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Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program

Our post-graduate year two residents gain the knowledge and experience necessary to provide excellent care in infectious diseases pharmacy practice.

To Apply:  Applications are due by January 5. Review the Application Process below. 

 

Based in Columbia, S.C., the PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency program offers 12-months of clinical training in infectious diseases with an emphasis on research and academia.  Our program faculty are noted regional and national experts in clinical infectious diseases. 

The majority of patient care activities occur at Prisma Health Richland, the university-affiliated tertiary care, academic medical center for the Prisma Health-UofSC Medical Group. Prisma Health Richland has a rich history of residency training since 1972.  Primary and elective rotations focus on key areas of inpatient and outpatient infectious diseases, to include microbiology, HIV/HCV clinic, ID consultation, antimicrobial stewardship, and global health. 

Residents will participate in student instruction - both classroom and experiential - and will be designated with an adjunct clinical instructor appointment at the UofSC College of Pharmacy.  Service to the profession will be emphasized in the program.  The resident will work closely with the Prisma Health Midlands/University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Columbia Medical Fellowship Program and will be fully integrated into clinical and presentation schedules.  A certificate of completion will be awarded upon completion of the required program objectives. 

Throughout the PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency, our faculty will provide you with meaningful opportunities to manage complex patient infections, participate in healthcare teams and demonstrate your advanced practice knowledge. Our residency experience is designed to bolster your clinical leadership and prepare you for a career as an infectious disease pharmacist. Our program aligns with the residency standards outlined by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Program Goals for ID Residents

  1. Participate in infectious diseases patient management teams, including an antimicrobial stewardship and support team, an infectious diseases consult service team and an HIV management team
  2. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of antimicrobial mechanism of actions, adverse events, the spectrum of activity and resistance mechanisms
  3. Apply pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic antimicrobial principles to determine treatment decisions
  4. Design evidence-based treatment recommendations for patients with complex infectious diseases
  5. Communicate evidence-based antimicrobial treatment and monitoring recommendations to an interdisciplinary team
  6. Counsel patients on antimicrobial therapies in an inpatient setting, at the point of discharge, and in an outpatient clinic
  7. Facilitate transitions of care to ensure appropriate antimicrobial management is maintained in the outpatient setting
  8. Acknowledge differences in antimicrobial principles for special patient populations, including but not limited to pediatrics and geriatrics as well as patients who are obese or have a diagnosis of renal or hepatic failure
  9. Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate with various audiences, including, but not limited to pharmacy personnel (pharmacists and technicians), physicians, nurses, administrators and students
  10. Design and complete a longitudinal research project focused on antimicrobial therapeutics including HIV, stewardship, and pharmacoepidemiology
  11. Interpret common microbiology practices and apply them to make patient-specific treatment decisions
  12. Complete a microbiology quality initiative to demonstrate outcomes of an antimicrobial stewardship and support team
  13. Participate in local, regional and national pharmacy and/or infectious diseases organizations

Our PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency program provides a rigorous foundation to ensure that you hone your clinical skills in this specialty area while offering flexibility for you to attain specialized training in the aspects of this dynamic field that most interest you. Our program directors are eager to work with you to customize your residency experience.

PGY2 Residency Rotations

Required PGY2 Rotations No. of Months
Inpatient Infectious Diseases as follows:
  • Infectious Diseases (ID) Consult Service
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship and Support Team (ASST)
  • Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP)

6
3
2
1

Microbiology 1
HIV Clinic 1 (+ longitudinal)
Inpatient HIV Service Longitudinal with
each inpatient 
clinical service
Clinical Research 1
Orientation 1
Total Months of Required Rotation Experiences 10

 

Elective PGY2 Rotations No. of Months
Any required rotation from above may be repeated 1
Antimicrobial Stewardship at off-site community hospital in health system* 1
Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative of South Carolina (ASC-SC)* 1
MICU 1
Travel Medicine Clinic 1
Global Health experience 1
Hepatitis C clinic experience 1
Total Months of Elective Rotations 2

*These stewardship opportunities may also serve as one of your required adult stewardship months if desired.

  

Sample ID PGY2 Resident Schedule

Month

Rotation Experience

July Orientation 
August ID Consult Service
September HIV Clinic
October Antimicrobial Stewardship & Support Team (ASST)
November Clinical Research
December Microbiology
January Peds ASP
February Travel Medicine Clinic/Global Health
March ASST
April ID Consult Service
May Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative of South Carolina (ASC-SC)
June ID Consult Service

Clinical Teaching Certificate (CTC) Program

The UofSC College of Pharmacy recognizes that regardless of their career path, pharmacists are relied upon to effectively impart their knowledge, skills, and expertise to others. The Clinical Teaching Certificate (CTC) Program is a structured educational program to enhance teaching and precepting skills, allowing pharmacists to become confident and motivational educators in both academic and clinical pharmacy settings. Each participant benefits from the guidance and supervision of an experienced educator who provides mentorship and facilitates engagement with the College of Pharmacy. Through development workshops, hands-on learning activities, and opportunities to create, implement, and evaluate educational experiences within academic and clinical practice environments, the CTC produces skilled life-long pharmacy educators.

Objectives:

Upon the completion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Develop, deliver, and assess teaching activities in a variety of instructional settings, including didactic lectures, clinical teaching/precepting, and small or large group facilitation.
    Employ effective teaching techniques based on the principles of learning.
  • Assess learner performance in an effective, objective, equitable, and constructive manner.
  • Incorporate self-assessment, peer assessment, mentor evaluation, and learner feedback to improve personal teaching performance.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide effective learner-centered education as a preceptor, mentor, colleague, or faculty member.

Regardless of the involvement in CTC, the resident will be exposed to key areas of academia, with specific attention given during academic/research months. Residents will participate in the Infectious Diseases elective, clinical research elective and other areas of the curriculum with an ID focus.

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Case Conferences

This weekly case conference provides an in-depth discussion of pathogenic mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. One or two specially selected cases seen by faculty or fellows/residents are presented followed by a review of the relevant literature and an extended case discussion. The ID PGY2 resident is responsible for leading three to four cases per year.

City Wide ID Conference

This monthly case conference includes regional infectious disease clinicians, pediatric infectious disease specialists, microbiology staff and public health officers. The conference often involves extended academic discussions and a review of the relevant literature related to a specific infectious disease case. In addition, the Public Health Department presents any current outbreaks or state epidemiology. This is an opportunity to network with the regional infectious disease community.

Genotype Meeting

This monthly multi-disciplinary meeting discusses challenging HIV and HCV resistance cases and reviews mechanisms of resistance often encountered in advanced disease and the non-adherent patients.  Fellows and residents often open the meeting with a general overview and we dive into deep discussion of interesting cases highlighting the topic of the month.  ID PGY2 residents will present at one genotype meeting.

Journal Club

This monthly meeting is jointly run by faculty and fellows/residents, to review pertinent current literature in infectious diseases. The ID PGY2 resident is responsible for leading two journal clubs per year.

Mandell Review and Research Conference

This weekly didactic series covers the breadth of ID topics expected to be seen on the inpatient consult service, or in ambulatory infectious disease/HIV clinic as well as teaching basic principles of research methods. In addition, the series provides an opportunity to discuss ongoing research projects and review relevant new research as it pertains to infectious disease. The ID PGY2 resident is required to attend these sessions as a learning opportunity.

Prisma Health  Richland Pharmacy Grand Rounds

This monthly continuing education presentation is delivered by pharmacy faculty/preceptors and residents. Each ID PGY2 resident is required to present an ACPE-accredited, one-hour program as part of the series.

Research

Research is an integral part of our residency experience.  Resources supported by the College of Pharmacy and Clinical Trials Division at Prisma Health offer a wonderful backdrop to excel in clinical and outcomes research.  Project ideas will include opportunities in stewardship focused outcomes, “big data” using VA or Medicaid databases, PK/PD of antimicrobials and/or persons living with HIV.  Project ideas are typically provided 1 to 2 weeks prior to arrival.  A formal residency research series is available to help guide the resident through all aspects of protocol development, data management and analysis, abstract submission and peer reviewed manuscript writing.  The research network, SERGE-45, co-directed by residency program director Brandon Bookstaver is also available to use as a research platform.

Teaching

As an ID PGY2 resident, you will have an Adjunct Clinical Instructor appointment in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences at the UofSC College of Pharmacy. The COP is located 2 miles from the hospital, so when necessary, travel is easy. Your primary office will be at the hospital. Residents are often involved in several key courses including Clinical Applications for P1s, Pharmacotherapy for P2 and P3s and of course the Infectious Diseases Elective. The majority of your contact hours will be in the Spring semester. Interprofessional education is also a highlight for the University. You will have the opportunity to participate in instruction at the School of Medicine and the Physician Assistants program, primarily on antimicrobial pharmacology and clinical application to patients. These opportunities are available regardless of your formal involvement in the Clinical Teaching Certificate (CTC) Program described elsewhere.

Other Conferences

There are a wide variety of clinical and research conferences offered through the School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and Prisma Health Richland. Residents are encouraged to attend Internal Medicine Noon Conferences and Medical Grand Rounds for appropriate topics.

Applicants must apply through the ASHP Resident Matching Program and Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

Please submit the following application materials to PhORCAS: 

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Reference 
    (Please ask your references to cut and paste the content of their letter into the additional program specific comment  field. PhORCAS allows for up to 6,500 characters in the comment field - the equivalent of a two-page letter.)

Program Listing: SC College of Pharmacy, Univ. of South Carolina and Palmetto Health

Program Code: 704855

Questions? Contact the Program Director or Program Coordinator.

 


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