The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Saint Vincent builds 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. The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Saint Vincent is designed to develop skills in acute patient care, drug information, hospital pharmacy operations and leadership.
The residency provides an opportunity to develop skills while working in a collaborative environment involving pharmacy, nursing and the medical staff. The pharmacy resident will provide patient care through staffing, patient counseling, rounding services, and pharmacy consultative services. The resident will provide educational programs to pharmacy, nursing, medical staff and the community. The resident will also have involvement in drug information, quality improvement activities, medication distribution, automated medication delivery systems, use of electronic software, database management, community service and administrative and regulatory activities (e.g., Joint Commission rules and regulations). The resident will also be required to complete a project during the residency.
The Saint Vincent Department of Pharmacy currently employs 47 full-time equivalents with 30 Pharmacists, 18 supportive personnel (technicians) and 7 pharmacy messengers. This staff includes the Director of Pharmacy, 2 managers, 20 staff pharmacists, 6.5 full time clinical pharmacists and 3 pharmacy residents. The Pharmacy Department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A brief description of the Pharmacy Department follows:
Distributive Services - Inpatient:
Fully decentralized unit-based drug distribution system house wide (Pyxis MedStation®)
Computerized pharmacy operation and patient information system (Epic)
Decentralized pharmacy service units in critical care areas and two medical/surgical wards
24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year service
IV admixture program for large and small volume parenterals and chemotherapy
Drug Information and Clinical Services:
Five full-time and one part-time inpatient clinical pharmacy specialists
Clinical pharmacy services include rounding in several areas with nurses and physicians, drug consultations, educational programs, drug use evaluations and quality improvement projects
Computerized drug information database (Lexi-Comp®, Up-to-Date®)
Automated pharmacist intervention documentation program (Epic)
Nutritional support (TPN) service
Anticoagulation and anti-thrombotic monitoring service
Pharmacokinetic monitoring service
Pain management service
Adverse Drug Reaction monitoring program
Target drug intervention programs (e.g. IV to PO switch, renal dosing, obesity dosing)
Active Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee part of the Allegheny Health Network P&T
Infectious Disease/Antimicrobial Stewardship
Staffing (two rotations)
Elective (two rotations)
May also complete additional time in a required rotation
The Pharmacy Department has affiliations with several colleges of pharmacy including Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy, Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh and Ohio Northern University. Institutional pharmacy, acute care, and ambulatory care clerkship rotations are offered for students from these schools.
Possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy.
Licensed or license eligibility (including requirement for intern hours in PA) by the Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy during the upcoming residency year (July 2020 – June 2021).
Participate in an onsite interview at Saint Vincent Hospital, Erie, Pennsylvania.
All materials must be submitted via PHORCAS which can be accessed at https://portal.phorcas.org
The following information is required:
Letter of interest (include primary area of clinical interest)
Transcripts (Doctor of Pharmacy Program)
Three (3) recommendations/references using the provided form on PhORCAS. Letters of recommendation are optional but not required.
About Saint Vincent Hospital
Saint Vincent Hospital, a 373-bed tertiary care center which serves as a regional referral facility and emergency services center. Saint Vincent offers graduate pharmacist practitioners a wide variety of educational opportunities yet still allows for personal contact with patients and other staff members in a friendly and community atmosphere. Saint Vincent has an affiliation with one smaller rural hospital - Westfield Memorial Hospital (Westfield, NY) and is part of the Allegheny Health Network, which is a seven hospital network in Western Pennsylvania. In addition, Saint Vincent operates a large primary care network known as the Saint Vincent Medical Group. With over 250 physicians on staff, Saint Vincent offers care in 35 different medical specialties. The system has approximately 3000 employees and provides care to over 14,500 hospitalized patients annually. Saint Vincent has medical/surgical residencies in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Colon and Rectal Surgery and Sports Medicine and has affiliations with several colleges and universities in Western Pennsylvania.