Tarannum Mansuri, PharmD., BCACP
The Wilkes-Barre VAMC Clinical Pharmacy Program operates 4 outpatient clinics. Clinical pharmacists are responsible for managing the care of patients in these clinics including medication ordering, monitoring/ordering labs, and making appropriate changes in therapy.
Required Learning Experience
The Anticoagulation Service is a required learning experience for the pharmacy practice resident. The AC Clinic is a clinical pharmacist operated clinic which provides anticoagulation services for all patients on chronic warfarin anticoagulation. There are approximately 2000 outpatients enrolled in this clinic. Point of care testing is performed by the clinical pharmacists.
Teaching Certificate in Affiliation with Wilkes University (Longitudinal)
Pharmacy residents will participate in a discussion based series on teaching/academia in addition to having hands-on teaching experience in a variety of settings. This rotation will equip you with the knowledge and ability to facilitate student learning in multiple environments effectively and confidently.
Medication Therapy Management Clinic
Patients are referred to this clinic by their primary care providers. The primary purpose of this clinic is to help physicians manage certain disease states including but not limited to hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, congestive heart failure, asthma, and COPD. The pharmacy resident will be responsible for the management of new consults and for providing follow-up care to patients already enrolled in the clinic.
Pharmacy Based Immunization Clinic
Influenza is a major public health concern of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Pharmacy residents will work collaboratively with nursing staff and administer flu vaccines during flu season.
Internal Medicine rotation is currently offered offsite in collaboration with Wilkes College of Pharmacy faculty. The Pharmacy Practice Resident will have the opportunity to be involved with all aspects of patient care in the internal medicine/acute care environment. Residents will be introduced to the treatment modalities, pharmacotherapy, and patient monitoring parameters that are unique to the hospital ward setting. Residents will develop and practice the skills of patient assessment, pharmacotherapy planning, patient monitoring, and evaluation of outcomes of acute medical conditions. The resident is expected to provide individualized evaluation of drug therapy and participate in the patient's care through interaction with physicians and other health professionals.
Drug Information (4 weeks)Drug information is a required learning experience for the pharmacy practice resident. This experience will allow the resident to develop competency in a broad range of drug information topics. The resident will be responsible for providing responses to drug information requests from the medical staff. When a request is received, the resident will research the question and complete a drug information request form. The completed form will be reviewed by at least 2 of the preceptors and then filed in the electronic data base. Other areas that the resident will be involved include non-formulary drug requests, drug monographs, evaluating and reporting ADR’s, and presenting lectures to the medical staff.
The Practice Management Learning Experience is a longitudinal experience extending throughout the entire residency year. The resident will become familiar with all aspects of pharmacy management. The resident will attend and contribute to P&T Meetings at the local and VISN level, and work on projects such as MUE’s and a SOARS assessment of the pharmacy. After successfully completing this learning experience, the resident will gain crucial management expertise and will be able to function as a member of the pharmacy management team.
Hospital Pharmacy Practice
Hospital Pharmacy Practice is a longitudinal learning experience for the pharmacy practice resident. This experience will allow residents to develop expertise in the process of preparing and dispensing drugs while focusing on patient care. The resident will be responsible for reviewing new medication orders for accuracy and will also be responsible for recognizing drug-drug, drug-food, and drug-disease state interactions. The resident will function as an outpatient and inpatient pharmacist. The resident will also learn to prepare IV medications according to our facilities policies and procedures, including proper aseptic technique. The resident will also learn to supervise pharmacy technicians and students. The overall goal of this learning experience is to produce a pharmacist who is capable of performing all of the job responsibilities of a VA pharmacist. After successfully completing staffing requirements, the resident will become a competent pharmacist in both the outpatient and inpatient settings.
The pharmacy resident is required to conduct and complete a residency project by the end of the residency year. The resident is required to identify a topic that results in the improvement of patient care and/or increases adherence to medication prescribing practices at the Wilkes-Barre VAMC. Responsibilities of the resident include:
The following is a list of goals that may be included in this rotation and is not all-inclusive
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