Williamson Medical Center is a 185-bed community hospital that provides comprehensive medical and surgical services and progressive pharmacy services. The Williamson Medical Center PGY1 pharmacy residency is a 12-month program designed to produce well-rounded practitioners. The residency offers varied practice experiences including internal medicine, antibiotic stewardship, critical care, pediatrics and neonatology, management, anticoagulation management.
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The purpose of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited PGY1 residency is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
The purpose of Williamson Medical Center’s residency program is to develop outstanding clinical practitioners with strong leadership skills who wish to pursue advanced-level practice in a hospital, pursue PGY2 residency training in a focused area of practice, and/or academia.
Williamson Medical Center exists to meet the health care needs of the communities we serve.
The Williamson Medical Center Department of Pharmacy Services’ mission is to provide services that contribute to optimal medication management for all patients served by the facility.
The following goals support the Department of Pharmacy Services mission: To provide services that meet patient needs; to provide services that meet accepted ethical and professional practice standards; to provide services that meet all legal requirements and applicable accreditation standards; and to improve the quality of pharmacy services and medication management.
Williamson Medical Center strives to be the preferred provider of health care services to the residents of Williamson County, and the acute care center of excellence for the surrounding region.
The mission and vision take on our human nature when expressed in our values:
- We will respect the needs and value the dignity of every individual, including our patients, employees, physicians, and our partners.
- We will promote health and total well-being of all people by providing access to necessary health care services, regardless of ability to pay.
- We will combine clinical expertise with human compassion.
- We will create customer value through a commitment to deliver clinical quality, customer service, and cost efficiency in every service line we offer.
- We will demonstrate integrity and stewardship to earn the trust and support of residents and employers within the community we serve.
Program Description and Requirements
The PGY1 year is focused on establishing a core skill set necessary for pharmacists practicing in clinical and/or academic settings. Residents will be required to perform or participate in a number of activities throughout the year. These activities are designed to assure competency with the goals and objectives outlined by the ASHP residency accreditation standards. These requirements must be met to receive a certificate in the residency program.
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Residents will participate in both formal and informal multidisciplinary education, student preceptorship, and preparation of projects for presentation. Committee involvement will sharpen communication and leadership skills. Service commitment (staffing requirement) is one weekend every third week. Residents will participate in didactic classroom activities and earn a teaching certificate from Belmont University College of Pharmacy. Upon completion of the residency program, residents are awarded a residency certificate.
Core and elective rotations occur on a monthly calendar averaging 4 weeks; a formal Orientation program will begin the last week of June or first week of July each calendar year. This orientation period is used to introduce incoming residents to Williamson Medical Center, the Department of Pharmacy, Belmont College of Pharmacy, and to outline expectations for the residency year.
Service commitment is designed to ensure that residents gain experience and can function as a pharmacy generalist. In order to maintain competence in this role, residents are expected to attend Department of Pharmacy Staff Meetings and mandatory in-services.
- Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support
- Code Response
- Attendance at Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
- Attendance at Pharmacy/Nursing Council
- Attendance at Medication Safety Committee
- Prepare and present Journal Clubs
- Prepare and present lectures to Belmont College of Pharmacy students
- Prepare and present Residency Research Project at ASHP Midyear and Southeastern Residency Conference
- Prepare and present a Continuing Education Seminar
The Director of Pharmacy is responsible for all aspects of pharmacy operation, including the residency program. The director oversees the administration of the residency program along with the Residency Program Director (RPD) and directs the provision of pharmaceutical care services at the hospital.
The RPD is responsible for the operation of the residency experience. This includes responsibility for ensuring that the overall program goals and specific learning objectives are met, training schedules are maintained, appropriate preceptorship for each learning experience or training period is provided, and that resident evaluations are conducted routinely and based on pre-established learning objectives. The RPD assumes a leadership role in program administration and program recruitment activities.
Residents will work with preceptors within specific practice areas or areas of expertise; preceptors develop and guide the learning experiences to meet the residency program’s goals and objectives, and with consideration of the resident’s goals, interests and skills. The preceptor periodically reviews the resident’s performance, with a final evaluation at the conclusion of the learning experience.
The research project preceptor will oversee the non-clinical aspects of the project and ensure that residents stay on pace to meet the projected timelines. The research project preceptor will review all tangible materials to ensure that all are complete (research proposal, protocol, IRB submission forms, posters submission, and manuscript) and are presented in a professional manner. The research project preceptor will be involved in statistics, critical revision of the manuscript and approval of the final manuscript (with the RPD). The research project preceptor will meet with the resident and complete all quarterly summative evaluations for the research learning experience.
The research project advisor will serve as the clinical lead for the resident research project. The resident will meet with the research project advisor initially to discuss project development, and as needed to keep the project on pace to meet the projected timelines. The research project advisor will be involved in development of the study concept, study design, statistics, data analysis and interpretation, critical revision of the manuscript, and approval of the final manuscript.
The Residency Advisory Committee (RAC), chaired by the RPD, will serve as a forum to discuss all matters associated with the operation of the program. The RAC strives to meet on a monthly basis, and as needed to address issues as they arise. Specific functions of the RAC include continuous evaluation of the curriculum, goals and objectives, quarterly evaluation of the residents’ progress, evaluation and support of residency projects, and resident recruitment and selection. Guests may be invited as needed to advise the committee on clinical or operational issues relevant to residents.