Our postgraduate year one (PGY1) Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program aims to develop leaders in pharmacy that are dedicated to the advancement of community-based pharmacy practice and help to improve the health and wellness of patients they serve.
The program has four practice sites, Kroger Pharmacy, Walgreens Specialty at Piedmont Hospital and Walgreens Specialty at Gwinnett Medical Center. In addition to our primary practice sites, residents will participate in a longitudinal ambulatory care experience at Grady Health System. The ambulatory care experience is comprised of several different clinics and activities, including an anticoagulation clinic, heart failure clinic and pharmacotherapy clinic.
Residents will complete a practice-based research project, create an abstract, and give a poster presentation and podium presentation at local and national pharmacy conferences. They also will participate in the Teaching Certification Program at Mercer University College of Pharmacy. The Teaching Certification Program offers residents mentorship from faculty members and participation in experiential and didactic teaching at Mercer University College of Pharmacy.
Although not required for entry into pharmacy practice, a one-year residency affords the Pharm.D. graduate an opportunity to develop expertise in clinical pharmacy practice and specialty areas. Residency positions are currently available in community pharmacy. Some of the objectives of Mercer residency programs are:
- To provide challenging post-graduate opportunities for highly motivated Pharm.D. graduates to specialize in the delivery of pharmaceutical care services, to improve their teaching abilities and to develop research skills.
- To serve as a catalyst for change to more patient-oriented services in health systems, nursing homes and the community pharmacy environment.
- To integrate clinical skills with proficiency in state-of-the-art medical information technology systems and well-developed written and verbal communication skills to produce drug information/medical communication specialists uniquely qualified to practice in academia and the pharmaceutical industry.
- To assist the College and the Pharmacy Practice faculty in:
- Meeting Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education accreditation guidelines for experiential and didactic teaching
- Providing backup support for ongoing patient services offered by Mercer faculty
- Generating quality publishable practice-oriented research
To provide a structured and advanced education and training experience for pharmacists whose ability, motivation and career aspirations suggest potential for creative and innovative leadership in community pharmacy practice. The resident will achieve professional competence in the following outcomes to become a community pharmacist or future community pharmacy educator with the ability to integrate various roles while continuing to move the profession of pharmacy forward:
- Develop, manage and implement evidence-based, patient-centered care
- Collaborate with and educate/train other professionals of the health care team to optimize patient care
- Enhance skills to accelerate growth in pharmacy operational services
- Manage and improve the medication-use process
- Exercise leadership, practice management and project management skills
- Utilize medical informatics to understand/provide medication and practice-related information
The Kroger Pharmacy/Mercer University College of Pharmacy Residency Program focuses on training graduates in providing advanced patient care services in the community setting. Residents trained through this program are prepared to:
- Provide advanced patient care to a diverse population.
- Engage in interdisciplinary and collaborative team practice.
- Educate patients, pharmacy students, pharmacists and other health care professionals.
- Deliver proficient managerial skills.
- Exercise professional leadership skills through community and professional involvement.
The resident’s activities include:
- Providing direct patient care services to diverse populations through multiple practice sites within the community pharmacy setting
- Leading, coaching and training select pharmacy locations on the delivery of patient care services in pharmacy workflow
- Providing educational presentations to health care professionals including pharmacists and technicians and community stakeholders
- Patient coaching, counseling and education in the following disease states but not limited to:
- Provider of various health screenings
- Blood pressure
- Diabetes risk assessment/glucose
- Lipid panel
- Proficient in Immunization Delivery by providing patient vaccination assessments, vaccination administration in community pharmacies and off-site clinic opportunities
- Medication Therapy Management services utilizing Mirixa and Outcomes platforms
- Participation in delivering diabetes self-management training and health coaching at selected Kroger Pharmacy locations to patients enrolled in employee wellness programs
- IPPE and APPE student pharmacist precepting
- Teaching, research and literature publication at Mercer University College of Pharmacy
- Professional involvement in state and national organizations
The PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program at Mercer University College of Pharmacy, in partnership with Walgreens Specialty, offers two resident positions. Walgreens Specialty sites are located within Atlanta, Ga., and were developed in an effort to explore strategies to advance the practice of community pharmacy. Walgreens Specialty offers a variety of innovative clinical pharmacy services for patients who are prescribed complex therapies. Walgreens Specialty pharmacists work closely with medical staff to resolve drug therapy problems and improve transitions of care. In addition, residents gain insights on management issues that can affect the implementation of patient care services in the community pharmacy setting.
Walgreens Community-Based Specialty sites encompass many patient care services, of which the main focus is Diabetes Self-Education and Management (DSME). In addition to offering DSME, Walgreens Specialty collaborates with a local physician to offer in-office DSME and has a satellite location at Mercer University. The DSME program is an American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) recognized site. The program is designed to empower patients to take control of their diabetes and focus on behavioral changes they can make to increase their quality of life. The program uses curriculum and review processes that meet the requirements of the National Standards of Diabetes Self-Management Education suggested by the American Diabetes Association. Patients are referred to the program by their physician, and correspondence is sent to the physician during their education process. Physicians are detailed about the program by the pharmacist and resident at the site through office visits, lunch and learns sessions and in-services.
In addition to the Walgreens Specialty Sites, the resident provides DSME at the Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta, Ga. The Good Samaritan Health Center is a nonprofit, Christian clinic that provides health care to the indigent population. This site involves exposure to a Spanish-speaking population, patient assistance programs, laboratory values, monitoring parameters and referrals to other disciplines related to diabetes care.
The resident will participate in the following activities:
- Development of health and wellness programs
- Disease state management programs in areas such as transplant, fertility, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, oncology, Crohn’s disease and rheumatology
- Pediatric oncology and compounding
- Medication Therapy Management (MTM) utilizing the Outcomes and Mirixa Software systems
- Pharmacist-administered immunizations
- Community outreach programs
- Medication adherence counseling
- Hypertension, diabetes, BMI and asthma screenings
- Smoking Cessation Program
- Medication Synchronization Program
- Bedside prescription delivery program for patients discharged from the hospital