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The Geisinger Lewistown Hospital (GLH) Pharmacy Residency is a candidate program for accreditation by the American Society of Health System Pharmacy (ASHP). This program welcomed its first PGY1 residents in the 2020-2021 academic year and is recruiting for new PGY1 residents for the 2022-2023 academic year.

GLH is a 133-bed rural hospital situated in Mifflin County, servicing over 80,000 patients in central Pennsylvania. In 2021, GLH was named as one of the nation’s top 100 rural and community hospitals by the Chartis Group.

As part of the Geisinger family, our residents collaborate both with providers available on-site as well as those available through the larger Geisinger system. Our clinical pharmacists practice at the top of their license to contribute in acute care, ambulatory care, specialty pharmacy and research. Each individual resident’s curriculum is customized to facilitate achievement of their personal and professional goals.

Pharmacy students from the following schools complete experiential education rotations at Geisinger hospitals and clinics as part of their core hospital pharmacy, clinical pharmacy and ambulatory care rotations. The PGY1 residents have the opportunity to participate in a layered learning model with these students.

  • Duquesne University Mylan College of Pharmacy
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy
  • Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy

Geisinger is committed to cultivating a culture of diversity and inclusion. We recognize that our team is our most valuable asset, and seek to promote an environment that is welcoming of persons of all races, ethnicities, religious beliefs, genders and sexual orientations. At Geisinger, we celebrate life experiences, personal differences, knowledge, innovation and talent. Within Geisinger's Department of Graduate Medical Education, the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion applies diversity principles in all settings and advances the institution's efforts to create a welcoming and safe environment for all residents and fellows.

Residency program design

Residents rotate through the various core and longitudinal learning experiences listed. In addition, they participate in interprofessional learning opportunities throughout the year with medical residents in the GLH Family Medicine Residency program. Residents also complete a medication-use evaluation for presentation at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and a research project for presentation at the Eastern States Conference. Elective learning experiences offered allow our residents to further pursue interests related to their individual career objectives. Residents are encouraged to explore areas of interest and engage in all pharmacy activities.

Goals

  • To develop competent, resourceful practitioners who provide holistic patient-centered care.
  • To prepare residents for PGY2 advanced training, board certification and careers as clinical pharmacists.
  • To provide accelerated growth in the development of leadership, clinical judgement and self-reflection skills.
  • To cultivate drug information analytical skills which promote the dissemination of information amongst patients and healthcare workers.

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