BronxCare Health System

Geoffrey Lord, Director, Pharmacy, BronxCare Special Care Center.
Geoffrey Lord, Director, Pharmacy, BronxCare Special Care Center.

Pharmacy Residency Training Programs

BronxCare’s Pharmacy Department offers four American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited residency programs. Two positions are available for BronxCare’s general practice (PGY-1) pharmacy residency program, two positions for its (PGY-2) ambulatory care pharmacy residency program, one position for its (PGY-2) infectious diseases pharmacy residency program, and one position for its (PGY-2) oncology pharmacy residency program. All residents participate in direct patient care, work closely with both medical and pharmacy staff, conduct research projects in collaboration with their residency directors, preceptors, and often physician collaborators, and present their research findings during ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting or other national pharmacy meetings. Residents also develop strong leadership skills as Weekend Pharmacy Managers. BronxCare’s graduates often obtain board certification in general pharmacotherapy or in their respective specialty areas of practice immediately following completion of their residency training and moved forward to secure positions as generalists and specialty pharmacists in top hospitals across the country, as well as in academia.

PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

BronxCare’s PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program builds on the Doctor of Pharmacy education by providing a wide range of learning experiences that allow newly graduated pharmacists to become well-rounded pharmacotherapy clinicians. In addition to the required learning experiences of internal medicine, ambulatory care, infectious diseases, and pharmacy informatics, residents are offered the unique opportunity to expand their pharmacotherapy knowledge by participating in elective rotations in pediatrics, oncology, and emergency medicine. Residents are also encouraged to obtain a teaching certification via Touro College of Pharmacy. While many of graduates choose to complete their PGY-2 training at BronxCare whenever possible, others have successfully obtained positions in prestigious programs across the country, including the University of Michigan, University of Florida, Duke University Hospital, and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Early Commitment to BronxCare’s in-house PGY2 programs in Ambulatory Care, Infectious Diseases, and Oncology are also offered.

PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program

BronxCare’s Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program trains residents to become competent ambulatory care clinicians managing a variety of chronic disease states. Residents are required to obtain certification as an asthma educator, which will allow them to independently manage an ambulatory pulmonary education clinic throughout the year. Residents will also participate in various population health activities to increase medication adherence among patients, in addition to will also gaining vast experience through participation in both medication therapy management (MTM) and collaborative drug therapy management (CDTM) clinics, their efforts involve working alongside clinical pharmacists who have established agreements with physician colleagues to provide optimal care to patients with heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. In addition, a unique partnership with Touro College of Pharmacy is enlisting residents to precept PharmD students and gain valuable teaching experience.

PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program

BronxCare’s Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency Program provides an exceptional education that is based on a well-established relationship between the Department of Pharmacy and the Division of Infectious Diseases. Training is provided by faculty who are passionate about teaching and, as a result, the resident will have opportunities to learn and practice in an environment enriched by a diverse patient population that present with a multitude of infectious diseases. The resident will also be an integral part of the Infectious Diseases Consult Service, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, and HIV clinic. In addition, the resident will complete scholarship activities by conducting research and will be involved in teaching by delivering lectures and presentations to pharmacy students, pharmacists, and other health care professionals.  There is a strong commitment to the training of each resident as a future infectious diseases clinician, leader, and educator.

PGY-2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program

BronxCare’s Oncology Pharmacy Residency Program provides the resident with comprehensive and well-balanced experiences in solid and hematologic malignancies in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. BronxCare’s affiliation with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai provides further exposure and learning experiences in patients with bone marrow transplant. The resident will become a central member of the interdisciplinary team by effectively managing drug therapy and supportive care of patients. In addition, the resident will refine leadership skills as he or she assumes the responsibilities of Weekend Pharmacy Manager, working together with PGY-1 Pharmacy Residents and Pharmacy Staff. This program prepares the resident to develop into a knowledgeable, analytical, and well-rounded oncology/hematology pharmacy practitioner.