The University of Texas at El Paso School of Pharmacy, in collaboration with Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. community health center in El Paso, Texas, has developed a Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program.
This community-based pharmacy residency helps establish a solid foundation of clinical and administrative skills needed in the ambulatory and/or community pharmacy setting with a special focus on pharmacy practice in a community health center setting in primarily Spanish-speaking communities.
Residents are matched with the main practice site and have the opportunity to rotate through other affiliated site(s) during the year. The Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program has been accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Pharmacists Association. The residency program was first established at Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. (community health center pharmacy) in October 2005.
During the year, residents will also have the opportunity to learn about unique cultural and pharmacy issues affecting diverse patient populations, earn a teaching certificate, work with public health issues, and advance communication skills (e.g., Spanish tutoring) for working with Spanish-speaking patients.
Clinic-Based Learning Experiences
Disease State Management & Prevention - anticoagulation, diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, smoking cessation, medication reconciliation & preventative care
Family Practice - interprofessional team, patient assessment, long term care (once a month)
Transitions of Care - interprofessional team, medication reconciliation
Opportunities in HIV/HCV - interprofessional team, La Fe HIV CARE clinic, preventative care
Staffing Learning Experience
Develop staffing skills one day of the week (8 hours) in community health center pharmacy
Counsel in Spanish, serve as Pharmacist-in-Charge for an 8-hour shift each month, participate in staff meetings/development, participate in annual physical inventory
Administration Learning Experience
Work in a Joint Commission-accredited pharmacy, conduct a Drug Use Evaluation, lead a Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Committee meeting, develop a community pharmacy budget, and oversee a 340B formulary, present ISMP suggestions to P&T committee
Develop collaborative drug therapy protocols
Project/Writing Learning Experience
Complete a year-long research project based in advancing pharmacy services at the primary site
Apply for a small pharmacy grant, submit for a national poster presentation, and complete a manuscript
Other Learning Experiences
Culture, Literacy & Community Health - receive tutoring in Pharmacy Spanish (as needed) and gain public health experience, volunteering in community events
Long-term care rounds - round with medical staff at a local long-term care facility once per month
Professionalism & Leadership - participate in local pharmacy association and service to the community
Teaching - earn a teaching certificate, co-precept students, facilitate labs, formal pharmacotherapy presentation, interprofessional education, health screenings
Elective Learning Experiences: Inpatient Family Medicine, Pediatric Primary Care, others available based on resident interest and preceptor availability.
Certifications: Residents will receive the following certifications/training depending on prior experience:
Systematic Curriculum Design and Implementation (SCDI) through ASHP/APhA
Teaching certificate through the UTEP School of Pharmacy
UTEP PHARMACY: The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) School of Pharmacy (www.utep.edu/pharmacy/) continues transitioning from a cooperative pharmacy program with The University of Texas at Austin to a stand-alone School of Pharmacy at UTEP. The mission of the School of Pharmacy is to “bridge borders for access and excellence by transforming pharmacy education, patient care, community service, research and leadership to benefit a 21st century demographic.” UTEP’s School of Pharmacy will be a pioneer for excellence in pharmacy education for “Innovation, Diversity, Engagement, Access, and Leadership (IDEAL).” The School of Pharmacy recruits students from the El Paso and Southwest region in larger numbers than were possible in the earlier cooperative program. The school was granted “Candidate” status in June 2018 by ACPE, and its second class matriculated in the fall of 2018. ABOUT UTEP & EL PASO: The University of Texas at El Paso is a national research university at the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region, committed to the ideals of access and excellence. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students – about 80 percent of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university i...n the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. The city’s border location makes it an ideal venue for academic programs and research studies on topics of national interest such as bilingual education/language acquisition, border environment and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities, and international trade and commerce. The region’s center for intellectual capital, UTEP has awarded about 130,000 degrees since its founding in 1914. UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the Paso del Norte region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually. The University also is credited for creating an estimated 26,499 new jobs, according to a January 2015 report by Economic Modeling Specialists International.El Paso’s active arts and culture community features the state’s longest running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, museums, and a full schedule of seasonal events and festivals. UTEP adds to the arts and entertainment scene with an award-winning dinner theater, music and dance productions, contemporary and student art galleries, and a natural history museum. For sports fans, the UTEP Miners offer exciting Division I-A college athletics at several campus venues: the Sun Bowl Stadium, the Don Haskins Center, Kidd Field, University Field and the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Southwest University Park, located a mile away in lively downtown El Paso, is home to the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.