Pharmacy Health Services

PGY-1 Ambulatory Care Residency Program

Pharmacist works with a Resident at the counter

General Information

Auburn University is host to a unique ASHP Accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency position with a focus on primary care, community care, and academia. The residency is located in Auburn, Alabama, and is associated with multiple practice sites including the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center, the State Employees’ Insurance Board Wellness Center in Montgomery, and three patient-care oriented pharmacies.

Residents will gain experience and proficiency in crucial areas of pharmacy practice such as pharmacy benefit management, formulary management, contract negotiation, collaborative practice, establishment and expansion of pharmacy services, marketing of clinical pharmacy services, financial issues including reimbursement, and in the education of other health care professionals, patients, students, and the community. The program will provide the resident with the opportunity and stimulus to develop skills, competencies, and professional expertise in pharmacy practice.

Resident responsibilities will include:

  • Providing pharmaceutical care services including, but not limited to, medication therapy management services, disease state management, diabetes education, health and wellness screenings, smoking cessation, anticoagulation monitoring, and immunizations in a primary care setting
  • Providing patient care and distributive services at the Auburn University Employee Pharmacy, Auburn University Student Pharmacy, and the State Employees’ Insurance Board Pharmacy
  • Teaching activities in the clinical skills course and lab and large group classes at the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy
  • Mentoring students in the early experiential program
  • Providing instruction and guidance for students in the advanced experiential program
  • Participating in HSOP committees
  • Completing a residency project and presenting the project at the Southeastern Residency Conference
  • Completing and submitting a primary manuscript

The resident will receive an adjunct faculty appointment within the Department of Pharmacy Practice of the Harrison School of Pharmacy and have instructional duties as outlined above. In addition to the specified teaching responsibilities, the resident will have the opportunity to participate in a teaching certificate program.

In order to successfully complete the residency program the resident must complete 12 months of training in the program regardless of any unforeseen delays or leaves of absence.

Residency Experiences

Core Rotations

  • Orientation: The first six weeks of the residency will be devoted to orientation. Residents will have one week of general program orientation followed by a week of orientation at the AUPCC, SEIB Wellness Center, and in each of the three pharmacies.
  • Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center (AUPCC): Each resident will spend two 7-week blocks at the AUPCC. The AUPCC is a pharmacist-run clinic located in the Harrison School of Pharmacy that provides numerous services including medication therapy management, disease state management and education, anticoagulation monitoring, smoking cessation, weight management, immunizations, and health and wellness screenings. Point-of-care monitoring services provided at the AUPCC include cholesterol, INR, HbA1c, and osteoporosis screenings. The resident will be involved in providing patient care and monitoring through the services listed above, as well as in precepting fourth year pharmacy students who have rotations at the AUPCC.
  • State Employees’ Insurance Board (SEIB) Wellness Center: Each resident will spend two 7-week blocks at the SEIB Wellness Center. The SEIB Wellness Center provides primary and acute care services, as well as pharmacist-run services. Residents collaborate with the nurse practitioner and physician to help gather pertinent patient information, perform physical assessments, serve as a drug information resource in order to optimize pharmacotherapy, and provide medication counseling for patients. Pharmacist-run services offered at the SEIB Wellness Center include smoking cessation, weight management, and diabetes education and monitoring programs. Residents will also have the opportunity to provide point-of-care monitoring services, health and wellness screenings, immunizations, and disease state management and education. The resident will have an active role in precepting fourth year pharmacy students who have rotations at the SEIB Wellness Center.
  • Administration/Managed Care/Pharmacoeconomics: During this 7-week block, the resident will be involved in the administrative functions of a self-insured employer.

Selective Rotations

The selective rotation is a 5 week experience spent at a site other than the AUPCC or SEIB. Typically the selective rotation is spent in a different ambulatory care clinic, but an academic rotation is also available.

  • Copeland Care Clinic/Unity Wellness
  • Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic- Columbus, GA
  • Academia

Elective Rotations (optional)

Based on the resident’s interest and career goals, and planned individually with the RPD.

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Distributive Services/Pharmacy Staffing: There are three pharmacies associated with the program, the AU Employee Pharmacy, AU Student Pharmacy, and SEIB Pharmacy. Residents are responsible for staffing these pharmacies every Friday. Throughout the year, residents will rotate so that each resident will have the opportunity to staff at all three pharmacies. Residents will also be required to staff the AU Student Pharmacy every third Saturday and serve as the on-call pharmacist once every six weeks.
  • PPE: The Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy provides free Health and Medication Monitoring Services to individuals in the Auburn/Opelika area with chronic medical conditions requiring medications as part of the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) program. IPPE teams are made up of first, second, and third year pharmacy students and two or three faculty mentors. Each IPPE team has assigned patients which they are responsible for monitoring. Student pharmacists go in small groups called “sub-teams” to visit patients and discuss health-related issues and concerns, provide patient education, assist in the monitoring of blood pressure and blood glucose, and assist in filling pill boxes when needed. Frequency of patient visits is based on patient need and desire. After each visit, students complete a SOAP note, which is reviewed by one of their pharmacy faculty mentors. Students make reports on their patient visits to their faculty mentors in weekly team meetings.
    Each resident will be assigned to an IPPE team on which he/she will serve as a mentor. Resident responsibilities include attending weekly team meetings, providing SOAP note feedback, and formal mentoring and evaluation of students assigned to their team.
  • Contemporary Aspects of Pharmacy Practice (CAPP) Skills Lab: All Harrison School of Pharmacy students attend CAPP lab once per week throughout their first, second, and third professional years. Lab topics vary based on professional year. First year students focus on developing patient interview, counseling, and physical exam skills, whereas second and third year students focus more on skill application and product recommendation and counseling. Residents will serve as facilitators in CAPP lab throughout the year. The lab schedule will be divided up between the residents at the beginning of each semester. Materials for each lab will be provided at least a week in advance, and residents will be expected to review the materials as preparation for lab facilitation.
  • Committees: Residents will serve on committees within the Harrison School of Pharmacy.

Teaching Certificate Program

Participation is optional, but a formal commitment to the program must be made within the first month of the training year.

Miscellaneous Information

There are three PGY-1 pharmacy resident positions available. The term of the residency will be July 1 through June 30 (12 months). Remuneration for the one-year residency will be $40,000 and will include health insurance, sick leave, paid vacation, and financial support to attend assigned professional meetings. Residents will have dedicated office space and on-campus parking privileges.

Applicants must have earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited college or school of pharmacy, be registered for the resident matching program, and be eligible for Alabama licensure. Candidates selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Licensure

If you are not graduating from a pharmacy school in the State of Alabama, it is imperative to recognize that the licensure requirements might be different than the state you are graduating from. For licensure, the Alabama Board of Pharmacy requires 1500 internship hours. A total of 400 traditional (retail, community) hours need to be completed after your second year of pharmacy school. All of the internship hours worked in a different state need to be certified by that state board of pharmacy and submitted to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy. For further information, please go to http://www.albop.com/. If you do not have 400 traditional hours completed after your second year of pharmacy school, please alert Dr. Brackett via email brackpd@auburn.edu or telephone 334-844-4099 as soon as possible for special arrangements.

Certifications

Residents will be required to successfully complete and maintain American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification. Residents will also be required to successfully complete immunization certification.

Last Updated: March 29, 2017