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Pharmacy Residency

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Eastern Health Pharmacy Residency Program

About the Eastern Health Pharmacy Residency Program 

Offered in affiliation with Memorial University (MUN) School of Pharmacy, this 52- week program provides the pharmacy resident with a broad range of experiences within a hospital and ambulatory pharmacy practice setting. The resident has the opportunity to be an active participant in many multidisciplinary health teams and promote the integration of evidence into the decision-making process.
 
Eastern Health is Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest multi-site accredited Regional Health Authority. For more information about Eastern Health, please see the About Eastern Health page. The two primary sites for the residency program are the Health Sciences Centre and St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital which are located in St. John’s. For more information about St. John’s, please visit www.destinationstjohns.com and for more information about the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, please see: www.newfoundlandlabrador.com.
 

Highlights

Eastern Health’s Pharmacy Residency Program offers a number of unique opportunities including several longitudinal rotations. Once the resident completes the core ambulatory rotation in the fall, the resident returns to the clinic one day per month throughout the residency year. This allows greater exposure to the clinic setting and provides an opportunity for on-going patient care. The program also has a teaching and learning rotation offered through the clinical faculty at the MUN School of Pharmacy which is also longitudinal in nature. Over the course of six months, residents get the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge for clinical teaching with a focus on role modelling, coaching, communication, effective feedback and supervision. The program also offers the opportunity of a resident-led Smoking Cessation Clinic at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Treatment Centre
 
Residents have the opportunity to select from a wide variety of electives that take place in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. Inpatient rotations are offered in areas such as mental health and addictions, paediatrics, hematology-oncology, and neuro-rehabilitation. On the ambulatory side, residents can select to complete a rotation in hemodialysis or at the Medication Therapy Services Clinic with pharmacists from MUN School of Pharmacy. The program has a unique rotation where the resident gets the opportunity to practice in cystic fibrosis and/or HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) clinics at Eastern Health with cross-appointed faculty from MUN School of Pharmacy. The resident can also elect to complete a rotation in an alternate location.
 
Additionally, residents present at Pharmacy Grand Rounds, at the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) Newfoundland and Labrador Branch Fall Professional Development Day and participate in critical appraisal activities. 
 
Core Rotations
 

Type

Length

Location

Medication Systems

4 weeks

Pharmacy Department, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital

Drug Information

2 weeks 

Drug Information Centre, Memorial University School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Leadership

2 weeks

Multi-site

Antimicrobial Stewardship

2 weeks

Health Sciences Centre

General Medicine

6 weeks

Health Sciences Centre or St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital

Ambulatory - either Oncology Clinic OR
Adult Thrombosis Service

4 weeks as core and
equivalent of 1 day/month as longitudinal

Oncology, Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre

Thrombosis Clinic, Health Sciences Centre

Critical Care

5 weeks

Intensive Care Unit, Health Sciences Centre

Surgery – either vascular or general and plastic surgery

4 weeks

Vascular Surgery, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital

General and Plastic Surgery, Health Sciences Centre


Elective Rotations

Type

Length

Location

Mental Health and Addictions

4 weeks

Waterford Hospital

Ambulatory-based (The Grace Centre

Paediatrics

4 weeks

Janeway Hospital (Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units)

Ambulatory Hemodialysis

4 weeks

Kidney Care Centre,
Mount Pearl Square

Inpatient Hematology-Oncology

4 weeks

Health Sciences Centre

Neuro-rehabilitation

4 weeks

Dr. Leonard A. Miller Centre

Ambulatory Oncology

4 weeks

Oncology, Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre

Adult Ambulatory Thrombosis Service

4 weeks

Health Sciences Centre

Cystic Fibrosis and HIV Clinic

4 weeks

Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, Health Sciences Centre HIV Clinic, Mount Pearl Square

Medication Therapy Services Clinic

4 weeks

Consult Clinic (MUN School of Pharmacy) Tiffany Court

External rotation
(requires pre-approval)

4 weeks

 


Research

Participation in research is a core aspect of residency. While promoting independence, the program’s preceptors and other members of the program and faculty provide guidance and support to residents as they identify their area of interest, develop their proposal, undertake the project and complete and submit their manuscript for publication. Recent research topics by residents include:
  • Evaluating the necessity of ciprofloxacin use in hospitalized patients and the impact of a prospective targeted antimicrobial intervention. Heather Williams, Pharmacy Resident, 2018-2019 (PDF)
  • Assessment of a pharmacist-led direct oral anticoagulant monitoring clinic. Jenna Hache, Pharmacy Resident, 2018-2019 (PDF) 

Other benefits and offers

Pharmacy residents are provided with a stipend of $32,000 CAD per year. An additional conference stipend is provided up to a maximum of $ 2,000 CAD. In addition, the residents are entitled to 10 days of paid vacation and up to five days of paid educational leave. Residents provide weekend coverage on a rotational basis at the Clinical Pharmacist I rate. This work is structured in a manner that will ensure that it does not interfere with the ability of the resident to be successful in their residency program. There are no student fees associated with Eastern Health’s pharmacy residency program.


Eligibility

To be considered for acceptance, applicants must either be a student enrolled in the final year of a Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCCAP) -accredited Canadian entry-to-practice pharmacy degree program, or be a licensed and practising pharmacist in Canada. To begin the program you must be licensed to practice with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada and the Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board.
Residency positions
 
Eastern Health Pharmacy Residency program accepts two residents each year with program intake mid-July. 
 
 
Meet our residents
  • Sara Winsor, Residency date 2019-2020
  • Roberto Duarte, Residency date 2019-2020
  • Heather Williams, Residency date 2018-2019
  • Jenna Hache, Residency date 2018-2019
 
Resident manual 

About accreditation

Eastern Health’s Pharmacy Residency program is a new program that accepted its first two residents in July of 2018. While new, the program is invested in obtaining accredited status, and will undergo an accreditation review in the fall of 2019. A successful accreditation means that an Accredited Canadian Pharmacy Residency (ACPR) status will be made retroactive to former and existing residents. 
 
 
How to apply
 
Eastern Health’s Pharmacy Residency program participates in the Pharmacy Residency Application and Matching Service (PRAMS).  For more information about PRAMS and pharmacy residency programs in Canada please visit: www.cshp.ca/cprb
 
Contact information
 
Please contact Residency Coordinator Dr. Barbara Thomas to find out more about this program, via email at: barbara.thomas@easternhealth.ca or by phone at: 709-777-3550.
 
For more information about the School of Pharmacy at Memorial University, please see www.mun.ca/pharmacy.
 

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Updated Nov 20, 2019