Developing Your Skills
We provide a breadth of experiences that develop clinical skills and confidence. These activities include a mixture of formalized didactic teaching, research, presentations in various formats; and teaching opportunities.
The resident provides weekend staffing to the department approximately every fourth weekend. The resident will be assigned an additional 4 hours per week in the workflow to maintain an appropriate level of operational knowledge for weekend hours.
Each resident will participate in the pharmacy department’s on-call program to ensure that clinical pharmacy services are available to healthcare professionals and patients of Barnes-Jewish Hospital 24 hours a day. The resident will gain experience in evaluating and making therapeutic recommendations for patients outside of their assigned services.
Pharmacy Journal Club
Recent articles of interest are circulated and discussed, and formal resident cases are presented. Residents present at journal club several times during the year. Clinical staff, residents and outside speakers rotate responsibility for presentation of cases and articles at journal club.
Informal case presentations, administrative topic discussions and various other meetings will take place in this time slot.
Antibiotic Stewardship Program
The Department of Pharmacy, in cooperation with the Division of Infectious Diseases, maintains an innovative program for promoting the rational use of antibiotics. Following orientation to the program, residents field antibiotic approval requests via pager periodically during the rest of the year. A total of approximately five weeks of pager coverage will be expected of each resident.
The resident is responsible for conceiving, designing, and conducting a project during the year. The project will be completed under the guidance of one of the residency preceptors. A wide variety of projects are acceptable, including clinical research, retrospective clinical studies, administrative projects, or quality improvement projects.
The resident presents a formal seminar to the St. Louis metropolitan area residents and preceptors. Guidelines for seminar preparation are provided. Assistance in identifying a topic and preparation will be provided by the program director.
Residents' Research Design and Statistics Course
Under the tutelage of five pharmacy preceptors, residents are lectured on research design, various statistical topics and the use of SPSS. The course is designed to complement the design and analysis of the resident's residency project. Topics include study design and methodology; an overview of the hospital's Informatics database; institutional review board submission process and review; an introduction to SPSS and setting up an SPSS database; basic statistical tests; multivariate analysis; and survival analysis. Other statistical topics commonly found on BCPS board certification exams are also covered and include adjusting for multiple comparisons; sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic tests; and analysis of non-inferiority and equivalency trials. The Department provides each resident with his/her own desktop access to the SPSS software used in this course via the hospital's local area network.
Residents receive appointments as Adjunct Instructors at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in a team-taught course during each semester. Each resident will prepare and deliver one lecture and discussion session. In preparation for this responsibility, each resident may participate in a didactic teaching workshop in the fall semester, arranged through the College.
A variety of medical conferences are available at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University Medical Center. These include Medicine Grand Rounds, Medicine Core Curriculum Conference and Medicine Case Conference. In addition, there are numerous surgical subspecialty conferences.
Pharmacy Continuing Education
The Department of Pharmacy provides approximately six, one-hour programs each year. Each PGY1 resident presents one continuing education program.
Residents may attend one clinical meeting per year and should also plan to attend the ASHP Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Residents will complete Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training during the fall. Residents should have current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification prior to taking ACLS. BLS certification is offered on a frequent basis in many of the nursing divisions. It is the resident's responsibility to assure that they can document current BLS certification.
Pictured above (left to right): PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Resident, Michael Spinner, PharmD; PGY2 Pharmacotherapy Resident, Aaron Hartmann, PharmD; PGY2 Infectious Diseases Resident, Lindsey Buscemi, PharmD; PGY2 Oncology Resident, Adam Melaragno, PharmD; PGY2 Critical Care Resident, Jennifer Thompson, PharmD.