The Pharmacy Residency at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, PA, is a one-year, ASHP-accredited program that admits two residents per year.
Trainees in Penn State Health St. Joseph’s accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency will develop a foundation of critical thinking skills and will display leadership and professionalism in all aspects of their practice and function as effective communicators and educators.
According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the purpose of a PGY-1 pharmacy residency is to provide a pharmacy school graduate the opportunity to accelerate their growth beyond entry-level professional competence in patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services, and to further the development of leadership skills that can be applied in any position and in any practice setting.
Residents acquire substantial knowledge required for skillful problem solving, refine their problem-solving strategies, strengthen their professional values and attitudes and advance the growth of their clinical judgment.
The instructional emphasis is on the progressive development of clinical judgment, a process begun in the advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE or clerkships) of the professional school years, but requiring further extensive practice, self-reflection and shaping of decision-making skills fostered by feedback on performance.
Pharmacists completing this residency will function as independent patient-focused practitioners in an integrated practice model who are able to provide pharmaceutical care in both clinical and distributive practice aspects.
As integral members of the health care team, they will actively use integrated pharmacotherapeutic skills to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes for their patients. They will develop a foundation of critical thinking skills that will enable the continuous learning, professional self-development, and innovation needed in an ever-changing health care environment. They will display leadership and professionalism in all aspects of their practice and function as effective communicators and educators.
The educational program will be adapted to the unique goals, objectives and career plans of the resident so far as the requirements of certification and the residency will permit. In turn, the resident should be familiar with the accreditation and other requirements that apply to residents in training. If required, residency program requirements may be altered once they have been implemented due to changes as required by ASHP.
In addition to their training, residents will conduct a research project to present at ASHP midyear and at the Eastern States Conference.
The Penn State Health St. Joseph pharmacy is a patient-focused institution guided by the integrated pharmacy practice model, offering 24-hour service. The pharmacy has a USP-797-compliant clean room and utilizes Pyxis automated dispensing cabinets. Other technologies include smart pump and barcode labeling.