PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program

Purpose

The St. Joseph’s/Candler Ambulatory Care PGY2 Residency Program is designed according to ASHP standards to “build upon Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice.” The purpose of the SJ/C PGY2 ambulatory care pharmacy residency is to train practitioners who will be able to function independently and be competent, confident, and qualified to work in a variety of ambulatory care environments. The PGY2 resident will be equipped as a preceptor and mentor to PGY1 residents and PharmD students by the end of the residency program. Residents who complete the SJ/C ambulatory care PGY2 residency will be prepared for a specialized ambulatory care position, as well as board certification in ambulatory care.

Description

The SJ/C PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency program provides a 12-month broad based training experience in ambulatory care pharmacy practice. The residency program will strive to provide an optimal environment for residency learning through continued preceptor development, frequent two-way feedback between the resident and preceptors/administrators, and a commitment to the individual goals and interests of each resident. The residency will be structured with as much flexibility as possible allowing the resident to explore areas of interest while meeting the primary goals and objectives set forth by ASHP. The program is currently seeking accreditation through ASHP.

Rotations/Program Structure

Longitudinal Site Length
Orientation Center for Medication Management 2-4 Weeks
Anticoagulation Center for Medication Management Longitudinal
Physician Network (formerly Medical Group Management) Bluffton, Eisenhower, Islands or Pooler primary care offices Longitudinal
Transitions of Care (TOC) Center for Medication Management/Candler Hospital Longitudinal
Endocrine Center for Medication Management Longitudinal
SOURCE Georgia Infirmary Longitudinal 
1/2 days Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Projects Center for Medication Management Longitudinal
Management Center for Medication Management/Candler Hospital 2 Weeks

 

Required Rotations Site Length
Hepatitis C Clinic Candler hospital 3 months (may be increased based on interests)
1/2 day a week
Cardiology Savannah Cardiology/Savannah Medical Specialist 3 months
1/2 day a week
Tobacco Cessation Center for Medication Management 3 months (may be increased basd on interests) 
1/2 day a week
St. Mary's St. Mary's Health Center 2 months (may be increased basd on interests) 
1/2 day a week

 

 

Elective Rotations (2 Rotations) Site Length
Academia University of Georgia College of Pharmacy 4-8 Weeks (may be made longitudinal)
Emergency Room Candler Hospital 4 Weeks
Infectious Disease St. Joseph's Hospital 4 Weeks

 

Training Site

Ambulatory Care Residency Program

St. Joseph’s/Candler is a 714-bed community-based regional referral health system comprised of two hospitals with multiple associated outpatient clinics and primary care offices. The main practice site is the Center for Medication Management (CMM) at Candler Hospital, where a clinical team of pharmacists and nurse practitioners work in collaboration to provide advanced pharmaceutical care. In addition to the CMM, rotations will take place at the Georgia Infirmary, Physician Network primary care offices and St. Mary's Health Center. A variety of elective rotations are also available.

Residency Benefits

Residents are paid a competitive stipend by St. Joseph’s/Candler for the 52-week residency year. Participation in health, dental, and vision insurance benefits is available to the resident through the health system. Residents must complete physical and health screening examinations and a background check prior to starting the residency. Residents are provided a travel allowance to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, the Southeastern Residency Conference (SERC), and the spring Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists (GSHP) statewide meeting. Membership in GSHP is paid by the health system. Reimbursement for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties exam upon successful completion or reimbursement for study materials is available. Membership in ASHP or other organizations is maintained by the resident.

Preceptors

The director of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency program is Elizabeth Clements, PharmD, BCACP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care. Other preceptors involved in the training year may include Carrie Cooper, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Internal Medicine; Geneen Gibson, PharmD, MS, BCPS (AQ-ID), Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Disease; Bruce Jones, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Disease; Melissa Johnson, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care; Chelsea Keedy, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Ambulatory Care; Erica Merritt, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Emergency Medicine; Anne Misher, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDE, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy; Allison Presnell, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care; Grace Simpson, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care/Clinical Assistant Professor at South University; and Ashley Woodhouse, PharmD, BCACP, CACP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care

Number of Positions

One

ASHP Resident National Match Program

The St. Joseph’s/Candler pharmacy residency programs participate in the ASHP Resident National Match Program. All applicants must be registered for and participate in the Match. The resident candidate should complete the Resident Matching Program “Applicant Agreement”. This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant. Further information, rules and regulations, and the Applicant Agreement, can be found on the ASHP website at www.ashp.org.

Match Number: 780265.

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants for the PGY2 residency in Ambulatory Care should have graduated from an accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program and completed a clinically oriented, ASHP accredited PGY1 residency. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification should be current and maintained throughout the residency year. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is required for participation in the Emergency Medicine Elective.

Pharmacist Licensure

Due to the provision of ambulatory care pharmacy services provided by St. Joseph’s/Candler across state lines, this PGY2 ambulatory care training program requires licensure in Georgia and South Carolina. Licensing fees for additional state may be reimbursable by hospital. It is recommended that resident complete licensure applications through the respective boards of pharmacy within 30-60 of matching to initiate the process and receive the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) authorization(s) to test. Residents must be licensed no later than September 30th of the residency year.

Georgia licensure is initiated through filing an application with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy. Georgia requires passing the GA MPJE and GA practical exam. If residents will not be licensed in Georgia prior to start of residency, they must obtain a Georgia temporary pharmacist license.

South Carolina licensure is initiated through filing an application with the South Carolina Board of Pharmacy. South Carolina requires passing the SC MPJE and attending a face-to-face meeting with the board (held once monthly) in Columbia, SC. to receive license.

Interviews

Interviews are an integral part of the evaluation of potential residents. PPS interviews will be offered at Midyear; however, it is expected that serious applicants will want to evaluate the program and clinical site at St. Joseph's/Candler. Therefore, an on-site interview in Savannah, Ga., will be required for candidates selected to move forward in the application process. Deadline for receipt of completed application materials is January 4th. All application materials must be complete and received by the deadline in order to be considered for an interview. All interviewees will be expected to complete a 30 minute presentation on an ambulatory care topic of his or her choice.

If you require further information or have questions, please email the PGY2 Ambulatory Care  Residency Program Director at clementse@sjchs.org. The St. Joseph’s/Candler website (www.sjchs.org) will provide other interesting and important information about the organization and medical, research and educational programs.

St. Joseph's/Candler PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residents

2019-2020: Erin (Bailey) Williams, PharmD
School of Pharmacy: UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
PGY1 Residency: Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center

2018-2019: Chelsea Keedy, PharmD
School of Pharmacy: Western New England University College of Pharmacy, Springfield, MA
PGY1 Residency: St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, Savannah, GA

How to apply

Application submission is required via PhORCAS by the deadline of January 4th to be considered for an onsite interview. Mailed or emailed applications are not accepted and will not be reviewed for consideration.

 

  • St. Joseph's Hospital Campus: 11705 Mercy Blvd., Savannah, GA 31419, (p) 912-819-4100
  • Candler Hospital Campus: 5353 Reynolds St., Savannah, GA 31405, (p) 912-819-6000
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