Pharmacy Practice Residency at Tucson Medical Center (TMC)

The Hospital

TMC is the largest hospital in Southern Arizona with over 600 beds. It is a nonprofit community teaching hospital with a fully electronic medical record, barcode medication administration and computerized provider order entry, making it one of the few HIMSS stage 7 hospitals in the world. TMC provides the following services: level 3 neonatal ICU, level 2 trauma, adult and pediatric ICUs, pediatrics, general medicine, general/orthopedic/neuro/women's surgery and hospice. The hospital is centrally located and close to housing, restaurants and shopping centers. 

The Pharmacy

TMC’s department of Pharmacy is committed to the responsible provision of medication therapy for the purpose of achieving defined outcomes that optimize a patient’s quality of life.  Pharmacy provides comprehensive and integrated distributive and clinical pharmacy services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The department is fully responsible for processing, delivering and monitoring drug therapy on all patients. Inpatient pharmacy services are organized using a combination of centralized and decentralized patient-focused care models with automated drug availability on all patient care units.

 The department is composed of:

  • Approximately 40 pharmacists, 40 technicians, three residents and eight interns
  • Clinical services are provided in adult medicine, adult surgery, adult cardiac, intensive care areas, and women’s, pediatric and hospice.
  • Specialty services include nutrition support service, antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) and a pain consult team. Management consists of the pharmacy director, managers of operations, clinical services, business and technicians.
  • Support staff includes electronic health record and automated dispensing system analysts, informatics pharmacists, clinical lead pharmacist and computer programmers.

The Pharmacy Residency

The general practice pharmacy residency (PGY1) program started in 1993. There are three positions available for a 12-month residency from July 1 through June 30 annually. The program is ASHP-accredited and participates in the ASHP Midyear Residency Showcase and the ASHP Resident Matching Program. At TMC, residents practice as a respected team member, contributing to the management and development of the entire department. Our residency program is unique in that it allows the resident flexibility to individualize the program to meet personal goals and aspirations. Arrangements can be made for special interests. Rotations can also be chosen from the list below. Longitudinal rotations occur for one week every quarter.

 

 

Required:

  • Adult Medicine
  • Adult Surgery
  • Adult Cardiac
  • Women’s Health/ Pediatrics/PICU/NICU
  • Administrative/ management (longitudinal)
  • Research Project (longitudinal)
  • Physician Office-Based Ambulatory Care (longitudinal)
  • Staffing (every other weekend)

Electives:

  • Intensive Care Units
  • Nutrition Support
  • Infectious Disease and ASP
  • IV Room
  • Emergency Department
  • Hospice

Teaching opportunities for residents include, but are not limited to, mentoring students from the University of Arizona and Midwestern University, precepting case study classes at the University of Arizona, providing educational inservices to inpatient pharmacy/nursing/ancillary staff and outpatients. Staffing is required every second weekend and includes both central verification and clinical duties. A formal one hour continuing education lecture is presented to the staff along with presentations during rotations. A residency project is required with the summary and results presented at the Western States Residency Conference.

TMC offers many benefits and bonuses to its residents, including:

  • Lunch allowance
  • Accruable paid time off (for vacation and holidays)
  • Health benefits
  • Educational leave
  • Designated work space in pharmacy -- with computers and cell phones
  • Travel allowance/Registration: ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Western States Residency Conference

Application Process

The application deadline is the second Friday in January. 

We will only be accepting applications through the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS), through ASHP at http://www.ashp.org/phorcas.

Applicants will be reviewed and contacted for onsite interviews. The interviews are typically held in late January and early February. For questions please contact Robert Wolk,Residency Program director, or Eric Bergstrom, clinical lead pharmacist.