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Pharmacy Residency Program

Resident Manual

Introduction

Dear Residents:

On behalf of the faculty of the School of Pharmacy, I would like to welcome you to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. We are looking forward to your time here with us and are committed to the provision of outstanding post-graduate residency training programs. This year we have 23 residency positions in a variety of practice and specialty programs throughout Amarillo, Dallas, El Paso, and Lubbock.

The Residency Programs at TTUHSC School of Pharmacy are designed to produce well-rounded, independent professionals through experiences in clinical practice as well as teaching, basic clinical research, and professional activities. The primary emphasis of your residency program will be on the development of practice skills in your differentiated area. You will be delegated clinical responsibilities under the mentorship of your preceptors to develop your practice skills. You will be given teaching responsibilities to further develop your communication skills and abilities as a teacher. You will participate in ongoing scholarly activities to further develop your problem solving skills and ability interpret, generate, and disseminate knowledge within your practice area.

Program Directors will establish minimum expectations for your performance during the residency program. However, you will be encouraged to surpass these minimum expectations. You will be delegated responsibilities and will be allowed to achieve as much independence as desirable or achievable.

The year ahead of you will be a busy year, but I am confident that you will greatly benefit from the residency program. On a national basis, it is evident that the outstanding practitioners of the future will have completed post-graduate training in addition to their undergraduate degree in pharmacy. You can only benefit from the completion of a residency program. As the Vice Chair of Residency Programs, I will be available to help you reach your highest potential. I look forward to working with you and watching your development.

Sincerely,

Krystal K. Haase, Pharm.D., BCPS
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice,
Vice Chair of Residency Programs

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Expectations and Evaluation of the Residents

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Professionalism

Attendance

Residents are expected to attend all functions as outlined in the residents' manual. This includes but is not limited to orientation, the resident workshop, monthly resident meetings, and ALCALDE preparation sessions. Additional attendance requirements will be outlined by the respective program director and rotation preceptors. The residents are solely responsible for their assigned service and teaching and are responsible for assuring that these commitments are met in the event of an absence. Absence requests (professional leave, vacation) must be approved by the program director 1 week prior to the requested dates. Residents are responsible for completing the appropriate paperwork for each absense. These documents are described underthe Vacation and Professional Leave Sections of the Manual.

Communication

The resident is responsible for promoting good communication between the pharmacists, patients, physicians, and the school. Constructive criticism is a means of learning and is not meant to embarrass. Any conflicts which may arise between the candidate and preceptor should first be handled by discussing it with one another. If resolution is not achieved, then discussing the situation with the residency director is the next appropriate step.

Confidentiality

Residents will not discuss their patients with other patients, schoolmates, family members or anyone not directly related to each case. Residents will not discuss patients in front of other patients or in areas where people may overhear. Residents will not leave confidential documents (profiles, charts, prescriptions, etc.) in public places. Residents will excuse themselves from the cases of School of Pharmacy faculty, staff or students who may be patients. Residents will not look at their charts. Residents understand that inappropriate conduct (e.g., breach of confidentiality) may result in disciplinary action as stated in the Resident Dismissal Policy. Residents understand that they may be required by the practice site(s) to sign an additional confidentiality statement

Employee Badges

All personnel (including residents) are required to wear employee identification badges at all times when they are in patient care settings. Identification badges and name tags will be distributed at the beginning of the residency program.

Professional Conduct

It is the responsibility of all residents as representatives of Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, the affiliated practice sites, and the profession of pharmacy to uphold the highest degree of professional conduct at all times. The resident will display an attitude of professionalism in all aspects of his/her daily practice.

Professional Dress

All residents are expected to dress in an appropriate manner whenever they are in the institution or attending any function as a representative of TTUHSC School of Pharmacy. Clean, pressed white lab coats of three-quarter length will be worn at all times in patient care areas (unless restricted by practice area). Any specific problems with dress will be privately addressed by the resident's coordinator.

Resident Performance Evaluation

Specific evaluation of resident performance will vary between residency programs, but should follow the Resident Learning System model. Select forms for each residency program are located on the Web under Pharmacy Practice/Residencies/Evaluation Tools. Evaluation tools should include the following:

  1. Individualized Learning Objectives
  2. Pharmacy Practice Equivalency Evaluation
  3. Baseline and Quarterly Self Assessment
  4. Quarterly Summative Evaluation, Part I, Part II.
  5. Monthly or Bi-Monthly Rotation Evaluation
  6. Preceptor Evaluation
  7. Teaching Evaluation

Introduction to the Resident Learning System and creation of Individualized Learning Objectives will be included in the resident workshop.

Resident Disciplinary Action

Although we do not anticipate problems occurring during a residency program, TTUHSC School of Pharmacy has adopted the following policy on handling issues such as dismissal from the program, probation, and suspension. Residents will be asked to sign the Resident Disciplinary Policy at the beginning of the residency program.

Completion of Program Requirements

Upon successful completion of all requirements of the residency program, the resident will be awarded a certificate of completion. This certificate will attest that the resident has achieved competencies consistent with and in accordance with accreditation standards as set forth by ASHP and/or other accrediting bodies.

Prior to certification of completion, residents must have all major program requirements "signed off" by their residency director. Return of pagers, keys, etc. will also be required prior to receiving the certificate.

Benefits and Services

Benefits / Stipend

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Resident stipends are outlined in the letter of offer for each position. Benefits include 13.5 days of vacation, 10 days of professional leave, two partially paid professional meetings, health care, and retirement benefits. Please note: residents will be required to enroll in courses and pay tuition during the residency year. The annual salary has been adjusted for the costs of tuition.

Computer Support (TTUHSC - SOP)

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There are several computers in the residents' offices to be shared among the residents. There may or may not be computer access at the clinical sites. E-mail and computer access will be assigned by the Director of Computer Services (in Amarillo, Computer Services is located on the 3rd floor, Rooms 328 and 330)

Residents may purchase dial-up e-mail services (PPP Services) and Internet services from the TTUHSC Amarillo Computer Services Center. High-speed, modem services can be obtained at a price significantly less than commercial providers. Please contact the office of Information Systems at 354-5404 for information and application forms.

Drug Information Center

A variety of journals, texts, and online references are available through the Drug Information center on the Amarillo campus. The DI center is open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and residents will have key access to the center after hours.

Drug Information Center Staff:
Glenn Anderson, Pharm.D., Director
D'Esta Sharp, Clerical Specialist

Holidays

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Holidays for TTUSHC School of Pharmacy Faculty and Staff are posted in July for each year. This schedule applies to all residents unless sepecific scheduling modifications are agreed upon in advance by the school and the program director for the affiliated practice site.

Keys

Residents will be assigned keys for after-hours access to the School of Pharmacy, including the resident's offices and drug information center. Keys will be distributed by the TTUHSC department of security, and must be returned prior to termination of employment.

Lab Coats

Each resident will be furnished one monogrammed lab coat at the beginning of the residency program. The resident will be responsible for cleaning/pressing. Residents may purchase additional coats if needed.

Library (TTUHSC)

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Access to OVID databases (including MEDLINE) and MICROMEDEX is available via the TTUHSC library web page.

Amarillo: The Harrington Library is located on the 1st floor of the School of Medicine on 1400 S. Wallace. Phone: (806)354-5448 Library Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30am - 11:00pm
Friday 7:30am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 11:00pm

Lubbock: 3601 4th Street, Lubbock, TX 79430. Phone: (806) 743-2200
Library Hours: Mon - Thurs: 7:30am - Midnight
Friday 7:30am - 10:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm - Midnight

Mail

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Incoming mail will be placed in individual boxes within Room 203 daily (Amarillo), ________ (Lubbock). Outgoing mail must be placed in the appropriate box in Suite 206 (Amarillo) . Residents are encouraged to not have personal mail addressed to the School's address. Our addresses are:

1300 South Coulter, Room 206
Amarillo, Texas 79106

TBA
Dallas,Texas

3601 4th Street
Lubbock, Texas 79430

Malpractice Insurance

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Residents will receive malpractice insurance during their year of residency.

Pagers

Residents will be assigned pagers at the beginning of the residency program. Residents are responsible for replacement of lost/damaged pagers. Pagers must be returned prior to termination of employment.

Parking (TTUHSC-SOP)

Parking stickers are required for parking at the School of Pharmacy and other lots on the Health Sciences Center Campus. Stickers may be purchased from TTUHSC Security:

Amarillo: 1400 South Wallace on the 1st floor of the School of Medicine (next to human resources)
Lubbock:

Professional Leave

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Residents are allowed up to 10 days professional leave to attend professional meetings or participate in other professional activities. This includes all professional days with the exception of 2 days for the ALCALDE residents conference. All professional leave must be approved through the Department of Pharmacy Practice for School of Pharmacy employees. The resident must complete a Travel Application and a signed Resident Leave Form 1 week prior to their leave date as described below.

Professional Leave for Meetings:

Residents receive reimbursement for travel to two meetings:

  1. One national meeting* (up to $750.00)
  2. ALCALDE Regional Residents' Conference (up to $350.00)

*The meeting attended is to be determined by the Resident and the Program Director.

Reimbursement:

Residents must retain all travel receipts and return them to the Department of Pharmacy Practice in order to receive meeting reimbursement. All travel arrangements must be made through Kristi Bowman in Room 206.

Professional Leave Policy

Residents within the Department of Pharmacy Practice are allotted 10 days of leave for professional development activities. A completed Travel Application must be on file with the Department of Pharmacy Practice prior to the desired date(s) of absence. All applicable sections of the forms must be completed. Use the "Trip purpose and benefit" section to describe the reason for leave and the total number of days you are taking.

Preceptor Approval: Leave must also be approved by the current rotation preceptor at least 1 week prior to the desired date of absence. It is the resident's responsibility to ensure that all practice, on-call, and teaching responsibilities are adequately covered during their expected leave. Residents are expected to complete a Resident Leave Form with appropriate signatures 1 week prior to the leave date to ensure that all services and teaching responsibilities are covered.

Sick Days

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The Program Director AND the Department of Pharmacy Practice or Regional Dean must be notified as soon as possible if a sick day is taken. The resident must also contact their current preceptor to make patient care arrangements. It is the responsibility of the Residency Director to make sure all teaching and patient care responsibilities are covered during this time. Upon return the resident must complete an Application for Vacation, Sick, and other Paid Leave Form.

Vacation

Residents accrue 13.5 days for vacation per year. Residents must complete an Application for Vacation, Sick, and other Paid Leave Form and a Resident Leave Form (including signatures) prior to the requested vacation day(s).

Administrative Requirements

Enrollment in TTUHSC-SOP

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Residents may be able to defer student loans while enrolled as students. For additional questions about tuition and loan deferent, please contact Sharon Harrison in the Office of student services.

External Employment Policy

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The responsibilities of the resident within the Department do not coincide with the normal 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. scheduled forty-hour work week. In many instances, odd hours of coverage (i.e. weekends, evenings) are necessary to insure high quality of pharmacy services to the TTUHSC Medical Center. Fluctuations in workload, cross-coverage, change of service, unusual service demands or patient loads, on-call, etc. may all dictate the hours of resident service.

External employment, if sought, should be carefully chosen to accommodate variation in service responsibilities to the School of Pharmacy and the resident's practice site. Successful completion of the residency program leading to certification is a function of successful completion of all the program's requirements, which dictate the primary schedule of the resident. Practice, teaching, and service requirements take precedence over scheduling for external employment.

Pharmacy Licensure for Residents

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All residents within the Department of Pharmacy Practice must be licensed in the State of Texas. If reciprocating from another state, reciprocation should take place before July 1 of the residency year. Residents who are not licensed in Texas will not be able to practice independently. Questions regarding licensure should be addressed to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy at the following address:

Texas State Board of Pharmacy
ATTN: Pharmacist Licensing
William P. Hobby Building, Ste. 3-600
333 Guadalupe Street
Box 21
Austin, TX 78701-3942
(512) 305-8011

Resident Self-Governance

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At the beginning of the residency year, residents will elect a chief resident. Responsibilities of the chief resident will include:

  • participation in the Resident Advisory Committee
  • leading monthly resident meetings
  • meeting with theVice Chair of Residency Programs
  • helping coordinate resident discussion series
  • serving as spokesperson to the faculty/staff on issues that are important to the residents
  • coordinate end-of-year activities

Resident Activities

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In addition to the activities described in the individual residency description, residents are responsible for the following:

1) Residency Project

The resident will complete a project by the end of their residency year. This project can be either administrative or clinical. The project should be completed according to the project timeline. Earlier completion of project requirements is encouraged. Upon completion, the project will be summarized in written format suitable for publication. The resident is encouraged to pursue publication or presentation of the project at a national pharmacy meeting. The residency project will also be presented at the Southwestern Leadership Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellow, and Preceptors.

Project Selection:

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.

Link to Resident Project Timeline

Link to IRB Information

Status Reports:

Residents must complete a project "check off" sheet with appropriate signatures to ensure that all project deadlines are met.
A formal description of the resident's progress should also be included in each of his/her quarterly self assessments.

Presentation Requirements:

As a representative of Texas Tech UHSC School of Pharmacy, all external presentations and publications must be reviewed by the Program Director prior to the presentation date. This includes all presentations of project results, interview presentations, ALCALDE presentations, and abstracts and posters for national and state meetings.

2) Teaching Activities

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Resident involvement in the teaching activities of the Department fosters development and refinement of the resident's communication skills, builds confidence and promotes the effectiveness of the resident as a teacher.

Residents are appointed as Assistant Instructors in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy. Assistant Instructors are assigned teaching responsibilities accounting for up to 25% of their time. The Chair of the Pharmacy Practice Department makes assignments. Assigned teaching responsibilities will be the first priority for Assistant Instructors.

Conflicts with practice, scholarly, or other professional opportunities shall be brought to the attention of the program director. The program director will help ensure the Assistant Instructor fulfills teaching responsibilities. Any proposed additional teaching (such as occasional lectures, group discussions, project advising, or lab instruction) in School of Pharmacy academic courses will require sequential approval of: the Program Director, Vice Chair of Residency Programs, and the Chair of Pharmacy Practice (or Regional Dean).

Teaching Activities Required of all Full Time Assistant Instructors:

  1. Attendance of a facilitator training workshop, preceptor training programs, and other required teaching development activities.
  2. Ad hoc participation in departmental or School-wide teaching development seminars (TBA).
  3. Precept up to 12 weeks (2 rotations) of P3/ P4 student rotations during the last 6 months of the residency program.
  4. Case Studies II or III: (some residents) Case Studies emphasizes provision of pharmaceutical care to individual patients. Application of principles of pathophysiology and therapeutics to drug therapy issues through student-centered, problem-based instructional processes. Teaching format - small group facilitation. Case Studies II and III meet for 4 hours each week for 16 weeks; additional time for grading cases and care plans is needed.
  5. Other teaching assignments may vary based on the unique nature of each residency program. Residents are encouraged to become involved in other teaching opportunities, including didactic lectures.

3) Southwestern Leadership Conference

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The Southwestern Leadership Conference (ALCALDE) is held in the spring of the year and is a forum where residents, fellows, and their preceptors share experiences and expertise. Each resident will make a brief presentation based on their residency project which will be evaluated by preceptors from other programs.

4) Preparation of a Manuscript Acceptable for Publication

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Residents are strongly encouraged to write a least one formal "paper" acceptable for publication as a drug monograph, newsletter, journal article, etc. The nature and topic of this written work will be determined by the resident and his/her preceptor based on the resident's background, experience and goals. Note: submission of manuscript is required for some residency programs..

5) Resident Discussion Series

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The Residency Discussion Series is a monthly forum where residents learn about identified topics of interest in the practice of pharmacy. Residents are expected to attend all discussion sessions which are held in conjunction with resident meetings.

6) Resident Meetings

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Resident will attend monthly resident meetings to discuss upcoming resident events, other issues pertaining to the residency program, and actions/recommendations made at faculty meetings, resident advisory committee meetings, etc. Resident discussion series and meetings will be scheduled concurrently.

7) Residency Orientation Program

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A formal orientation program for all residents is scheduled for July of each year. All new residents are expected to attend a one day orientation within the first week of the residency program and a 3 day orientation workshop around the 3rd week of the residency program. Returning residents may be excused from some of the scheduled sessions. Additional sessions may be scheduled based upon practice site and School of Pharmacy vs. Affiliated status. The initial orientation is used to introduce the incoming residents to the School of Pharmacy, the Medical Center, the Departments of Pharmacy Practice, and to outline the expectations for the residency year. The 3 day workshop will include facilitator training, resident project development activities, and team building activities.

8) Recruitment Efforts of the Department

Each resident will assist with the recruitment efforts of the department. Because each resident is an important source of information and advice for potential candidates, there will generally be some scheduled time within the interview process for interviewees to interact with current residents. Additionally, residents may be asked to participated in the Residency Showcase during the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting or TSHP Annual Meeting.

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