Learning experiences

Core rotations:
  • General Infectious Diseases Consult
  • Immunocompromised ID Consult
  • Microbiology Lab
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Infection Control and Quality (longitudinal)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (longitudinal)

Elective rotations may be selected from, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Research/Project Management
  • Surgical ICU/Critical Care
  • Wide variety of standing HMH PGY1 or PGY2 rotational experiences
  • Off-site opportunities in antimicrobial stewardship or ID consult services

Clinical Coverage/Staffing:
  • Clinical coverage every third weekend on primarily surgical floors (first half of year) and one weekday evening every two weeks averaged over a four week period
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship pager on-call coverage support (second half of year) one week per month—evenings and weekend
  • Residents will work one major and one minor holiday

Research Experiences:
  • Major research project with the guidance of a preceptor and the Pharmacy Research Committee advancing ID clinical practice at Houston Methodist
  • ID/Stewardship related minor project (often an MUE or similar project scope)
  • Poster presentation at Vizient Pharmacy Network Meeting and platform presentation at Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference

Longitudinal Experiences:
  • Participation in reviewing novel diagnostics for laboratory implementation
  • Participation in reviewing novel anti-infective agents for formulary
  • Collaborate with Infection Control and Quality on projects as they arise
  • Exposure to system-standardization and implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs across 8 facilities
  • Present an ACPE-accredited continuing education activity
  • Recruit for the succeeding PGY2 ID pharmacy resident
  • Optional Teaching and Scholarship in Academia Certificate program through the University of Houston College of Pharmacy
  • Monthly meetings with co-residents and program directors to discuss a variety of topics

Professional Meetings:
Funding is provided for the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference, and one professional infectious diseases specific conference.

Houston Methodist Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Program:
The Houston Methodist Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Program is a multidisciplinary collaboration spearheaded by the Departments of Pharmacy and Pathology & Genomic Medicine with support from the infectious diseases medical staff, infection control, IT, and hospital leadership. We integrate real-time clinical intervention, rapid molecular diagnostics, and decision support tools to positively impact patient care.
  • Real-time bloodstream infection review (stewardship call)
  • Antibiotic utilization: surveillance and reporting to the CDC’s Antimicrobial Utilization module
  • Policy implementation and clinical pathway review
  • Anti-infective formulary management
  • HIV admission medication review
  • IV-to-PO
  • Antibiotic Time-Outs