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PGY1 at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo - Curriculum

Clinical Experiences

Following the completion of the orientation process to the hospital and Department of Pharmacy Services, the remainder of the year will be spent in various clinical pharmacy practice experiences (see Core and Elective Rotations below). An experience in Practice Management will also be provided. Concurrent with these practice experience periods will be experiences in research, teaching, medication use evaluation, and drug use control.

The resident will have a very close colleagueship with the medical and surgical house staff and is expected to play an important role in the therapeutic process and make clinical recommendations that are often vital to patient care outcomes. The resident actively participates in daily work rounds five days a week, attending physician patient care rounds, medical residents’ morning report and various multidisciplinary conferences.


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 important and scientifically worthy of their mutual efforts. The resident must submit a manuscript of their project for successful completion of the residency program.


The resident will have several 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 four presentations throughout the year:

  • Case Presentation (min. 1)
  • Journal Club (2)
  • Seminar
  • Final Project Presentation

Residents are required to attend all sessions of other residents and students and to contribute during the subsequent question and answer period.

The resident will be required 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 4-week period under the direction of a clinical staff member if further clinical teaching experience is desired.

The resident will actively participate in nursing in-service education and 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.

Drug Distribution Management

The general service responsibilities of the resident are similar to those of the professional staff, but somewhat less in magnitude. During the various clinical experiences, the resident has clinical responsibilities, must provide broad drug use control supervision and handle any pharmacy-related problems that arise in the patient care area. In the course of daily activities, the resident will review the nursing medication administration records and resolve any problems.

The resident has primary drug distribution management responsibilities every other weekend in the pharmacy satellites and will work several hospital holidays.

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

Drug Information

The resident will be required to review drugs and drug classes for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and present the same. The resident will also be required to prepare criteria for a medication use evaluation and present the criteria to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Other services required are preparing articles for the pharmacy newsletter and investigation of drug information questions.

Core Rotations

  • Pediatric Intensive Care (2 separate 4 week long modules)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care (2 separate 4 week long modules)
  • General Pediatrics/Collaborative Surgical Rounds (2 separate 4 week long modules)
  • Health Systems Management (includes 1 month initial training in Pharmacy Satellites)
  • Administration (4 weeks)
  • Hematology/Oncology (4 weeks)

Available Elective Rotations (4 week modules)

  • Toxicology
  • Adult Internal Medicine
  • Pediatric Sub-specialty Services
  • Neurology
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Pulmonology
  • Nephrology

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Weekend staffing & clinical services
  • Completion of a residency research project
  • Completion of a medication use evaluation
  • Participation in Department of Pharmacy Clinical Conferences
  • Varied activities designed for enhancing written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Hematology/Oncology