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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Our program trains pharmacists for leading roles in acute care, pharmacy practice management and/or additional post-graduate training.

The Baylor Scott & White Health PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Our program is based on the Residency Learning System (RLS) developed by ASHP and managed by the Residency Advisory Committee (RAC). The RAC closely follows residents' progress through the training program and provides direction when necessary.

We accept four residents each year.

Curriculum

The medical center's main pharmacy is augmented by two satellite pharmacies in the blood and marrow transplantation unit and the neonatal intensive care unit. All the pharmacy areas are staffed by pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians. We utilize the electronic health record (EHR) Allscripts.

Our decentralized services are provided by service line teams, which include clinical pharmacists, clinical specialists, and technicians in the areas of critical care, internal medicine/surgery, solid organ transplant, women's and children's health, oncology and cardiology. The staff in these areas are directly engaged in providing pharmaceutical care to our patients and serve as an immediate resource for the medical and nursing staffs concerning drug information and drug therapy review.

Additional services provided by the department include a pharmacokinetic consult service, drug therapy management, formulary management, therapeutic substitution, patient education, drug information and protocol development.

Schedules are based on resident preference, elective choices, career goals and preceptor availability. The initial schedule is set during orientation and evaluated quarterly based on the resident's customized plan. The program complies with the ASHP Accreditation Standards for PGY1 Pharmacy Residencies and the ASHP duty-hour requirements.

Each resident can select an advisor who guides and mentors the resident throughout the year.

Residents are required to work every other weekend. In addition, residents are required to work one major and one minor holiday. During this time, the residents will become proficient in our hybrid clinical staffing model.

Required Areas of Training

Our four- to five-week rotations include:

  • Hospital pharmacy orientation
  • Internal medicine 1
  • Internal medicine 2
  • Cardiology
  • Administration
  • Critical care
  • Infectious diseases

Longitudinal Experiences

Residents are exposed to these longitudinal experiences throughout the duration of the residency:

  • Code blue
  • Drug information
  • Coumadin clinic
  • Teaching certificate
  • Research
  • Seminar
  • Staffing

Code Blue

The PGY1 residents rotate in one-week cycles, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents are accompanied by the primary preceptor and PGY2 in critical care during all code situations. Residents' primary responsibilities include preparing crash cart medications and overall assistance throughout the code.

Drug Information

The PGY1 residents rotate in one-week cycles through this 24/7 service. Residents respond to drug information inquirers from the pharmacy staff and evaluate non-formulary requests from management. No overnight staffing is required.

Coumadin Clinic

The PGY1 residents rotate in one-week cycles. Residents are responsible for managing outpatient coumadin clinic based on a physician-pharmacist protocol. Various tasks include adjusting coumadin based on INR, diet, drug interactions etc., calling in prescriptions to local pharmacists and confirming patients have been adequately counseled on their medication.

Teaching Certification

Teaching certification is offered in conjunction with the University of North Texas College of Pharmacy. Residents also have the opportunity to precept students during their rotations.  A formal seminar is given to system pharmacists.

Electives

Elective rotations are tailored to each individual resident's needs and desires. Our four-week elective opportunities may include:

  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Cardiovascular/surgical/trauma ICU
  • Emergency medicine
  • Investigational drug services
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Oncology
  • Solid organ transplant

Our residents attend ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) Annual Seminar to present their research.

Our department provides support services for clinical research involving investigational drugs. Our pharmacists, in conjunction with the Institutional Review Board, help to assure that policies and procedures for the safe use of these drugs are established and followed.

Major areas of research include:

  • Solid organ transplantation
  • Blood and marrow transplantation
  • Neonatology
  • Anesthesia
  • Dermatology

Here is a selection of the benefits we provide. You can find a more complete list in the "Working Here" section at the bottom of this page:

  • Paid Time Off: 15 days
  • Free parking, discounted bus passes available and a DART rail station on campus
  • Professional leave: Residents will be allowed professional leave and travel expenses for attendance at professional seminars and meetings such as the ASHP Clinical Mid-Year Meeting, the Spring Residency Leadership Conference and the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists Annual Meeting
  • Dedicated office and computer
  • Access to Baylor Health Sciences Library and electronic references

How to Apply

We use the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PHORCAS) to accept applications, transcripts and other supporting application materials.

Application deadline is January 3.

Visit PHORCAS to apply


Application Requirements

Eligible candidates must have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Texas licensure eligibility.

Applicants must also submit:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A letter of intent detailing reason for interest in completing a pharmacy practice residency, short and long-term career goals and how our program will assist in meetings those goals
  • Three ASHP recommendation forms, with at least one completed by an employment supervisor
  • Academic transcripts for professional pharmacy education

Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.

Contact Us

Angela Straza, PharmD
Phone: 214.820.9797
Angela.Straza@BSWHealth.org

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Baylor University Medical Center
3500 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246

Working at Baylor Scott & White Health

Compensation and Benefits

The stipend for our pharmacy residents is set at $47,476 paid in 24 installments over a 12-month period. In addition to a competitive stipend, we offer our residents a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

Life in Dallas

Dallas provides access to metropolitan entertainment and culture while maintaining the lowest cost of living among the top 10 largest U.S. cities.

Why Baylor Scott & White

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.

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