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Activities and Special Features

Teaching

University of Michigan

Residents have a yearlong appointment as adjunct clinical faculty of the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. This opportunity involves serving as a classroom and clinical instructor for third or fourth year pharmacy students. The resident travels a short 10-minute drive to the College one afternoon per week for one semester to perform their didactic duties. The adjunct faculty appointment provides an added benefit of full access to the University of Michigan library database.

SJMH

To provide formal presentation experience, each resident participates in a nursing education lecture series throughout the year and gives a pharmacy ACPE presentation toward the year's end. There are also didactic lectures as part of certain clinical rotations with a physician audience. Also, precepting opportunities exist with pharmacy students on their APPE or IPPE rotations.

Research Project

Each resident will select a research project that meets their interest from a list provided by the clinical pharmacy preceptors in July. Completing the project will involve assisting with writing the proposal, obtaining IRB approval, collecting and analyzing data and preparing a written summary of the project and results.

The residency project will be presented in poster format in the Resident Poster Session at the ASHP Midyear meeting in December and at the SJMHS Research Forum in mid-April. Finally, the resident's research is presented formally at the Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference in late April.

Weekend/Staffing Responsibilities

The residents work every three weekends, fulfilling purely clinical duties including rotating tasks of pharmacokinetic monitoring of vancomycin/aminoglycosides with antimicrobial stewardship and anticoagulation monitoring. A compensatory day off is provided to be used during the week following a weekend worked. Many residents like to take this day on the Monday or Friday following the weekend.

Operations staffing experience is obtained working two evening shifts per month in the central pharmacy. Residents may also provide clinical staffing support around holidays as needed.

Additional Projects

The residents also complete smaller projects including a P&T drug monograph, medication use evaluation, newsletter article, journal clubs, and case presentations.

Special Features

Residents will receive a laptop computer and embroidered lab coat. On campus parking is free, and spaces are plentiful. There are opportunities to participate in pharmacy department softball, kickball, and volleyball teams. Softball and kickball diamonds are located on the SJMH campus, and volleyball is played on the Eastern Michigan University campus just one mile from the hospital. Another special feature offered to our residents is the experience of observing an Operating Room case.

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