Q. What learning experiences are required?
A. Required learning experiences include: central pharmacy training, clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacy management, two critical care experiences, and internal medicine. Required longitudinal experiences include research and staffing. Pharmacy residents have an opportunity to complete five additional elective learning experiences. Experiences are generally four weeks long.
Q. Do you prefer candidates from CT?
A. No, over the last ten years only about half were from CT.  Other residents have been from northeastern, southeastern and midwestern states.
Q. How much vacation is available?
A. Each resident receives 15 paid days off separate from professional leave to attend ASHP Mid-year Clinical Meeting, Eastern States Residency and Preceptors Conference, and other professional activities.
Q. Do residents have access to convenient parking and other services in this hospital?
A. Yes. Free parking is available in a nearby hospital parking garage. Residents have free access to the Fitness Center. Also, lab coat and laundering services are available to the pharmacy residents.
Q. When does the resident start?
A. For the 2015-16 residency, residents will start July 1, 2015.
Q. Do I need a CT pharmacist license?
A. Residents need to be licensed before starting their residency year.
Q. Where do residents work after completion of your residency program?
A. Residents have taken a variety of positions which include a second year of post-graduate residency training (Infectious Diseases, Ambulatory Care, Oncology), research fellowships, school of pharmacy faculty positions, and hospital clinical pharmacists.
Q. How long has Hartford Hospital had a pharmacy residency program?
A. We have been an ASHP accredited program since 1980.
Q. Do residents have the opportunity to publish their research?
A. Yes, our residents are encouraged to publish their research. The following articles are examples of publications by our residents:
  • Wilde A, Nailor M. Use of Monte Carlo simulations in predicting antimicrobial response with continuous and extended infusions of beta-lactam antibiotics. Conn Med 2010;74:223-8.
  • Colby JA, Wang F. Chhabra J, Perez-Escamilla R. Predictors of medication adherence in an urban Latino community with healthcare disparities. J of Immigrant and Minority Health 2012;14:589-95.
  • Dooley C, Kaur R, Soberaj DM. Comparison of the efficacy and safety of low molecular weight heparins for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in medically ill patients. Curr Med Res Opin. 2014; 30:367-80.
Q. Do the residents have a place to call “home”?
A. Yes. The residents’ office is located in the pharmacy on the 13th floor in the High building.
Q. Do residents have access to convenient parking and other services in this hospital?
A. Yes. Free parking is available in a nearby hospital parking garage. Residents have free access to the Fitness Center. Also, lab coat and laundering services are available to the pharmacy residents.
Q. What are the staffing responsibilities?
A. Residents work in the central pharmacy every third weekend and one eight hour evening during the week, every three weeks. They are also required to work one or two night shifts and two holidays as part of service responsibilities.

Q. What are the strengths of your program?
A. The pharmacy department and residency program have a long standing history of collaboration with the physician staff and other members of the healthcare team. There is a very open and receptive working relationship that has led to numerous collaborative practice agreements and the creation of multiple interdisplinary rounds where the pharmacists play an integral part. The residency program offers a broad selection of electives for residents to develop a wide breath of experiences including infectious diseases, emergency medicine, anticoagulation, oncology, pain management, and toxicology. The residency program also has a close relationship with the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy that allows for precepting of students and didactic course teaching experiences.  

Q. How are residents evaluated?
A. Throughout the year, residents are evaluated by the Residency Director (RPD), their rotation preceptors, and themselves. Hartford Hospital uses the Residency Learning System (RLS), set forth by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for selection of goals and objectives. The residency plan, goals and objectives are individually selected for each resident based upon their needs at the beginning of the year, and subsequently before each new rotation. During rotations, residents meet with their preceptors on a regular basis. Using the online Resitrak system, residents are evaluated by their preceptors, and the residents evaluate the preceptors, the rotation, and also conduct a self-assessment. Quarterly reviews are completed with the RPD to discuss rotations experiences, to assess progress made during the residency, and to establish goals for the remainder of the residency year. The residents also meet regularly with the Pharmacy Director.

Q. Can you describe the pharmacy?
A. The pharmacy is located in a newly renovated, state-of-the-art facility that is USP 797 compliant on the 13th floor of the hospital. There are adequate facilities for all pharmacy operations, a separate general sterile products preparation area, a separate cancer chemotherapy prep area, and office/conference areas for all staff.

Q. Does Hartford Hospital offer any PGY-2 residences?
A. Hartford Hospital offers a PGY-2 in Infectious Diseases. For more information on this opportunity, please contact the program director Michael D. Nailor, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID) at Michael.Nailor@hhchealth.org and view our webpage. Other post-residency options available at Hartford Hospital include two year fellowships in cardiovascular and infectious diseases research.

Q. Does the residency program offer a teaching certificate?
A. Residents participate in the teaching certificate program offered on-line with the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. In addition, residents lead journal clubs for University of Connecticut pharmacy students and faculty, and have the opportunity to facilitate clinical skill, learning and/or teach a class at the UConn campus. Participation as a secondary preceptor during learning experiences may be a possibility depending on the experience. Other educational opportunities include participation in weekly education in-services to pharmacists, as well as education of other healthcare team members such as nurses, mid-level practitioners, and physicians.