Mercy Description

Pharmacy Residency

Mercy Hospital St. Louis
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

St. Louis College of Pharmacy
St. Louis, Mo.
Residency Period: July 1 - June 30
Available Positions: 4

Program Goals

  • Provide evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management services within interdisciplinary teams in various clinical practice sites.
  • Provide medication-related and practice-related education to patients, caregivers, health care professionals, and students.
  • Exercise leadership and practice management skills through participation in leadership, decision-making and planning activities within the College and health systems.
  • Demonstrate project management skills through the conception, design, implementation, and documentation of a scholarly investigation.
  • Utilize medical informatics in clinical practice to make decisions and reduce medical errors.
  • Manage and improve the medication-use process through evaluation of medication-use systems within practice sites, and identification and implementation of quality improvement changes.

Training Sites

Mercy Hospital St. Louis is a 979-bed teaching and research hospital and Level 1 trauma center which serves patients with diverse health needs. The resident will work with inpatient family medicine and internal medicine services to provide patient-centered, evidence-based care to patients with a wide variety of disease states within the hospital.

Mercy Family Medicine is an ambulatory care practice that serves family medicine patients. The clinic is also a training site for family medicine physicians. The pharmacy resident will work with the same physicians on the inpatient family medicine service to provide optimal care to shared patients.

The Mercy JFK Clinic is an ambulatory care practice that serves uninsured and underinsured patients. The clinic is also a training site for internal medicine physicians. The pharmacy resident will work with the same resident physicians on the inpatient internal medicine service.

Residency Activities

This PGY-1 residency prepares role model practitioner-educators for academic clinical pharmacy positions through training at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Mercy Family Medicine, Mercy JFK Clinic, and St. Louis College of Pharmacy. The resident optimizes medication therapy for patients by routinely providing verbal and written drug information to other health care professionals and documenting clinical activities in the electronic health record. The resident also is responsible for educating patients and caregivers regarding diseases, medications, and lifestyle changes.

Throughout the year, the residents become progressively more independent in clinical decision-making and in precepting of pharmacy students. The residency preceptors meet regularly with the residents to review progress, provide feedback, share clinical expertise, and guide student precepting activities. The curriculum is flexible and allows for specialization in areas that best complement the residents’ career goals. The resident will gain experience in inpatient medicine and ambulatory care (three to four months in each setting). The resident will complete one elective within the health-system and one elective at an external site (numerous clinical specialty areas are available). The resident will deliver journal club presentations, case presentations, a resident seminar, and provide educational in-services to health care professionals. The program includes participation in a formal ACPE-accredited teaching certificate program and independent pharmacy research projects.

Qualifications

Successful candidates will be highly motivated, self-directed Pharm.D. graduates who possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. All candidates must be eligible for registered pharmacist licensure in any state, and be eligible for temporary Missouri licensure.

Application Procedure

Applications will be accepted through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).  Information regarding PhORCAS and the use of the website/application can be found at www.ashp.org/phorcas.

Application requirements include all PhORCAS required documents including a curriculum vitae, verified academic transcripts, letter of intent or personal statement  (see instructions below), and reference materials from three professional references (please see instructions below).

Letter of Intent/Personal Statement: Please provide an overview of your professional interests, a description of why you are pursuing residency training, your qualifications for residency training, and any other information you feel is pertinent or would like for us to consider with your application.

Professional Reference Requests: Applicants are required to have three professional references submit the standard ASHP reference form via PhORCAS. In addition to this we request that references provide a letter of reference to be copied and pasted into the free text box at the bottom of the ASHP form in PhORCAS. The PhORCAS program will not accept uploads – however a copy of the letter can be pasted into the box within the form. The reference is expected to be someone in a position to evaluate the applicant’s performance, potential, and qualifications for residency training. We request that references provide a candid appraisal of the applicant’s character, work ethic and willingness to accept/assume responsibility; response to feedback and ability for self-improvement; self-learning, clinical, and professional abilities; overall suitability for residency training; and an evaluation of how much guidance may be required in ensuring the candidate becomes a successful resident. All comments, information, and materials will be kept confidential.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy and affiliated residency programs will be utilizing ASHP’s PhORCAS system to manage resident applications. Details, additional requirements, and a link to the PhORCAS system can be found here.

Program Director

Jamie Pitlick, Pharm.D., BCPS
Jamie.Pitlick@stlcop.edu