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PDF of PGY2 psychiatry program overview
Pharmacy residents completing the UC San Diego Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Residency will be described as advanced mental health practitioners who will be able to make complex medication recommendations in a variety of psychiatric practice settings. This program is also designed to facilitate growth in areas of effective communication, critical assessment and management of psychopharmacology drug treatment, and leadership. Graduates of this PGY2 residency will possess intense, focused and marketable job skills that should prepare them for career opportunities in any mental health practice setting.
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The PGY2 resident will gain the skills to function as a psychiatric pharmacist during the required and elective rotations. Primary service responsibilities include rounding with the interdisciplinary team (inpatient experiences) to design, recommend, monitor, and evaluate patient-specific therapeutic regimens that incorporate the principles of evidence-based medicine. The resident will also learn skills needed to function within a multi-disciplinary mental health treatment team. Daily activities will include: participating in treatment rounds, reviewing each patient’s profile for appropriateness of drug therapy, providing provider, nursing and patient education, validating pharmacy orders on patients, and overseeing and directing PGY1 resident and pharmacy student activities. This integration of staffing and clinical services prepares the resident for any type of practice environment they may encounter in their future jobs by emphasizing the development of essential skills required for an advanced pharmacy practitioner: independent practice skills, multi-tasking and prioritization. During ambulatory care experiences, the resident will learn to integrate psychopharmacology knowledge in the care of specialty clinic patient populations.
The resident will be provided with two six-week elective rotations during the residency year. The other electives can be selected from the list below (additional rotations may be available). Elective rotations will generally be scheduled in the second half of the residency year and may be repeated if the resident desires additional experience.
Teaching is a large component of our program. The PGY2 resident will have many opportunities to precept/teach and their training will include learning how to incorporate teaching into their clinical responsibilities. UC San Diego is a teaching institution affiliated with UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) and UCSD School of Medicine. The PGY2 psychiatry resident will be a conference facilitator for 3rd year pharmacy students at UCSD SSPPS for the Therapeutics Course (Psychiatry/Neurology Modules). The resident will be required to participate in weekly preconferences and serve as a facilitator for a group of students. The resident will also be given opportunities to provide didactic lectures within the course. The PGY2 resident will also have multiple opportunities to precept 4th year SSPPS pharmacy students and PGY1 pharmacy practice residents, as well as to work with UCSD physician interns, residents and fellows on most, if not all, rotations. In addition, the resident will be asked to give many educational lectures to their colleagues throughout their residency year.
Grand Rounds: The resident will deliver a 1-hour CE lecture to the pharmacy staff regarding a topic in psychiatry. Allied health professionals are welcome to attend. Presentations are accredited for continuing education through California Accreditation for Pharmacy Education (CAPE).
Psychiatry Clinical Forums: The resident is required to present 3 “mini” grand rounds and 3 journal club presentations during the year at our Psychiatry Clinical Forum. The mini grand rounds are 20-minute lectures on various didactic topics related to the ASHP supplemental standard for an Advanced Practice Residency in Psychiatry and will be relevant to the patient population the resident is currently involved with from a rotational perspective. The objective of journal club will be to select and critically review a recently published journal article related to psychiatry/neurology.
Skagg’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: The resident will serve as a conference leader for the 3rd year therapeutics course that covers psychiatry and neurology topics. The resident will create patient case and SOAP keys for teaching purposes and may assist with creating/grading oral and written exams. The resident will also have multiple opportunities to directly precept 4th year pharmacy students who are currently on rotation with the resident.
The PGY2 resident has the option of participating in the San Diego Pharmacy Residency Leaders (SDPRL) Teaching Certificate Program which includes a seminar series with residents from other county-wide residency programs. Seminar topics will focus on teaching and preceptor development. Alternatively, the resident may select certain seminars to attend based on his/her interest areas.
The resident will be responsible for conducting 1 research project throughout the academic year that will be presented at the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) Annual Meeting. The resident may be asked to present the research project at an equivalent conference as appropriate. The resident is expected to submit the research findings to a peer-reviewed journal for publication. A list of project ideas will be generated from the preceptors and resident is expected to select a project during the first month of the residency year.
The resident will be required to write a manuscript suitable for publication by the end of the residency year. The purpose of this requirement will be the development of scientific writing and communication skills. The types of publishable literature can include any of the following types of manuscripts:
Staffing will be incorporated into the residency experience with weekend shifts that provide the opportunity for PGY2 resident to cover the psychiatric units at UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest. The PGY2 resident will be invited to staff 12 weekends (which includes 1 minor holiday weekend AND 1 major holiday [Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s]). The resident will get 13 paid days for holidays and 12 sick days for the academic year. Vacation time will be in accordance with GME rules and will be defined as 20 days of vacation PLUS 5 days for professional leave to attend meetings or conferences.
The resident will have the opportunity to attend various professional meetings throughout the year. Resident receives an annual travel stipend that is variable based on available funding. The resident will receive a set stipend for the year which can be used at his/her discretion for registration, travel, accommodations, etc. The cost of attending the CPNP Annual Meeting (or an equivalent conference) will be deducted from the travel stipend, along with any other conferences the resident chooses to attend. Attendance at CPNP Annual Meeting (or an equivalent conference to present their research) is mandatory.
Our PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy resident completing this program will be advanced practitioners proficient in the areas of:
Our resident will learn to provide concise, applicable, comprehensive, accurate, and timely responses to requests for drug information pertaining to the care of individuals with psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders by using appropriate biomedical literature and assist the organization in achieving compliance with regulatory requirements related to the use of psychiatric and neuropsychiatric medications.
By consistently using an efficient and comprehensive pharmacy practice methodology, our graduating residents will become leaders in medication safety and have enhanced patient outcomes by integrating patient- and evidence-based disease-specific pharmacotherapy at the level of an advanced practitioner in various neuropsychiatric settings.
Our graduating residents will effectively strengthen their knowledge, skills, and abilities in all key areas of practice management. These areas would include, among others, exploring their own professional growth improving the quality of one’s own self-assessment, developing effective negotiation skills to resolve conflicts, and demonstrating a commitment to advocacy for the optimal care of patients.
Our graduating residents will become proficient in educating health care professionals, patients, and students on psychiatric and neurologic topics. Our residents will also be able to provide concise and accurate responses to requests for psychopharmacology drug information from health care providers.
Our graduating resident will contribute to the maintenance of the organization’s formulary for medications used in individuals with psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders by recommending modifications to the organization’s formulary and identifying alternatives to medications in real/hypothetical shortage situations.
Our graduating residents will learn skills to be able to participate in continuous quality improvement (CQI) projects and psychiatric pharmacy practice research projects using effective project management skills. The resident will learn knowledge and skills required to conduct research in a responsible and ethical manner.
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