyterian Medical Center only)|
|Employee discount program offers discounts on services and products from both local and national businesses|
|On-site parking provided free of charge|
|Support available for the ashp midyear meeting, unc reps meeting, and for various continuing education opportunities|
|support may also be provided for posters presented at an education or professional meeting|
|Office space with laptop computer and docking station provided|
|Personalized lab coat|
|Intra-and inter-hospital cellular phone|
|Access to online and hospital libraries|
Interested applicants should apply for consideration by using the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). Please submit your application though this service no later than program specific deadlines as outlined below.
NMS code: 182113
Amanda Teachey, PharmD, BCCCP PGY1 Residency Program Director Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center E-mail: email@example.com
Amanda Teachey, PharmD, BCCCP
PGY1 Residency Program Director
Rotation(s): Emergency Medicine
Rotation Description: The emergency medicine rotation allows the resident to ensure safe and effective medication use for all patients in the department, which includes the adult emergency department, emergency admissions unit, and emergency behavioral health unit. During the rotation, residents will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to treat both emergent and non-emergent patients. Activities include, but are not limited to: emergency response, patient profile review, ED culture review, answering drug information questions, patient and team education, and meeting attendance.
Robert Crawford III, PharmD, BCIDP, AAHVIP
PGY1 Residency Program Director
Rotation(s): Infectious Diseases
Rotation Description: Residents will be able to continue developing expertise in the field of Infectious Diseases by completing antimicrobial stewardship activities at a tertiary care facility and multiple acute care centers within the Novant Health system. Residents will engage with a variety different kinds of providers, learn about different types of infections, tackle resistance patterns, and collaborate with multiple preceptors to help care for patients. Other opportunities include leading topic discussions, journal clubs, and medication reviews to improve communication skills and knowledge base.
Peter Keddis, PharmD, BCPS
Rotation(s): Internal Medicine
Rotation Description: The internal medicine rotation is designed to immerse the resident in the clinical care of medical-surgical. The resident will work alongside the clinical pharmacy specialist to care for assigned patients, and will participate in geographical rounding for their assigned unit. The resident will work with physicians, nurses, dieticians, case management, social work and other pharmacists for the care of patients on this rotation. The resident will become proficient in the integrated model of caring for patients; this includes pharmacokinetic and warfarin consults as well as other clinical activities such as renal dose adjustments and discharge counseling. The resident will work on providing high-quality, evidence-based recommendations to providers and nursing staff, and will be challenged to learn through primary literature and apply it to patients.
Miyuki Shouse, PharmD, BCPPS
Rotation(s): Neonatal ICU
Rotation Description: The Neonatal ICU rotation is an elective 4-6 week rotation in the 56 bed Level IIIb NICU. The neonatal care team consists of neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pediatric residents, neonatology fellows, medical students, dieticians, respiratory therapists, nurses, and pharmacists. The clinical pharmacist on the team is responsible for ensuring each patient admitted to the service receives safe and effective medication therapy. The clinical pharmacist provides drug information to all staff as necessary, and is the lead pharmacist on the Women's Services team. The pharmacist attends interdisciplinary rounds, Best Practice committee meetings, Joint Practice meetings, and contributes to policy development within the NICU. The pharmacist assists with corporate neonatal guideline and protocol management and is a Corporate NICU Team Member.
Laura Coles, PharmD, BCCCP
Rotation(s): Surgical Services, Gastroenterology
Rotation Description: The surgery rotation consists of 4-6 weeks in surgical services at Forsyth Medical Center, and may also involve surgery support for other hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers across Novant Health. While on rotation, the resident will work in conjunction with the clinical pharmacy specialist to serve as point person for any surgery related pharmacy issues. The primary responsibility is ensuring pharmaceutical needs are met for each patient on the surgery service. Support is provided to order verification and core clinical pharmacists, nurses and providers. Other responsibilities include attending multidisciplinary rounds, assisting with the management of drug shortages and formulary management, involvement in surgical services policy development, and attending surgery service line meetings. Throughout the rotation, the resident will progressively take on the responsibilities of the preceptor. The preceptor will directly mentor the resident initially, and continue to facilitate learning as the resident progresses in ability.
Bria Benson, PharmD, BCIDP
Rotation(s): Infectious Diseases
Rotation Description: Residents will be able to continue developing expertise in the field of Infectious Diseases by completing antimicrobial stewardship activities at a tertiary care facility and multiple acute care centers within the Novant Health system. Residents will engage with a variety of providers, learn about different types of infections, tackle resistance patterns, and collaborate with multiple preceptors to help care for patients. Other opportunities include leading topic discussions, journal clubs, and medication reviews to improve communication skills and knowledge base.
Amanda Edwards, PharmD, BCOP, CPP
Rotation(s): Hematology/Oncology, Transplant and Cellular Therapy
Rotation Description: Oncology is an elective rotation comprised of multiple different services including malignant hematology and medical oncology. The resident will have the opportunity to interact with the interdisciplinary care teams daily and manage complex patient populations via clinical review and order verification. Additionally, the resident will participate in topic discussions ranging from oncologic emergencies to malignancies such as acute myeloid leukemia and small cell lung cancer.
Abby Harris, PharmD
Rotation(s): Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery
Rotation Description: Residents will provide coverage for the cardiovascular surgery intensive care unit and related step-down unit. Strong focus will be placed on advanced understanding of invasive hemodynamic monitoring. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: optimizing medication therapy, pharmacokinetic monitoring, providing drug information and education to the healthcare team, and assistance with order set and policy development within service lines. Throughout the rotation, the preceptor will directly mentor the resident, and continue to facilitate learning as the resident develops autonomy.
Jeremy Hodges, RPh, BCPS, BCCCP, CPP
Rotation(s): Medical/Surgical Intensive Care
Rotation Description: As a member of our advanced pharmacy practice model, residents will provide comprehensive care to patients in a 30-bed ICU. Services include interdisciplinary rounding, pharmacokinetic and renal dosing, protocol assessment, and documentation of recommendations in the medical record. The resident will attend meetings to improve care through protocol development and health care outcomes assessment, and will provide drug information to providers and patients, and to train other learners. The goal for the resident is to independently perform the duties of the clinical specialist by the end of the learning experience.
Steven W. Johnson, PharmD, CPP, AAHIVP
Rotation(s): Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases
Rotation Description: This rotation experience will expose residents to advanced internal medicine topics while managing patients in an adult medicine unit. The rotation has an emphasis on infectious diseases and academia, and residents will work closely with the preceptor and fourth-year pharmacy students. Exposures to academia may include, but are not limited to, didactic teaching, precepting, committee-services and research.
Ryan Kammer, PharmD, CPP, BCPS
Rotation Description: The Acute Care Cardiology rotation consists of 4-6 weeks in the 24-bed cardiac ICU. The open unit provides exposure to a wide variety of critically ill patients. The clinical pharmacy team is responsible for optimizing medication therapy and providing drug information to healthcare providers and patients. Activities may include order verification, medication dosing and management, multidisciplinary rounding, ACLS participation, precepting exposure, service line meeting and project involvement, etc. Throughout the rotation, the resident will progressively take on the responsibilities of the preceptor.
Christina Roels, PharmD, BCPS, CPP, BCCCP
Rotation(s): Neurocritical Care/Neurology
Rotation Description: Neurocritical Care/Neurology is an elective rotation at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. The service includes the Neuro-ICU, neurosciences floor, and outpatient stroke bridge clinic. The resident typically covers one of the four rounding services. The pharmacist/resident on service are an integral part of the patient care team. The pharmacist/resident participates in daily bedside rounds with the team and helps form safe, effective medication plans for patients to improve outcomes. The pharmacist/resident on service provides all clinical pharmacist functions for the unit. In conjunction with patient care, the resident will learn fundamental guidelines and literature to support medication decisions in this specialty area.
Practice Management Preceptors
Brittany Fear, PharmD
Traci Jacobs, PharmD, MHA, 340B ACE
Adam Szabat, PharmD
Nate Russell, PharmD, MBA, MS, BCPS
Rotation Description: The primary purpose of this rotation is for the resident to gain exposure to a variety of leadership and administrative aspects of pharmacy practice. The rotation will focus on applying management principles while observing department and hospital policy and procedures. Rotation experiences may also include budget management of personnel, drug inventory and the overall practice of pharmacy at the facility or health-system level.
Service Leadership Preceptors
Katie Sims, PharmD, BCCCP
Zauri Bradley, PharmD, BCPS
IV Pharmacy Operations Preceptors
Abby Link, PharmD
Jill Smitherman, RPh
Beth Taylor, PharmD
Rotation Description: The primary purpose of this rotation is for residents to gain experience working with sterile compounded products while incorporating themselves into the daily workflow of an IV room pharmacy. The IV room at Forsyth Medical Center produces sterile compounded products for all of FMC, as well as off-site locations such as Forsyth Outpatient Surgery Center, Hawthorne Surgery Center, and Medical Park Hospital. Throughout the rotation, the resident will work with pharmacists and technicians to gain knowledge and proficiency in producing and dispensing inpatient and outpatient infusions and chemotherapy, as well as parenteral nutrition for both adult and neonatal patients. Once oriented to the IV room workflow, the resident will begin to take on the responsibilities of the preceptor.