Australia-first hospital pharmacy residency program ‘hits its stride’


Scott Mitchell discussing leadership in operational rotation as part of the 2018 SHPA Residency session on novel placement ideas for pharmacy residents.
Scott Mitchell discussing leadership in operational rotation as part of the 2018 SHPA Residency session on novel placement ideas for pharmacy residents.

The third annual symposium of the SHPA Residency Program was held this week in Brisbane

Expanding and improving the experiences of future hospital pharmacy leaders was in focus at the 2018 SHPA Residency Symposium.

The event saw a national network of education leads and preceptors gather in Brisbane to drive discussion on new, future residency phase frameworks and how to best tailor the expansive program to local needs.

SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels said the symposium, which was supported by Pfizer, featured diverse input from education leaders to current hospital pharmacy residents.

“Gathering such fantastic representation of the expanding program was incredibly valuable as we map the needs of Australia’s current and future hospital pharmacy residents and the pharmacists surrounding and supporting them,” said Ms Michaels.

“In particular, it was extremely positive to have delegates workshop diverse ideas on what an overarching Advanced Training Residency framework may look like, as a subsequent learning phase to the now-established Foundation Residencies, in place at 33 sites across the country.”

Opened by SHPA Board Director Peter Fowler, Chair of the Residency Steering Committee, the symposium began with a presentation on clinical coaching from Professor Steve Trumble.

Later in the morning, delegates heard directly from residents themselves on their experiences, perceptions of the program’s benefits and how it can help develop early career research capability and capacity.

Ms Michaels said the success of the symposium speaks to the demand for evidence-based frameworks to guide hospital pharmacists’ early career stages.

“Essential experiential learning can be delivered in a variety of ways, but the growing stature of the SHPA Residency Program shows there is greater value – for residents, program leaders, preceptors, clinical educators and pharmacy directors – in having access to uniform processes and tailored support,” she said.

“The annual SHPA Residency Symposium provides program leaders, preceptors, clinical educators and pharmacy directors with this practical guidance to realise the full potential, for all parties, of this key career stage.”

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