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Pharmacy Residency Program - Elective Rotations

Infectious Diseases

Preceptor: Francis Magro, MD

The Infectious Diseases rotation is a four-week elective rotation that will take place throughout the Medical Center. The goals of this rotation is to expose the resident to a diverse patient population who experience both acute and chronic infectious diseases and to develop skills and knowledge to manage these patients. Topics covered include Nosocomial Infectious, Meningitis, HIV/AIDS, and Fungal Infections.

Cardiology

Preceptor: Erin Greel, PharmD

The Cardiology rotation is four-week elective rotation that will challenge the resident to develop the skills and knowledge base needed to work in a setting with a diverse set of patients with cardiologic conditions. The primary location of the rotation will take place on a 30-bed monitored unit. Goals of the rotation are to increase the resident’s knowledge caring for patients with wide range of cardiovascular conditions and to increase the resident’s ability to concisely and appropriately deliver medication information to patients being started on new medications. Topics covered include NSTEMI/STEMI, Heart Failure, Atrial Fibrillation, and Anticoagulation.

Advanced Hematology/Oncology

Preceptor: David Roderick, PharmD

The Advanced Hematology/Oncology elective rotation is a four-week elective rotation that will build upon the previous Hematology/Oncology rotation to further develop the resident’s skills and knowledge caring for patients with various hematological and oncological conditions. The rotation will take place in the outpatient infusion center, the Hematology/Oncology outpatient clinic and rounding on the inpatient Hematology/Oncology service. The goal of the rotation is to focus on patient education and the nuances of medication selection for both outpatient and inpatient treatments. Topics covered idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, sickle cell crisis, and Tumor Lysis Syndrome.

Informatics

Preceptor: Heather Barry, PharmD

The Informatics rotation is a four-week elective rotation that will take place throughout the Medical Center. The goal of this rotation is to expose the resident to use and maintenance of the various electronic medical systems and to utilize reporting information to make changes to the medication use process including medication safety initiatives. Topics covered include Smart Pump infusion library maintenance and compliance, order set development, and Leap Frog compliance.

Emergency Medicine

Preceptor: Benson Lu, PharmD and Emily Russell, PharmD

The Emergency Medicine rotation is a four-week elective rotation that takes place in a busy Level III Trauma Center and Emergency Department on the main campus of Lowell General Hospital. The goals of the rotation are to provide the resident with exposure responding to medical emergencies (trauma, stroke, cardiac arrest, etc.) and increase the residents understanding of the transitions of care process of patients either admitted or discharged from the ED. Topics to be covered are fibrinolytic use in stroke, pharmacists role in medical emergencies, STEMI/NSTEMI, and Sepsis.

Pediatrics

Preceptor: Joanne Kalogerakos, PharmD

The Pediatrics rotation is a four-week elective rotation that will provide the resident with exposure to pediatric care in a community hospital setting. The rotation will take place on a general medicine pediatric floor, a special care nursery, and a pediatric emergency department. The goal of this rotation is to provide the resident with a basic understanding of common conditions and pharmacologic considerations that make caring for this patient population unique. Topics covered include pharmacokinetic differences between neonates, infants, children and adults, asthma exacerbations and influenza.  

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