Apple Discount Drugs Partners with UMES to Launch Post-Graduate Community Pharmacy Residency Program
Fruitland – March, 2014– Apple Discount Drugs, a locally owned Health Mart pharmacy, is pleased to announce its participation in a new Post-Graduate Year 1 Community Pharmacy Residency program. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) School of Pharmacy in collaboration with Apple Discount Drugs, ALFA Specialty Pharmacy in Columbia, MD and affiliate partner the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County has launched the inaugural Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Community Pharmacy Residency with emphasis in Public Health in 2014.
Apple Discount Drugs is one of three sites for new pharmacy graduates to work for one year to expand their knowledge of specific aspects of pharmacy services. The PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency program is designed to provide the resident with the experiences and training necessary to become a well-rounded, competent and caring pharmacy practitioner in a community health care setting. This 12-month program provides postgraduate training experience in three major elements: Patient-Centered Care, Specialty Pharmacy and Public Health.
“Students can learn almost everything they need to know about pharmacy in a classroom setting,” said Jeff Sherr, President, Apple Discount Drugs. “What’s missing is the human element. We are in the healthcare business and by that I mean – caring for people’s health and well-being. In order to be truly successful as a pharmacist students need to train by working directly with people. All the book knowledge in the world will not prepare them for the challenges and rewards of working with people. This program is designed to do just that.”
The specific program for each pharmacy resident will vary depending on the goals, interests and previous experience of the students enrolled in the program. Each resident will be required to complete all rotations in core pharmacy areas essential to community pharmacy practice. Experiences include the development, implementation and evaluation of the following:
- Micro-level public health project involving individual, patient-centered care (for example, MTM service)
- Macro-level public health activity involving population-based intervention (for example, health advocacy, policy, program)
Required Rotations include the following:
- Diabetes Self-Management Training
- Medication Therapy Management (MTM)
- Pharmacy Operations
- Specialty Pharmacy
- Sterile/Non-sterile Pharmacy Compounding
- Public Health
- Teaching/Academia (Teaching Certificate)