Pharmacy Residency Program - Longitudinal Experiences

Longitudinal Residency Project

Preceptor: Christina Richards, PharmD, BCPS (other preceptors as needed)

The longitudinal residency project is a yearlong experience that will challenge the resident to plan, implement and track a quality improvement/assurance process within the department. The residency project experience could take place on both campus as well as involve multiple preceptors both in and out of the pharmacy department depending on scope of the project. There are a few goals of the residency project. The first would be to develop the resident’s project and time management skills. The second goal is to develop writing and presentation skills. The resident will accomplish this by creating and presenting posters and PowerPoint presentations which will be presented in various settings (clinical meetings, department/hospital presentations, etc.). The resident will also write a manuscript detailing the methods and results of their project. The manuscript will be written in the style of a medical or pharmaceutical journal submission.

Medication and Safety Committee

Preceptor: Heather Barry, PharmD

The Medication Safety Committee rotation is a 6-month long rotation that will take place at the Main Campus. This rotation is based off of a committee that includes nursing leadership, pharmacy leadership, nursing informatics specialists and physicians. The resident will work closely with the pharmacy and nursing teams as well as other members of the Medication Safety Committee throughout the rotation to discuss potential medication safety initiatives and how it will affect various departments. The resident will attend the monthly committee meetings as well as participate monthly data collection and reporting.

Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee

Preceptor: Debra Black-Pisick, RPh, MS

The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Rotation is a 6 month longitudinal rotation that will take place on the Main Campus. The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee plays an essential role in both the clinical and financial success of Lowell General Hospital. The hallmark of his committee is a multidisciplinary meeting that takes place monthly on the Main Campus. The goal of this rotation is to provide the resident with an understanding of policies and procedures as it relates to formulary management and the role of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. The resident achieve this goal by presenting to the committee regularly as well preparing medication monographs and medication utilization evaluations.

Clinical Staffing

Preceptor: Aziza Gilligan, PharmD

The Clinical Staffing rotation is a 12 month rotation that will take place across both campuses. During the Clinical Staffing rotation residents will be challenged to work as a staff clinical pharmacist in central pharmacy during weekend and evening hours. There are two primary goals of the staffing rotation. The first is to improve the resident’s time management skills and the second is to develop operational and clinical problem solving skills. Throughout the year residents will work as clinical staff pharmacists for 5 consecutive days every 5th week, will work both Saturday and Sunday every 5th weekend, as well as work 3 holidays.


Preceptor: Trisha LaPointe, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP

The Academia rotation is a 12 month longitudinal rotation that will take place both at Lowell General Hospital (both campuses) as well as MCPHS University. Throughout the year the residents will gain the knowledge and skills to succeed in educational activities throughout their career. Successful completion of this rotation will earn the resident a Residency Teaching Certificate Program from MCPHS University. There are goal of this rotation is to give the resident the skills and confidence to teach across the many spectrums of educational activities the resident may face throughout their career. The resident will achieve this through both in class instruction on education theory as well as facilitated experience teaching other healthcare professionals and students in variety of settings (small group, formal lectures, bed side teaching, etc.).


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