Below are frequently-asked questions regarding the REX Pharmacy Residency program:

What distinguishes UNC REX Hospital’s PGY1 Residency from other programs?

The Pharmacy Department at UNC REX serves diverse practice areas within a decentralized pharmacy model. We have an extensive Pharmacy Services presence in the emergency department and multiple oncology pharmacies. UNC REX is an innovative hospital with an entrepreneurial spirit that is always looking for the best way to provide care for its patients.

What clinical experiences are available?

UNC REX Hospital’s PGY1 Residency offers a variety of robust clinical rotations in both the inpatient and outpatient setting taught by our well-rounded preceptors from diverse practice settings. Take a look at our clinical rotations offered here.

What teaching opportunities are available?

Learn more about our teaching opportunities here.

What research experiences are available?

After the match, residents will be sent a list of potential research projects to pursue. Residents are welcome to pursue their own research project outside of the list as well. Residents are required to reach out to their lead research preceptors in June and July to complete their Research Project Concept Proposals, and create individualized Research Advisory Committees. Interdisciplinary research is highly encouraged. Research projects must be submitted through the Institutional Review Board (IRB) by early September. Learn more about our research experiences and learn more about previous resident research projects here.

What types of research projects have past residents completed?

2016-2017 Residency Class
Rachel LaBianca, PharmD: Impact of dose-capping on time to therapeutic anticoagulation by anti-Xa level for weight-based unfractionated heparin
Zachary Kritzer, PharmD: Evaluation of guideline-discordant empiric vancomycin initiation in oncology patients with febrile neutropenia
J. Alex Toler, PharmD: A retrospective analysis of effectiveness of accelerated dose vs standard dose sotalol initiation in patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter
Elizabeth Weddendorf, PharmD: Assessment of the effect of direct oral anticoagulants for acute treatment of venous thromboembolism in patients with cancer

2015-2016 Residency Class
Tramaine Young, PharmD, MSRC: Methodological study of vancomycin dosing in elderly patients using actual serum creatinine versus rounded serum creatinine
Taylor White, PharmD: Assessment of outcomes in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation treated with nonwarfarin oral anticoagulants (NOACS) as dosed in clinical practice

2012- 2013 Residency Class

Matt Daniel, PharmD: Dose-Range Checking Implementation Within Computerized Physician Order Entry and Medication Order Management Systems at UNC REX Hospital

Tanner Ringley, PharmD: Development of a Risk Stratification System for Prediction of Recurrent Clostridium Difficile Infection (R-CDI)

2013- 2014 Residency Class

Madison Dixon (Sasser), PharmD: Subcutaneous Versus Intravenous Patient-Controlled Analgesia in Sickle Cell Pain Crisis

Nastaran Gharkholonarehe, PharmD: Assessing Concomitant Aspirin and Oral Anticoagulation Therapy in Atrial Fibrillation

2014- 2015 Residency Class

Will Criswell, PharmD: Evaluation of a Vancomycin Dose-Stacking Protocol in Achieving Initial Goal Trough Concentrations of 15-20 mcg/mL in a Community Hospital

Debbie Liang, PharmD: Major Bleed Risk in Emergency Department (ED) Patients on New Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs) with Concomitant P Glycoprotein (PGP) or Cytochrome P450 (CYP450) Inhibitors

How is the PGY1 Residency program structured?

PGY1 residents start their residency in late June, with required EPIC training, hospital and clinical orientation for the first week. During this time, residents also individually meet with the residency program director to set up their clinical rotations for their respective year. Residents then complete a pharmacy orientation month in July rotating through the different roles of inpatient pharmacy operations to build a strong foundation for the staffing component of the residency. Infectious Diseases I and Internal Medicine are typically one of the first required clinical rotations, with the intention of establishing a fundamental knowledge base of managing patients. After that, residents may have the flexibility to tailor their clinical rotations based on their interests and career goals.

What are the staffing requirements of the residency?

Residents are required to staff the pharmacy every fourth weekend (8 hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday) and one weekday evening each week in addition to their rotation hours excluding the first two weekends in December to permit attendance at the ASHP Midyear meeting.

Residents will be expected to staff at least two UNC REX minor holidays and two major holidays as defined from Rex policies and procedures.

Who will I be working with?

Required and Elective Rotations

Orientation: Caroline Girardeau and Jason Jones
Ambulatory Care: Jared Peak
Cardiology: Oksana Barakat
Critical Care I: Ginger Barrick
Critical Care II: David Collins
Emergency Medicine: Scott Christofferson
Infectious Disease: Duke Eidson
Internal Medicine: Tramaine Young
Oncology I: David Blanchard and Jonathan Gerber
Oncology II: Becky Jones
Surgery: Kelly Short
Drug Information: Caroline Girardeau
Research: Research Advisory Committee

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Drug Information: W. Russell Laundon, PharmD, MS, BCPS
  • Research: Research Advisory Committee

What have previous residents done post-residency?

Many of our graduates have continued to work in the hospital setting including UNC REX Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Our graduates have also pursued PGY2s including UF Shands PGY2 in Critical Care. Learn more about our graduates here.

What are you looking for in a potential candidate?

At UNC REX Hospital, we are looking for well-rounded and motivated potential candidates interested in working in a progressive community hospital. Candidates will need good time management skills, excellent presentation skills and the ability to work in a self-directed and team-oriented manner.

How are residents selected?

If eligibility requirements are met, potential candidates are required to submit a completed application to UNC REX Hospital by January 1, 2016. UNC REX evaluates potential candidates based on letters of recommendation, letters of intent, prior work, research, and teaching experience, leadership roles, extracurriculars, and volunteer experience. UNC REX Hospital currently offers two PGY1 resident spots available for 2016.

How are your residents evaluated?

Residents will be formally evaluated by their preceptors through PharmAcademic each month upon completion of each required and elective rotation or quarterly for longitudinal rotations. Preceptors will meet with residents for a final evaluation, and also provide feedback through each rotation. Residents are highly encouraged to provide feedback to preceptors throughout their rotations as well. Typically, residents individually meet with the residency program director biweekly or monthly to evaluate resident progress.

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