Kern Medical Healthcare System, located in Bakersfield, CA is a 222-bed level-2 trauma center providing comprehensive healthcare. Along with the Sagebrush, Truxtun Ave, Stockdale Hwy, 34th Street, and Eye Street outpatient clinics we deliver healthcare the citizens of Kern County.
Kern Medical Center has established a primary care clinic based on managed care principles of health promotion and disease prevention. Through these new programs, we are moving from the traditional inpatient setting to an emphasis on outpatient care delivery thus increasing staff efficiency and patient satisfaction.
Scope of Services
KMC is a level-2 trauma center that performs over 5,500 surgeries, delivers over 5,600 babies and dispenses approximately 750,000 prescriptions in a typical year. We provide comprehensive services including neonatal ICU, oncology, amcare, infectious disease, OB/GYN, physical and respiratory therapy, etc.
KMC is affiliated with academic institutions, including the schools of pharmacy from University of Pacific, University of Southern California, and Midwestern Chicago; the schools of medicine from University of California Los Angeles, University of California San Diego and University of California Irvine; California State University of Bakersfield and Bakersfield College Schools of Nursing
Kern Medical Center has been accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Kern Medical Pharmacy Residency is accredited by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
PGY-1 Program Purpose: PGY-1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
Furthermore, the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Kern Medical exists to develop the professional pharmacist who can thrive in a health care system where change is inevitable. The Resident will become well-grounded in current high standards of patient care and medication management but will have the capability and desire to continually educate both self and others. The Resident will gain experience in collaborating with other health care professionals to manage individual patients and to increase the safety of medication use within the system. The Resident will be sensitive to the culturally diverse population that defines the patient base of Kern Medical. At the completion of the residency, the pharmacist will be well prepared to assume increasing responsibility in a variety of positions including, but limited to, inpatient pharmacist, clinical pharmacist, and ambulatory care pharmacist
Required and Elective Learning Experiences:
Structured learning experiences spread throughout a 12 month period are utilized to facilitate the achievement of the program outcomes. Within each structured experience, learning activities have been developed which allow the resident to meet the program’s goals and objectives. The program is flexible to meet individual needs of residents. Residents are encouraged to develop areas of interest and become involved in all pharmacy activities.
Prior to each learning experience, the resident will discuss their goals with the preceptor so as to provide an opportunity for the preceptor to evaluate and, if possible, design specific activities to meet the resident’s goals. Activities and expectations to achieve the goals and objectives identified for each learning experience have been developed by each preceptor and are shared with the resident at the beginning of each experience.
Mandatory rotational learning experiences with minimum lengths:
Orientation (3 weeks)
Ambulatory Care (6 weeks)
Internal medicine (6 weeks)
Infectious Disease (6 weeks)
Critical Care (6 weeks)
Advanced Internal Medicine (4 weeks)
Administration (6 weeks)
Hospital Practice/Practice Management (4 weeks)
Elective rotational learning experiences, incorporated according to resident interest and preceptor availability. These may include, but are not limited to:
Advanced Ambulatory Care (4-6 weeks)
Advanced Infectious Disease (4-6 weeks)
Emergency Medicine (4-6 weeks)
Oncology (4-6 weeks)
Cardiology (4-6 weeks)
Longitudinal learning experiences:
Clinical Research Project
Ambulatory Care (½ day a week in an AmCare Clinic setting, in addition to Anticoagulation patients assigned to you for follow up)
Practice Management (minimum 8hr per month equivalent of staffing inpatient pharmacy, typically done as two half day shifts per month)
Applicants to Kern Medical’s PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency program must be graduates or candidates for graduation of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program (or one in process of pursuing accreditation). Applicants must submit their complete application submitted via Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) and include the following:
An official transcript from the School of Pharmacy
Current Curriculum Vitae
Letters of Recommendation (3)
Letter of Intent (optional)
Applicants for the Traditional PGY-1 Program should use NMS Program code: 133013
About Kern Medical
Kern Medical’s PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency is designed to provide a solid foundation in acute and ambulatory pharmaceutical care, drug policy development, and professional leadership.
Core rotations include experience in Internal Medicine, Ambulatory Care, Critical Care, Infectious Diseases, Hospital Practice, Hospital Administration, and Advanced Internal Medicine. Elective rotations include Oncology, Advanced Ambulatory Care in Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs), and Emergency Medicine.
The resident receives experience in comprehensive pharmacy services and is granted prescribing privileges under physician-driven protocols in various areas including inpatient and ambulatory care. The resident also gains experience in Adverse Drug Reaction-Med Error reporting; pharmacokinetic service; a fully computerized pharmacy with scan technology and Pyxis; pharmacist-run clinics such as diabetes, anticoagulation, hypertension, HIV and pharmacotherapy; as well as teaching responsibilities for pharmacy students and medical residents.
Providing excellent care for our patients through medication management is our goal. We currently employ seven residency-trained clinical pharmacists, most... of whom hold multiple board certifications (including AAHIVP, BCPS, BCACP, BCOP, BCPPS, CGP, CDE, and BC-ADM), who will serve as your preceptors during your clinical rotations. These clinical pharmacists are 100-percent dedicated to clinical services and education of pharmacy residents, students and staff, as well as medical and nursing staff. Kern Medical, with its vast resources of clinical material and research opportunities, provides comprehensive academic training to its pharmacy residents.