How are the residents selected?
Resident selection involves an application process and an onsite interview. Interviews are held in January and February of each year. As an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited program, participation in the Resident Matching Program is mandatory. An early commitment process is available for current Houston Methodist PGY1 residents.

How is the resident’s year organized?
The month of the residency involves orientation during which the resident will spend time training in various intensive care units (ICU), learn the pharmacy’s computer systems and technology, become BLS- and ACLS-certified (if not already), and explore potential research projects and quality improvement processes 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 one to two months in duration. Core ICU experiences include: cardiovascular surgery (CVICU), coronary care unit (CCU), medical (MICU), general surgery and liver (SLICU) and neurosurgery (NICU). 

Two months are designated as research and management months. Two clinical elective rotation months are available and include offerings in shock trauma, endocrinology, solid organ, transplant, Emergency Department, infectious diseases, or bone marrow transplant. Additional time in the above listed core rotations is available if a resident is interested. See elective rotation here

What is involved in the staffing requirement?
The residents provide clinical pharmacy coverage every third weekend in the ICU areas.

How are the residents 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 the ASHP’s Residency Learning System (RLS) using the ASHP online 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 maintains an affiliation with Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork Presbyterian Hospital and is a major clinical teaching site for doctor of pharmacy students from the Colleges of Pharmacy at the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Southern University. Houston Methodist 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 PGY-2 residents will also work closely with and mentor the PGY-1 pharmacy residents. A teaching certificate program is offered as part of the Houston Methodist and University of Houston College of Pharmacy affiliation for residents interested in such a focused training experience. The PGY2 resident will also revamp and teach a lecture during the ICU student lecture series and repeat the lecture every 6 weeks throughout the residency year.  A second lecture is assigned starting in January.

Is support provided for residents seeking board certification?
The resident will serve as the primary preceptor for a College of Pharmacy student in one rotation. PGY2 residents have the ability to study for the pharmacotherapy or critical care BPS exam at the beginning of the residency program if they choose to take one of the exams.  Although financial compensation is not provided, study groups may be formed yearly in which the residents are able to partake in the study process with other residents or preceptors sitting for the exam.  These opportunities vary year to year depending on those interested in sitting for the exam.

Are all of the residents from Texas or Texas schools of pharmacy?
No, Houston Methodist considers all residency applicants and strives for diversity in the educational backgrounds of the residents.

Do residents receive support to attend professional meetings?
Financial support is provided for all required meetings including ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference, and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Annual Congress held in January or February. This includes hotel accommodations, airfare, conference registration and meals.

Do residents have library privileges?
Residents have access to The Texas Medical Center/Houston Academy of Medicine (TMC/HAM) Library (located across the street from Houston Methodist Hospital). Residents also have access to over 4,000 online journals through our library. The Micromedex, Clinical Pharmacology and up-to-date systems are available through the hospital’s intranet.

Do residents have their own workspace?
Each resident is assigned a computer and phone on their own desk. All computers have Internet access and email 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 (PGY-1/PGY-2) 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 $1200 to $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. Most residents choose to live closer to the hospital.

What is there to do in Houston?
Houston is the fourth largest city in the nation and has an abundance of recreational opportunities. Evenings out can include professional sporting events, such as the Houston Astros, Texans, Rockets or Dynamo 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.

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