Program Purpose and Description
The PGY-1 pharmacy residency conducted by Trinity Health in Minot, North Dakota is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP) since 2012. Trinity Health’s Pharmacy Residency Program offers a 12-month post-graduate training experience to pharmacists who seek to acquire and expand an existing skill set. The program offers an organized and directed opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and clinical skills, and proficiency in managing complex drug therapy of patients. The program will nurture professionalism, and focus on evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management. This residency will provide pharmacists with confidence in the provision of direct patient care as well as managing medication-use processes. Throughout the program, pharmacists will gain communication skills by providing medication and practice related education to fellow pharmacists, medical staff, students, patients, and caregivers. Residents completing the PGY1 program at Trinity Health will be prepared to provide patient-centered care to a diverse patient population. Pharmacists who successfully complete the residency program will be able to function effectively as independent clinicians on an interdisciplinary health-system team. They will also have ample opportunity to develop leadership skills in all areas of pharmacy practice management, project management skills, and refine clinical research skills.
About Trinity Health
Trinity Health is a community-based, non-profit healthcare organization, and is associated with the University Of North Dakota School of Medicine as a sole sponsor of the Minot Center for Family Medicine. Trinity Hospital is comprised of 251 licensed beds and 165 beds at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
As the region’s preferred provider of medical services, Trinity Health serves as a center for Cardiac Surgery, Cardiovascular Diseases, Hospitalist service, Oncology/Hematology, Infectious Disease, Psychiatric Medicine, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Rehabilitation Medicine, Newborn Intensive Care (NICU), Kidney Dialysis, Neurosurgery, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and more. Trinity Health was initially verified in 1995 by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 2 Trauma Center. Trinity Health is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) with the most recent accreditation occurring June 2017. The Residency program occurs in a contemporary setting where comprehensive central and decentralized clinical pharmacy services are combined with state-of-the-art technology.
Purpose and Philosophy
ASHP: “ASHP firmly believes that Post Graduate Residency Programs are the best source of highly qualified pharmacy manpower and that it has an obligation to support residencies through the development of standards and a program of accreditation.”
PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
Trinity Health: The purpose of the PGY1 pharmacy residency program at Trinity Health is to accelerate the resident’s abilities beyond entry-level professional competence in pharmacy operational services and direct patient-centered care to confidently practice in a community-based acute care setting that provides extensive clinical and operational services to diverse patient populations in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians.
Philosophy: The ASHP accreditation standard provides criteria that every program must meet in order to receive and maintain accreditation. Although the standard requires experiences in certain core areas, there is room for concentration in a practice area and for additional experiences. The mission of our program includes developing a core skill set in providing fundamental, yet diverse, medication management practices in a contemporary healthcare setting.
Required Outcomes for PGY-1:
- Patient Care
- Advancing Practice and Improving Patient Care
- Leadership and Management
- Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge
The Residency Program at Trinity Health is designed to provide training in all areas of medication management within the scope of pharmacy practice. Completion of the following learning experiences are required:
- Orientation (Hospital and Pharmacy)
- Pharmacy Operations and Staffing*
- General Medicine (I and II)
- Critical Care
- Administration (Practice Management)
- Infectious Disease
- Ambulatory Care
- Drug Information Service
- Teaching Certificate Program**
*Staffing shall include one full day per pay period (every two weeks) and one weekend per month. The first half of the year will consist of clinical weekend duties with assistance and the second half shall include successful staffing of other shifts).
** Teaching Certificate Program: The Teaching Certificate program is a required learning experience provided in conjunction with North Dakota State University College of Pharmacy. The resident must successfully complete the teaching certificate program to receive a certificate of completion for the residency program.
Potential elective rotations include:
- Clinical Informatics
- Home Health/Hospice
- Palliative Medicine
Duration/Type: 12 months
Number of Positions: 1
Application Deadline: January 15th
Starting Date: July 1
Estimated Stipend: $46,000 (plus benefits)
Eligible candidates for PGY-1 pharmacy residencies must have:
- A Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from an accredited college of pharmacy
- A pharmacist license or be eligible for licensure in North Dakota
- Letter of interest, college transcript, Curriculum Vitae, three letters of recommendation
- Trinity utilizes the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) for all pharmacy residency applications.
- Applications and all supporting documents are due by January 15th.
- Candidates must also register with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Resident Matching Program, which makes all appointments. Match results are released in late March.
Residency Program Director: Terry D Altringer, Pharm.D.
Fax: (701) 857-5155
Director of Pharmacy: Carolyn R. Seehafer, Pharm.D.
Fax: (701) 857-5155