PGY-1-Community Pharmacy Residency

Jackson Practice Experience

Community-based rural health and clinical services practice

The resident will develop skills associated with establishing and maintaining Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM) services through grant-funded projects; designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating efforts for reports and/or proposals related to grant-funded projects; developing and implementing community wellness promotions, immunization clinics, and disease prevention programs; developing competence in self-directed learning; communicating with healthcare professionals and patients; outreaching to the community through organizing and participating in community wide education; establishing a business model that can be used to facilitate additional pharmaceutical care practices; and interfacing with physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, and information technologists under the supervision of attending physicians and clinical pharmacists.

Walgreens pharmacy

The resident will develop skills associated with dispensing of medications (in the pharmacy), Medication Therapy Management (MTM) (in a separate patient care area near the pharmacy), and other direct patient care activities including demonstrating the safe and effective medication use systems in a community pharmacy setting; participating in a variety of patient care services; and collaborating with other healthcare providers to improve patient care. 

The resident will further develop clinical knowledge, become aware of and practice in accordance with regulations/policies/procedures, and provide and document care at an advanced level to a broad scope of patients in which therapeutic regimens are designed, recommended, evaluated, and monitored to improve patient outcomes. 

The resident will also develop the following skills related to management of several stores in a large, national chain pharmacy: 1) daily operation of the dispensing procedures; 2) processes and contractual relationships involved in the medication procurement process; 3) policy of inventory management and various pricing structures; 4) staff development and retention; 5) relationship development (both with the customers and other health care providers); 6) involvement in the professional organizations; 7) student/resident mentoring and networking opportunities; and 8) ethical practice principles and professionalism.

Community pharmacy practice

The resident will develop the skills necessary to provide MTM and other direct patient care services to improve the health and wellness of patients in the Canton, Miss., community through practice at an independent pharmacy. The resident will: 1) provide direct patient care (in a designated patient care area) to diverse populations through both generalized and specialized MTM; 2) develop efficient written communication skills to appropriately document patient and provider encounters; 3) engage in collaborations with physicians and other health care providers; 4) educate patients and providers; 5) manage an advanced patient care practice; 6) provide leadership for advancing community practice and the profession; and 7) assess the need for vaccinations and also administer vaccinations.

Teleinsulin and wellness practice

The resident will have opportunities to work under Collaborative Practice Agreements to manage patients with insulin-dependent diabetes and perform Medicare wellness visits for patients of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Family medicine clinic ambulatory

The resident will participate in a multidisciplinary team approach for the management of cardiovascular and other disease states, including diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, anticoagulation therapy, men’s health, and smoking cessation. The resident will: 1) provide advanced patient care services to the diverse population of the Family Medicine Clinic; 2) develop oral and written communication skills to provide patient educational services and to document management services provided; 3) collaborate with healthcare providers; 4) educate providers through drug information requests and formal seminar presentations; and 5) develop co-preceptor skills through teaching activities with IPPE and APPE students. 

Teaching and learning curriculum

The resident will develop facilitation skills in problem-based learning (PBL), participate in didactic lectures, and co-precept in experiential rotation settings. The resident will learn all aspects involved in educating pharmacy students on experiential rotations, including the following: co-facilitation of pharmacy students (both Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)) within a clinical practice; facilitation of discussion sessions, journal club sessions, and presentations; assisting in giving feedback; and grading various activities. Additionally, residents will learn all aspects involved in facilitating PBL experiences for pharmacy students in the third professional year. The resident will be involved in committee assignments for the Problem Solving and Knowledge and Comprehension Committees where they will assist in writing and reviewing exam questions, grading, and proctoring exams. The resident will also complete a teaching certificate program.

Leadership and management

The resident will develop skills associated with the following:

  • Organizational structure within the School of Pharmacy and academic departments
  • Daily operation of an academic department
  • Types of academic positions within a School of Pharmacy and responsibilities associated with each (i.e., teaching, research/scholarship, service)
  • University/Schools policies and procedures (i.e., tenure/promotion, human resources, research and sponsored programs)
  • Governance/committees within the School of Pharmacy
  • Different leadership/management styles and application
  • Ethical practice principles and professionalism
  • Involvement in professional organizations

Research learning

The experience is designed to familiarize the resident with all aspects of the research process from generation of a hypothesis through data analysis, presentation of results, and manuscript preparation. 

Staffing

The resident will assist in staffing the Jackson Free Clinic approximately every fourth Saturday.

Sample schedule

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Walgreens

Mosby's

Wellness/Telehealth

Physician Practice

Research

TLC

Family Medicine

Rural Health

Jackson Free Clinic
(approx. every 4 weeks)

Salary and benefits

The resident receives health insurance, major holidays, sick leave, and professional travel reimbursement.