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Residency Learning Experiences

Learning Experiences are subject to change from year to year depending on preceptor and resident suggestions, as well as department and organizational needs (services provided by Pharmacy).

The following are learning experiences offered in the PAMC Residency.


  • Orientation
  • Internal Medicine/Surgery
  • Inpatient Family Practice
  • Progressive Care
  • Critical Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Emergency Department


  • Practice Management
  • Medication and Practice Related Teaching
  • Operational and Clinical Staffing
  • Teaching Certificate


  • Oncology
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pharmacy Operational or Clinical Management
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Electives may also include extension of required learning experiences

Staffing Responsibilities

In order for the resident to adequately gain the understanding and confidence necessary to provide pharmaceutical care, it is necessary that the resident spend some time staffing. This consists of approximately every other weekend in clinical or operational areas and independently managing each service at the end of required learning experiences. A resident should be competent to staff independently in clinical areas by October 1 and in Central Pharmacy by October 31.


The resident is required to complete a major project during the 12-month program. The project shall be on some aspect of pharmacy practice. The project may involve:

  • Program Development
  • Evaluation of a Service
  • Interdisciplinary Medication Use
  • Quality Improvement
  • Original Clinical or Administrative Investigations
  • Another aspect of pharmacy practice approved by the residency program director

The project will be presented at the ASHP Clinical Midyear Meeting, UAA/ISU School of Pharmacy Grand Rounds and the North Western States Residency Conference and must be submitted in written manuscript form by the completion of the residency year.

Miscellaneous Requirements

The following are additional requirements of the residency program:

  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee – attend all, present at two minimum
  • Medication Safety Committee: Attend meeting x 6 months, Project, Safety Alert Reports
  • Clinical, Operational and Management department projects/activities
  • Case Presentations
  • Journal Club Presentations
  • Medication Use Evaluation: one minimum
  • System P&T Monograph/Class Review
  • Protocol,/Guideline identification, development, implementation, evaluation (optional)
  • Adverse Drug Reaction Report One quarter including presentation to P&T
  • Drug Information Questions
  • Annual Project with written and verbal presentation
  • Student preceptorship
  • Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehab Teaching
  • Pharmacy staff and interdisciplinary education
  • Leadership and management skill development
  • Presentation at the Alaska Pharmacist Association Annual Meeting
  • Teaching Certificate

Residency Hours

A minimum of 2000 hours (one year), are required for completion of the residency program. The expectation of the residency program is that residents will expend the time and effort necessary to effectively complete the program objectives. More than a 40-hour workweek is required to obtain the maximum benefits of the program and accomplish all goals. Resident positions are considered “exempt” (salaried) positions by PAMC and not paid per hour. Presentation of the resident’s certificate is contingent upon completion of all ASHP and program objectives.