Dr. Scott Bergman, associate professor of pharmacy practice, had a specific objective in mind to advance the pharmacy education of infectious diseases at SIUE: establish a post-graduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency. In the spring of 2012, Bergman's goal was realized when he became the program director for the Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Residency at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill.
Through the assistance of a grant from the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists, Bergman designed the PGY2 residency to build upon the competencies developed by a post-graduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency. This PGY2 residency, completed in one year, provides a structured education and training experience for pharmacists looking to develop additional clinical expertise in infectious disease pharmacotherapy. Students are immersed in a progressive clinical environment where there is substantial opportunity for direct patient care and consultation.
"The Pharm.D. curriculum is a great introduction to infectious disease and prepares students to perform the basics," Bergman said. "Residencies take the students to a more advanced level. In the PGY2, we will focus on critical thinking. Not only are the students asked to report what they see, but they are asked to interpret and analyze so they are able to customize recommendations for specific patients.
"Residents and I will go on patient care rounds with the infectious disease physicians and recommend doses and durations of antibiotics, monitor for side effects, and check for drug interactions. We see patients with the most difficult to treat infections.
It's a rewarding opportunity for students to work with multidisciplinary teams and be a part of the prescribing process."
Upon completion of the specialty PGY2 residency program, the residents will possess the knowledge and skills to function as independent clinical practitioners and members of a multidisciplinary team to provide patient-centered care for patients with infectious diseases and to improve the utilization of antimicrobial stewardship, or the appropriate use of antibiotics and prescribing practices toward evidence-based choices. The dual focus of the program on infectious diseases and teaching will prepare residents to become effective educators of pharmacotherapeutic topics in the practice area of infectious diseases in the clinical and academic setting.
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