Wellstar Kennestone PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program
The Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center PGY1 residency program offers a 12-month ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program that provides educational and training experiences for pharmacists in contemporary pharmacy practice in an organized healthcare system. The major job responsibilities of this position are clinical intervention, continuing education, drug distribution, leadership, patient education, and research. The program is designed to ensure competency with the required goals and objectives outlined in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Accreditation Standards.
The Wellstar Kennestone PGY1 residency program will utilize the collective assets of Wellstar Health System (WHS) to accomplish the assigned goals and objectives.
Program PurposeThe purpose of the Wellstar Kennestone PGY1 pharmacy residency program is to build on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to develop pharmacist practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in the ASHP educational competency areas, goals, and objectives (CAGOs). Graduates of this program will be skilled in diverse patient care, practice management, leadership, and education and be prepared to provide patient care, seek board certification in pharmacotherapy (i.e., BCPS), and pursue advanced education and training opportunities including postgraduate year two (PGY2) residencies.
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Pharmaceutical Services at Wellstar KennestoneThe Wellstar Kennestone Pharmacy Department team consists of centralized, unit-based, clinical, and operating room pharmacists. The inpatient pharmacy and ED are open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The pharmacy utilizes automated drug delivery units throughout the hospital. Our team operates out of a central pharmacy, Operating Room (OR) satellite, and workstations on patient care units. We also have an Outpatient Infusion Center (OPIC) satellite on our campus. In addition, pharmacists participate in daily physician-led interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary rounds. The clinical pharmacy team includes specialists in ambulatory care, cardiology, critical care, emergency medicine, infectious disease, internal medicine, nutrition support, pain management and pediatrics.
About Wellstar Health SystemAt Wellstar Health System, we make a difference every day by improving quality and access to healthcare in communities, big and small. With locations across metro Atlanta and beyond, Wellstar is one of the largest health systems in Georgia. Learn more about us.
About Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical CenterLocated just north of Atlanta, Wellstar Kennestone is a 633-bed facility (including more than 85 critical care beds) and the largest hospital in Wellstar Health System’s network. The Level II Trauma Center features a new, state-of-the-art emergency department, comprehensive stroke center, and certified comprehensive cardiac center. Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center
677 Church Street NE
Marietta, GA 30060
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- City of Marietta, GA
- Wellstar Kennestone
- Wellstar Health System
- Wellstar Pharmacy Residency Programs
Learning ExperiencesThis program provides extensive educational and training experiences for pharmacists in a fast-paced, acute care environment. Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Function effectively as a member of the healthcare team
- Follow the “best practice” model in the delivery of patient care
- Identify, prevent and resolve medication-related problems for patients
- Educate healthcare providers, patients and students through written and verbal means
- Master skills for future success in either a specialty residency or clinical practice
- Code Response
- Consult Service*
- Critical Care
- Grand Rounds
- Infectious Disease
- Internal Medicine
- Practice Management
- Research Project and MUE
- Ambulatory Care
- Cardiac Critical Care
- Drug Information
- Emergency Medicine
- Medication Safety
- Neurosurgery Critical Care
- Nutrition Support
- Pain Management
- Pharmacy Teaching and Learning Certificate Program
How to Apply
Admission RequirementsThe residency program begins mid-June every year. Residency applicants must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and be a licensed pharmacist in the State of Georgia within 90 days of the start of the program. Non-U.S. citizens must have a “green card” (permanent resident status) or a current visa valid through the entire duration of the residency program. WHS PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residency programs are unable to sponsor visas for pharmacy residents.
Application InstructionsWellstar Kennestone participates in the ASHP Residency Match Program (the “Match”).
- Register with the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) and the ASHP Resident Matching Program.
- The Wellstar Kennestone PGY1 — traditional pharmacy residency match code is 133413
- The Wellstar Kennestone PGY1 — nontraditional pharmacy residency match code is 133421
- Official college of pharmacy transcripts (traditional PGY1 applicants only)
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) – include a list of all completed and anticipated APPE rotations with a brief description and contact information for the primary preceptor
- Personal statement/Letter of intent (LOI)
- The LOI should be 1 page, using a 12-point font and 1-inch margins
- The LOI should answer the following questions:
- Why are you applying to the pharmacy residency program at Wellstar Kennestone?
- What are your career goals after completion of a PGY1 residency? Include major areas of interest.
- Why are you a good candidate/fit for this program? List 1-2 strengths that make you stand out from other applicants.
- Three professional references – utilize the PhORCAS standardized reference form
- PGY1 — traditional
- Two references should be from clinical APPE preceptors
- Final reference should be from a recent pharmacy employer or advisor OR a third reference from a clinical APPE preceptor
- PGY1 — nontraditional
- Pharmacy co-worker
- Current manager/supervisor
- Preceptor, College of Pharmacy faculty member, or personal reference
- The PhORCAS and Wellstar Kennestone resident position applications must be submitted by January 3rd of the residency year for participation in Phase I of the match.
- All completed applications will be screened and qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule a formal interview.
Nontraditional ResidencyWellstar Kennestone offers a nontraditional PGY1 pharmacy residency program for full-time or part-time Wellstar Kennestone pharmacists with at least six months of service. This program is designed to be flexible for pharmacists in the workplace with an intermittent 24-month program. This PGY1 pharmacy residency program offers these benefits for the nontraditional resident:
- Enhances competence in patient-centered care and operational pharmacy services
- Develops leadership skills by refining problem-solving strategies
- Strengthens professional values and attitudes
- Advances clinical judgment
- Assists the resident in becoming more competitive for clinical positions
Salary & Benefits
- Competitive stipend estimated at $49,275. HR status, including salary, remains the same for the nontraditional resident
- 403b tax-deferred investment program for retirement
- Travel reimbursement* and registration for the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Southeastern Residency Conference
- Paid Time Off (PTO) – New hires accrue up to 23 days per year (includes holidays, vacation, and sick days)
- ACLS and BLS certifications (PALS certification optional)
- Health, dental and vision insurance
- On-site library services with online access to most medical journals
- On-site fitness facility with reduced membership rates for team members
- Wellstar Kennestone PGY2 Pain Management and Palliative Care
- Wellstar Kennestone PGY2 Emergency Medicine (EM)
- Cobb/Wellstar PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership
- Wellstar Health System PGY2 Medication Use Safety & Policy
The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program conducted by Wellstar Kennestone in Marietta, GA is accredited by ASHP.