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Henrico Residency Program

The 12-month PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital is accredited for the maximum term allowable by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and offers you excellent training to increase your acute-care skills in a structured program. During the program, you will assume considerable responsibility for patient care through projects and direct patient interaction. Rotations are based at the Henrico Doctors' Hospital Forest campus, but electives may be taken at other facilities in the HCA network, including our other Henrico campus hospitals: Parham Doctors’ Hospital and Retreat Doctors’ Hospital.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital Department of Pharmacy is a clinically and technologically progressive department spanning three hospitals and offering numerous same-day surgery and outpatient services. The pharmacy residency practice program is an extension of these services that allows our dedicated pharmacists to train and expand the skills and knowledge of new practitioners.

We participate in the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service, or PhORCAS. Mailed or e-mailed applications will not be considered. To apply to the program, please complete all of the following materials in PhORCAS:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Completed Applicant Information and Educational Information sections of PhORCAS
  • Completed experience assessment uploaded to the “Supplemental” section of PhORCAS
  • Official transcripts for all pharmacy education
  • Personal cover letter indicating why postgraduate training is being pursued
  • Formal letter of professional reference in addition to the official PhORCAS recommendation form for a minimum of three references as follows:
    • One reference from a faculty member in your professional degree program
    • Two references from practicing pharmacists with whom you have had work or patient care experience

Applicants should be aware that our program has opted to include the experience assessment and additional letters of reference as application requirements even though PhORCAS does not include these items when determining application status. Applicants assume responsibility for the complete submission of all materials by the deadline.

Application deadline is Wednesday, January 7th, 2017. Selected applicants will be notified by January 20th, 2017.

We require an on-site interview including a tour of the facility and personal introduction to our preceptors. Selected applicants will be invited for an on-site interview.

To be eligible for hire and maintain employment, the applicant must complete the following upon acceptance to the program:

  • Be a licensed, practicing pharmacist or be graduating from an ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy
  • Submit copies of diplomas or official transcripts of pharmacy education
  • Acquire licensure in Virginia by September 1 of the residency year
  • Complete and pass a drug screen, background check and physical
  • Create a profile and apply online via the hospital’s website
  • Provide two forms of identification to verify eligibility to work in the United States

Please review our selection policies and procedures

An electronic copy of the residency manual including roles and responsibilities, residency-specific policies and procedures, and other pertinent information will be made available at time of interview offer; however, any applicant can request these of the residency program director earlier.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact:

Celene M. Amabile, PharmD, BCPS - PGY1 Residency Program Director/Clinical Manager
Henrico Doctors' Hospital
Department of Pharmacy
1602 Skipwith Road
Richmond, VA 23229
Phone: (804) 977-5854
Email: celene.amabile@hcahealthcare.com

  • Critical Care
  • Drug Information
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Practice Management/Administration
  • Service/Staffing

And the selection of two of the following:

  • Neonatology
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Solid Organ Transplant - Inpatient

Required Longitudinals

  • Ambulatory Care – Solid Organ Transplant
  • Ambulatory Care – Coumadin Clinic

Other Required Activities

  • Continuing Education Development
  • Residency Project

Elective Rotations

  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Automation and Technology
  • Geriatrics
  • HCA Division Clinical Management
  • Regional Administration/Supply Chain
  • Surgical Medicine
  • Teaching
  • Women’s Health
  • Resident Interest

Required rotations may also be repeated as an elective. Rotations are generally five weeks in length. Ambulatory care longitudinal rotations involve four hours of time per week. The length of rotations can be extended in most circumstances in order to accommodate a resident’s preferences.

Ambulatory Care – Coumadin Clinic is a required longitudinal rotation precepted by Tiffany R. Bish, PharmD, BCPS. This rotation occupies approximately one half day every week for a semester. The resident will receive ample opportunity to provide numerous Coumadin educations and to become familiar with numerous aspects to Coumadin monitoring and follow-up. Nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and the lead physician meet routinely to discuss current dosing plans and management of anticoagulant therapy.

Ambulatory Care – Solid Organ Transplant is a required longitudinal rotation precepted by Christina Olmsted, PharmD, BCPS. During this rotation, the resident will follow outpatients at the Virginia Transplant Center for approximately one half day every week for a semester. Appointments with patients involve medication reconciliation, monitoring for side effects, recommending adjustments to therapy based off of patient interview, and assisting patients in the development of independence and compliance with complicated regimens status post transplantation.

Critical Care is a required rotation and this rotation focuses on the treatment of patients requiring intensive medical, general surgical care, and trauma surgery care. The rotation encompasses several adult intensive care units (ICUs): the Surgical ICU and the Cardiac ICU. The critical care service heavily involves the monitoring of and intervening upon the pharmacotherapy of severely ill patients. Profiles of ICU patients are reviewed daily, as well as specific reports which detail attributes of interest in providing pharmaceutical care. Disease state and critical care literature are routinely reviewed with the preceptor and applied to clinical practice.

Drug Information is a required rotation precepted by Celene Amabile, PharmD, BCPS. This rotation develops the resident's competency at interpreting and applying drug information to clinical programs. A considerable amount of literature is reviewed with the preceptor over the course of the rotation. Additionally, the resident will learn and participate in formulary management, medication utilization evaluation, competency design and follow-through, and application of clinical knowledge into clinical programs. The preceptor will also mentor the resident in designing a clinically relevant continuing education program. During the drug information rotation, the resident will also be exposed to Core Measures topics as discussed with Tiffany R. Bish, PharmD, BCPS. Core measures are evidence-based quality indicators that have been shown to reduce the risk of complications, prevent recurrences, and promote optimal treatment of patients with specific conditions. The resident will learn the importance of integrating pharmacists into hospital performance improvement activities and will understand the role the pharmacist must play in the medication-use process in improving core measure performance. The resident will be responsible for maintaining core measures compliance for patients in the resident’s current service line throughout the residency year.

Internal Medicine is a required rotation precepted by Eve Bell, PharmD. This rotation involves active participation with a hospitalist service along with opportunities for daily follow-up of post-operative cardiac surgery patients on a telemetry unit. The resident is able to participate in direct patient care under the guidance of the preceptor, which includes rounding on patients, providing patient education, and troubleshooting concerns as issues arise. The resident will have the opportunity to teach an outpatient class for cardiac rehabilitation patients and to observe an outpatient class for pulmonary rehabilitation patients to further develop patient counseling skills in various settings. Article review and additional projects complete the rotation’s requirements.

Infectious Disease is a required rotation precepted by Emily Ray, PharmD. This rotation focuses on effective use of antimicrobials within the acute care setting for the treatment of patients with bacterial, fungal, and viral illnesses. Antimicrobial coverage and antibiotic selection are discussed in-depth. The resident is able to actively participate in provision of pharmaceutical care and integrate pharmacodynamic principles into a multidisciplinary approach. Patients span all service lines of each HDH campus. Core content of this rotation will include disease state topic readings/discussion, antimicrobial mechanisms of action/resistance, and evidence-based management of common pathogens and infectious processes. Streamlining activity involving antibiotic selection, dosing and duration will be paramount for this rotation.

Neonatology and Pediatrics are clinical rotations of the residency precepted by Christina Whitehill, PharmD. These rotations teach the fundamentals of caring for neonatal and pediatric patients, including the unique drug dosing, disease states, and treatment modalities involved in these patients. HDH has a very busy Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and there is ample opportunity for a resident to become competent in a large variety of disease states unique to this population. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a new service-line development and provides opportunities to develop protocols unique to this patient population. The resident can choose between a neonatology-focused or a pediatric-focused rotation with the option of taking both. The resident will be spending time reviewing patient cases, conferring with nursing and physicians, and providing drug information services. Possible parental interaction will be required for medication management at patient discharge.

Oncology is a clinical rotation precepted by Emily Chambers, PharmD, BCOP. This rotation focuses on the treatment of patients with oncologic and hematologic diseases, and the complications of these diseases. Rounds are performed daily with the multidisciplinary oncology team with the expectation that the resident shall be an active participant in the care of the patients on the service. Proficiency with the use of common and some uncommon chemotherapeutic and hematologic agents is attained while on this rotation, as well as competency in the safety and monitoring process for these agents.

Practice Management (Administration) is a required rotation precepted by Cynthia Nester, PharmD. This rotation develops proficiency in the many aspects of managing a complex hospital pharmacy department. Skills such as human resource management, evaluation review and delivery, regulatory compliance, policy development, and patient safety systems enforcement, are taught. The resident will serve on collaborative interdisciplinary committees as an expectation of this rotation. Projects are typically assigned to the resident under the guidance of the preceptor.

Service (Staffing) is a required rotation. During this rotation, the resident will develop competency working independently as a staff pharmacist. The resident will gain exposure to a wide variety of responsibilities, including compounded sterile product preparation processes, total parenteral nutrition entry and review, high risk medication dosing and preparation, medication order entry and verification, point-of-use automation technology, electronic record documentation, and pharmacokinetic dosing and monitoring. The resident will also become proficient with regulatory compliance and adverse event reporting. This rotation offers numerous opportunities to interact with other disciplines allowing the resident to have active understanding of the pharmacist’s role within an institution committed to a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

Solid Organ Transplant - Inpatient Focus is a clinical rotation precepted by Christina Olmsted, PharmD, BCPS. During this rotation, the resident will work closely with an interdisciplinary kidney transplant team. Pharmacist participation includes rounding with the team, instructing patients on their medications, monitoring their medication regimens, and intervening in order to maximize their care.

Other rotation descriptions are available as needed.

Detailed information about salary, benefits and amenities will be provided to pharmacy residents by Human Resources.

Salary: PGY1: $42,000

Duration of appointment: One year, beginning on June 30 of the program year and ending on June 30 of the following year.

Vacation and holiday leave: 10 days of paid time off (PTO) can be taken during rotations throughout the year with prior approval from the rotation preceptor and residency program director. Each resident will be required to work either Memorial Day or Labor Day. Additionally, each resident will be required to work either Thanksgiving and the day after, or Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as working three additional days during the week of the assigned holiday.

Sick and family leave: Sick leave is deducted from PTO. Residents are expected to notify co-workers and their respective preceptor or supervisor as early as possible when illness requires absence.

Educational and professional leave: Thirteen days are granted for paid professional leave to attend appropriate continuing education or professional programs, travel to job interviews or visit other residency sites or professional practice locations. Requests for professional leave must be submitted to and approved by the residency program director. Residents are expected to attend the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting, the Eastern States Conference for Residents and Preceptors, and either the fall or spring seminar of VSHP. Financial assistance is provided for travel, meals and lodging expenses for meetings in keeping with hospital policy.

Health benefits: Residents are eligible for health benefits as full-time pharmacist employees of HCA Virginia.

Liability insurance: All pharmacy residents are covered under HCA Virginia’s liability insurance policy. This insurance does not cover any other professional services at facilities outside of HCA Virginia.

Staffing: Residents are required to staff for a total of 26 weekends in the inpatient pharmacy every other weekend, two shifts per weekend, eight hours per shift.

On-call services: Drug Information/Clinical Manager or Administrative call may be assigned in the latter half of the residency year. In-house, overnight call is not required.

Office space and resources: Office space for use by pharmacy residents is provided at each site. Each resident is provided with a pager that is active throughout Richmond and Central Virginia.

Discounts and amenities: Residents are eligible to receive a wide variety of entertainment, health and other discounts.

Parking: Pharmacy residents park free in approved locations at each hospital.

Celene M. Amabile, PharmD, BCPS is the cross-campus Clinical Pharmacy Manager for Henrico Doctors’ Hospital and is the residency administrator. She also precepts the Drug Information rotation in addition to mentoring the resident’s CE program development. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed two years of residency at the Medical University of South Carolina with a specialty in internal medicine. She has over 10 years of experience in clinical leadership and involvement in ASHP accredited residency programs.

Eve Bell, PharmD has served the residency program in various capacities since 2006. In addition to precepting the Internal Medicine rotation, she teaches outpatient classes for the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program and serves as a provider in Coumadin Clinic. Dr. Bell is a 2003 graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency as one of the first two nationwide residents for McKesson Medication Management. Dr. Bell was recognized as the Virginia Commonwealth University Preceptor of the Year award recipient in 2009 and serves as a VCU Experiential Education Advisor. She also volunteers as an ASHP Practitioner Surveyor, assisting with the accreditation and reaccreditation of residency programs nationwide.

Tiffany R. Bish, PharmD, BCPS is the preceptor for the Ambulatory Care — Coumadin Clinic longitudinal rotation. Dr. Bish joined Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in 2011 when she began her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency. She received her pharmacy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. She currently serves as the post surgical clinical specialist, provides outpatient anticoagulation education, and is the pharmacy Core Measures liaison.

Emily Chambers, PharmD, BCOP joined Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in 2006 when she began her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech where she received her B.S. in biology and went on to receive her pharmacy degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a preceptor to students and residents since 2007 making daily rounds with a multi-disciplinary team and focusing in Oncology.

Christina Olmsted, PharmD, BCPS is a 2007 graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. She has been with Henrico Doctors Hospital as the Kidney Transplant Specialist since July 2008 and precepts the Solid Organ Transplant – Inpatient-Focus and Ambulatory Care – Solid Organ Transplant rotations.

Emily Ray, PharmD is the clinical specialist of Infectious Disease at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital and the preceptor for the Infectious Disease rotation. She received her PharmD at Shenandoah University in 2013. She completed her PGY1 residency and teaching certificate program with Valley Health and Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA in 2014. She then went on to complete a PGY2 in Infectious Disease at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY in 2015. Her current practice involves dedication to patient care at all three HDH campuses.

Christina Whitehill, PharmD is the preceptor for the Neonatology and Pediatrics rotations at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at George Mason University with a minor in Legal Studies in 2002. She completed her pharmacy degree at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. Upon graduation, she worked as a Clinical/Staff Pharmacist at CJW Medical Center, Johnston-Willis Campus. She joined Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in February of 2010. Dr. Whitehill was a recipient of an Outstanding Preceptor Award from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013.