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PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Internal Medicine With Focus in Academia - 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). Concurrent with these practice experience periods will be experiences in project management, teaching, and medication use evaluation.
The resident will have a very close colleagueship with the medical 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.

Project Management

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 project will be presented as a platform presentation at the University at Buffalo's Residency Research Presentation Day. The resident must submit a manuscript of their project for successful completion of the residency program. In addition, the resident will conduct a process, pathway and medication use evaluation.

Teaching at BGMC

The resident has several required teaching responsibilities at the site 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 seven types of presentations throughout the year:

  • Case presentation
  • Disease state topic reviews
  • Final project presentation
  • Journal club
  • Medical resident noon conference
  • Seminar/Professional organization CE
  • Staff development/Competencies

The resident will actively participate in nursing and pharmacy in-service education. 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 and is also involved in patient education where applicable.

The resident will have an opportunity to directly precept PGY1 pharmacy practice residents during the final 12 weeks of the program. This is applicable for PGY1 residents completing clinical practice experiences within the core rotation areas.

The resident will complete the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences' (UBSPPS) "Preparing Pharmacy Residents for Scholarship" course. This course provides residents a "crash course" on research and scholarly writing basics, in order to prepare them for their required residency project and scholastic pursuits.

Academic Practice is a longitudinal learning experience. Time will be spent completing campus activities outlined below and six weeks will coincide with an APPE block in the spring to allow for independent precepting of APPE students. The purpose of the longitudinal academic practice rotation is to provide the resident with a feel for pharmacy practice from the standpoint of a clinical faculty member; as such, the resident will be required to participate in on-campus activities in addition to their clinical obligations. During the longitudinal portion of the academic practice rotation responsibilities for the resident will include:

  • Helping to facilitate patient assessment lab/workshop sessions
  • Lecturer for patient assessment class in spring
  • Lecturer for one therapeutics lecture in the fall
  • Attend professional development workshops and lectures at UBSPPS
  • Completion of the UBSPPS teaching certificate program
  • Design of effective lecture/course objectives and corresponding test questions

Weekend Coverage

The resident will round every other Saturday with the medicine team that was on call the previous night. Assistance will also be provided to the PGY1 resident covering the antibiotic stewardship program.

Practice Management

Integral to the practice of clinical pharmacy is the ability to quickly and thoroughly review the medical literature for answers to complicated medication questions. The resident will be expected to meet this obligation early in the residency program and will also supervise this activity if conducted by PGY1 residents or students.
The resident will also be required to do the following:

  • Be an active member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee
  • Review and present applicable drugs / drug classes to the P&T committee
  • Submit summary of any medication reviews to the P&T Newsletter
  • Edit P&T Newsletter for the first three months of the residency program
  • Prepare criteria for a process, pathway and medication use evaluation and present criteria and results to the P&T Committee
  • Write a research article, review or case report that is suitable for publication


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

  • Ambulatory Care (4 weeks)
  • Infectious Disease (4 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (16 weeks)
  • Medical Intensive Care (4 weeks)
  • Precepting (6 weeks)

Elective Rotations

The resident may choose two elective rotations. Each elective is four weeks in length. Although additional time in the core rotations may be used to fulfill the elective requirements the resident is encouraged to choose from one of the options below:

  • Anticoagulation
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Nutrition

Longitudinal Experiences

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Academia
  • Leadership
  • Practice Management