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PGY-1 General Pharmacy Residency Program

ASHP accredited Huntsville Hospital's PGY-1 General Pharmacy Residency is a 12-month ASHP-accredited program providing a structured, directed, postgraduate professional practice learning experience. Residents receive training and develop competence in direct patient care, drug information and drug-use policy development, and management. Residents serve as an integral part of our ongoing staff development program for our pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and also precept Doctor of Pharmacy candidates from Auburn University School of Pharmacy. Each resident presents a poster during the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting that falls during their residency year and completes a major project, presenting the results at the annual Southeastern Residency Conference in Athens, Georgia.

Huntsville Hospital main Campus
Huntsville Hospital and UAB-Health Center occupy over 45 acres in the heart of Huntsville's Medical District. Huntsville Hospital is an 881-bed regional referral center serving a population of more than one million people. The UAB-Health Center consists of approximately 45 medical students and 36 medical residents. UAB Medical School operates the J. Ellis Sparks, MD Medical Library that is near the main Huntsville Hospital facility. Additionally, Huntsville Hospital has affiliation agreements with numerous hospitals and physician practices in the area and has just opened the stateís first new hospital in 30 years in the neighboring community of Madison.

Practice experiences are offered in the following areas:

  •  Academia
  •  Ambulatory care
  •  Cardiology
  •  Critical Care
  •  Drug Information
  •  Family Practice
  •  Management
  •  Neuro/Trauma
  •  Nutrition Support
  •  Oncology
  •  Pediatrics
  •  Pharmacokinetics
  •  Surgery/Trauma
  •  And numerous others

The purpose of Huntsville Hospital's General Pharmacy Residency program is to train pharmaceutical care generalists who will be able to provide medication-related services to a broad range of patients in a variety of health care settings. Huntsville Hospital's PGY-1 Residency in General Pharmacy instills the philosophy that pharmacists are responsible and accountable for drug therapy outcomes. To accomplish this goal, our department has developed the following mission statement:

"The Huntsville Hospital Department of Pharmacy is committed to serving the drug therapy needs of patients and healthcare providers to assure:
  • improvement in patient outcome and quality of life;
  • rational and cost-effective pharmacotherapeutic decisions;
  • efficient utilization of resources in structuring systems and services;
  • safe use of medications."

The program is flexible and allows the resident to pursue individual interests and goals. Wherever possible, practice experiences are continued throughout the year rather than in individual practice segments. While much learning takes place during the residency program, more emphasis is placed on "doing." Residents are given numerous opportunities to participate in drug therapy management and must take responsibility for patients' pharmaceutical care on a daily basis.

Elective rotations may be scheduled at the end of the residency year. Residents may choose to repeat one or two required rotations or participate in a medicine sub-specialty experience with a physician as the primary preceptor.

Areas of Emphasis
Huntsville Hospital offers residents the opportunity to structure their training to gain added experience in an area of particular interest. Some possibilities for this added emphasis include:

  •  Academia
  •  Cardiology
  •  Critical Care
  •  Informatics
  •  Management (including automation)
  •  Pediatrics/Neonatology

Possible elective practice experiences include:

  •  Infectious Disease
  •  Cardiology
  •  Academia
  •  Emergency Medicine
  •  Oncology
  •  And many others

Each resident will complete the following in order to receive a residency certificate:

  • Obtain an Alabama Pharmacist License by October 1 of the residency year
  • Submit and present a poster at the ASHP Midyear meeting during the residency year
  • Present the residentís major project at SERC during the residency year
  • Submit a publication-ready manuscript and slides from the residentís major project to the RPD by the end of the residency year
  • Successfully complete all scheduled rotations
  • Complete and submit all assigned projects

PGY-1 and PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency Information

Application Process
All application materials must be submitted through PhORCAS. Please do not submit materials directly to the hospital. Additionally, all applicants must be registered with the ASHP Residency Matching Service.

For more information contact:
David R. Collette, Pharm.D, FASHP
Huntsville Hospital
Department of Pharmacy
101 Sivley Rd.
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 265-6741
Email: david.collette@hhsys.org

Application deadline is January 10, 2014.