PGY2 - Geriatric Specialty Residency
PGY2 - Geriatric Specialty Residency
Geriatric Specialty Pharmacy Residency (PGY2)
Responsibilities and Expectations
The University of North Carolina Hospitals and Clinics and the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy offers a one-year Geriatric Specialty Pharmacy Residency Program. The goal of the residency program is to assist the pharmacy resident in improving and building upon his/her skills and confidence in providing medication therapy management services in a variety of geriatric clinical practice sites. This includes, but is not limited to, working in interdisciplinary geriatric clinic sites both at UNC Clinics, in a local continuing care retirement community, and in the community of Orange County; managing a pharmacist-run anticoagulation and medication therapy management clinic; rounding in acute geriatric inpatient units; and exposure to consultant pharmacy through a long-term care experience. Multiple professional writing, teaching, and research opportunities are available during the course of the year as well.
The residency program is tailored to the interests and the career goals of each resident.
A variety of established practice settings are available through the University of
North Carolina Hospitals and Clinics, and clinical experiences through the UNC Division of Geriatric Medicine. The resident’s rotation schedule is determined at the beginning of the year with a core program consisting of the following:
Required Geriatric Ambulatory Experience/Longitudinal* Experience (may request up to 3 one-month block rotations throughout the year)
Geriatric Specialty Clinic Sites (Core experience, 6 half days per week)
Includes interdisciplinary Geriatric Specialty Clinic at Carolina Pointe II (2 half days), as well as a pharmacist-managed Geriatric Medication Management Clinic providing anticoagulation and MTM services at Carolina Pointe II (2 half days) and a local Continuing Care Retirement Community (1 half day); also an interdisciplinary Senior Wellness Clinic at various sites in the Orange County community (1 half day).
*One half-day of clinic at Carolina Pointe II per week/every other week will serve as longitudinal experience.
Required Geriatric Inpatient/LTC Experiences (one-month blocks)
Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry
Geriatric Inpatient Medicine Service
Palliative Care/Hospice Inpatient Consult Team/Supportive Care Clinic
Long-Term Care Experience with local LTC company
Other Elective Experiences that may be incorporated throughout the year (duration/frequency may vary)
Geriatric Experience at Durham VAMC
Senior PharmAssist (medication mgt program for Durham county residents)
Memory and Cognitive Disorders Clinic
Neurology Clinic/Parkinson’s Interdisciplinary Clinic
Oncology Supportive Care Clinic
Geriatric Oncology Clinic
Inpatient Neurology Service
Comprehensive Assessment of Medications Program (CAMP) through UNC Hospitals Pharmacy Benefit Program
Residency Research Project
The resident is expected to participate in our Geriatrics Health Services Research working under the supervision of Dr. Mary Roth McClurg and Dr. Burkhart. The resident will present a poster of the research work at a professional meeting during the year, as well as be expected to submit the project as a publication prior to the end of the residency program.
The resident will earn an appointment with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as a Clinical
Instructor. The resident will assist with precepting Doctor of Pharmacy candidates on clinical rotation with Dr. Burkhart. The resident will also teach as an instructor in the Pharmacy Skills Laboratory at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. There will also be opportunities to lead recitation sessions, and participate in Pharmacotherapy lectures in the School of Pharmacy curriculum. The resident will also assist in teaching/coordinating the Geriatric Practice Elective for third year pharmacy students in conjunction with Dr. Burkhart in the Spring semester if desired. Teaching experiences are integrated with patient care experiences and the resident will assist in teaching the geriatric medicine fellows with the UNC Division of Geriatrics pertinent principles of geriatric pharmacotherapy.
Seminars and Professional Meetings
The resident is expected to attend the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists Annual Meeting (October) and participate in the residency showcase. The resident is allowed to attend two professional meetings during the year (as funds allow), one of which is the ASHP Midyear meeting (December), and the second should be to present his/her research project in poster or platform format [e.g. the Southeastern Residency Conference (April), American Geriatrics Society (May), NCAP Chronic Care Forum (March/April)]. Any additional meetings beyond these two will be the financial responsibility of the resident. The resident will be expected to attend weekly meetings (Friday) with the Division of Geriatrics, as well as a regular meetings as they are scheduled with the Geriatric Pharmacy group (both clinical/research faculty) at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy to keep abreast of key clinical and research topics.
In addition, the resident will attend a weekly Pharmacy Ground Rounds at UNCH where fellow residents and students present current data on various topics to an audience consisting of pharmacy faculty and clinical specialists. The resident will expected to present a Grand Rounds presentation in the spring (case presentation), as well as a one-hour ACPE approved continuing education seminar open to the public to attend (Spring).
Pharmacy Practice Responsibilities
Residents will receive training and orientation to the UNCH Pharmacy department’s services during the first month of the program, and staffing at the outpatient UNC Hospital Pharmacy will be an expectation.
Each resident is required to become a licensed pharmacist in the state of North
Carolina. The North Carolina State board of Pharmacy examination is given twice each
year (January and June). Reciprocity examinations are held on odd months (January,
A total of 400 hours of staffing is required at UNCH for all pharmacy residents. The geriatric pharmacy resident will be expected to staff every third weekend in the Central Outpatient Pharmacy at UNC Hospitals, one minor holiday weekend (Sat-Mon of Labor Day or Memorial Day), one major holiday weekend (Wed through Sunday of Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s), one staffing week block (Monday-Friday) during a rotation month, and possible days around other major holidays.
Expectations for Program Completion
The resident will be expected to achieve competence on 85% of the required goals/objectives and complete other projects deemed mandatory by the program director, in order to earn a certificate of completion from the residency program. The resident shall comply with ACGME work hour rules.
The residency offers a competitive salary of $40,000, health insurance and time for vacation and
professional travel. Individual health insurance is provided through the UNC Hospital’s
Graduate Medicine Office and the UNC Hospitals provide comprehensive malpractice
insurance for all residents at no charge. Each resident will be given 15 days of paid time off (PTO) for the entire year, none of which can be taken in the last 2 weeks of the program. These days include all vacation, sick leave, interview days, and meeting attendance beyond the two meetings per year that are built into the residency expectations.
Applicants must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completion of an ASHP
accredited PGY1 residency or an equivalent level of training in hospital
pharmacy practice is preferred. Applicants without these qualifications will be reviewed on an
individual basis to determine the adequacy of their clinical experience. North Carolina Board of Pharmacy licensure is required.
Selected candidates will be invited for an on-site interview. Travel expenses for the interview are the responsibility of the applicant.
Primary Preceptor/Program Director:
Jena Ivey Burkhart, PharmD, BCPS, CPP
Director, Geriatric Pharmacy Residency Program
Geriatric Clinical Pharmacist, UNC Hospitals and Clinics
Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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