Residency Program progressing: SHPA

Preparation for the launch in 2017 of the SHPA Residency Program for hospital pharmacists is making progress, says SHPA CEO Kristin Michaels.

Two key initiatives have been launched today:

  1. A survey of Directors of Pharmacy to obtain background data on current experiential learning in Australian hospital pharmacy departments; and
  1. Opening of registrations for an information and Q&A session on the SHPA Residency Program in Sydney on 5 September.

SHPA CEO Kristin Michaels says that more information is needed on how hospital pharmacies currently manage training and professional development for their staff, so that SHPA can tailor a residency program best suited to Australian needs.

“Initial stakeholder consultation suggests there is wide variability across hospital pharmacy departments in workplace training,” she says.

“This survey aims to better understand the experiential programs currently in place in Australian hospital pharmacies.

“”The survey covers seven themes, and asks questions about existing use of competency frameworks and other performance evaluation tools, staffing of clinical educators and the extent of department involvement in intern and student training,” Michaels says.

“Our Residency Program will be structured, formalised, supported and accredited, and will give departments greater assurance that residents completing an SHPA residency have achieved competence against a defined competency framework.”

Michaels says SHPA is also opening registrations for an information and Q&A session on the SHPA Residency Program in Sydney on 5th September.

“In the survey invitation, Directors of Pharmacy, or their nominated staff member responsible for education and training, are provided an opportunity to register for this one day event,” she says.

“It will be the only national event focused on education and networking for pharmacy preceptors and experiential coordinators.”

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