The Gregory School of Pharmacy has announced two new pharmacy residency programs for 2018. The community pharmacy and ambulatory care programs will prepare students for a variety of specialized career opportunities.
“Our graduates are entering this ever-changing practice environment and, even within the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program itself, are being prepared for the challenges and opportunities it provides,” said Dr. Jeff Lewis, dean of Gregory School of Pharmacy and professor of pharmacy practice. “However, advanced training is often needed, and we want to offer those opportunities right here.”
These new one-year post-graduate training programs in community pharmacy (PGY-1) and ambulatory care (PGY-2), both of which are in short supply in the state of Florida, are designed to prepare Doctor of Pharmacy program graduates for more effective engagement in providing primary care-related services. These services center on monitoring and managing patient medications towards increased effectiveness and reduced adverse events.
The community pharmacy program will benefit students through a variety of direct patient care opportunities including: consultant chronic care management, indigent care, international medical missions, medication therapy management and outpatient psychiatry. Practice settings for this program include Atlantis Pharmacy, local primary care clinics and the Gregory School of Pharmacy.
The advanced ambulatory care program provides a variety of direct patient care opportunities within the Veterans Administration Health System as well as the community. In addition to the required primary care experiences, training opportunities include: medication therapy management, international medical missions, outpatient psychiatry, outpatient pain management, outpatient cardiology and oncology. The program takes place primarily at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center where residents spend approximately 50 percent of their time. Other areas of practice include the Gregory School of Pharmacy and the Community Health Center of West Palm Beach.
“Our goal for participants in each of our programs is for them to go forward as servant leaders well-positioned to lead pharmaceutical care forward for years to come,” said Dr. Amy Henneman, director of pharmacy residency programs and associate professor of pharmacy practice.