The Pain Management and Palliative Care Residency at Lakeland Regional Health (LRH) is a 12-month, organized, directed, postgraduate training program that focuses on developing the skills and competencies necessary to provide optimal pharmaceutical care to pain and palliative care patients.
The resident is expected to become an integral component of the multi-disciplinary team and work with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals on a daily basis. Under the guidance of three pain management and palliative care specialists, clinical pharmacy specialists in other disciplines, and physicians trained in anesthesiology, neurology, addiction recovery, trauma, and palliative care, the resident will develop professional confidence and clinical skills.
Residency graduates are equipped to participate as essential members of interdisciplinary pain management and palliative care teams and are able to make complex therapeutic recommendations in various practice settings. Training focuses on developing residents’ capabilities to deal with a range of pain syndromes, including chronic malignant and non-malignant pain, neuropathic pain, and pain related to neurologic, orthopedic and rheumatologic conditions. Palliative care emphasis is placed on symptom management throughout patients’ illnesses and at the end of life.
In addition to these direct patient care responsibilities, pain management and palliative care pharmacy residency graduates are trained to serve as authoritative resources in their health systems for the optimal use of medications. In that role they can be relied upon to lead the development and implementation of medication-related guidelines and protocols for pain management and palliative care, and the development of pain management and palliative care related services. Graduates are also highly skilled in the design and delivery of education and training related to pain management and palliative care for patients and/or caregivers, as well as health care professionals and health care professionals in training. Graduates are also skilled in both clinical practice research and in outcomes analyses.
Inpatient Acute and Chronic Pain Management (4 months)
Lakeland Regional Health Systems, Inc. includes Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, an 864-bed, not-for-profit hospital with more than 5,500 employees and an active medical staff of nearly 800 physicians. With 188,000 patient days, almost 3,000 births and 42,000 patient admissions each year, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center is one of the largest hospitals in Florida.