About the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

The pharmacist completing this residency program shall have the ability to effectively and independently provide pharmaceutical care with a foundation of evidence-based medicine that ultimately results in the best pharmacotherapeutic outcomes. The pharmacist shall, as a member of the health care team, have the ability to adeptly identify and resolve pharmacotherapy-related problems in the acute care setting. After completing the program, the pharmacist shall have a strong knowledge of self-assessment and how to improve based on self-learning activities. The pharmacist will be prepared for practicing in an acute care setting as well as have the foundation with which to continue on to complete a PGY2 specialized residency experience. The resident will also have a strong commitment to the advancement of the profession of pharmacy.

Rotations

Required Rotations (8)

  • Internal Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Emergency Department
  • Integrated Clinical Pharmacist
  • Management
  • Surgery
  • Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital - Katy

Elective Rotations (3)

  • Any Core Rotation
  • Medical Informatics

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Anticoagulation education
  • Clinical on call
  • Code Blue participation
  • Community service
  • Continuing education presentation or publication (ex. review article, case report)
  • Drug monograph
  • Journal club
  • Medication use evaluation
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee
  • Staffing every 3rd weekend
  • University of Houston teaching certificate program
  • Research project
  • Medication Safety

Research

The resident is required to complete a major research project and a medication use evaluation during the year. The resident assumes the role as project manager and is directly responsible for meeting goals and deadlines. Research results will be presented at the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Alcalde Southwest Leadership Conference. A publishable manuscript must be written and ready to submit to a peer-reviewed pharmacy or medical journal by the end of the residency experience.

Benefits

Certification: Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
Conferences: Financial support is offered to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Alcade Southwest Leadership Conference
Insurance: Health, dental and vision plans are available
Time Off: Vacation and paid time off (PTO) are available.
Taxes: Texas has no state income tax.

Application Requirements

The candidate for this one-year pharmacy residency must have:

  • A strong academic record and demonstrate a desire for professional accomplishment
  • Graduated from an ACPE- accredited college of pharmacy with a PharmD degree by the start of the residency year
  • Entry-level knowledge and skills equivalent to that which would be expected of a recent doctor of pharmacy or other appropriate advanced degree candidate
  • Eligibility for licensure as a pharmacist in Texas
    • The resident must obtain licensure in the State of Texas within 90 days of entering the program
  • Registered with the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) and ASHP Residency Matching Program
  • Submitted application through PhORCAS by January 6th
    • Program Code: 74124
    • NMS Code: 277413

Program Contacts

Theresa Gerst

Theresa Gerst, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS
Program Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital
Phone: (281) 644-7462
Email: Theresa.Gerst@memorialhermann.org

 

Ardath Mitchell Ardath P. Mitchell, PharmD, RN, BCPS
Program Coordinator, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital
Phone: (281) 644-3163
Email: Ardath.Mitchell@memorialhermann.org

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