Virginia Mason Franciscan Health - St. Joseph Medical Center (Booth 5609)
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health - St. Joseph Medical Center (Booth 5609)
Location: Tacoma, Washington
Required Education: PharmD
St. Joseph Medical Center PGY-1 Residency Program
Our ASHP-accredited residency is a one-year, PGY-1 program providing experience in acute, ambulatory and administrative pharmacy practice settings. The goal of the program is to develop a foundation of critical thinking and leadership skills that will promote continuous professional development and innovation in health care. The purpose of the St. Joseph Medical Center PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy, PharmD education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY-2) pharmacy residency training. The residency program recruits for six residency positions from candidates throughout the United States.
Pharmacists completing this program will function as independent, patient-focused practitioners who provide care in multiple environments across the continuum of pharmacy practice. As integral members of the health care team, residents work to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes for their patients. They will display leadership and professionalism in all aspects of their practice and function as effective communicators and educators.
Our residency program, based in a non-academic hospital environment, has become a catalyst for innovative pharmacy practice models within Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. In addition to orientation and the resident project, there are eight required rotations and two required longitudinal experiences. Rotation areas are designed to provide the resident with a well-rounded clinical and administrative experience. Within each rotation, additional time may be devoted to areas of interest, thus providing the opportunity for specialized training. Clinical rotations are designed to enhance the resident’s expertise in promoting, assessing and assuring safe, efficacious and rational drug therapy.
About the Director: St. Joseph Pharmacy Residency
Ferowsi Pecoraro is the Residency Program Director for the PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health St. Joseph Medical Center. She is also one of the regional Oncology Pharmacy Supervisors overseeing pharmacy services for oncology and five hospital-based infusion clinics. Ferowsi graduated from Washington State University with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Washington. Shortly after, she moved to New York and worked at Mount Sinai Hospital as an oncology pharmacist. Ferowsi returned to Washington and in 2006 became the Oncology Pharmacist Specialist at St. Joseph Medical Center where she helped to grow clinical pharmacy services to support the oncology service line as well as expand the oncology pharmacist’s role. Ferowsi has always been passionate about her role as a preceptor and educator. She has been a guest lecturer for oncology pharmacy courses at Washington State University and Pacific University. She is Board Certified in Oncology and has practiced in this area for the past 14 years sharing her knowledge with pharmacy residents and students.
Puget Sound Lifestyle in Tacoma, Washington
In the heart of the Puget Sound, Tacoma and Pierce County rise from sea level to the 14,410 foot crest of Mt. Rainier. Located in Western Washington, halfway between the state’s largest city, Seattle and the state’s capital, Olympia; Tacoma is bounded on the west by Puget Sound, with the Olympic Mountains in the distant northwest, and on the east by the Cascade Range.
Tacoma is the major community in Pierce County, the state’s second most populated county. A selection of year-round activities reinforces the quality of life in the Puget Sound area: boating, hiking, camping, running, biking, golfing and seasonal sports such as fresh and salt water fishing, skiing, and swimming.
What’s there to see and do in your spare time? Climb Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams or Mt. Baker, fish for salmon, walk in the St. Joseph Medical Center’s sponsored annual Heart Walk, tour the waterfront, take a ferry to Victoria, BC, browse through one of three word-class museums, see renowned glass makers at work in the Museum of Glass, watch local theater productions, hear a symphony orchestra, visit the Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium with 700 acres of lush city park, taste wine at local wineries, sail the waters of Puget Sound, ski at one of eight local ski areas within a 200 mile radius.
A diversified economic base provides Seattle-Tacoma residents with employment in government, education, retail trade, services, agriculture, industrial seaport, construction, manufacturing, and national defense.
Required Rotations—40 weeks Residents participate in eight required rotations spanning 40 weeks, with the opportunity for further experiences based on individual background and interests. All of these rotations are direct patient care rotations with the exception of Practice Management. Critical Care 8 weeks Emergency Medicine 6 weeks NICU 2 weeks Internal Medicine 6 weeks Oncology 6 weeks Practice Management 4 weeks Ambulatory Care 4 weeks Infectious Disease 4 weeks Optional Rotations—6 weeks Optional rotations are direct patient care specialty rotations, some of which may be completed off- site. Additionally, residents have the opportunity to propose and create alternate rotations based on clinical interests. Hospice 2 weeks NICU 2 weeks Advanced Critical Care 2-6 weeks Advanced ED 2-4 weeks Advanced Int Med 2-4 weeks Advanced Oncology 2-6 weeks
Orientation & Concentrated Learning—3 weeks During orientation, residents are expected to acquire the following general skills necessary to care for patients in required rotations and longitudinal experiences. The following educational experiences will occur during this orientation time: – Anticoagulation Management – Aminoglycoside Dosing – Basic Oncology – Basic Skills – Code Blue – EPIC Training – Pain Management – Renal Dosing Adjustment – TPN – Vancomycin Dosing.
Residency Project—Continuous Residents conduct a project aimed at identifying, organizing and solving a clinical or management-related problem, which often leads to the development of a new pharmacy service. This project will be presented at the Western States Conference for Pharmacy Residents, Fellows and Preceptors. The resident will be encouraged to submit the project for publication and present at state or national pharmacy meetings. Required Longitudinal Experiences—Continuous Longitudinal experiences will occur throughout the residency year and encompass activities such as performing Drug Utilization Evaluations, presenting recommendations to Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committees, student precepting/PEARLS and creating a monthly newsletter directed to all CHI Franciscan Health clinical staff. Residents will also be directly involved in the education of providers, pharmacist interns and pharmacy technicians. Residents will be assigned to a hospital within the health system for further experiential development through staffing opportunities.
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