PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Program Director: Norm Buss, Pharm.D., BCPS
Program Coordinator: Marilen Martinez, Pharm.D., BCPS
ASHP Accreditation Status: Accredited
Number of Positions: 4


The Henry Ford Macomb PGY1 Pharmacy Residency is a twelve month experience designed to develop competent and confident practitioners. A combination of clinical and longitudinal experiences will provide opportunities to independently optimize pharmacotherapy and implement pharmaceutical care. The pharmacy department provides state-of-the-art pharmaceutical services, including computerized physician order entry verification, automated cart-fill and packaging technology, and pharmacy-driven dosing services. Pharmacists are unit-based and are an essential component of the multi-disciplinary transitions of care process, in addition to many patient care areas. The department serves as a teaching site for pharmacy students and is affiliated with Wayne State University.

ASHP's PGY1 Program Purpose

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.

Residency Experience

Pharmacists completing a Henry Ford Macomb Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency experience will be competent practitioners able to provide direct patient care at a level beyond that of a practitioner without postgraduate training. These individuals will further develop and enhance their personal and professional skills as they seek positions as clinical/staff pharmacists.

Required Rotations

  • Orientation of Pharmacy Operations and Clinical Practice
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Cardiology
  • Emergenccy Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Project/Staffing
  • Surgical Intensive Care
  • Independent Practice
  • Staffing/Great Lakes Pharmacy Residency Conference (not evaluated)

Longitudinal Requirements

  • Drug information and Pharmacy Education
  • Pharmacy Operations/Staffing
    • Staffing consists of every 3rd weekend and one weekday afternoon shift between the hours of 16:00-21:00 every other week

Requirements for Successful Completion of PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

In order to receive a residency certificate signifying successful completion of the residency, residents must obtain Achieved for Residency in the items listed below.

  • R1.1.3 – Collect information on which to base safe and effective medication therapy.
  • R1.1.4 – Analyze and assess information on which to base safe and effective medication therapy. R1.1.5 – Design or redesign safe and effective patient-centered therapeutic regimens and monitoring plans (care plans).
  • R1.1.6 – Ensure implementation of therapeutic regimens and monitoring plans (care plans) by taking appropriate follow-up actions.
  • R1.1.8 – Demonstrate responsibility to patients.
    • This will include:
      • At least 10 transition of care (TOC) consults
      • At least 15 Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) consults
      • At least 5 medication histories per week (230/year. Excludes elective surgery patients, Rehab, and LDRP)
      • Order verification total of at least 7,000 orders throughout the year
  •  R1.3.3 – Manage aspects of the medication-use process related to oversight of dispensing.
  • R2.1.2 – Develop a project plan.
    • This will include:
      • Medication Use Evaluation (MUE)
      • Longitudinal Operations (Ops) project
      • Longitudinal Project with preparation of a manuscript in a journal-specific format
  • R.3.2.4 – Manage one’s own practice effectively.
  • R4.1.1 – Design effective educational activities.
    • This will include:
      • Presentation of an accredited continuing education (CE) for staff

Additional Expectations for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

In addition, the resident is expected to complete the following list of activities as part of the Henry Ford Macomb Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program. Uncompleted expectations may be allowed, if approved by the RAC secondary to unforeseen circumstances.

  • 4 scheduled presentations
  • 10 hours of community service/participation
  • Medication Use Evaluation (MUE) presented at ASHP Midyear (travel expenses are covered including conference registration, airfare, lodging, parking, and $75/day for food)
  • Attendance and presentation of longitudinal project at Great Lakes Pharmacy Resident Conference (travel expenses are covered including conference registration, mileage, lodging, parking, and $75/day for food)
  • Complete a drug formulary monograph for system review
  • ACLS/BLS/PALS training – to be completed at HFHS prior to the start of the residency
  • Resident Scavenger Hunt (with other system residents)
  • Precepting P3/P4 pharmacy students
  • Participation at 75% of all Journal Club meetings, including leading 3 Journal Club discussions
  • Planning and oversight of Pharmacy Week activities
  • Teaching Certificate
Information for Applicants
Interested in applying to one of our programs, call (800) 436-7936.

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