PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency

OVERVIEW
The Post Graduate Year-1 (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University attracts outstanding Doctor of Pharmacy graduates from across the nation. The program is fully accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and draws upon the resources of our academic medical center–including a teaching hospital, medical school and research enterprise. 

Upstate Medical University also offers postgraduate pharmacy training that includes PGY-2 in Ambulatory Care, PGY-2 in Pediatrics, PGY-2 in Pharmacotherapy and a two-year Toxicology/ ED fellowship.

Residents are given training options within the scope of excellent pharmacy practice to pursue their interests. Our residents also perform consultative services in clinical pharmacology, clinical pharmacokinetics, and clinical toxicology. During consultations, residents document their assessments and recommendations with the assistance of experienced faculty. Many of our graduates go on to pursue postgraduate specialty/fellowship training or clinical and academic teaching positions.

MODERN FACILITY
The design of our pharmacy is driven by a high degree of computerization with respect to medication ordering, distribution and inventory management. Vertical carousels provide state-of- the-art technology for inventory and allow bar coding for individual medications and inventory tracking for just-in-time delivery. Located in University Hospital, the facility also houses pharmacy offices, a conference room and three certified clean rooms. Laptop computers facilitate order review and clinical documentation within a fully integrated CPOE system, which increases pharmacist participation in multidisciplinary rounds.

RESIDENCY SITE:UPSTATE
UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Upstate University Hospital, the area's only Level-1 trauma center, has a centralized pharmacy distribution paired with numerous satellite offices. Ambulatory care services include a pharmacist driven anticoagulation clinic, a regional oncology center and internal medicine consultative services. The Central New York Poison Center, which serves 34 counties, is also one of our training sites. Upstate University Hospital was recognized by the University Health Consortium as the best performer in medication safety management among academic medical centers.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
The dynamic residency curriculum provides experience in a variety of clinical settings under the guidance of 11 clinical pharmacy faculty members, some of whom were former residents of our program. The faculty also has appointments in Medicine, Emergency Medicine and other affiliated colleges. The patient population at University Hospital includes adults, pediatrics and medically compromised patients. Residents experience additional patient interaction during their toxicology rotation, which brings them to other area hospitals.

The training experience is built on four-week block rotations within a 12-month training period. Orientation is followed by required rotations: Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Critical Care, Ambulatory Care and Clinical Toxicology, alternating with Internal Medicine rotations. Residents have a choice of one elective rotation which include Ambulatory Care II, Cardiology, Critical Care II, Oncology, Pediatrics II, Toxicology II and Surgical Intensive Care. The Research and Pharmacy Administration rotations are longitudinal experiences. Teaching experience is also longitudinal.

This design prepares the PGY-1 resident to assume independent clinical practice by the second half of the residency training year. The residents present daily cases at clinical pharmacology rounds which is attended by all faculty, pharmacy residents, pharmacy students, medical students, medical residents and pharmacists. Residents also contribute to the teaching and education of nurse practitioners at the College of Nursing. Residents' weekend responsibilities include clinical pharmacokinetics, and pharmacy operational services services.

Complementing the clinical experience, the residents have two to three journal club presentations, drug utilization evaluations, formulary drug review and opportunity for publication.

Research intensity is driven by residents’ desire. Each resident will have a customized plan based on areas of interest.

RESIDENCY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
RESIDENCY TRAINING
Exposure to Pharmacy Spectrum

  • Clinical Toxicology Services
  • Consultative Clinical Pharmacology
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Ambulatory Care Pharmacotherapy and Anticoagulation clinics
  • Critical Care Pharmacotherapy and Services
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Pediatric Pharmacotherapy and Services
  • Coronary Care Pharmacotherapy and Services
  • Oncology Pharmacotherapy and Services
  • Research and Publications
  • Teaching Experience

SALARY AND BENEFITS
 Residents at SUNY Upstate University Hospital receive a competitive stipend for one-year, July 1 to June 30, plus fringe benefits which include health and dental insurance and paid travel for relevant meetings.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. William Darko (darkow@upstate.edu) for more information.