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Pharmacy Residency Zone Programs

Calgary Zone

The Hospital Pharmacy Practice Residency in the Calgary zone combines programs that have been in place since 1978 to effectively prepare pharmacy residents to practice within in a progressive hospital pharmacy environment. Pharmacy residents may work with pharmacists on all 4 sites, depending on the rotations chosen and available preceptors. The residency is divided into rotations that last 3-6 weeks and can be modified each year based on individual goals and experience of the resident. Mandatory rotations include drug information, pharmacy practice (distribution and administration), patient care orientation, medicine, critical care, cardiology, paediatrics and undergraduate student precepting. Completion of a major research project is also a requirement. Optional rotations (3 weeks in duration) can be selected from any of the pharmacy teams that provide direct patient care and include psychiatry (adult or adolescent), transplant/nephrology, oncology, ambulatory care, geriatrics, HIV, palliative care, infectious disease, neonatal intensive care or internal medicine. These options give opportunities to explore different specialty areas and to work and learn within a range of different interprofessional teams.

Cancer Care

Alberta Health Services (AHS), Cancer Care is responsible for the coordination of all cancer research, prevention and treatment programs in Alberta. The Cross Cancer Institute, in Edmonton, and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, in Calgary, are the tertiary sites in Alberta associated with these activities, but AHS Cancer Care also encompasses associate and community centres that assist in meeting the needs of rural Albertans. One residency position is offered at each of the main sites. A resident within AHS Cancer Care will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a broad range of activities which contribute to cancer patients’ experiences and outcomes in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. The resident will participate in the treatment and management of various malignant solid tumours; the management of autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplant patients; the dosing, preparation and monitoring of chemotherapeutic agents and hormonal therapies; as well as providing counselling and monitoring of supportive care needs.

The philosophy and principles of pharmaceutical care will be applied throughout these activities. Through these experiences we hope to enable the resident to develop exceptional knowledge and skills, to become an exemplary oncology pharmacy practitioner and to become a leader in pharmacy practice. Required rotations include drug information, pharmacy practice (distribution, IV admixture and practice management), pain and palliative care, inpatient care, pediatric oncology and general medicine. Completion of a research project is also mandatory. Elective rotations can be chosen from a variety of areas including hematology, bone marrow transplant, gastrointestinal cancers, breast cancer, genitourinary/prostate cancer or neuro oncology.

Central Zone (Red Deer)

The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre (RDRHC) resident will be exposed to a community hospital environment in central Alberta. The RDRHC is located in Red Deer (population approximately 90 000) which is 1.5 hours from Edmonton and Calgary and provides convenient access to many outdoor activities in Alberta. Required rotations include general medicine, cardiology, critical care, liaison pharmacist/precepting, drug information and pharmacy practice (distribution and administration). Completion of a research project is also a requirement. Elective rotations, chosen in conjunction with the resident, may include emergency medicine, anticoagulation clinic, palliative care, nephrology, or heart failure clinic.

Edmonton Zone

This is a general residency program involving mandatory rotations in drug information, distribution, administration, precepting and clinical rotations such as internal medicine, critical care, infectious disease, geriatrics and cardiology. Elective rotations may include, nephrology, paediatrics, ambulatory care, HIV, psychiatry, palliative care, homecare and pharmacoeconomics. As this is a regional program, rotations may be offered at any of the eight hospital sites. Residents must also complete a project during the year.

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