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Pharmacy Residency Programs

PGY1 at BGMC - Program Curriculum

Clinical Experiences

Following the completion of orientation to the hospital and Department of Pharmacy Services, the remainder of the year will be spent in various pharmacy practice experiences (see Core and Elective Rotations below). Concurrent with these clinical practice experiences, residents will develop skills in project management, teaching, medication use evaluation, and drug use control over the course of the year.

The resident will develop a very close working relationship with the medical and surgical house staff and is expected to play an important role in the therapeutic decision-making process and will make clinical recommendations that are often vital to patient care outcomes. The resident will actively participate in daily patient care rounds, medical residents’ conferences and various multidisciplinary meetings.

Project Management

At the beginning of the residency year, residents will be required to complete the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy’s “Preparing Pharmacy Residents for Scholarship” course. This course provides residents with a “crash course” on research and scholarly writing basics in order to prepare them for their required residency project and other scholastic pursuits.

Clinical research experience is gained through the development of a residency project. The preceptor will work with the resident to select a project which is clinically important and scientifically worthy of their mutual efforts. The project will be presented as a platform presentation at a regional residency conference. The resident must submit a manuscript of their work for successful completion of the residency program.

Further research experience will be gained through the completion of a Medication Utilization Evaluation (MUE). The preceptor and resident will work together to select a drug or class of drugs in need of review to assure quality patient care at the institution. The resident will develop a data collection tool and upon completion of the review, will present the data to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee with suggestions for future use. The resident will also present their data to date in poster format at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.


The resident will be required to complete the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy’s Teaching Certificate Program. At the end of the program, participants should have an initial set of knowledge, skills and attitudes to enhance skills as a clinical preceptor, faculty mentor, patient and health-professional educator/colleague and junior faculty member with a focus on student-centered active learning.

The resident has several required teaching responsibilities during the year. Participation in Clinical Pharmacy Conferences and Journal Clubs are important elements in developing formal presentation and teaching skills. The resident is expected to provide a minimum of five types of presentations throughout the year:

  • Case Presentation
  • Final Project Presentation
  • Journal Club
  • Medical Resident Noon Conference
  • Seminar (given as a CE program for the Western New York Society of Health-system Pharmacists)

The resident will have the opportunity to aid in the clinical training of pharmacy students by supervising individual students during patient care rounds. The resident may also opt to precept a student during a four week period under the direction of a clinical staff member if further clinical teaching experience is desired.

The resident will actively participate in in-service education for pharmacy and nursing staff. The resident is expected to contribute to the education of the medical and surgical house staff during patient care rounds and in regularly scheduled conferences. The resident will also be involved in patient education in both the acute and ambulatory settings.  An elective teaching rotation is also available in conjunction with the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy for residents who are considering a career in academia.

Hospital Practice

The general service responsibilities of the resident are similar to those of the professional staff, but somewhat less in magnitude. During the various rotations, in addition to clinical responsibilities, the resident will provide broad drug use control supervision and handle any pharmacy-related problems that arise in the patient care area.

The resident will have primary drug distribution management or pharmacokinetic responsibilities every third weekend in the central pharmacy and will also be required to work a few hospital holidays.

All drug distribution activities are expected to be of high quality and will weigh proportionally on the final evaluation of the resident for satisfactory completion of this section of the residency experience.

Practice Management

Developing skills to efficiently search and summarize primary literature and other references is paramount in becoming an effective clinical practitioner. During the residency year there will be multiple activities assigned to help develop these skills. These activities include, but may not be limited to:

  • Formal written responses to drug information questions
  • Informal verbal responses to drug information questions
  • Drug monograph preparation for presentation at P&T
  • Editor of the P&T newsletter
  • Competency development for pharmacy staff members


It is vital that the pharmacy resident is exposed to the culture of leadership to better equip them as preceptors, teachers, scholars, and professionals. Residents will engage in personal leadership development through practice related experiences, training, coaching, and program curriculum to strengthen communication skills, business/organizational talents, managerial versatility, and the extraordinary leadership demanded of today's health-system pharmacy leaders to meet the demanding challenges facing pharmacy practice.

The Kaleida Health Pharmacy Residency Leadership Program includes topic discussions, journal club reviews, didactic lectures, and professional organizational involvement.

Core Rotations

4-Week Learning Experiences

  • Medicine/Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Infectious Disease Consults
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Critical Care

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Hospital Pharmacy Practice (includes one month of initial training and every other weekend central pharmacy coverage alternating with antimicrobial stewardship)
  • Project Management
  • Practice Management
  • Leadership
  • MUE

Elective Rotations

Residents may choose four elective rotations. Each elective is four weeks in length. Residents may choose to do up to two electives off site and may also complete a rotation that was previously completed if they desire further experience.

Available elective rotations include:

Buffalo General Medical Center

  • Anticoagulation
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Emergency medicine
  • Neuroscience ICU
  • Nutrition support
  • Surgical ICU

Women & Children’s Hospital

  • Critical Care (Pediatric and Neonatal)
  • General Pediatrics
  • Hematology/Oncology