MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (MUMH) is a community teaching hospital with areas of excellence in Cardiology, Stroke, and Orthopedics in Baltimore, MD. The hospital helps to serve the city’s patient population in addition to expanding ambulatory sites in the community through the larger MedStar Health system.
In the beginning of the residency, the resident completes department orientation and onboarding for the first 2 weeks followed by three orientation rotations: order verification and pharmacy operations, clinical monitoring, and antimicrobial stewardship. Core rotations include internal medicine, critical care, hospitalist, advanced cardiac support, transitions of care, and pharmacy administration and practice management. Elective rotations include palliative care, geriatrics, pharmacy informatics, medication safety, emergency medicine, cardiovascular surgery, ambulatory care, additional experience in the core rotations, and/or off-site rotations (maximum of one off-site rotation). The resident will receive BLS/ACLS initial training or renewal through MedStar.
In addition to these four-week rotations, the resident also gains additional experience with the following ten-month longitudinal rotations: order verification and clinical monitoring, medication management clinic, leadership, and drug utilization/research. An ambulatory care longitudinal rotation for 3 months allows the resident to pick the practice setting in working with different outpatient models: PATCH program for transitions in care for palliative patients, geriatrics clinic, heart failure clinic, or infectious disease clinic.
For mentoring, the resident will select a resident advisor for the year in addition to frequent facilitation and meeting with the Residency Program Coordinator (RPC) and Residency Program Director (RPD). Preceptors and resident advisors meet as a group every month to discuss resident progress and residency program changes through the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC).
Staffing requirements include one 8-hr order verification shift rotating between various different pharmacy shifts (with meal break) every 2 weeks in addition to an 8-hr shift on Saturday and Sunday for order verification or clinical monitoring every third weekend.
Teaching opportunities include educating patients, co-precepting pharmacy students, and leading topic discussions, journal clubs, case presentations, and pharmacy staff developments or multidisciplinary in-service presentations. Off-site opportunities include teaching at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and participation in ACPE-accredited pharmacotherapy rounds through the School of Pharmacy.
Longitudinal resident projects include a drug utilization evaluation (presented as a completed project with results at ASHP Midyear), longitudinal research project with results presentation and manuscript development, pharmacotherapy rounds presentation, and drug monograph/class review or treatment guideline. For each project, the resident will be assigned lead pharmacist(s) for content review.
Leadership opportunities include serving as chief resident: presenting at MUMH/MGSH Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee meetings, completing the monthly pharmacy newsletter, presenting/planning staff developments, and coordinating community outreach in addition to working with a pharmacy committee for the year.
Fringe Benefits:Insurance: Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription, Disability, Professional, Life Travel reimbursement: ASHP Midyear Paid-Time-Off (PTO): Accrual process including legal and personal holidays On-site fitness center, free parking, and on-site zen garden
Special Requirements for Acceptance:Pharm.D. or equivalent experience; eligibility for licensure in Maryland; letter of intent; curriculum vitae; three letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a clinical rotation preceptor) and interview.
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital has provided safe, high-quality, compassionate care to its community for more than 160 years. Located in northeast Baltimore City, MedStar Union Memorial is a regional specialty and teaching hospital. It is known for The Curtis National Hand Center, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, and the development of the first hospital-based sports medicine program in the country. Other specialties include primary care, diabetes and endocrinology, outpatient behavioral health, general medical and surgical services, and palliative care. It also has an international reputation for providing safe, high-quality, and advanced care in these specialties, as well as teaching, clinical trials, and research.
MedStar Union Memorial has dedicated specialty centers for hip and knee, spine, foot and ankle, and sports medicine. It also has advanced certification in Palliative Care and is designated as a Primary Stroke Center.
The Curtis National Hand Center is designated as the Hand and Upper Extremity Trauma Center for the state of Maryland by the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Systems.