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Q. Can you describe your programs, including how many applicants will be accepted into the 2013-2014 residency class?
A. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) offers both Postgraduate Year One (PGY-1) and Postgraduate Year Two (PGY-2) ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency programs. The PGY-1 program is a 12-month training program that provides extensive training opportunities for residents in acute care, drug information, ambulatory care, clinical services and practice management. Four pharmacy practice candidates will be accepted into our 2013-2014 PGY-1 residency class. NYP offers three PGY-2 specialty programs: critical care, infectious diseases, and solid organ transplantation. Each specialty program provides a well-rounded experience with experience in clinical care, teaching, and research.
Q. How long has the program at NYP been offered?
A. The NYP PGY-1 residency program was established in 2002 and has grown extensively since its inception. All three PGY-2 programs began in 2007. The residency programs are a valued component of the Department of Pharmacy at NYP. We continue to renew our commitment to develop the brightest and the best practitioners so they will be prepared to become the pharmacy leaders of tomorrow. Our dedication to this goal is exemplified by our expansion of residency program offerings to include PGY-2 programs.
Q. What clinical and specialty services are offered by your department?
A. We offer clinical services in internal medicine, ambulatory care, critical care, infectious diseases, pediatrics, oncology, nutrition support, solid organ transplant, psychiatry, and the emergency department. We also have a Drug Information Center and an Investigational Drug Service (IDS).
Q. How is pharmaceutical care practiced at your institution?
A. The NYP Department of Pharmacy provides pharmaceutical care through decentralized pharmacy services including pharmacists performing their daily activities on the nursing units as well as clinical specialists in the areas of internal medicine, oncology, nutrition, pediatrics, transplant and other critical areas.
Q. What are the necessary qualifications for your programs?
A. All applicants (both PGY-1 and PGY-2) must have a Pharm.D. and be eligible for New York State licensure. All residents are required to obtain a New York State pharmacy intern permit prior to the start of the residency program. Residents are also required to receive New York State licensure by sitting for the New York State Boards and law exams in June prior to the start of the residency year. In addition, all PGY-2 applicants must have completed a PGY-1 program (or equivalent experience).
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Q. How are residents evaluated?
A. NYP residency programs adhere to ASHP's Residency Learning System (RLS) and follow their outlined evaluation procedures. At the beginning of the year, residents receive a list of goals and objectives for the program and for individual learning experiences. Residents receive both formative and summative evaluations in required, elective and longitudinal learning experiences. The Residency Director also provides residents with a quarterly evaluation of their progress.
Q. What teaching opportunities are there for residents?
A. The NYP Department of Pharmacy is affiliated with St. John's University College of Pharmacy and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Through these relationships, various opportunities are available to NYP residents such as leading case-based laboratory discussions as well as precepting students during rotations. Further opportunities may be developed for residents seeking additional teaching responsibilities.
Q. What are the research requirements?
A. All NYP residents are required to complete one major project during the residency year related to an aspect of pharmacy practice consistent with ASHP requirements. Residents will present their research findings at the Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors during the spring. Residents also complete a longitudinal medication use evaluation project during the residency year. Additional formal opportunities in clinical research are available including an elective rotation with the IDS for those residents interested in further research experience.
Q. What presentation opportunities are available to residents?
A. NYP residents are required to complete one ACPE-accredited continuing education presentation during the year. Residents also provide in-services to pharmacy staff and other health care providers as needed, depending on the rotation requirements. In addition, residents present formal journal club presentations and formal patient case presentations during the year. The number of required presentation for each of the above differs between PGY-1 and PGY-2 programs.
Q. Are residents required to complete staffing?
A. NYP PGY-1 residents work every other weekend, starting in August, at either the New York Weill Cornell Center (NYWCC) or the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). PGY-1 residents' responsibilities will vary depending on site location and may include the following: satellite distribution, transplant discharge education, pharmacokinetic monitoring, and assisting the administrator on-call, as needed. PGY-2 residents work every other Saturday. In addition to clinical activities, the PGY-2 resident is expected to participate in clinical research or project activities as needed on the weekend.
Compensation and Benefits
Q. What is the stipend?
A. The PGY-1 resident's stipend is approximately $42,000 plus benefits. The PGY-2 resident's stipend is approximately $50,000 plus benefits.
Q. What benefits are available to residents?
A. Residents receive a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and life insurance, sick time, 10 vacation days, 9 paid holidays and 5 professional days. Residents also qualify for subsidized housing onsite, if available.
Q. Do residents receive financial support to attend professional meetings?
A. Residents receive reimbursement for travel expenses to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Eastern States Conference for Residents and Preceptors. PGY-2 residents may also be eligible to attend other professional meetings within their specialty.
Q. What library privileges do residents have?
A. Residents have access to The Samuel J. Wood Library at the Weill Cornell campus and the Augustine C. Long Health Sciences Library at Columbia campus. Residents also have access to libraries at Rockefeller University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, both located next to NYWCC. In addition, residents have access to an extensive collection of electronic journals and various online pharmacy computer databases.
Q. Are residents given office space?
A. Residents are provided with office space and computers.