Frequently asked questions

How is the resident selected?
Resident selection involves an application process and an onsite interview with a presentation. Application form, CV, and letter of intent must be received by January 5th and recommendation letters and transcripts must be received by January 14th. Interviews are held in January and February of each year. Participation in the Resident Matching Program is mandatory. An early commitment process is available for TMH PGY1 residents.

How is the resident's year organized?
The first four weeks of the residency involve orientation during which the resident will spend time training in various pharmacy and patient care areas learning the pharmacy and hospital computer systems, technology and operations, become BLS and ACLS certified (if not already), and explore potential research projects, quality improvement process to evaluate and identify the ACPE accredited program topic to be performed during the residency year.

Clinical rotations are based on calendar months and may be 1-2 months in duration. A research month rotation will be scheduled during the year.

What is involved in the staffing requirement?
The resident will provide weekend clinical pharmacy coverage in patient care areas every 3 weeks.

How is the resident evaluated?
Regular verbal and written feedback is provided to the resident throughout each rotation and during the year. The resident is provided with a list of goals and objectives for each rotation and completes a self-evaluation on these at the end of each rotation. The preceptor completes a final evaluation of the resident during the rotation as well. The evaluation forms are developed from ASHP's Residency Learning System (RLS) using the ASHP on-line PharmAcademic system. On a quarterly basis, the Residency Program Director provides the resident with an evaluation of their progress. The objective of the frequent evaluations is to provide constructive feedback to the resident on their progress to maximize the opportunity for learning.

What teaching opportunities are available?
Houston Methodist Hospital maintains an affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital and is a major clinical teaching site for students from the Colleges of Pharmacy at the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas Southern University. TMH residents have opportunities to assist in the teaching of students from multiple disciplines including pharmacy, medicine, nursing, and physician assistants. Opportunities for didactic teaching are available within the local colleges of pharmacy. The specialty residents will also work closely with and mentor the PGY1 - pharmacy practice residents. A teaching certificate program is offered as part of the TMH and University of Houston College of Pharmacy Affiliation for residents interested in such a training experience.

Does the resident receive support to attend professional meetings?
Financial support is provided for all required meeting (ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Midwestern States Residency Conference) in addition to one professional transplant meeting (e.g. American Transplant Congree or ISHLT’s Annual Meeting). Support includes hotel accommodations, airfare, conference registration, and meals. 

Does the resident have library privileges?
Residents have access to The Texas Medical Center/Houston Academy of Medicine (TMC/HAM) Library (located across the street from the hospital. Residents also have access to The Houston Methodist Library (located on the first floor of the Main Building - M155 The Professional Education Center) which includes access to over 9,000 on-line books and journals and 36 subscription databases. Included in those databases are: Micromedex, Clinical Pharmacology, Lexi-Comp, Natural Standard, Dynamed, Clinical Key and Up-To-Date are available from the hospital as well as remotely through the hospital’s VPN. 

Does the resident have access to the Internet and e-mail?
Each resident is assigned a computer and phone at their own desk. All computers have internet access and e-mail capabilities.Residents will also be issued a portable phone for hospital use.

What types of positions have former residents accepted?
Our residency programs produce highly skilled pharmacists capable of many different types of positions when they graduate. Several of our residency graduates (PGY1/PGY2) have attained a diversity of positions including clinical specialists, academic faculty, and pharmacy management. Previous residents have included a former ASHP President, residency program directors, director of pharmacy, local pharmacy chapter officers, and other successful leadership positions.

What is the average cost for housing in Houston?
You should expect to pay $1300 – $1800/month for a one or two bedroom apartment if you live in the Texas Medical Center area. Housing in outlying areas is less expensive but results in longer commute times.

What is there to do in Houston?
Houston is fourth largest city in the nation and as such has an abundance of recreational opportunities. Evenings out can include professional sporting events such as the Houston Astros, Texans, Rockets, Dynamos, or Comets games. Discounted tickets are often available since Houston Methodist is the sponsor hospital for many of the professional teams. An abundance of local multi-cultural activities exist such as the season of festivals as well as taking in the Opera, Ballet, Symphony or upcoming Broadway musicals.