Q. What learning experiences are required?
A. Required learning experiences include: central pharmacy training, clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacy management, decentralized pharmacy training, critical care and internal medicine. Required longitudinal experiences include research and staffing. Pharmacy residents have an opportunity to complete five additional elective learning experiences. Experiences are generally 4 weeks to a month long.
 
Q. Do you prefer candidates from CT?
A. No, over the last ten years only about half were from CT.  Other residents have been from northeastern, southeastern and midwestern states.
 
Q. How much vacation is available?
A.  Each resident receives 15 paid days off separate from professional leave to attend ASHP Mid-year Clinical Meeting, Eastern States Residency and Preceptors Conference, and other professional activities.
 
Q. When does the resident start?
A. For the 2014-15 residency, residents will start July 1, 2014.
 
Q. Do I need a CT pharmacist license?
A. Yes. Residents need to be licensed before starting their residency year.
 
Q. Where do residents work after completion of your residency program?
A. Residents have taken a variety of positions which include second year of post-graduate residency training, research fellowships, school of pharmacy faculty positions, and hospital clinical pharmacists.
 
Q. How long has Hartford Hospital had a pharmacy residency program?
A. We have been an ASHP accredited program since 1980.
 
Q. Do residents have the opportunity to publish?
A. Yes, our residents often publish articles about their research.  The following articles are examples of publications by our residents:
  • Wilde A, Nailor M. Use of Monte Carlo simulations in predicting antimicrobial response with continuous and extended infusions of beta-lactam antibiotics. Conn Med 2010;74:223-8.
  • Coleman CI, Lucek DM, Hammond J, White CM.  Preoperative statins and infectious complications following cardiac surgery.  Curr Med Res Opin  2007;23:1783-90.
  • Colby JA, Wang F. Chhabra J, Perez-Escamilla R. Predictors of medication adherence in an urban Latino community with healthcare disparities. J of Immigrant and Minority Health 2012;14:589-95.
Q. Do the residents have a place to call “home”?
Yes. The residents’ office is located in the pharmacy on the 13th floor in the High building.
 
Q. Do residents have access to convenient parking and other services in this hospital?
A. Yes. Free parking is available in a nearby hospital parking garage. Residents have free access to the Fitness Center. Also, lab coat and laundering services are available to the pharmacy residents.
 
Q. What are the staffing responsibilities?
A. Residents work in the central pharmacy every third weekend and one eight hour evening during the week, every three weeks. They are also required to work one or two night shifts and two holidays as part of service responsibilities.

Q. What are the strengths of your program?
A. The pharmacy residency program is well established here at Hartford Hospital.  There is a very open and receptive working relationship between the members of the pharmacy staff and the other health care disciplines.  The program offers a unique selection of experiences, including pain management, the opportunity to work in infectious disease or cardiology research and in addition, a close relationship with the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. 

Q. How are residents evaluated?
A. Throughout the year, residents are evaluated by the Residency Director (RPD), their rotation preceptors, and themselves. Hartford Hospital uses the Residency Learning System (RLS), set forth by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for selection of goals and objectives.  The residency plan, goals and objectives are individually selected for each resident based upon their needs at the beginning of the year, and subsequently before each new rotation.  During rotations, residents meet with their preceptors on a regular basis. Using the online Resitrak system, residents are evaluated by their preceptors, and the residents evaluate the preceptors, the rotation, and also conduct a self assessment.  Quarterly evaluations are completed with the RPD to discuss rotations, goals and objectives and progress made.  The residents also meet regularly with the Pharmacy Director.  All evaluations are filled out online, and stored electronically.

Q. Can you describe the pharmacy?
A. The pharmacy is located in a state-of-the-art facility that is USP 797 compliant. There are adequate facilities for all pharmacy operations, a separate general sterile products preparation area, a separate cancer chemotherapy prep area, and office/conference areas for all staff.

Q. Does Hartford Hospital offer any PGYII residences?
A. A PGY-2 in infectious diseases was added in 2010 and is pending ASHP accreditation. For more information on this opportunity, please contact the program director Michael D. Nailor, PharmD, BCPS at Michael.Nailor@hhchealth.org. Other post-residency options available at Hartford Hospital include two year fellowships in cardiovascular and infectious diseases research.

Q. Does the residency program offer a teaching certificate?
A. Residents may participate in the teaching certificate program offered on-line with the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. In addition, residents lead journal clubs for University of Connecticut pharmacy students and faculty, and have the opportunity to facilitate clinical skill, learning and/or teach a class at the UConn campus. Participation as a secondary preceptor during learning experiences may be a possibility depending on the experience. Other educational opportunities include participation in weekly education in-services to pharmacists, as well as education of other healthcare team members such as nurses, mid-level practitioners, and physicians.