The program is designed to train residents to become an independent, patient-focused practitioner, who is able to provide optimal pharmaceutical care in both clinical and operational practice aspects. Residents in this program acquire substantial knowledge required for skillful problem solving, advance their clinical judgement and refine their problem-solving strategies. They develop their leadership skills and strengthen their professional values and attitudes. The program is designed to be flexible. It is adapted to the unique goals, objectives and career plans of each resident so far as the requirements of certification and the residency will permit.
The first residency class graduated in 2010. Since then, the program has been adapting to the valuable feedback provided by our preceptors and past residents and to the ever changing health care environment. Preceptors are highly qualified to provide a rewarding experience. Of the pharmacy preceptors, 80% are board certified and/or are graduates of post-pharmacy school training (i.e., residency, fellowship, etc.).
St. Joseph Medical Center is a community teaching hospital that fosters a strong learning environment. In addition to the pharmacy residency, it is host to a dental residency and family and community medicine residency. The pharmacy department has an intern program comprised of two pharmacy students. Residents have ample opportunities to develop into effective communicators and educators. They participate in ongoing scholarly activities to further develop problem solving skills and improve ability to interpret, generate and disseminate knowledge. They develop and present educational activities for pharmacy personal as well as other members of the health care team. They precept IPPE and APPE students periodically throughout the year from colleges including but not limited to Wilkes University, Temple University and Saint Joseph’s University.
The pharmacy department services an inpatient pharmacy, ambulatory care pharmacy and oncology pharmacy. Inpatient services are offered 24/7 and include medication order verification, disease state medication dosing, clinical monitoring and pharmacy consults and medication reconciliation. The ambulatory pharmacy provides transitions of care services including discharge counseling and meds to beds. The pharmacy includes a state-of-the-art sterile compounding room.