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PGY1 Pharmacy Residency | Indianapolis

Franciscan Health Indianapolis provides a flexible pharmacy Post Graduate Year One (PGY1) residency experience that includes didactic and experiential teaching and research opportunities. The program is accredited through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

PGY-1

Required Monthly Rotations

Administration

Preceptor:

Ronda Freije, RPh, MBA, DPLA

Learning Experience Description:

Administration is a required, one-month learning experience at Franciscan Health in central Indiana.  The pharmacy department at Franciscan Health provides services at 3 campuses, including Carmel, Indianapolis and Mooresville.  An increased focus on providing direct patient care is paralleled by the evolution of increasingly complex systems and technology in pharmacy and healthcare.  The role of the pharmacist and pharmacy leadership team is to influence and support the health system in developing and meeting strategic goals and objectives to achieve quality healthcare. In the administration rotation, the PGY1 resident will gain exposure to the performance domains that position pharmaceutical services for long term programmatic success.  The resident will learn leadership nomenclature, key principles, and be able to identify available tools and resources. Through discussions, readings, and projects, the resident will gain knowledge in the following:  leading people, leading the pharmacy enterprise, leading change and innovation, leadership for quality and safety, leadership for effective financial management, and leading for results. 

The resident will be encouraged to participate in professional organizations and networking at the local, state and national level

Cardiology

Preceptor:

Emily Young Breedlove, PharmD, BCPS

Learning Experience Description:

Cardiology is a required, one-month learning experience at Franciscan Health Indianapolis.  This rotation will take place at The Heart Center at the Indianapolis Campus. The role of the clinical pharmacist is to work directly with the multidisciplinary team and patients assigned to the 16 bed coronary care unit (CCU) and 30 bed cardiac progressive care unit (CPCU) to provide safe and effective medication therapy. Our world-renowned physicians and nurses have focused their careers on the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. The resident will have the opportunity to form professional relationships with these providers. The cardiology rotation provides the opportunity for PGY1 residents to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to provide evidence based pharmaceutical care to cardiology patients. The role of the pharmacist includes daily chart review of patients, therapeutic drug monitoring, participating in multidisciplinary rounds, and addressing formal consults for drug therapy management including dosing of anticoagulants. The pharmacist also provides drug information and education to healthcare professionals as well as patients and caregivers.

Critical Care

Preceptor:

Meagan Doolin Latham, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Learning Experience Description:

Critical Care is a required, one-month learning experience. Franciscan Health is a network of 14 hospital campuses in Indiana and Illinois and serves central Indiana with hospitals in Indianapolis, Mooresville, and Carmel. The Adult Intensive Care Unit (AICU) at the Indianapolis campus is a 30-bed unit which provides care to medical and surgical critically ill adults. The AICU team is composed of an attending physician specialized in pulmonary medicine, a nurse practitioner, and a clinical pharmacist. The team also works closely with respiratory therapists, registered dieticians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, palliative care nurses, the chaplain, and the critical care nursing staff. The clinical pharmacist works directly with the multidisciplinary team, patient, and caregivers to provide safe and effective medication therapy. Routine responsibilities include addressing pharmacy-to-dose consults and therapeutic drug monitoring. The pharmacist also provides drug information and education to healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers.

Infectious Diseases

Preceptor:

Christian Cheatham, PharmD

Learning Experience Description:

The Infectious Diseases rotation is a one-month Monday - Friday required rotation for the PGY1 pharmacy resident. The rotation will take place throughout the inpatient care areas of Franciscan Health Indianapolis. The rotation is not a rounding/consult service.

The number of patients rounded on daily will be dependent on need and opportunity in certain areas. Patients to be evaluated and followed by the resident will be determined by the preceptor.

The role of the clinical pharmacist includes prospective review of patients with positive blood cultures, inpatient OPAT consults, and patients receiving antimicrobials on focused patient care floors.  The pharmacist attends patient care rounds on their identified patient care floor(s) and interacts with multiple healthcare practitioners caring for the individual patient as necessary.   Responsibilities include antimicrobial stewardship activities, therapeutic drug monitoring consults, attending antimicrobial stewardship meetings, and providing antimicrobial drug information to hospital staff including pharmacists, physicians, and nurses.

Inpatient Family Medicine

Preceptor:

Kevin Buehrle, PharmD, BCPS

Learning Experience Description:

The Inpatient Family Medicine rotation is a one-month, required learning experience.  The Family Medicine team consists of an attending, senior residents, and interns; as well as potentially medical and pharmacy students and a clinical psychologist. The team works closely with other disciplines, including nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and others as needed. The resident will provide pharmaceutical care for patients admitted to the hospital by the Family Medicine team.

The role of the pharmacist is to provide support to the Family Practice team by applying the hospital formulary and pharmacy policies and making interventions to optimize pharmacotherapy according to guidelines and evidence-based medicine. The pharmacist also provides education to the medicine team regarding medication issues and performs admission and discharge medication reconciliation with patient counseling as needed.

Orientation

Preceptor:

Glenn Kisch, RPh, PharmD

Learning Experience Description:

Orientation is a required, one-month rotation at Franciscan Health Indianapolis. Franciscan Health is a network of 13 hospital campuses in Indiana and Illinois and serves central Indiana with hospitals in Indianapolis, Mooresville, and Carmel. The Indianapolis campus provides 24-hour pharmaceutical care to patients through centralized, decentralized, and clinical services for more than 400 patients. Pharmaceutical care throughout the institution is enhanced by incorporating computerized physician order entry, computerized pharmacy order verification, automated medication dispensing cabinets, barcode medication administration, and smart infusion pump technology.

The role of the pharmacist and pharmacy team is to ensure safe medication procurement, storage, and distribution. In the central pharmacy, pharmacists supervise daily operations and IV admixture preparation, including chemotherapy. The centralized pharmacists, decentralized pharmacists, and clinical specialists provide a variety of services to patients, including drug distribution, patient profile review, pharmacy-to-dose consults, therapeutic drug monitoring, multidisciplinary rounding, medication reconciliation, and the provision of drug information. 

Pediatrics

Preceptor:

Gina Ellis, PharmD, BCPPS

Learning Experience Description:

Pediatrics is a required, one-month learning experience at Franciscan Health Indianapolis.  The rotation takes place on the neonatal intensive care (NICU) and general pediatric units.  The NICU is a 24 bed, level III unit with a multidisciplinary rounding team that includes a neonatologist, neonatal nurse practitioner, medical residents, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, a social worker, dietician, and a clinical pharmacy specialist.  The pediatrics unit consists of nine beds for general pediatric patients with common problems such as asthma, pneumonia, cellulitis, etc.  Patients also include post-operative ambulatory surgery care, video EEG monitoring, and infusions.  Private pediatricians care for their patients when they are admitted, and a pediatric hospitalist team consisting of a pediatrician, medical residents/interns, and medical students round daily.

The rotation will provide the opportunity for the resident to develop knowledge and skills about the clinical course, manifestations and therapy of common pediatric and neonatal disease states.  The role of the pharmacist in these areas is to serve as the expert in drug dosing, optimization of therapy, and monitoring of all drug levels.  The pharmacist also provides drug information and education to healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers. 

Resident Project Month

Preceptor:

Katie Hiles, PharmD, BCPS

Learning Experience Description:

The Resident Project Month is a required, one-month learning experience providing a focused opportunity for the resident to collect and analyze data, prepare supporting materials, and begin drafting a manuscript for the longitudinal research project.  To minimize time away from patient-focused learning experiences due to the Midyear Clinical meeting and observed holidays, the focused resident project month is scheduled for December.  The resident will also attend a one-day Indiana Preceptor Workshop held at Eskenazi Health. It is expected that the resident will be away from the site for at least one week during this month. The resident will also use this time to complete any additional projects.

Required Longitudinal Rotations

Ambulatory Care

Preceptor:

Kendra M. Malone, PharmD, BCACP

Learning Experience Description:

Longitudinal - Ambulatory Care is a required, longitudinal learning experience occurring one half-day per week for 6 months at Franciscan Health Family Medicine Center.  The Franciscan Health Family Medicine Center provides comprehensive healthcare for pediatrics and adults, servicing approximately 75 patients each day.  The Family Medicine Center also serves as a training site for the Franciscan Health Family Medicine Residency Program. 

Services are provided to patients via a multidisciplinary approach.  Providers consist of attending physicians and family practice residents who work alongside nurses and medical assistants to provide comprehensive patient care.  Pharmacy residents and pharmacy students also participate in patient care when on rotation.

The clinical pharmacy specialist or pharmacy resident is responsible for conducting medication histories and reconciliations, providing comprehensive disease state and medication education and chronic disease state management.  The pharmacist will ensure safe and effective medication use for all patients scheduled on the pharmacist schedule.  The pharmacist is also available as a medication resource to provide drug information, drug-drug interaction screens, and therapy and monitoring recommendations on a consult basis.  The pharmacist will also provide formal drug information and education to healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers.

Committee Involvement 

Preceptor:

Gina Ellis, PharmD, BCPPS

Learning Experience Description:

The Longitudinal - Committee Involvement is a required, 12-month experience in which the resident will develop an understanding of how to plan, coordinate, and conduct formal meetings within the institution.  The role of the pharmacist on committees within Franciscan Health is to serve as the medication expert.  Pharmacists conduct drug use evaluations and create drug monographs for presentation and education at multidisciplinary committees.  Pharmacists also provide education and expertise in the development of drug therapy protocols and ordersets through their involvement on committees such as Medication Safety Team (MedsTeam), Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committee, and Critical Care committee to name a few. 

Education, Teaching, and Precepting

Preceptor:

Meagan Doolin Latham, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Learning Experience Description:

The Longitudinal – Education, Teaching, and Precepting Rotation is a required, 10-month learning experience designed to provide the resident opportunities to enhance his/her teaching and education skills. As drug experts, the role of the pharmacist includes providing effective multidisciplinary medication-related education. The resident will have the opportunity to provide formal, informal, web-based, written, and in-person multidisciplinary education. The resident will also gain experience co-precepting APPE and IPPE students and facilitating activities. Additionally, the resident will have teaching opportunities at Butler University and Purdue University, including Butler University's Therapeutics Case Studies.

Inpatient Service Commitment

Preceptor:

Stephanie Gartrell, PharmD, BCPS

Learning Experience Description:

The Longitudinal - Inpatient Service Commitment is a required, 12-month learning experience. The primary roles of the pharmacist in the inpatient pharmacy include but are not limited to evaluation of physician orders, renal dose adjustments, pharmacokinetic monitoring and dose adjustments, fielding questions from the nursing staff, overseeing sterile product preparation, and admission/discharge medication reconciliation.

Resident Project

Preceptor:

Katie Hiles, PharmD, BCPS

Learning Experience Description:

The Longitudinal - Resident Project is a required, 12 month learning experience at Franciscan Health Central Indiana Region (CIR).  The CIR has locations in Indianapolis, Mooresville, and Carmel.  The longitudinal project experience provides the opportunity for the PGY1 resident to develop and strengthen research skills including research idea generation, study design, data collection, data analysis, and writing skills for manuscript development.  The resident will also learn the IRB process.

Faculty

Pharmacy Residency Clinical Staff

Cara Acklin, PharmD, BCACP

Accountable Care/Population Health Pharmacist

  • Pharmacy School: Purdue University
  • Clinical Interests: Population Health Management, Medication Therapy Management, Administration

 

 

Emily Young Breedlove, PharmD, BCPS

Cardiology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

  • Pharmacy School: Butler University
  • PGY1: The Ohio State University Medical Center
  • PGY2: Critical Care at University of Cincinnati Medical Center
  • Clinical Interests: Heart failure, anticoagulation

 

Kevin Buehrle, PharmD, BCPS

Transitions of Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

  • Pharmacy School: Ohio Northern University
  • PGY1: Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • PGY2: Internal Medicine at University of Chicago Medicine
  • Clinical Interests: Internal medicine, transitions of care, infectious diseases, endocrinology

 

Christian Cheatham, PharmD

Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

  • Pharmacy School: Butler University
  • PGY1: IU Health
  • PGY2: Infectious Diseases at IU Health
Christian Cheatham, Franciscan Health Pharmacy Residency in Indianapolis

Gina Ellis, PharmD, BCPPS

Neonatal and Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

  • Pharmacy School: Butler University
  • PGY1: St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services
  • PGY2: Pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Clinical Interests: Neonatal intensive care

Ronda Freije, RPh, MBA, DPLA

Administrative Pharmacy Director

  • Pharmacy School: Butler University  
  • Masters of Business Administration: University of Indianapolis
  • Diplomat Pharmacy Leadership Academy (DPLA) – American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Stephanie Gartrell, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Staff Pharmacist

  • Pharmacy School: Butler University
  • PGY1: Franciscan Health Lafayette East 
  • Clinical Interests: oncology, critical care

 

 

Laura Henshaw, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS

Bone Marrow Transplant/Hematology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

  • Pharmacy School: Purdue University
  • PGY1: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago IL
  • Clinical Interests: leukemia, stem cell transplant

 

 

Katie Hiles, PharmD, BCPS

Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

  • Pharmacy School: Purdue University
  • PGY1: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
  • PGY2: Critical Care/Nutrition Support at IU Health/Butler University
  • Clinical Interests: Thrombolytics, toxicology, sepsis, emergency resuscitation, infectious diseases

 

Glenn Kisch, RPh, PharmD

Pharmacist Educator

  • Pharmacy School: University of Arizona
  • PGY1: University of Illinois
  • Clinical Interests: Pharmacy education

 

Kendra M. Malone, PharmD, BCACP

Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

  • Pharmacy School: Purdue University
  • PGY1: Eskenazi Health
  • PGY2: Ambulatory Care/Education at Roudebush VA Medical Center/Butler University
  • Clinical Interests: Heart failure, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, tobacco cessation, motivational interviewing

 

Lauren Levine Ooka, PharmD, BCOP

Bone Marrow Transplant/Hematology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

  • Pharmacy School: Butler University
  • PGY1: Franciscan St. Francis Health
  • PGY2: Hematology/Oncology at The James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University
  • Clinical Interests: lymphoma, acute leukemia
 

David Reeves, PharmD, BCOP

Outpatient Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

  • Pharmacy School: Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University
  • PGY1: William Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak
  • PGY2: Karmanos Cancer Center
  • Clinical Interests: oncology supportive care, cardio-oncology, hematology
 


 

Location

Franciscan Health Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Contact:
8111 S. Emerson Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46237
(317) 528-5000

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