Double Pharmacy Accreditation

November 3rd, 2017

Nov. 3, 2017 — The pharmacy residency programs at JPS Health Network have been awarded accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

PGY1 Pharmacy residents

PGY1 Pharmacy residents Sitara Paladugu and Pamela Carter (second and third from the left) with program coordinator Libby Giesler Johnson and director James Sanders.

The Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency, which provides inpatient clinical pharmacist training, earned six-year accreditation. The PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency received three-year accreditation.

“It is very difficult to get more than one year accreditation with brand new programs,” said Chief Pharmacy Officer Nicole Shoquist, PharmD. “I’m very proud of our team.” Both residencies opened in 2016 to help meet nationwide demand for advanced-practice pharmacists.

The usual path to becoming a pharmacist is eight years of college — four years for an undergraduate degree and four years of pharmacy school to obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. Becoming a clinical pharmacist requires postgraduate residency training, where pharmacists specialize in areas such as inpatient hospital practice, chronic disease management, cancer, psychiatry, cardiology or infectious diseases.

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy resident

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy resident Esther Okoro, front and center, with the program's preceptors and director Sherry Laguardia (fourth from the left).

Demand for clinical pharmacists has grown along with healthcare’s focus on reducing adverse events related to medication errors. Hospital clinical pharmacists are on the floor with doctors and nurses, rounding on patients to ensure they’re receiving the most effective medications in the correct dose and monitoring side-effects.

Ambulatory care pharmacists focus on outpatient care, where the goal is to keep people OUT of the hospital. They practice direct therapy management for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV, Hepatitis C, congestive heart failure and other chronic diseases. For patients with many chronic conditions, quality of life depends on consistent medication management.

JPS has three pharmacy residency slots, two in the PGY1 program and one in PGY2.

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