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PGY2 - Solid Organ Transplantation Specialty Residency

Overview

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.

 

Explanation of the Calendar Year

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.

 

Elective Rotations

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.

 

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
  • Paul Dombrower, RPh- Inpatient Nephrology
  • Robert Dupuis, PharmD, BCPS- Academia/Research

 

Staffing Component

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.

 

Seminars/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.

 

Additional Requirements

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 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.

 

RPD Contact Information

Ruth-Ann Lee, PharmD, CPP

Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner, Solid Organ Transplantation

Phone: 919-843-0047

Fax: 919-966-7361

Email: rlee2@unch.unc.edu

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