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How is the Geisinger Medical Center PGY1 Pharmacy Residency designed to meet the individual career aspirations of the residents?
Each PGY1 pharmacy resident completes all core learning experiences. Elective learning experiences are selected by the individual resident to meet their career goals. Experiences are sequenced to facilitate goal achievement. Residents are free to change elective selections throughout the year as they discover new areas of interest. Residents can design both acute care and ambulatory care-focused curricula based on their unique goals and aspirations. A vast array of opportunities are available to promote professional development and self-discovery. The residency director works closely with each individual to ensure their year is a success.

What is a PGY1 pharmacy residency program?
Geisinger's PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is designed to train and educate pharmacists in the fundamentals of exemplary pharmacy practice in organized health-care systems. The residency focuses on total pharmacy practice, including the concepts and philosophies of contemporary pharmaceutical care. The program builds upon practice experience and academic education, and provides the foundation of practice competence. The residency will provide experiences and knowledge that cannot easily be achieved in a staff role and can give the graduate's career a significant boost. For the more seasoned pharmacist, the residency can accelerate a career move to a higher level of practice.

How is the residency offered at Geisinger Medical Center?
The residency is a full-time, approximately 12-month program that is conducted in accordance with ASHP duty hour requirements through the accomplishment of formal learning objectives and activities. The start date is Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

What are the staffing requirements?
Pharmacy residents participate in staffing activities approximately every other weekend in addition to a four-hour shift one evening per week. The staffing learning experience fosters the achievement of the residency goals outlined by the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Staffing promotes the resident's growth and professional practice maturity.

What is the stipend, and what benefits are included?

The stipend is $47,486 per year. This is paid in two-week intervals and is taxed as salary. Other benefits include an excellent healthcare benefits package, paid time off and paid administrative leave for educational meetings (ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Eastern States Residents Conference). The resident has dedicated workspace with access to a personal computer and wireless touch screen rounding computer. Full internet access is provided, with e-mail services.

What clinical services does your program provide to your patients?

Currently, we have pharmacists practicing in anemia management, anticoagulation management, bone marrow transplant, cardiology, critical care medicine, emergency medicine, family medicine, heart failure transitions of care, hematology, hepatology, family medicine, internal medicine, infectious diseases, neonatal intensive care, medication therapy disease state management, nephrology, neurology, nutrition support, oncology, pain management, pediatrics, pediatric critical care, pediatric hematology and oncology, trauma and transplant services. Our pharmacists are involved in drug therapy management; multidisciplinary patient care; decentralized pharmacy practice; pharmacokinetic consultations; adult code team, stroke and sepsis response; medication utilization and outcome evaluation; and medical, nursing, and pharmacy staff education programs.

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