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About us

The PGY 1 Pharmacy Residency at Geisinger Medical Center believes strongly in the development of the complete pharmacist. As such, the resident is treated in a collegial manner, with careful focus on developing the broadest possible clinical range of skills, as well as personal growth.

Our goal is to provide a resident with the practical training and experience that provides the opportunity and stimulus to develop professional expertise and competence as a health system pharmacy practitioner. All of the pharmacists at Geisinger Medical Center are committed to delivering the highest possible quality of patient care.

Our program is designed to build on doctor of pharmacy education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, who are eligible for board certification, and who are eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Department of Pharmacy
The Department of Pharmacy consists of 120 full-time employees, of whom 61 are pharmacists. The pharmacy practice model involves integration of clinical activities at the patient care level supported by centralized distribution, support functions and management systems. Currently, we have pharmacists practicing in anticoagulation management, cardiology, critical care medicine, emergency medicine, heart failure transitions of care, hematology, internal medicine, infectious disease, neonatal intensive care, medication therapy disease state management, nephrology, neurology, nutrition support, oncology, pain management, pediatrics, pediatric critical care, trauma and transplant services. Our pharmacists are involved in drug therapy management; multidisciplinary patient care; decentralized pharmacy practice; pharmacokinetic consultations; adult code team and stroke response; medication utilization and outcome evaluation; and medical, nursing, and pharmacy staff education programs.

Pharmacy students from the University of Sciences in Philadelphia, Wilkes University, Temple University, Duquenne University and the University of Pittsburgh rotate through our hospital and clinics as part of their core hospital pharmacy, clinical pharmacy and ambulatory care rotations.

Residency program activities

  • Experiences are designed to develop skills and competence in providing pharmaceutical care
  • Curriculum and areas of emphasis are based on the individual resident's knowledge, skills and career aspirations, with each resident's experience customized to optimize his or her learning
  • Learning experience activities and objectives are designed to build upon past experiences
  • Model pharmacy practitioners with full-time practice and teaching responsibilities serve as preceptors for all learning experiences
  • Elective learning experiences allow the resident to further pursue interests related to his or her individual career objectives
  • Residents are encouraged to explore areas of interest and engage in all pharmacy activities
  • Teaching, research and other scholarly endeavors enhance the professional development of each resident

Goals

  • To provide residents with the training and experience to develop professional expertise as a health system pharmacy practitioner
  • To cultivate competent and innovative practitioners who provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care services across the continuum of health care
  • To create a foundation for the achievement of a leadership role in the profession
  • To foster the development of professionals who provide effective, dynamic education to patients and health care professionals
  • To support the attainment of professional self-realization
  • To develop practitioners who can create and implement medication policies that ensure rational, cost-effective drug therapy