Jefferson University Hospitals

PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Infectious Diseases

The PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency is designed to develop expert knowledge and skills in the area of Infectious Diseases. This will be achieved through participation in multidisciplinary and independent patient care activities combined with teaching and research opportunities within the realm of infectious diseases

Apply online via the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Competency Areas

Upon completion of this program residents will:

  • Promote and optimize patient care
    • Provide comprehensive medication management to patients with infectious diseases
    • Ensure continuity of care during infectious diseases patient transitions between care settings
    • Manage antimicrobial stewardship activities
  • Advance practice and improve patient care
    • Manage formulary and medication-use processes
    • Conduct a quality infectious diseases pharmacy practice research project
    • Manage and improve anti-infective use process
  • Leadership and management
  • Teaching, education

Thank you for your interest in the PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Infectious Diseases at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. This residency is designed to develop clinicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as infectious disease specialists. The focus of the residency program is clinical practice; including experiences with inpatient Infectious Diseases consult services, antimicrobial stewardship and critical care and transplant services. Residents will develop skills in antimicrobial management and outcomes assessment, education of pharmacy and medical students, and clinical research. The program is extremely flexible and elective experiences can be chosen to complement the individual resident's career goals.

Throughout the residency year, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide pharmaceutical care to patients utilizing infectious disease pharmacotherapy.
  • Contribute to the prospective audit of antimicrobial use through the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.
  • Participate in the development, implementation, and execution of antimicrobial guidelines, protocols and ongoing clinical initiatives.
  • Observe different methods of antimicrobial susceptibility testing.
  • Conduct a medication use evaluation to determine the appropriateness of antimicrobial therapy.
  • Learn methods of infection control surveillance and reporting.
  • Serve as secretary of the Infectious Disease Pharmacy and Therapeutics Subcommittee.
  • Provide an ACPE-accredited continuing education seminar to pharmacy staff.
  • Participate in learning activities (lectures, preceptorship, etc) for pharmacy and medical students.
  • Design, conduct, and present a research project.
  • Prepare and submit a manuscript for publication in a peer reviewed journal.
  • Attend professional conferences related to infectious diseases.
  • Develop and enhance professional skills (time and stress management, written and verbal communication).

In addition to the clinical component of the program there is a required service component that extends the residency commitment beyond the forty-hour week. Much of the service experience is spent serving as pharmacist-in-charge, performing the administrative functions and overseeing the clinical services provided by the department.

The residency will begin around July 1st. As an accredited PGY2 program, the Residency is listed with the ASHP Residency Matching Program. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews in late January and throughout February. Qualified candidates must have completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency or possess equivalent work experience.

Again, thank you for your interest in our program. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or for further information.

Sincerely,

Michelle Peahota PharmD, BCPS
Advanced Practice Pharmacist - Infectious Diseases
Director, PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency
Michelle.Peahota@jefferson.edu
(215) 955-2334

Want to learn more about the Jefferson PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Infectious Diseases? Please contact:

Michelle Peahota PharmD, BCPS
Advanced Practice Pharmacist - Infectious Diseases
Director, PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency
Michelle.Peahota@jefferson.edu
215-955-2334

Via Mail:
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Gibbon Building, Suite 2290
111 South 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

 

Do I need to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting?

Attendance at the ASHP Midyear Meeting is not required. However, if you do attend current residents will be available to answer questions and provide additional information about the program during the Residency Showcase.

Whether or not you attend the Midyear feel free to contact the program director, Michelle Peahota, for more information.

What are the requirements for application to the Specialized Residency in Infectious Diseases?

  • Online application via the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS)
    • Letter of interest
    • Official transcript(s) from an accredited School of Pharmacy
    • Three letters of recommendation in addition to the required PhORCAS Reference Template At least one recommendation must be from a clinical preceptor. (Letters of recommendation can be inserted into comment fields provided in the PhORCAS Reference Template.)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Successful completion of an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
  • PharmD from an accredited school of pharmacy
  • Successful completion of a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency or equivalent work experience
  • Pharmacy licensure in the State of Pennsylvania (expected to be obtained as soon as possible)

When are applications due?

Completed applications are due by December 29, 2017. After reviewing all completed applications, interviews will be scheduled with selected candidates in late January and throughout February.

How many positions are available?

There is one full time infectious diseases specialty residency position available at TJUH.

When does the residency start?

The residency begins on or around July 1st.

What kind of experiences can I expect to have as an Infectious Diseases Resident?

Throughout the residency year you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide pharmaceutical care to patients utilizing infectious disease pharmacotherapy.
  • Participate in ongoing clinical initiatives such as aminoglycoside and vancomycin dosing by pharmacy and prolonged beta lactam infusions and help develop new programs.Observe different methods of antimicrobial susceptibility testing.
  • Serve as secretary of the Infectious Disease Pharmacy and Therapeutics Subcommittee.
  • Contribute to the antimicrobial surveillance activities of the department through the antimicrobial stewardship.
  • Conduct a drug use evaluation to determine the appropriateness of antimicrobial therapy.
  • Learn methods of infection control surveillance and reporting.
  • Provide an ACPE-accredited continuing education seminar to pharmacy staff.
  • Participate in learning activities (lectures, preceptorship, etc) for pharmacy and medical students.
  • Design, conduct, and present a research project.
  • Prepare and submit a manuscript for publication in a peer reviewed journal.
  • Attend professional conferences related to infectious diseases.
  • Develop and enhance professional skills (time and stress management, written and verbal communication).

What rotations are required or available to the resident?

Infectious Diseases Consult Services: Resident will participate in patient care rounds with the university infectious diseases consult services. Resident will be expected to provide recommendations about antimicrobial selection, dosing, and monitoring. Practical application of pharmacokinetics is emphasized. Residents are utilized as a resource to the team to provide responses to drug information inquiries.

Microbiology Lab: Resident will observe the different methods of susceptibility testing. Preparation and application of antibiograms is reviewed. Active involvement in ongoing microbiology projects is expected.

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Resident will be given the opportunity to contribute to the antimicrobial surveillance activities of the department through the targeted antibiotic program.

Infection Control: Resident will learn methods of infection control surveillance and reporting.

Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Resident will participate in patient care rounds and in the antimicrobial stewardship program at A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital.

Elective experiences include but are not limited to:

  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Critical Care (medical, respiratory, cardiac, surgical, neurology)
  • Solid Organ Transplantation
  • Medical Writing
  • Home Infusion
  • Outpatient HIV/ID Management Clinic

How is the residency coordinated?

A Residency Advisory Committee, including staff members who are former residents, provides overall direction for the program. The Residency Program Director coordinates rotations in various clinical settings precepted by clinical specialists or experts in that area. The selection and sequencing of elective rotations is based on the individual resident’s needs and career goals. To obtain more information about the Specialized Residency in Infectious Diseases, interested applicants are encouraged to contact the program director.

What is the size of the Pharmacy Department? How is it organized?

The Pharmacy Department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals consists of approximately 100 full-time pharmacists and 89 full-time supportive personnel (pharmacy technicians and clerks). A sizable part-time staff increases the department’s resources to nearly 200 employees.

The department consists of a large centralized pharmacy that is responsible for providing comprehensive pharmacy services to the approximately 660 beds at our flagship facility, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. The department also consists of a well-established Investigational Drug Service that participates in numerous inpatient and outpatient protocols and a Drug Information Center that services practitioners throughout the Jefferson Health System. The department staffs outpatient pharmacies at several convenient on-campus locations and has responsibility for pharmacy services at the Jefferson Hospital for Neurosciences.

Is workspace provided to the resident?

Yes, the resident is provided with his or her own desk equipped with a personal computer. On the PC, the resident is able to gain access to the hospital computer system including patient profiles and laboratory data, Medline®, Lexicomp®, UpToDate®, email and standard office applications (Microsoft Office®).

What is the staffing requirement of the residency?

Currently the infectious disease pharmacy resident staffing commitment consists of: One evening every other week; Approximately every 4th weekend; and One holiday per year.

What is the stipend and what benefits are offered?

The stipend for the upcoming year is expected to be approximately $57,000. The benefits package includes: health insurance, vacation days with days off for weekends and evenings worked, holidays, meal allowance, discounts on public parking and public transportation, lab coats, and travel reimbursement.

Is licensure in Pennsylvania required?

Yes, residents are expected to become licensed in Pennsylvania by September 1, 2018. Licensure permits the resident to accept full responsibility and accountability for the care of patients, an essential outcome of residency training. Delays in becoming licensed in Pennsylvania may jeopardize the resident's ability to meet the residency program outcomes.
Please note: The Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy requires completion of at least 1,500 intern hours of which a maximum of 1,000 intern hours may be earned through an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy's academic program. At least 500 intern hours must be earned outside of school and in a licensed pharmacy. The Board may accept the full-time practice of pharmacy for one year in another U.S. state or the completion of a one-year pharmacy residency program in lieu of required intern hours. We encourage you to review your own state's rules regarding the registration, reporting, and transfer of intern hours as well as Pennsylvania licensure requirements (www.dos.pa.gov/pharm). Please do not hesitate to discuss any questions you have regarding licensure with individual program directors.

Meet our PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Resident

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Meghan is originally from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Joseph’s University after which she spent several years working in an X-ray crystallography research laboratory at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Later, she received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Temple University School of Pharmacy. Meghan completed her PGY1 Pharmacy residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She stayed on to work for a year as a Patient Care Pharmacist before returning for a second year residency in Infectious Diseases. Upon completion of her PGY2, Meghan hopes to obtain a clinical specialist position at an academic medical center and participate in clinical and educational activities.