The program at PIH has been designed to achieve the longitudinal requirements set forth by the ASHP in the areas devoted to patient care, management and educational services.
During the course of the year, the resident shall have opportunities to devote to the study of pharmacy practice in the following areas:
Neonatal Intensive Care
As part of the program, the residents will be introduced to the concepts of hospital pharmacy management. Potential and highly encouraged areas of engagement for the resident include but not limited to the following areas:
Pharmacy administration and professional policy review
Hospital committee meetings
Medication Use and Evaluation / Infection Prevention Functional Team Meeting ( Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee)
Publication of the quarterly pharmacy newsletter
Drug use evaluations
Preparing drug monographs for formulary evaluation
Departmental budgeting and accounting concepts
The resident is expected to develop and strengthen their teaching skills through year round presentations made to different disciplines. Available experiences in teaching include:
Public health awareness education
Presentations to nurses and ancillary staff
Active preceptorship of APPE students
In-service lectures to medical residents and pharmacy staff
In addition, the resident is also expected to complete a residency project suitable for publication, to be presented at the Western States Conference.
Applicants must be a graduate from Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree (or one in process of pursuing accreditation) or have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Committee (FPGEC) certificate from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).
A transcript from the School of Pharmacy, three letters of recommendation, letter of intent, and a completed Application through PhorCas is required. All applications must be received by the first Friday in January to be considered for the residency program beginning July 1. PIH Health participates in the National Residency Match Program, utilizing the PhORCAS on-line application system.
Residents must be licensed in the state of California within 90 days from the start of the program. If pharmacist licensure exam is failed, the resident should re-take the next available licensure examination. Failure to obtain professional pharmacist licensure in the first 4 months of the residency program or after two attempts can result in a pharmacy resident being placed on probation, dismissed, or voluntarily withdrawn from the residency program (see Pharmacy Resident Probation, Dismissal, and/or Withdrawal Policy). All pharmacist activities will require direct supervision until proof of pharmacist licensure is provided. A copy of the wallet-sized license is sufficient for proof of licensure. A resident’s primary professional commitment must be to the residency program. It is a full-time obligation and residents are expected to manage their activities, external to the residency, so as to meet the requirements for successful completion of the residency. Residents must be committed to the values and mission of the PIH Health Hospital, completing the educational goals and objectives of the program, seeking constructive verbal and documented feedback that directs their learning, and making use of the constructive feedback obtained from the residency program preceptors. Residents must follow all human resources policies including policies for professional, family, and sick leave. These policies will be provided to all applicants invited to interview. If the resident fails to comply with any of the policies, they will be subjected to dismissal from the residency program.
About PIH Health Hospital - Whittier
PIH Health Hospital is a 544 bed regional hospital and healthcare center serving southeastern Los Angeles County and portions of the San Gabriel Valley and Orange County area. Founded in 1959, the hospital is a non-profit organization guided by a board of directors.
The medical staff of over 350 physicians and surgeons represents virtually all major medical specialties. Among the services provided are cardiac care and rehabilitation, cancer care, respiratory services, family-centered maternity and neonatal intensive care. The hospital offers emergency care as a paramedic base station. PIH is a designated STEMI and Comprehensive Stroke receiving center for Los Angeles and Orange Counties. There are hospitalists and intensivist physicians present at all times.
PIH Health Hospital is well known for its commitment to excellence in medical-surgical specialties, education, and community outreach programs. The hospital remains a leader in providing innovative and comprehensive health care. The hospital utilizes a totally electronic patient medical record with: computerized physician order entry (CPOE), an electronic medication administration record (eMAR), with bedside barcoded medication administration, and electronic multidisciplinary charting.