PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency

OVERVIEW

The Post Graduate Year-2 (PGY-2) Residency in Ambulatory Care began in 2011-2012. Expansion of Upstate's residency program into more advanced practice areas is a natural progression for our ASHP Accredited PGY-1 and PGY-2 in Pediatric residency programs. Advanced practice in ambulatory care enhances the PGY-1 rotational experience and is occurring in concert with the NY State law allowing Collaborative Drug Therapy Management (CDTM) initiatives. The PGY-2 training experience will provide the learner with the skills needed to comprehensively provide pharmaceutical care to adult general medicine patients. The learner will also be exposed to practice management principles and training which will provide the resident the tools to independently establish a successful ambulatory care career at completion of the PGY-2.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM AND PHILOSOPHY

The residency is a shared venture with Upstate Medical University and St. John Fisher College-Wegmans School of Pharmacy (SJF-WSOP). As such, the resident will serve as a preceptor for pharmacy students and will have opportunity to teach to the college and participate in various faculty development programs.

The strength of our program lies with the commitment of the faculty to patients and their care. The ambulatory care pharmacist provides many opportunities to positively impact patient care by optimizing health care utillization, decreasing readmissions, improving patient transitions, enhancing patient understanding of their disease states and associated medications, all while empowering them with knowledge to take control of their wellness and self-manage when appropriate. Our ambulatory care faculty appreciates the importance of closing the loop with our community partners in community pharmacy settings and have constant interface to optimize medication reconciliation and management.

As with all organizations, the importance of analyzing outcomes is vital for assessing program viability and sustainability. As such, the resident will be engaged in outcomes analysis, through assessment of existing programs and through the design, implementation and assessment of an independent research question. It is intended that the results of the investigation will add to the body of pharmacy literature through publication.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Lisa Phillips (phillipl@upstate.edu) for more information.