AJHPs March 15 Theme Issue Focuses on Pharmacy Residency Training

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Spotlights Innovations to Improve and Expand Learning Programs

The March 15, 2017, Pharmacy Residency Training theme issue of AJHP (American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy) addresses challenges faced by pharmacy residency programs across the United States. This special issue of ASHP’s peer-reviewed, scholarly publication highlights novel efforts to improve residency training and pharmacy practice.

The Pharmacy Residency Training theme issue of AJHP features several examples of cutting-edge approaches to aspects of pharmacist training, including the expansion of residency programs, efforts to continuously improve the quality of residency programs, specialized residency training experiences, and interprofessional learning.

Postgraduate residency training provides pharmacists with enhanced skills and abilities to help them advance their roles as direct patient care providers and improve medication therapy outcomes,” said AJHP Editor in Chief Daniel J. Cobaugh, Pharm.D., DABAT, FAACT. “This theme issue on residency innovations and residency education is critically important. With an overarching theme of innovation, the special issue provides examples of residency programs that reach far beyond the scope of traditional pharmacy education.”

AJHP’s issue on residency training, which is now available to view online ahead of print, covers a variety of topics, including the following:

  • Strategies to expand a PGY1 residency program across a community hospital-based health system
  • Incorporation of lean methodology in a residency program
  • Development of a PGY2 residency in pharmacogenetics
  • Use of PGY2 residents to provide weekend antimicrobial stewardship coverage
  • Evaluation of a residency-based interprofessional faculty development fellowship
The issue also includes a provocative editorial by ASHP member Charles E. Daniels, BS.Pharm., Ph.D., Health Sciences Professor and Associate Dean of Professional Practice at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Daniels, who also serves as the Pharmacist-in-Chief at the UCSD health system, is a leader in expanding pharmacy practices and academic development. His editorial explores the adoption of innovations in health-system pharmacy and encourages pharmacy leadership to overcome inherent risk when striving for inventive pharmacy practice advancement.

AJHP will continue to address complex healthcare matters and pioneering approaches to patient care through special theme issues. Distinguished and respected pharmacists will serve as guest editors of some of the theme issues, and readers are welcome to suggest topics for future issues. Later in 2017, AJHP will publish theme issues on population health management and optimizing medication use in multihospital health systems.

About ASHP

ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 43,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For 75 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.SafeMedication.com.

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