PGY-1 RESIDENCY

Our PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is located at Vital Care of Meridian in Meridian, Mississippi. This 12-month program is aimed to provide a structured, directed, postgraduate professional practice that is also designed for flexibility, allowing the resident to pursue his/her individual interests and goals. The purpose of Vital Care of Meridian’s residency is to train and facilitate the development of a clinical practitioner who is able to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care in the alternate site pharmacy setting. Residents will gain clinical and managerial expertise through a wide range of interdisciplinary experiences under the guidance of regional and national preceptors.

Numerous opportunities will be made available to work closely with various clinicians. Residents will be expected to contribute to the continuity of patient care through a multidisciplinary approach, and, upon completion of the program, residents will possess the necessary clinical and operational skills to succeed in the home care pharmacy setting.

Each resident will complete a major project and present the results at regional and national professional meetings. Residents will also precept Doctor of Pharmacy candidates from numerous schools of pharmacy and may be asked to present didactic lectures at the respective universities.

PROGRAM FEATURES

  • One-of-a-kind residency program that will prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career
  • Setting that offers you daily hands-on experience in clinical and managerial pharmacy practice
  • Program that gives you the required skills and knowledge for any infusion, specialty or alternate site pharmacy setting

Program Offerings

  • Nutrition Support Service – pharmacists work with other members of the healthcare team to create, implement and continually assess orders for our parenteral/enteral patients
  • Infectious Disease Service – our pharmacists dose, adjust and monitor the patients on our ID service, working in close relation with ID physicians and other healthcare professionals
  • Specialty Pharmacy Services – Vital Care pharmacists address various types of medication needs for our patients with a diverse group of disease states
  • Transitional Care – pharmacists work directly with case managers to determine continuity of care plans for hospital inpatients upon discharge
  • Pharmacy Compounding – pharmacists have a complete support system for preparing unique dosage forms in our innovative compounding pharmacy
  • Business Management and Development – our team will help you acquire the necessary skills to grow and manage the day-to-day operations of a successful pharmacy
  • HIV Services – as a provider for patients living with HIV/AIDS all over the Southeastern United States, Vital Care of Meridian works closely with this unique class of medications and disease state

SITE OFFERINGS

  • Expertly designed 16,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility
  • 20+ years in providing infusion, compounding and specialty pharmacy services
  • Four private ambulatory infusion suites
  • Monday – Friday operating hours with 24/7 at-home call service
  • Organization-wide commitment to teaching (students from multiple schools of pharmacy)
  • Cutting edge conference room to collaborate in real time with national preceptors
  • Established relationships with Rush Health Systems and Anderson Regional Medical Center, two medical facilities serving patients in East Central Mississippi and West Central Alabama

Application Requirements

Vital Care of Meridian uses the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) to process all applications for our PGY-1 residency program. Information regarding the PhORCAS application process can be found at their website: www.ashp.org/phorcas. An on-site interview is also required for qualified candidates.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Brad Gilchrist at bgilchrist@vcmeridian.com

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