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Pharmacy Residencies Continue to Grow

Published on 06 November 2019

As the demand for specialized health care continues to grow, so does interest in pharmacy residency programs. According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Resident Matching Program, applications for pharmacy residency programs increased nationally by 7.1% during the most recent cycle.

To meet this rising demand, St. Louis College of Pharmacy offers pharmacy residencies in a variety of health care settings that allow residents to work collaboratively with other health care professionals and prepare for expert practice in clinical, community and specialty settings.

During the 2019-20 academic year, 53 pharmacy residents, including 19 alumni of the College, gained hands-on experience at a variety of practice sites across the St. Louis region.

Area residents are encouraged to participate in the College’s Resident Education Academy (REA), a certificate program designed to introduce teaching and learning principles, including abilities-based education.

REA is open to residents from the College, as well as pharmacy residents from programs sponsored by several local health care institutions including:

  • Ascension Health
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Christian Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital St. Louis
  • Missouri Baptist Medical Center
  • Pharmax Pharmacy
  • Schnucks Pharmacy
  • SoutheastHEALTH
  • SSM Health DePaul Hospital
  • SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
  • SSM Health St. Clare Hospital
  • SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • St. Louis County Department of Public Health
  • St. Luke’s Hospital
  • VA St. Louis Health Care System
  • Walgreens Pharmacy

REA provides opportunities for residents across the region to make connections and grow their professional networks.

“Through REA, we provide residents with valuable teaching experiences that will serve them well regardless of their ultimate practice setting,” said Jack Burke, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP, BCPS, associate dean for postgraduate education and professor of pharmacy practice at the College. “By opening our doors to residents from across the region, we’re able to expose residents to new perspectives and strengthen our professional partnerships.”

The College hosted pharmacy residents, preceptors and program directors from across the greater St. Louis region at Third Degree Glass Factory in celebration of the 26th Annual Pharmacy Residency Banquet last June. The banquet recognized the residents’ commitment to patient care and education, and celebrated their completion of a pharmacy residency program.

During the banquet, Rebecca Stauffer, Pharm.D., BCPS, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was recognized with the 2019 Residency Preceptor of the Year Award for her work with residents at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital. Under her guidance, residents work as part of an interprofessional team to learn how to care for patients with multiple disease states.

“Dr. Stauffer has provided high-quality mentorship to many pharmacy residents over the past five years,” Burke said. “Her dedication to resident growth and commitment to patient care sets her apart as an excellent preceptor.”

The 2019 Resident Teaching Award was presented to Danielle Bozzardi, Pharm.D., PGY2 internal medicine resident at St. Luke’s Hospital, and Sarah Lowry, Pharm.D., PGY2 ambulatory care resident at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, for their positive contributions to educating the College’s students during the 2018-19 academic year.

The College also named Lindsay Harris, Pharm.D., PGY1 pharmacy resident at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, as the winner of the 2019 Resident Research Award. Harris’ research focused on the Drug Resistance in Pneumonia scoring system and its effectiveness in predicting drug resistance in patients with sepsis, a potentially life-threatening biological response to infection.

“It was an honor and a privilege to be recognized with this research award,” she said. “The mentorship I received throughout this year was invaluable to me. I am appreciative for such a well-rounded residency experience that supported my growth in research, academia and clinical practice.”

To learn more about the College’s residency programs, visit stlcop.edu/residency.

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