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PGY2 - Solid Organ Transplantation Specialty Residency

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The University of North Carolina Hospitals in Clinics, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, offers a one-year specialty (PGY2) residency in solid organ transplantation. This residency program is designed to meet the needs and interests of the resident through diverse experiences in adult kidney, liver, lung, and heart transplant in both an acute and ambulatory transplant setting. The resident will also gain experience in literature evaluation, research execution, precepting, and teaching.
 
Practice Areas
The Solid Organ Transplant Residency Program provides exposure to a range of practice areas, in the inpatient as well as outpatient setting. The University of North Carolina Medical Center houses programs in renal, pancreatic, liver, heart, and lung transplantation. Patients undergoing these transplant procedures are cared for on a number of inpatient services, through which the resident will rotate throughout the year. Additionally, the resident will rotate through and have a longitudinal presence in the outpatient Solid Organ Transplant Ambulatory Clinics.
Elective rotations are designed to broaden the resident’s experience in patient populations with unique complications and considerations in Solid Organ Transplant recipients. Elective rotations include, but are not limited to the HLA immunology lab, hepatology, infectious diseases, and academia.
Opportunities for teaching student pharmacists and residents are available in pharmaceutical care laboratories, pharmacy course presentations, and as part of clinical rotations. The resident will also gain experience in reviewing medical literature and conducting research projects.
 
Residency Preceptors
Ruth-Ann Lee, PharmD, CPP – Outpatient SOT Ambulatory Clinics
Jennifer Deyo, PharmD – Inpatient SOT Surgical Services
Ian Hollis PharmD, BCPS- Cardiac Surgery & Advanced Heart Failure
Tippu Khan, PharmD- Inpatient BMT
Robert Dupuis, PharmD, BCPS- Academia/Research


Additional Activities

Pharmacy Practice Responsibilities
Residents will receive training and orientation to the department’s services during the first several weeks of the program. Pharmacy practice responsibilities consist of three 1-week staffing blocks in either the inpatient or outpatient setting over the course of the residency year and every third weekend.
These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, participating in multidisciplinary rounds with a medical team, verifying medication orders, optimizing transitions of care with admission and discharge medication reconciliation, providing pharmacokinetic consults, answering in-depth drug information requests, attending all codes as the pharmacy member of the code blue team, providing patient education and solving pharmacotherapeutic situations as they may arise. Residents will also participate in the after-hours clinical pharmacist on-call program.
 
Residency Research Project
The resident is expected to participate in a project that fulfills the following learning objectives: developing a study hypothesis and study design, seeking collaborative support from the pharmacy and/or medical staff, submitting for Institutional Review Board approval, consenting patients (if applicable), collecting and summarizing data, analyzing results and summarizing and presenting findings. To fulfill this requirement, the resident must complete a solid organ transplant pharmacotherapy project with subsequent submission of a publishable manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal. It is strongly encouraged that the resident presents project findings at a national pharmacy or solid organ transplant meeting, or another suitable alternative.
 
Teaching Responsibilities
Each resident will earn an academic appointment at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Residents are required to participate as a teaching assistant for the Pharmaceutical Care Lab during the fall semester. . This course is directed toward second or third year student pharmacists. Residents will also serve as a teaching assistant for the Pulmonary/GI Pharmacotherapy module. Teaching experiences are also integrated with patient-care experiences as part of precepting responsibilities on clinical rotations. Opportunities to lead recitation sessions and participate in didactic lectures are encouraged.
Residents have the opportunity to apply for the Teaching Certificate Program offered through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. This is a competitive, application-based program aimed at developing the residents’ skills in teaching and preceptorship.
 
Leadership Certificate Program
Residents are presented the opportunity to participate in a Leadership Certificate Program. The aim of this program is to develop individual residents’ in their philosophy of leadership, mentorship, and coaching through participation in discussions, research activities, and collaboration.
 
Seminars and Professional Meetings
Each resident will attend a weekly seminar and case conference where pharmacy trainees will present contemporary topics and cases to an audience of pharmacy faculty, clinical specialists, residents, and students. In conjunction with assigned faculty, residents will periodically serve as an evaluator for student seminar.
 
Benefits
 
Insurance
Individual health insurance is provided. The University of North Carolina Hospitals provides comprehensive malpractice insurance for all residents at no charge; however, this does not preclude the resident from obtaining individual professional liability insurance.

Vacation/Holidays
Each resident will be given a predetermined number of days of paid time off (PTO) for the entire year. These days include all vacation, sick leave, interview days, and professional meeting attendance (beyond the two meetings that residents are expected to attend). Residents will work one five-day holiday staffing block.

Qualifications

Applicants must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and must have completed an ASHP Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program. Applicants without these qualifications will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine the adequacy of their clinical experience. Each resident is required to become a licensed pharmacist in the state of North Carolina.
 
For additional information, please contact:
Ruth-Ann Lee, PharmD, CPP
Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner, Solid Organ Transplantation
Phone: 919-843-0047
Fax: 919-966-7361
Email: rlee2@unch.unc.edu
 
Application Deadline is January 1st of each year
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