PGY1 Residency Program

Program Overview

The Mission Hospital PGY1 program focuses on developing residents as valued members of the inpatient health-care team who can practice patient-centered pharmacotherapy in multiple environments. Additionally, they are prepared for adjunct faculty positions and PGY2 training in the specialty of their choice.

Throughout the PGY1 year, residents engage in a variety of clinical experiences tailored to specific interests and goals. These rotations may include: internal medicine, family practice, ambulatory care, drug information, practice management, cardiology, critical care, pediatrics/neonatology, infectious disease, oncology, nutrition, emergency medicine, transitions of care and psychiatry. Residents also co-precept PharmD students, serve as teaching assistants at the Asheville campus of the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, provide continuing education programs to pharmacists and complete a publication-worthy research project.

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Special Features

Pharmacy services at Mission Hospital are organized into service lines and the learning experiences are precepted by clinical pharmacists who have opportunities to develop extensive and specialized knowledge in their designated disciplines. Decentralization of clinical pharmacy services also promotes the development of collegial relationships amongst health-care professionals, especially during multi-disciplinary rounds. Mission Hospital pharmacists are repeatedly entrusted with patient-centered medication decisions, such as pharmacokinetic dosing and autonomous warfarin and vancomycin management.

In addition to improvements in clinical judgement and abilities, distributive and managerial skills are developed during the PGY1 experience. The understanding of accurate and efficient distribution of medication throughout the two campuses of this institution is achieved by the resident, who staffs in the core hospital pharmacies. Distributive responsibilities offer opportunities for improving CPOE verification techniques, physician and nursing communication and pharmacy staff management. Additional activities include completion of drug class reviews, medication safety reports and medication utilization evaluations.

When the Student Becomes the Teacher

Due to a longstanding affiliation with the Mountain Health and Education Center and the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy (UNC ESOP), there are numerous chances to explore educational responsibilities. Residents participate in a Teaching and Learning Curriculum which incorporates activities such as precepting early immersion and fourth-year UNC PharmD students, serving as Teaching Assistants for the Pharmaceutical Care Labs at the Asheville campus of UNC ESOP, discussing professionalism and novel teaching techniques and developing course curricula. Monthly journal clubs with fellow pharmacists as well as students allow for improvements in literature evaluation and analysis. Public speaking expertise is also developed by the presentation of CE in-services to Mission pharmacists several times throughout the year.

A Conviction to Service

As the birthplace of the nationally recognized Asheville Project, medication assistance and community service are integral beliefs of the Asheville community. These principles are incorporated into the PGY1 residency program as monthly volunteer staffing at the Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) free clinic pharmacy. This time allows the resident to gain confidence in prescription distribution and patient counseling while giving of time and talents of the community.

Modern Care

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Mission Hospital is both designed and powered to deliver a superb education in a progressive environment. Technological advances, such as computerized physician order entry (CPOE), robotic medication production and storage, Pyxis devices on nursing units, and bar-coded medication administration (BCMA) augment an eager, supportive and innovation pharmacy staff. Resources are readily available for all pharmacists, including a statistician from the hospital’s Research Institute, an information technology team, a Drug Information Center and an extensive electronic medical library.

The Asheville Experience

Finally, it cannot be ignored that Mission Hospital is conveniently nestled in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. Work-life balance can happily be achieved with a hike to 360 degree mountain-top views or in attempts to frequent as many eclectic restaurants as possible in cultural downtown Asheville. There are abundant recreational activities year round, and is there anywhere else that a male nun on a six foot bicycle with streamers can be seen leading a tour trolley through town?

Contact Us

To learn more about Mission Hospital’s 2016-2017 Residency Program, please contact our current residents and program director.

Phone Number: (828) 213-0096

Residents

Jared Chiusano, PharmD
Email: Jared.Chiusano2@msj.org

Austin Ginn, PharmD
Email: Austin.Ginn2@msj.org

Rylee Rankin, PharmD
Email: Rylee.Rankin@msj.org

Jenna Solomon, PharmD
Email: Jenna.Solomon@msj.org

Director

Barbara Kostic, PharmD, BCPS, CPP
Email: barbara.kostic@msj.org
Phone: (828) 213-7541