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The South University School of Pharmacy Drug Information Residency program offers a unique 12-month academic-based drug information center practice with longitudinal activities at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital and Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia and NorthStar Healthcare Consulting, LLC in Alpharetta, Georgia. Responsibilities include managing drug information center operations, medical/drug information retrieval and analysis, formulary management, medication use evaluation, drug policy development, adverse drug reaction/medication safety monitoring and reporting, didactic and experiential teaching, research, and publishing. Committee involvement spans the institutional and academic settings: Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Medication Safety, School of Pharmacy Admissions, Curriculum, Assessment, Library and Technology, Professional Outreach and Residency Advisory Committee. Instructor-level appointment within the School of Pharmacy is granted as well as training through a formalized Teaching and Learning Certificate Program, if not already attained.
Andrea L. McKeever, Pharm.D., BCPS
Director, PGY-2 Drug Information
Fax: (912) 201-8189
Drug Information Practice-Orientation is a six-week block rotation that provides an overview orientation to the resident from the perspective of South University, the School of Pharmacy, as well as affiliate practice sites (Memorial University Medical Center, St.Joseph/Candler Health System, and NorthStar Healthcare Consulting). Additionally during the initial orientation weeks, expectations of the resident for program completion are outlined, resident interests are reviewed, and a tentative calendar for the upcoming year is created. This rotation provides a foundation in Drug Information Center practice and operations. The resident begins the process of strengthening their background questioning and search strategy in order to provide appropriate and timely responses to medication inquiries received from both healthcare professionals and consumers. Library resources, references, and databases are presented and discussed to familiarize the resident with content and organization. Projects include baseline assessments of DI responses, performing a journal club, and participating in discussions as incorporated into the rotation experience.
Medical Writing and Information is a 4 to 6 week block rotation that introduces the resident to professional publication. As part of the experience, the resident compiles a manuscript or case report according to the criteria of the selected journal and submits it for publication consideration. Additionally, the resident engages in a peer-review process of a submitted work for publication, writes for various affiliated healthcare and preceptor/alumni newsletters (e.g., South Script, NorthStar), and plans and/or prepares educational sessions/materials for the public (e.g., Medicare Part D, pEACHealth).
Research is a 4 week rotation block in November/December that focuses on the initial steps of the residency research project (i.e., topic selection, protocol development, and Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission).
Drug Information Academia is a 6 week rotation block that provides opportunities for the resident to explore didactic instruction, professional service, and research expectations. Experience is gained through observation as well as student instruction in a variety of teaching environments (e.g., didactic lecture, small teams, and laboratory/recitations). Additionally, the resident serves on several academic committees.
Pharmacy and Therapeutics is a 4 to 6 week rotation block that provides opportunities for interprofessional collaboration among healthcare providers in making global patient care decisions (e.g., formulary, drug policies). The resident gains experience with drug literature evaluation to determine medication therapy efficacy, safety and cost including pharmacoeconomic and health outcomes data. The experience also strengthens presentation, discussion, and negotiation skills.
Medication Management and Safety is a 4 to 6 week block rotation that introduces the resident to safe medication practices within the institutional setting and use of quality management/process improvement to identify and avert potential mediation associated events. Interventions may be based on internal data and/or external report/publications (e.g., Institute for Safe Medication Practices newsletters). While on the rotation, the resident attends and participates in the Medication Management and Safety Team, which is comprised of various healthcare professionals involved with the mediation use process. The team reviews adverse event reports and smart pump data for trends and works collectively to devise solutions.
Therapeutic Policy Management (TPM) is a 4 to 6 week rotation block that allows the resident to facilitate an institutional drug policy change. As part of the process, the resident collaborates with other healthcare professionals to identify the need, design the solution, implement, educate the appropriate persons, and assess, if possible, the policy change impact. The rotation also requires coordination with Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Medication Management and Safety activities; therefore, this rotation is scheduled in close proximity to these rotations for optimal learning and maximum benefit.
Drug Information Center Management is a 4 to 6 week block rotation that signifies the resident's final transition into the student preceptor of record and manager of center activities. The residency preceptor serves in a consultant capacity with observation and intervention, only if required. Resident management responsibilities include student scheduling and orientation, critiquing responses to drug information questions prior to dissemination/relay, proofing written work (e.g., newsletter editing, drug monographs), and providing student activity assessments and final grades.
The Academia elective rotation lasts for 4 to 6 weeks depending on the course schedule and desired teaching experiences of the resident. The rotation allows for opportunities in didactic and small group instruction as well as creating patient cases and/or exam questions for students' assessment of knowledge.
Professional Outreach and Continuing Education Development is a 4 to 5 week block elective rotation that introduces the resident to the continuous professional development process of practicing pharmacists. Activities of the rotation include participation on the School of Pharmacy Professional Outreach Committee as well as a review of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education's (ACPE) standard for continuing pharmacy education (CPE). The resident reviews CPE programs for appropriate content and bias, provides constructive feedback, conducts learning assessments, and gathers and evaluates needs assessments for the development of CPE programs. The continuous improvement process of the CPE program allows for professional growth and develops the following areas: criteria-based assessment, summative evaluation, and inter-professional collaboration and communication.
The Managed Care experience is offered by NorthStar Healthcare Consulting, LLC is a 4 to 5 week block rotation to coincide with the semiannual State of Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Drug Utilization Review Board (DURB) meetings. Activities of the rotation may include monograph/class review preparation, review, and presentation; opportunities for medication use improvement (e.g., preparation of prior authorization and quantity level limit guidelines); and exposure to the pharmacy auditing process and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) functions.
The Pharmaceutical Industry Medical Information is a 4 to 5 week rotation with Pfizer Vaccine Division in College Park, PA. The resident will gain understanding of how to provide trusted clinical and scientific information on products to healthcare professionals and patients.
The Informatics rotation will expose the resident to the concepts and requirements for the integration of information technology (IT) and automated systems with clinical processes. The resident will gain a basic understanding of the complexity of the processes required for the development, implementation, and maintenance of pharmacy IT projects. The resident will understand the importance of pharmacy and drug information service involvement in technology projects in order to improve pharmaceutical care and supporting the safe, appropriate, and cost-effective use of medications.
Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee is a longitudinal requirement for the residency. The resident attends and participates in monthly P&T Committee meetings, rotating between the two local health-systems (Memorial University Medical Center and St. Joseph's/Candler) as well as quarterly NorthStar Healthcare Consulting P&T Committee meetings. This longitudinal activity provides opportunities for interprofessional collaboration among healthcare providers in making global patient care decisions (e.g., formulary, drug policies). The experience also strengthens presentation, discussion, and negotiation skills.
Medication Management and Safety Team is a longitudinal requirement of the residency. The resident attends and participates in monthly and quarterly committee meetings at Memorial University Medical Center and St. Joseph's/Candler, respectively. The experience introduces the resident to safe medication practices within the institutional setting and use of quality management/process improvement to identify and avert potential mediation associated events.
The Research longitudinal experience provides a structured experience for the resident to complete a residency research project over a 12-month period. The process is designed to introduce the resident to the research process (e.g., protocol development, IRB, platform and poster presentations, and manuscript submission).
This longitudinal program will be constructed with the primary objective of earning a Teaching and Learning Certificate through South University.
Note: Any leave not used will be forfeited at completion of the residency program.
The Application Deadline for South University Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY-2) Drug Information Residency is Friday, January 12, 2018
Andrea L. McKeever, Pharm.D., BCPS
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Director of the Drug Information Center and Residency Program
South University School of Pharmacy
709 Mall Blvd, Savannah, GA 31406