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CHI Health St. Elizabeth Announces Accreditation of Pharmacy Residency Program

November 10 2014

CHI Health St. Elizabeth is proud to announce accreditation of its Pharmacy Residency Program. The 3-year accreditation is awarded by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) subject to the requirements of the ASHP Regulations on Accreditation of Pharmacy Residencies.

The Pharmacy Residency Program at St. Elizabeth was established in 2012, accepted one resident, and then expanded to two residents in 2013. The Residency accepted two more residents to the program in 2014. ASHP surveyed the program onsite and then granted accreditation in April of this year.

ASHP and The American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) argue that all pharmacists involved in direct patient care practices should receive postgraduate pharmacy residency training. Most clinical pharmacists have completed a residency, are board certified in a pharmacotherapy specialty, and have established clinical privileges where available. The one-year residency program at St. Elizabeth will qualify the residents to be eligible for Board Certification in a Pharmacotherapy Specialty while training the resident pharmacists to work on the patient-care team with other healthcare providers.

“The hands-on, wide-range training opportunity on patient care teams for the pharmacy residents is an incredible experience for them,” according to Mitch Marsh, PharmD, BCPS, Residency Program Director. He adds that “The presence of the residents gives a great boost to the Pharmacy Department and the patient care teams of the Hospital.”