New era for residency program

The SHPA Residency Program has seen a 59% growth in total number of Foundation Residents, says the Society

The program is flourishing, and details of its second-phase Advanced Training Residencies are set to be announced at its second annual symposium in August, the organisation says.

Midway through its second year, Australia’s first formalised and structured hospital pharmacy residency program is now embedded in 33 sites across the country, which the SHPA says provides an evidence-based framework for essential experiential learning for early career hospital pharmacists.

Chief Executive Kristin Michaels says the consolidation of Foundation Residencies paves the way for a key expansion of the program in 2019.

“SHPA’s Advanced Training Residencies will diversify hands-on learning by sharpening focus on specialty pharmacy skills in disciplines such as cardiology, geriatric medicine, infectious diseases and mental health,” Ms Michaels says.

“This provides the opportunity for emerging pharmacists to immersively upskill in different areas of practice, shaping their early clinical pharmacy career to their passions and interests, while gathering evidence of their impact for future use in practice portfolios for Advancing Practice credentialing.”

Speaking last Friday at the inaugural SHPA-NAPSA Student Symposium, Resident Brett Anderson, who is also preceptor to a pharmacy intern, said the best feature of the program is the diversity of opportunities it provides.

“My journey through Residency was one of incredibly rapid growth, including teaching and supervision of intern pharmacists, nurse practitioners and outpatients, and contributing to research,” he said.

“Having come out the other side as a preceptor, I can see that the SHPA Residency Program both turbocharges the early careers of hospital pharmacists, while also deepening the skill set and capacity of hospital pharmacy departments.”

Held on Monday 27 August, the by-invitation 2018 SHPA Residency Symposium will gather the ever-expanding network of program leads and preceptors from across Australia, on at the Brisbane Airport Conference Centre.

Supported by Pfizer, the event provides program leaders, preceptors, clinical educators and pharmacy directors with the practical support and guidance they need to deliver residency programs tailored to their setting.

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