Pharmacy

Bridgeport Hospital is home to a PGY1 hospital pharmacy practice residency. The residency allows integration with a dynamic, multidisciplinary health care team, collaborating with world-class clinicians as residents build the knowledge and expertise to define your future as a pharmacy professional.

The mission of the Department of Pharmacy is to provide high value, patient-centered care. We will promote best practices that drive safe, effective, and timely medication therapy through all transitions of care. We will cultivate collaboration, innovation, education and career growth through employee engagement and practice advancement initiatives.

The learning experiences will include a series of educational activities designed to incorporate all aspects of pharmacy practice with guidance from the preceptor. A customized individual resident plan and calendar will be developed for each resident based upon career goals and interests. This residency site agrees that no person at this site will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any residency applicant.

Purpose Statement:  PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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.

The PGY1 Residency consists of a series of learning experiences that span a 52 week period. Specific learning experiences and goals will be accomplished in discrete blocks of time, while others will occur longitudinally throughout the duration of the residency. Residency time will be generally structured as follows:

Orientation/Training 4 weeks
Residency Learning Experiences 44 weeks
Conferences 1 week
Time Off/Holidays  14 days, not contiguous
Interviews 3 days

Required Rotational Experiences:

Administration 4 weeks
General Medicine 4 weeks
Hospital Pharmacy Practice 6 weeks
Infectious Disease 4 weeks
Medical, Coronary Critical Care  4 weeks
Emergency Medicine  4 weeks
Pediatrics 4 weeks
Surgical ICU 4 weeks
Project Management  Longitudinal 

Elective Rotations:

  • Acute Pain Services
  • Ambulatory Care Services
  • Burn Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery/Bariatric Surgery
  • Investigational Drug Services
  • Medication Safety
  • Nutrition/TPN
  • Oncology
  • Perioperative Services: Anesthesia
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Psychiatry
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Sterile Products/IV Room
  • Other/Repeat (with Residency Program Director approval) 

Additional electives at YNHH may be considered based on availability and RPD approval.

Longitudinal Experiences:

  1. Residency projects:
    • Longitudinal project and research/cost management project that involves identification of a need, development of a plan and implementation and assessment of changes to improve patient care
    • Poster presentation at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • Platform presentation at the Eastern States Residency Conference
    • Formal Drug Monograph and Medication Use Evaluation with recommendations and presentation to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  2. Staffing Requirements:  Allows the resident to utilize leadership and problem solving skills to ensure optimal patient care and operations on weekend shifts every third weekend (12 day stretches required) and any shift, including night shift (typically 3 per year), may be scheduled at the discretion of residency director. One major holiday (Christmas, Thanksgiving or New Year's) and one minor holiday (Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King Day) is also required.

Teaching Opportunities:

  • Education: provide education to patients, health care providers and the pharmacy department
  • Precepting: apply the four preceptor roles when interacting with pharmacy students on rotations
  • Teaching Certificate Program: opportunity to develop preceptor teaching skills and graduate with a teaching certificate

Joshua Russell, PharmD
Christie Costello, PharmD