PGY-1 Residency FAQs

Pharmacy staff in daily meeting called the “Huddle”
Pharmacy staff in daily meeting called the “Huddle”

Q: How long has Hartford Hospital had a pharmacy residency program?
A: We have been an ASHP accredited program since 1985.

Q: Do you prefer candidates from CT?
A: No, over the last ten years only about half were from CT. We have accepted residents into our program from all over the continental United States.

Q: When does the residency start?
A: For the 2020-21 residency year, residents will start June 22, 2020.

Q: Do I need a CT pharmacist license?
A: Yes, all residents need to be licensed before starting their residency year.

Q: What learning experiences are required?
A: Required learning experiences include: central pharmacy training, internal medicine, two critical care experiences, infectious disease, pain management, leadership, and a month long experience devoted to research. Experiences are generally four weeks long. Required longitudinal experiences include a research project, staffing, Teaching and Learning certificate, and publishing an article in the Journal of Connecticut Medicine.

Q: What elective learning experiences are available?
A: The residency program offers a broad selection of electives for residents to develop a wide breadth of experiences. Our offered electives include: emergency medicine, anticoagulation, oncology, solid organ transplant, academia, toxicology, geriatrics, Center for Anti-Infective Research and Development, pediatric infectious disease, primary care and transitions of care. Additional opportunities may be available based on resident interest and preceptor availability.

Q: What are the strengths of your program?
A: The pharmacy department and residency program have a long standing history of collaboration with the physician staff and other members of the healthcare team. There is a very open and receptive working relationship that has led to numerous collaborative practice agreements and the creation of multiple interdisciplinary rounds where pharmacists play an integral role. The residency program also has close relationships with the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy and Saint Joseph’s University School of Pharmacy which present opportunities for precepting students and didactic teaching experiences.

Q: What teaching and precepting opportunities are available?
A: Each resident presents a one hour ACPE-accredited CE program. In addition, residents lead journal clubs for pharmacy students and faculty, and have opportunities throughout the year to facilitate a pharmacy practice lab and/or teach a class at the University of Connecticut College of Pharmacy or St. Joseph School of Pharmacy. Residents may also serve as secondary preceptors to students during learning experiences. Other educational opportunities include participation in weekly educational in-services to pharmacists, as well as education of other healthcare team members such as nurses, advanced practitioners, and physicians.

Q: Does the residency program offer a teaching certificate?
A: Yes, residents are required to complete the teaching certificate program offered online through the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy.

Q: Do residents have the opportunity to publish their research?
A: Yes, our residents are highly encouraged to publish their research. The following articles are examples of publications by our residents:

  • Tong K, Nolan, W, O’Sullivan, et al. Implementation of a Multimodal Pain Management Order Set Reduces Perioperative Opioid Use after Liver Transplantation. Pharmacotherapy. 2019: doi: 10.1002/phar.2322.
  • Baker WL, Steiger S, Martin S, et al. Association between Time-in -Therapeutic Range and Early Rejection after Heart Transplant. Pharmacotherapy. 2019;39:609-13.
  • Linder KE, Krawczynski MA, Laskey D. Sodium zirconium cyclosilicate (ZS-9): A novel agent for the treatment of hyperkalemia. Pharmacotherapy. 2016;36:923-33.
  • Ross AL, O’Sullivan DM, Drescher MJ, and Krawczynski MA. Comparison of weight-based dose vs. standard dose diltiazem in patients with atrial fibrillation presenting to the emergency department. J Emerg Med. 2016; 51:440-6.
  • Linder KE, Baker WL, Rochon C, May ST, Sheiner PA, Martin ST. Evaluation of Post Transplantation Diabetes Mellitus After Liver Transplantation: Assessment of Insulin Administration as a Risk Factor. Ann Pharmacotherapy. 2016 ;50:369-75.
  • Goodlet KJ, Nailor MD. Necessity of carbapenem use when prescribed per infectious diseases specialists. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2017;88(1):41-6.
  • Steiger SN, Comito RR, Nicolau DP. Clinical and economic implications of urinary tract infections. Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res. 2017;17:377-83.
  • Comito RR, Badu LA, Forcello N. Nivolumab-induced aplastic anemia: A case report and literature review. J Oncol Pharm Pract. 2017;1:1078155217726159.
  • Li R, White CM, Mehmeti J, Martin ST, Hobbs LC. Impact of a Perioperative Prophylaxis Guideline on Post-Cardiothoracic Surgery Atrial Fibrillation. Ann Pharmacotherapy. 2017;51:743-50.

Q: Where do residents work after completion of your residency program?
A: The majority of our residents have pursued either a second year of post-graduate residency training (including PGY2 positions in Infectious Diseases, Oncology, and Emergency Medicine, or secured positions as inpatient clinical pharmacists.

Q: Can you describe the pharmacy?
A: The pharmacy is located in a modern, state-of-the-art facility that is USP 797 compliant on the 13th floor of Hartford Hospital. There are adequate facilities for all pharmacy operations, a separate general sterile products preparation area, a separate cancer chemotherapy prep area, and office/conference areas for all staff.

Q: Do the residents have their own office?
A: Yes, there is a private office dedicated to the residents which is located within the pharmacy. Also, each resident has access to a personal office computer and phone.

Q: Do residents have access to convenient parking and other services in this hospital?
A: Yes, free parking is available in a nearby hospital parking garage. Residents also have free access to the hospital’s Fitness Center and white coat laundering services.

Q: What are the staffing responsibilities?
A: Residents work in the central pharmacy every third weekend and evening shift every three weeks. They are also required to work one overnight shift and two holidays as part of service responsibilities.

Q: How much vacation is available?
A: Each resident receives 15 paid days off separate from professional leave to attend ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Eastern States Residency, Preceptors Conference, and other professional meetings and activities.

Q: How are residents evaluated?
A: Throughout the year, residents are evaluated by the residency program director, their rotation preceptors, and conduct self-evaluations. Hartford Hospital uses the standards set forth by ASHP for selection of goals and objectives. The residency plan, goals, and objectives are individually selected for each resident based upon their needs and interests at the beginning of the year, and are periodically revisited throughout the program. During rotation experiences, residents have a combination for formal and informal feedback opportunities with their rotation preceptor, and also meet regularly with the residency director.

Q: Does Hartford Hospital offer any PGY-2 residencies?
A: Yes, there is one PGY2 infectious disease pharmacy resident.