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Pharmacy Residency Programs at AGH

Welcome to the Pharmacy Residency Programs at Allegheny General Hospital

Applications should be received by Jan. 3, 2014 for enrollment in July 2014. 

AGHThe Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) Department of Pharmacy offers seven pharmacy residency programs (two PGY-1 programs, four PGY-2 programs, and a PGY-1/PGY-2 Health System Pharmacy Administration/MPH program) that provide residents with the skills and knowledge required to become competent pharmacy practitioners.

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Mission Statement

Individuals who complete a pharmacy residency program at Allegheny General  Hospital (AGH) shall be highly qualified independent practitioners who demonstrate a commitment to patient-centered practice and professional leadership. They shall be highly proficient in managing medication-use processes to optimize medication therapy outcomes in patients with a variety of disease states. Individuals will apply principles of evidence-based medicine within a multidisciplinary care environment. They will also exhibit leadership and practice management skills to promote the profession of pharmacy and facilitate their own professional development. They will effectively educate patients and their professional colleagues and engage in practice-related research to enhance patient care.

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Allegheny General Hospital Department of Pharmacy

The Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) Department of Pharmacy provides 24-hour comprehensive
services, utilizing a decentralized, computerized unit-dose drug distribution system and intravenous admixture programs. Services include drug information, computerized inventory control and procurement systems, integrated drug use review, and quality improvement. Extensive in-service education and staff development programs are also available.

Pharmacists assume direct patient care responsibilities for ensuring the safe and effective use of medications, in addition to supervising supportive pharmacy personnel. Pharmacists with specialized training provide expertise in advanced principles of pharmaceutical care in areas including pharmacokinetics, critical care, infectious diseases, cardiology, internal medicine,  hematology /  oncology, ambulatory care, drug information, transplantation, and emergency medicine.

The healthcare setting at AGH offers an ideal environment for the training and education of pharmacists
and supportive pharmacy personnel. Affiliations with multiple schools of pharmacy exist, including
Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh, Lake Erie College of OsteopathicMedicine, Ohio State
University and Ohio Northern University Schools of Pharmacy. Relationships with the academic centers
and professional organizations are fostered in an effort to provide formal educational programs through
clerkships, externships, internships, and residencies.

Allegheny General Hospital Department of Pharmacy Drug Information Center

The purpose of the Drug Information Center (DIC) of the AGH Department of Pharmacy is to provide
pharmaceutical and drug therapy information to the medical, nursing, and pharmacy staffs at AGH, as
well as other healthcare professionals. The DIC maintains a drug library with the latest pharmacological texts, pharmaceutical and medical journals, abstracting services, and other references on drug therapy. The DIC also has the capability to search many online and computerized databases. Information is available on drug therapy, adverse reactions, pharmacokinetics, IV compatibility, and drug interactions, as well as tablet identification.

Multiple-Hospital Medication Use Governance Structure

There is a pharmacy-driven medication use governance structure that centralizes leadership; integrates pharmacy operations; and enhances medication safety, clinical effectiveness, process efficiency, and the quality of performance across AGH and four other hospitals. The medication use governance structure is centered around the five-hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee, which is composed of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, a risk manager, and a representative from administration.

Allegheny General Hospital Department of Pharmacy Consultation Services

The AGH Department of Pharmacy routinely monitors aminoglycoside and vancomycin therapy, providing dosage adjustments as necessary. Pharmacokinetic consultations for therapeutic monitoring of selected medications are provided upon request. A clinical pharmacist may be consulted to assist in any medicationrelated problem or for patient education. A physician may request a consultation by calling the DIC. When such a request is received, a clinical pharmacist will review the patient’s medications and provide specific dosage, drug serum level analysis, and follow-up information to the requesting physician. Ongoing evaluation and adjustment of dosage will be provided as needed.



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