The mission of Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center's (BSLMC) Department of Pharmacy is to "embody clinical and operational excellence as we surpass boundaries of pharmacy best-practice across the continuum of care for the wellness of our patients and community". Our vision is to "be a recognized leader in the advancement of pharmacy best practice with a world-class customer service team".
In 2010, the Department of Pharmacy in collaboration with the University of Houston College of Pharmacy began to realize our vision by receiving the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Best Practices Award in Health-System Pharmacy for our Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Epidemiology (CASE). The CASE program was recognized for improving patient care through clinical service, teaching and research. In 2012, we received the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacy's Residency Excellence Award for our PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program.
The evolving pharmacy practice model at Baylor St. Luke’s leverages industry leading technology to optimize safety and efficiency in the medication use process. Our expert staff of pharmacists and technicians partner with physicians and nurses to provide optimal care to our patients. The Clinical Pharmacists bring specialized expertise to various service lines in the hospital, support the on-going education and development of the pharmacy staff, precept pharmacy students and pharmacy residents. The Clinical Pharmacist staff oversees and advises the clinical care teams on all steps of the medication use process and provides direct patient care throughout the hospital. The Certified Pharmacy Technicians prepare sterile products, manage first doses and unit-based cabinet refills from the Medcarousel, barcode and package unit dose medications, enter medication orders into the pharmacy information system, check other technicians work and provide support throughout the department.
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is a leader in technology adoption to advance patient safety, including barcode medication administration, computerized physician order entry and an integrated electronic health record. The pharmacists have easy access to patient information and utilize trigger reports to target high risk therapeutic situations. Medication distribution is provided from an automated central pharmacy, unit-based dispensing cabinets, centralized USP 797 compliant cleanroom, and satellite pharmacies in the peri-operative and emergency department locations.
Pharmacy residencies and fellowships at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center include:
PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency: 6 positions (also HSPA program below)
Two year programs in collaboration with the University of Houston College of Pharmacy (UHCOP) include:
PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency with a concurrent Master of Science in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration: 1 position
Infectious Diseases Fellowship (first year is at BSLMC and second year is at UHCOP): 1 position
PGY-2 Residencies specializing in:
Critical Care: 2 positions
Cardiology: 1 position
Solid Organ Transplant: 2 positions
For further information, contact Meghna Vallabh, PharmD, BCPS, Residency and Fellowship Programs Coordinator at email@example.com.
The applicant must be a highly motivated individual who desires to obtain advanced education and training leading to an enhanced level of professional practice. Each applicant will receive a copy of this Residency Manual via email during the application process.
The applicant must be enrolled in (or be a graduate of) an ACPE-accredited advanced pharmacy degree program or have equivalent experience.
Applicants must register with the NRMP and must adhere to the rules of the Match. Registration with the NRMP will be waived only if a residency position remains unfilled after Phase I and Phase II Match.
Applicants to the PGY2 residency programs or fellowships must be completing or have completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency.
The applicant should have prior hospital pharmacy experience.
The application deadline will vary slightly each year but will generally occur during the last week of December or first week of January. Applications may be accepted after this date at the hospital's discretion only if the interviews offered for the current residency recruitment year are not full.
The applicant must submit to PhORCAS the following information by the specified deadline:
Completed PhORCAS Application. Applications will only be accepted through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service, or PhORCAS. This service may be accessed by visiting www.ashp.org/phorcas. Applicants are responsible for completing all required materials and verifying availability of references by the posted deadline.
Official school of pharmacy and/or graduate school transcripts
Curriculum vitae which should include all rotational experiences (completed and pending ones)
Three letters of professional references. The reference writers must complete the online information via PhORCAS. The reference writers will need to address the applicant’s potential for success in the residency program. References should be from either faculty members in the applicant’s professional degree program or from practicing pharmacists with whom the applicant has had work or patient care experience.
Letter of intent
A professional photo (e.g. passport photo) of the candidate must be submitted after the applicant has received and accepted the offer to interview.
All rules and regulations of the ASHP residency matching program will be strictly followed.
For the PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration residency, the applicant must also apply to the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. Please refer to the UH website for further information and deadlines: http://www.uh.edu/pharmacy/prospective-students/graduate-programs/ms-graduate-admissions/
Prior to on-boarding, the selected candidate must:
Be a registered pharmacist with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and in good standing
Have completed an ACPE approved 20 hours sterile products course for aseptic technique
About CHI St. Luke's Health Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is an internationally recognized leader in research and clinical excellence that has given rise to breakthroughs in cardiovascular care, neuroscience, oncology, transplantation, and more. Our team’s efforts have led to the creation of many research programs and initiatives to develop advanced treatments found nowhere else in the world.
Our strong alliance with Texas Heart® Institute and Baylor College of Medicine allows us to bring our patients a powerful network of care unlike any other. Our collaboration is focused on increasing access to care through a growing network of leading specialists and revolutionizing healthcare to save lives and improve the health of the communities we serve.
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is also the first hospital in Texas and the Southwest designated a Magnet® hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, receiving the award four consecutive times.
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center has accomplished numerous achievements and recognitions for providing compassionate, quality care. These milestones are a testament to the dedication and commitment put forth every day by our emplo...yees.
- Recognized as a Best Hospital for 2017-18 according to U.S. News & World Report, including second in Houston and fourth in Texas.
- The hospital’s Cardiology and Heart Surgery program—in partnership with the Texas Heart Institute—is ranked in the top 25 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.
- Neurology and Neurosurgery service line is ranked as one of the top 40 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.
- Ranked as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Cardiology & Heart Surgery in 2014 by U.S.News & World Report.
- Home to the Texas Heart Institute, which has been ranked for 24 consecutive years by U.S.News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 10 centers for cardiology and heart surgery.
- Received the Get with The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in 2014 for its exceptional Comprehensive Stroke Program.
- Received a three-year accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology, and PET imaging.
- Named as one of the “100 Hospitals, Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs” by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2014.
- Four-time ANCC Magnet® Designation for Nursing Excellence—the highest honor bestowed to a hospital for nursing (2014, 2009, 2005, 2001).
- Completed its 500th liver transplantation in 2013—more than any other hospital in Houston.
- Completed its 1,000th Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implantation in 2014
- In 2014, became the first hospital in Texas to begin FDA-Cleared FIRMap™ Catheter to treat patients suffering from arrhythmia.
- The Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s named among the top “100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs” by Becker’s Hospital Review year in 2014.
- In 2013, named the first hospital in Texas to receive three Beacon Awards for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Units 7 Cooley A and 7 South 3 both received gold-level designation; unit 7 South 6 unit received silver-level designation?the first nephrology unit in the nation to receive a Beacon Award.
- Became the first hospital in Houston and the second in Texas to be awarded the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System certification.
- Re-accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) in 2012.