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 2019-20 residency year, residents will start July 1, 2019.

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 diseases, pain management and leadership. Pharmacy residents have the opportunity to complete four elective learning experiences, in addition to one month dedicated to research. Experiences are generally four weeks long. Required longitudinal experiences include research, staffing, teaching and learning, and writing a Journal of Connecticut Medicine article.

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, 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 the pharmacists play an integral role. The residency program also has a close relationship with the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy and Saint Joseph’s University School of Pharmacy that allows for precepting of students and didactic course teaching experiences.

Q: What teaching and precepting opportunities are available?
A: Residents each present a one-hour ACPE accredited educational 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 Saint Joseph’s School of Pharmacy. Participation as a secondary preceptor to students during learning experiences may be a possibility depending on the experience. Other educational opportunities include participation in weekly education 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 with 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:

  • Zmarlicka M, Martin ST, Cardwell SM, Nailor MD. Tolerability of Low Dose Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim for Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia Prophylaxis in Renal Transplantation. Prog Transplant. 2015;25(3):210-16.
  • 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 Pharmacother. 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(4):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 Pharmacother. 2017;51(9):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 PGY-2 positions in Infectious Diseases, Oncology, Emergency Medicine, and Primary Care), 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 preparation area, and office/conference areas for all staff.

Q: Do the residents have a place to call "home"?
A: Yes. The residents share a private office located within the pharmacy and have access to a personal computer and office 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 have free access to the Fitness Center. Also, lab coat and laundering services are available to the pharmacy residents.

Q: What are the staffing responsibilities?
A: Residents work in the central pharmacy every third weekend and eight hours in the evening every three weeks. They are also required to work one night 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 and Preceptors Conference, and other professional meetings and activities.

Q: How are residents evaluated?
A: Throughout the year, residents are evaluated by the Residency Director (RPD), their rotation preceptors, and themselves. Hartford Hospital uses the standards set forth by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for selection of goals and objectives. The residency plan, goals, and objectives are individually selected for each resident based upon their needs at the beginning of the year, and subsequently before each new experience (reassessed quarterly). During experiences, residents meet with their preceptors on a regular basis. Using the online PharmAcademic system, residents are evaluated by their preceptors, and the residents evaluate the preceptors, the experience, and also conduct a self-assessment. Quarterly reviews are completed with the RPD to discuss experiences, to assess progress made during the residency, and to establish goals for the remainder of the residency year. The residents meet regularly with the Pharmacy Director.

Q: Does Hartford Hospital offer any PGY-2 residencies?
A: Yes, we will be offering a PGY-2 position in Infectious Disease for the 2019-2020 residency year.