Longitudinal and Concentrated Experiences

Longitudinal Experiences

Patient Care

The resident will be expected to dedicate 24 hours of each week to this experience. The main focus of the patient care services will revolve around the enhancement of evidence-based medication therapy management (MTM) services for the pharmacy and continued development of medication adherence and geriatric pharmacotherapy. In addition, it is expected that the resident will develop relationships with the on-site providers to design and develop proper policy and procedures to enhance the current interprofessional infrastructure of Martin's Point Health Care, to optimize patient care.

Patient/Provider Education

The resident will complete four hours each week in the Martin's Point Health Care Education Department. The program seeks to engage the resident in patient and provider education opportunities by contributing to weekly provider/pharmacist newsletters to promote the profession of pharmacy and provide the most up-to-date information regarding evidence-based and patient-centered patient care issues. In addition, the resident will be expected to help in the design and development of patient education materials to empower patients to take an active role in their health care.

Management and Leadership

The resident will spend four hours weekly working with clinical pharmacy personnel on the design and development of a new pharmacy service, identified via needs assessment, to be conducted as part of the learning experience. The resident will also work with the formulary specialists, within the department of pharmacy, to aide in the decision-making efforts for the Martin's Point Health Care plans based on the evidence-based information. In addition, the resident will work with the pharmacy manager to gain experience in leadership within the health care system.

Resident Project

It is anticipated that the resident will spend four hours weekly in the design, implementation and analysis of their resident project. The resident will be responsible for the completion of all research training required by both the College of Pharmacy and Martin's Point, study design, data analysis, presentation and manuscript.

As a new residency program, within an advancing not-for-profit health care system and a state that is allowing progression within the profession, the opportunities for resident projects are abundant. The program seeks to allow the inaugural resident to participate in research that will not only enhance the current Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program established at Martin's Point Health Care, but to evaluate and disperse outcomes of MTM consultations to the health care team to show value through cost savings and improved patient outcomes. Through the College of Pharmacy, the resident will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with faculty members that have expertise in MTM services, public health and statistics to design and develop an infrastructure for their research and receive guidance through the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process.  Access to patient health information and third party payments through the Martin's Point U.S. Family Health Plan will allow the resident to truly evaluate the full impact of MTM services not only for the patient, but for Martin's Point Health Care, as a whole. Improved patient care and cost savings can be evaluated within a cohort of patients as they receive follow-up care from the in-house physicians and pharmacists via electronic medical and pharmacy records as well as health plan billing and payments. Cost-savings and patient satisfaction can be evaluated through the health plan department at Martin's Point Health Care, in conjunction with the patient satisfaction surveys.

Staffing

Staffing will take place within the on-site pharmacy as well as at the off-site mail-order pharmacy. The resident will be expected to dedicate four hours weekly to processing prescription orders, participation in telephone interventions and follow-up, and patient counseling.

Concentrated Experiences

Didactic Teaching

Teaching obligations at the College of Pharmacy will make up two concentrated experiences. The resident will be responsible for all appropriate academic obligations including, but not limited to, the design and development of didactic lectures and laboratory activities, evaluation and grading.

Experiential Teaching

Includes oversight of introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPE) students, as well as advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) students, under the direct supervision of a preceptor. This will make up one concentration experience.

Academic Leadership and Management (Elective)

The pharmacy resident will be given the opportunity to work with the Dean of the College of Pharmacy in a concentrated elective in academic leadership and management. The resident will be exposed to the increasing role that the College of Pharmacy plays in the development of community partnerships, in an effort to raise awareness of current issues and to promote and enhance community pharmacy practice.

Interprofessional Education (Elective)

The pharmacy resident will have the opportunity to work with many of the ongoing interdisciplinary projects being conducted at the University of New England.  One such project, the Interdisciplinary Geriatric Education Program (IGEP), is a partnership between the College of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant (PA) Program within UNE's Westbrook College of Health Professions.

Pharmacogenomics (Elective)

The pharmacy resident will have the opportunity to participate in a week-long pharmacogenomics training course and subsequently participate in a project revolving around pharmacogenomics and its role within community pharmacy practice.

Public Health (Elective)

The pharmacy resident will have the opportunity to participate in an elective experience in partnership with the UNE Center for Community and Public Health (CCPH).