Residents will rotate through both NorthBay Medical Center and VacaValley Hospital and experience a decentralized clinical approach to patient care. The residents and clinical pharmacists will manage the medical care of all the Medical-Surgical level patients of the hospitals. It is a clinically focused experience whereby residents improve the medication use process, as well as enhance their critical thinking, communication and triage skills.
Intensive Care Unit:
Residents are exposed to a decentralized ICU experience at NorthBay Medical Center. Working alongside our ICU pharmacists, residents are responsible for critically evaluating and enhancing the medical care provided to ICU and TCU level patients. Residents will also attend interdisciplinary rounds, manage clinical protocols, and precept interns.
Balancing their clinical learning experiences, residents will master the operations of hospital pharmacy, enabling them become well-rounded pharmacists. For this experience, the residents will rotate through both NorthBay Medical Center and VacaValley Hospital. Responsibilities include: reviewing computerized prescriber order entry for appropriateness, medication verification, drug distribution, answering drug-related questions, and precepting interns.
Other Required Learning Experiences
Once a month, residents are required to lead small group discussions on various topics and facilitate student learning at Touro University. Lecture and discussion material will be provided. The goal is for the residents to enhance the students’ critical thinking and communication skills.
Residents will work alongside NorthBay’s Medication Safety Pharmacist and Clinical Coordinator to analyze documented medication errors and adverse events in order to enhance patient safety and improve the medication use process. Information is compiled into quarterly reports and presented at various administrative meetings.
Residents are given the unique opportunity to experience hospital pharmacy from a leadership perspective. This learning experience emphasizes the decision making, resource allocation, inter-department collaboration, project management, and quality improvement that take place within a hospital.
Residents will work with professors to develop adult learning strategies which will enhance the pharmacy student learning experience. Residents will also prepare and present lecture material, conduct small group discussion sessions, and develop appropriate assessments to gauge student knowledge.
Residents will work with the oncology pharmacists and are responsible for data collection, drug therapy assessment, and planning for all patients receiving chemotheraphy in the outpatient infusion center and NorthBay Medical Center. Residents will also see patients in collaboration with the oncologists in order to understand the diagnosis, staging, and medical management of patients with malignancies.
David Grant Medical Center in Fairfield hosts this rotation. It is a clinically focused learning experience whereby the resident will function as the main pharmacist of an interdisciplinary team and clinically follow their designated subset of patients.
The residents will work in conjunction with clinical pharmacists and our infectious disease physician in data collection, patient assessment, and discussion during weekly ID rounds.
The residents will work with the anticoagulation pharmacists in the outpatient clinic and see patients by appointment, perform point-of-care laboratory tests, and manage the pharmaceutical care of the patients who are anticoagulated. Residents will also provide extensive patient education.