PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in an Ambulatory Care Setting 1717 S. J Street, Tacoma, WA 98405
Residency Program Overview
The St. Joseph Medical Center PGY1 residency program in the ambulatory care setting is a brand new ASHP pre-candidate status program starting July 2020 and scheduled for a credentialing survey in March 2021. This residency program is an expansion into the ambulatory care arena to match our developed ambulatory care services including over 25 pharmacists practicing in primary care, heart failure, population health, oncology, anti-coagulation, and hospice. St. Joseph Medical Center is well versed in providing an excellent PGY1 residency program experience with the acute care setting program being established since 1985. We strive to develop a foundation of critical thinking and leadership skills that will promote continuous professional development and innovation in healthcare. Our program fosters a skill set to prepare residents for practice as clinical pharmacists in a variety of patient care, academic, and research settings, including PGY2 residency and fellowship experiences. The residency recruits for two resident positions from candidates throughout the United States.
The residency program is focused on providing diverse opportunities to develop proficient clinicians in provider clinics, pharmacist-run clinics, and population health arenas. Additionally, the residency provides experiences to intricately understand the patient’s continuum of care from inpatient to ambulatory to hospice settings. During the program, the resident will establish and manage a yearlong project geared towards creating or optimizing pharmacy services provided in the ambulatory care setting. As integral members of the health care team, residents work to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes for their patients. They will display leadership and professionalism in all aspects of their practice and function as effective communicators and educators.
Our residency program, based in a non-academic health care setting, has become a catalyst for innovative pharmacy practice models within CHI Franciscan. Rotation areas are designed to provide the resident with a well-rounded clinical and administrative experience. Within each rotation, additional time may be devoted to areas of interest, thus providing the opportunity for specialized training. Clinical rotations are designed to enhance the resident’s expertise in promoting, assessing and ensuring safe, efficacious and rational drug therapy.
About the Director: St. Joseph Medical Center PGY-1 in an Ambulatory Setting Residency
Zarah Mayewski is the PGY-1 Residency Program Director for St. Joseph Medical Center PGY-1 in an Ambulatory care setting and is also the Ambulatory Clinical Supervisor at St. Joseph Medical Center. She oversees the Ambulatory Clinical programs including primary care, specialty care and anticoagulation clinics. Zarah was previously a NICU and inpatient pharmacist at St. Joseph Medical Center. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a Pharmacy Practice residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington in 2014. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the CHI Franciscan Pharmacy Pediatric and Neonatal Core Group. Prior to becoming one of our NICU pharmacists, she was an emergency department pharmacist at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Puget Sound Lifestyle Tacoma Washington
In the heart of the Puget Sound, Tacoma and Pierce County rise from sea level to the 14,410 foot crest of Mt. Rainier. Located in Western Washington, halfway between the state’s largest city, Seattle and the state’s capital, Olympia; Tacoma is bounded on the west by Puget Sound, with the Olympic Mountains in the distant northwest, and on the east by the Cascade Range.
Tacoma is the major community in Pierce County, the state’s second most populated county. A selection of year-round activities reinforces the quality of life in the Puget Sound area: boating, hiking, camping, running, biking, golfing and seasonal sports such as fresh and salt water fishing, skiing, and swimming.
What’s there to see and do in your spare time? Climb Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams or Mt. Baker — fish for salmon — walk in the St. Joseph’s sponsored annual Heart Walk — tour the waterfront — take a ferry to Victoria, BC — browse through one of three word-class museums — see renowned glass makers at work in the Museum of Glass — watch local theater productions — hear a symphony orchestra — visit the Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium with 700 acres of lush city park — taste wine at local wineries — sail the waters of Puget Sound — ski at one of eight local ski areas within a 200 mile radius.
A diversified economic base provides Seattle-Tacoma residents with employment in government, education, retail trade, services, agriculture, industrial seaport, construction, manufacturing, and national defense.
RESIDENCY YEAR 2020-2021 APPLICATION DUE DATE: December 30, 2019
Use NMS Match Code 273613
St. Joseph Medical Center PGY-1 in an Ambulatory Setting deadline: All materials must be received in PhORCAS by December 30, 2019
On-site interviews will be held by invitation in February
For consideration in the St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center PGY-1 in an Ambulatory setting, Highline Medication Center, or Harrison Medical Center Residency Programs, you are required to complete the PhORCAS standardized application and provide our programs’ supplemental materials:
Three standardized professional reference forms and standardized questions:
Two references should be from practicing clinical pharmacists with whom the applicant has had patient care experience
The remaining reference can be from a faculty member in the applicant’s professional degree program, from work experience, or another health professional who can evaluate the candidate’s clinical experience
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Letter of intent
St. Joseph Medical Center PGY1 in Ambulatory Setting
Staffing Anti-coagulation Clinic 2 weekdays per month
Staffing Hospice 2 weekend days per month
Required Rotations (2nd half of year)
Primary Care- Longitudinal 2 - 3 days per week for 21 weeks
Population Health 1 day per week for 21 weeks
Staffing Anti-coagulation Clinic 2 weekdays per month
Staffing Hospice 2 weekend days per month
Elective Rotations (2nd half of year) - Choose One
Advanced Heart Failure 1 day per week for 21 weeks
Advanced Oncology 1 day per week for 21 weeks
Stipend and Benefits
Benefits include 24 days of Paid Time Off, medical, dental and life insurance for residents and dependents. Paid educational leave and a travel allowance are available to support attendance at state and national meetings. The current stipend is $57,782 annually/$27.78 per hour.
Residents conduct a project aimed at identifying, organizing and solving a clinical or management-related problem, which often leads to the development of a new pharmacy service. This project will be presented at the Western States Conference. The resident will be encouraged to submit the project for publication and present at state or national pharmacy meetings.
Longitudinal experiences will occur throughout the residency year and encompass activities such as performing Drug Utilization Evaluations, presenting recommendations to Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committees, student precepting, and creating a monthly newsletter directed to all CHI Franciscan clinical staff. Residents will also be directly involved in the education of providers, nurses, and the care team.
About St. Joseph Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in an Ambulatory Care Setting
St. Joseph Medical Center Residency Program Tacoma, Washington
Our ASHP accredited residency is a one-year PGY-1 program providing experience in acute, ambulatory, and administrative pharmacy practice settings. The goal of the program is to develop a foundation of critical thinking and leadership skills that will promote continuous professional development and innovation in health care. The purpose of the St. Joseph Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy, PharmD 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 Residency Program recruits for six residency positions from candidates throughout the United States.
Pharmacists completing this program will function as independent patient-focused practitioners who are able to provide care in multiple environments across the continuum of pharmacy practice. As integral members of the health care team, residents work to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes for their p...atients. They will display leadership and professionalism in all aspects of their practice and function as effective communicators and educators.
Our Residency Program, based in a non-academic hospital environment, has become a catalyst for innovative pharmacy practice models within the CHI Franciscan Health. In addition to orientation and the resident project, there are eight required rotations and two required longitudinal experiences. Rotation areas are designed to provide the resident with a well-rounded clinical and administrative experience. Within each rotation, additional time may be devoted to areas of interest, thus providing the opportunity for specialized training. Clinical rotations are designed to enhance the resident’s expertise in promoting, assessing and assuring safe, efficacious and rational drug therapy.