This specialty residency program provides an opportunity to train in a variety of infectious diseases pharmacotherapy settings which include; 1) assisting with the direction of an antimicrobial management program, 2) involvement in the infectious diseases consult service, and 3) pharmaceutical care of patients with HIV and other chronic infections in the Infectious Diseases Clinic.
Antimicrobial Management Program
The Antimicrobial Management Program consists of approval of restricted/non-formulary antibiotics and consulting on patients at the request of a medical or surgical team. The program's success has been documented in the literature and is associated with a 40% decrease in antimicrobial expenditures and improvements in quality of care such as decreased length of hospital stay.
Throughout the year, the resident will mature into a clinician who can develop, manage, and justify an antimicrobial management program.
Infectious Diseases Consult Service
The Infectious Diseases Consult Service provides expertise to the OU Medical Center and OKC VAMC. The resident will be an active member of the service, directly responsible for the antimicrobial pharmaceutical care provided to OKC VAMC patients being seen by the service. The resident will provide valuable antimicrobial pharmacotherapy information for the team.
Critical Care Stewardship and Interdisciplinary Rounds
The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) for Critical Care provides antimicrobial stewardship and pharmacotherapy expertise to the medical intensive care teaching team during daily interdisciplinary rounds. While on rotation with the CPS, the resident will be an active member of the team, directly responsible for the antimicrobial & pharmaceutical care provided to critically ill veterans in the ICU.
Infectious Diseases Clinic
The Infectious Disease Clinic provides state-of-the-art care for approximately 200 patients with HIV, as well as patients with other chronic infections. The resident will assist the ID pharmacist in the clinic. Together, they are responsible for all pharmaceutical care given to the patients, as well as assisting the Infectious Diseases attending physicians with such matters as the appropriate selection and monitoring of antiretroviral therapy.
Elective rotations are available in the residency. Rotations are available in the VAMC clinical microbiology laboratory, clinical research electives, and other potential settings.
The resident will be expected to complete at least one significant project within the residency year. Projects may include clinical research, outcomes projects, pharmacoeconomic evaluations, etc. Guidance from the program director is provided throughout the process.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and graduates of an ACPE-accredited pharmacy program in the U.S., must possess an active license or be eligible for licensure, and have successfully completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency. Applicants must participate in and adhere to the rules of the ASHP Resident Matching Program process.
About Oklahoma City VA Healthcare System
The Oklahoma City VAHCS consists of a 178-operating bed facility located in Central Oklahoma serving forty-eight Oklahoma Counties and two counties in North Central Texas (Wilbarger and Wichita) with a veteran population of over 250,000. The Oklahoma City VA also includes Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) in Ada, Altus, Ardmore, Blackwell, Enid, Lawton, Stillwater, Oklahoma City (North and South), Oklahoma and Wichita Falls, Texas. Annually, the facility provides more than 630,000 encounters and the Pharmacy processes over 1,600,000 prescriptions.
The Oklahoma City VA is a tertiary care facility, classified as a Clinical Referral Level III facility (VA complexity level rating of 1b). The Oklahoma City VA is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.