Pharmacy Residency - Rotation Information

Organization: Service:

Core Rotations

The resident will have four to eight week clinical rotations in the areas of:

  • Adult Critical Care
  • Pediatrics
  • OB/GYN
  • Orthopedics, Neurology and Surgery
  • Medicine/Oncology
  • Medicine/Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
  • Emergency Department - a one week rotation

There will also be experiences in innovative areas of pharmacy such as transitions of care, medication histories, and discharge counseling. During every rotation, the resident will be responsible for the pharmaceutical care of patients including participation in patient care rounds, dosing and monitoring pharmacy-regulated therapies, and involvement with cardiopulmonary emergencies.

In providing pharmaceutical care to patients, the specific pharmacy-regulated therapies the resident will be involved with include:

  • Aminoglycosides
  • Vancomycin
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition
  • Heparin
  • Warfarin
  • Insulin
  • Other Drug Therapies

The resident will also be responsible for drug distribution activities. Two weeks of the resident program will be spent focusing on pharmacokinetics. Emphasis will be placed on the resident’s understanding of:

  • Pharmacokinetic Principles
  • Performing Calculations
  • Analysis of Serum Concentration Data

In addition, the resident will gain experience in providing sophisticated, computer-assisted consultation on difficult-to-interpret patient drug therapy problems. For four weeks the resident will gain experience with the drug distribution process and sterile IV preparation. Other core rotations include one week of drug information, two weeks of pharmacy administration, and 1-2 weeks of medication safety.

Electives

Four weeks are available for elective rotations. Some options for elective rotations include:

  • Infusion Care Pharmacy
  • Miller Children’s Outpatient Pharmacy
  • OB-related Ambulatory Clinic

For the inpatient setting, elective experiences include surgery pharmacy, additional IV training, additional ED training, or additional training in previous rotation areas.

Projects

During clinical rotations, the resident will receive one day every two weeks to work on projects. Residents are expected to present one major project at the Western States Conference (WSC). The pediatric emphasis residents’ WSC research projects will have a pediatric focus. The research and education emphasis resident will work with a faculty member from UCSD, and his/her project will have an ID or PK/PD focus. In addition, all residents will provide one ACPE-accredited Continuing Education program to the pharmacy staff.

The total resident year will consist of 2,080 hours allocated.
Pharmacy Residency Program Hours