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Resident Activities

Clinical Training for Residents

Residents will spend the majority of their time gaining experience in the following areas:

  • Direct patient care services
  • Clinical nutrition support
  • Pharmacokinetic and renal dosing consultations
  • Pharmacy practice management
  • Developing interdisciplinary relationships
  • Research/Project management
  • Scholarship

Rotational experiences will take place with unit-based pharmacists in:

  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Cardiac Care/Cardiovascular Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care
  • Neurosciences Intensive Care/Neurology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Medicine/Oncology

Institutional Experience

Residents will develop their professional skills with participation in:

  • Committee Involvement
  • Formulary Management
  • Nursing and Provider Support
  • Order Verification
  • Patient Education
  • Process Improvement
  • Sterile and Non-sterile Compounding
  • Weekday evening operational service commitment of approximately 12 hours per month
  • Weekend day shift operational/clinical service coverage every third weekend including one major and one minor holiday


Residents as well as the pharmacy staff will participate in in-service education and journal club presentations throughout the year.

Project Management

One primary project of appropriate scope will be required per year. The resident will be responsible for designing, completing, and presenting the findings of the research or practice improvement project. The project must be relevant to clinical practice and of publishable quality. Opportunities to present results at local, state, or national meetings are provided. The goal of project management is to provide a structured process for the resident to develop and demonstrate project management skills that not only fulfill our goals and objectives for training but translate into a valuable skill set applicable to future practice.

Medication Use Evaluation

The resident will be provided extensive opportunity for training in relation to the medication use system. The ultimate goal will be to allow for the development of the resident’s ability to manage and improve the medication use process. The resident will be required to complete at least one medication use evaluation (MUE) over the course of the year. 

Additional Certification Requirements

Residents are required to become certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Attempts will be made for certifications to be scheduled during orientation learning experience to be completed when classes are available. Optional certifications in Pediatric Advanced Life Support ( PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) may be discussed and arranged with the Residency Program Director.

Pharmacy Student Clinical Rotations

BMCS is committed to the educational training of future pharmacists. Currently, we serve as a teaching site for several colleges of pharmacy. Residents can assist preceptors with second and fourth year pharmacy students during selected months throughout the year. Responsibilities often include, but are not limited to: topic discussions, small group facilitation, presentation evaluations, and patient case reviews.

Graduation and Certification

Upon successful completion of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion from Baptist Medical Center South.