The purpose of the WellStar Cobb Hospital PGY1 Residency Program is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions in the acute care setting of a large community hospital. Graduates of this program will be eligible for board certification and for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training in area of choice.
RESIDENCY PROGRAM GOALS
The goal of this residency program is to provide educational and training experiences for pharmacists in contemporary pharmacy practice in an organized healthcare system. The WellStar Cobb Hospital PGY1 Residency Program will utilize the collective assets of the WellStar Health System (WHS) to accomplish this goal. The major job responsibilities of this position are clinical intervention, continuing education, drug distribution, leadership, patient education, and research. This program is designed to assure competency with the outcomes, goals, and objectives outlined in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Accreditation Standards. In addition to the expectations outlined in the accreditation standards we expect residents to be able to:
Function effectively as a member of the healthcare team
Follow the “best practice” model in the delivery of patient care
Identify, prevent, and resolve medication-related problems for patients
Participate in drug use review, drug policy development, and quality improvement initiatives
Educate healthcare providers, patients, and students through written and verbal means
Master skills for future success in either a specialty residency or clinical practice
WellStar Cobb Hospital Department of Pharmacy utilizes automated drug delivery units throughout the hospital. We have a Central Pharmacy, Operating Room (OR) Satellite, and Outpatient Infusion Center (OPIC). In addition, pharmacists have workstations on patient care units and participate in daily physician-led interdisciplinary rounds. We have a clinical pharmacy team that includes board certified emergency department and critical care pharmacists, transitions of care pharmacists, an infectious disease pharmacist, a pain management/heme-onc pharmacist, internal medicine pharmacists, and a drug information specialist.
In order to successfully complete the WellStar Cobb Hospital PGY1 Residency Program, the resident must:
Complete all required learning experiences (LEs).
Receive score of ACH (achieved) for 75% (9 of 12) of the Residency Learning System (RLS) patient care objectives (Competency area R1: Patient Care) on at least three required patient care-centered LEs. The resident must not have “needs improvement” (NI) for any patient care or non-patient care objective by June 25th of the end of the residency year.
Serve as the chief resident as assigned during the residency year, if applicable
Successfully complete the ACLS and PALS curriculum and, when applicable, participate in codes.
Complete a research project designed to improve pharmacy department services and patient outcomes and:
Present project as a poster at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting or other designated meeting
Present project at the Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC) or other designated meeting
Complete a minimum of one medication use evaluation (MUE) and one drug monograph to develop an understanding of the medication use process.
Prepare and present an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-approved continuing education (CPE) presentation.
Participate in the Atlanta Pharmacy Resident Information Exchange (APRIE) journal club.
Precept advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) Doctor of Pharmacy students.
Participate in Mercer University’s Pharmacy Teaching Program (PTP).
Function as a staff pharmacist in order to remain involved in all aspects of pharmaceutical care.
WellStar Cobb Hospital participates in the ASHP Residency Matching Program (Program Code # 265313).
The application process for the WellStar Cobb Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is as follows:
• Register with the National Matching Service and the PhORCAS™ System: www.ashp.org/phorcas
• Submit required documents in the PhORCAS™ System
• Complete the WellStar Health System (WHS) application online: www.wellstarcareers.org
All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm on January 7th. The WHS application will be screened and qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule a formal interview.
Residency applicants must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and be licensed in the State of Georgia by August 31st of the residency year.
About WellStar Cobb Hospital
WellStar Cobb Hospital, located in Austell, Georgia, just outside of the perimeter, is a “Top 100” rated, 382-bed tertiary care hospital, and Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Serving South Cobb County’s health needs, WellStar Cobb Hospital includes cancer and cardiac programs, emergency and intensive care services, an accredited total joint program, a burn program in conjunction with JMS Burn Centers, and a private maternity center.
WellStar Health System (WHS), the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 inpatient hospitals: Cobb Hospital, Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta Medical Center South, Kennestone Hospital, West Georgia Medical Center, Douglas Hospital, North Fulton Hospital, Paulding Hospital, Spalding Regional Hospital, Sylvan Grove Hospital, and Windy Hill Hospital.