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Pharmacy Residency Program

Community Care in Lubbock

Lubbock campus

Program Goals

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The goal of this one year residency is to train the resident to be an effective clinician in community pharmacy practice. By the conclusion of the residency the resident should feel competent in patient counseling, providing pharmaceutical care through developing and maintaining existing programs, and working with other members of the health care team to ensure optimal drug therapy.

Qualifications

All applicants must be Doctor of Pharmacy degree graduates of an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy and be licensed or eligible for pharmacist licensure in the state of Texas. Residents will be required to maintain a valid Texas pharmacy license throughout residency.

Program Activities

Clinical Experience

Responsibilities at the site include maintaining existing programs, developing new services, and serving as a drug information resource. We offer, in addition to retail prescription service and nursing home dispensing, infusion services, chemotherapy and TPN admixtures, pain management and investigational drug dispensing services. We also operate telepharmacies in two sites in remote towns in West Texas. Plans are underway to expand our clinical presence in the Health Sciences Center by providing primary care services in the clinics. These services may include diabetes, lipid and anticoagulation management. In addition, the resident may choose up to 3 elective rotations which may include: ambulatory care, primary care, drug information, pain management, cardiology, internal medicine, pediatrics, and geriatrics.

Teaching Experience

**Residents are appointed as Assistant Instructors with Texas Tech UHSC School of Pharmacy**

Didactic Teaching

  • 1-2 hours of formal didactic lecturing within the school of pharmacy programs. The courses that are to be taught will be based on availability and resident interest.
  • 1 semester as a group facilitator in case studies (P3 class). The case studies course is a student directed exercise that focuses on pharmaceutical care for an individual patient. It is designed to be a problem based learning experience in which students see an initial patient presentation. They then spend the next 3 to 4 sessions with this case taking the patient through the pharmacotherapy of the patient's disease state or states. Both pathophysiology and therapeutic knowledge are incorporated. The role of the resident would be not to teach the students, but rather to facilitate their discussion. During the semester, this course meets twice a week for two hours.

Experiential Teaching

  • Clerkship teaching (involves P4 students)...During first 6 months of residency this involvement with students will be minimal, but by the last half of the residency, residents will be asked to serve as primary preceptor for given students.

Residency Project

Residents will complete one project per year. Residents may chose any type of research project or quality improvement program, provided that the project: 1) includes generation of original data; 2) is suitable for publication or presentation at a national pharmacy meeting; 3) can reasonably be completed within the residency year. Residents will also be required to participate in the Southwestern Leadership Conference in the Spring in which they will present their results of their resident project.

Additional Requirements

  • Evaluate PharmD candidates during Grand Rounds presentations
  • Participate in residency meetings and discussions
  • Participate in resident recruitment activities
  • Meet with residency preceptor on regular basis to: (1) help guide in student precepting activities, (2) share clinical pearls and discuss disease state management, and (3) to provide feed back on strengths and weakness of clinical/teaching/research abilities

Program Leadership

Program Director, Community Pharmacy Practice Residency

Diane Kretschmer, R.Ph., Pharm.D.

Diane Kretschmer, R.Ph., Pharm.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Chief, Lubbock Pharmacy Services

Pharmacist-in-Charge, Pharmaceutical Care & Infusion Center

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Pharmacy


Diane Kretschmer earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and her Pharm.D. from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Her practice includes the management of a pharmacy operation that services assisted-living and skilled nursing patients for their prescription and infusion needs. She also supports the infusion needs of a regional medical acute care facility that specializes in correctional patient health. Her pharmacy operation is also the control center for the Texas Tech telepharmacy project that filled the first prescription in the State of Texas using this method. She leads the Lubbock team that includes Barbie Grimes and Beverly Abney.

Beverly Abney, R.Ph., Pharm.D.

Beverly Abney, R.Ph., Pharm.D.

Clinical Instructor

Pharmaceutical Care & Infusion Center

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Pharmacy


Beverly Abney earned her Pharm.D. degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Her clinical practice interest is geriatrics. She is part of the Lubbock team along with Diane Kretschmer and Barbie Grimes.

Barbie Grimes, R.Ph. PharmD

Barbie Grimes, R.Ph. Pharm.D.

Clinical Instructor and Pharmacist-In-Charge

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Pharmacy


Dr. Grimes is the Pharmacist In Charge of the Pharmaceutical Care Center located in the International Pain Institute in Lubbock. Daily operations include preparing sterile products for intrathecal pain pumps, providing drug information for the clinic staff, as well as dispensing chronic pain management medications to the patients serviced at the International Pain Institute. The Pharmaceutical Care Center also serves as an Advanced Community Practice site for P4 students. Dr. Grimes is a 2002 graduate of the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Former Resident

 

Tracey D. Carruthers, Pharm.D.


Tracey is a 2001 graduate of the residency program. She is currently a clinical pharmacist and pharmacist-in-charge for United Supermarkets Pharmacy in Lubbock, Texas.



Lubbock Area Information

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University Medical Center

University Medical Center provides healthcare not only for the city of Lubbock but for all of the West Texas region. It is a 354-bed hospital that serves both as a teaching resource for the school of medicine and TTU Health Sciences Center and serves a high proportion of medically indigent patients. It also has the regions only Level 1 Trauma center. In addition to providing the basic services in pediatrics, adult medicine, critical care, etc., UMC also offers a number of ambulatory clinics and the Southwestern Cancer Center. Click here for more information.

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

The Health Sciences Center has its major objectives to quality education and the development of academic, research, patient care, and community service programs to meet the health care needs of the 108 counties of West Texas. The health sciences center has four branches including the Lubbock, Amarillo, Odessa, and El Paso areas. Click here for more information.


Legendary Lubbock LogoCaprock Canyon

Lubbock is located in the heart of the South Plains in the Panhandle of Texas and serves as the regional commercial and industrial center for the South Plains of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. The city is the major retail trade nucleus for more than 500,000 people across 26 counties. Approximately 200,000 residents make their home in the Lubbock area.

Lubbock boasts many attractions such as Cap Rock Canyon (see adjacent photo), theaters, symphony, Division I sports, golf courses, and multiple parks, museums and cultural centers. Lubbock is also the home of the legendary rock star, Buddy Holly. The agricultural industry is the center of Lubbock's economy, with cotton being the dominant force.

The weather in this region is interesting to say the least. Summers will include sunny days in the 90's to 100's, Fall/Winter will include sporadic rainy/snowy days, and Spring will bring the thunderstorm season. For more information on the Lubbock area, click here.

Application Process:

A completed application form should be accompanied with a cover letter and curriculum vitae expressing interest. In addition, three letters of recommendation should be completed and sent in separately. For access to information and materials, please click here. For any questions please contact residency program director, Diane Kretschmer at diane.kretschmer@ttuhsc.edu.

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