Southeast Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program Receives Accreditation

December 05, 2017

The Southeast Hospital Pharmacy residency program with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been accredited through 2023 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). ASHP is the only accreditor of pharmacy residency programs in the U.S.

Southeast collaborated with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy to develop this program and, in 2016, welcomed two pharmacy residents for an intensive year of post-graduate work and study. The first residents completed the program in June 2017. Two new resident pharmacists – Alexander McGraw and Nathan Sylvain – have recently begun their post-graduate training at Southeast. Southeast’s program is the first hospital-based pharmacy residency located between St. Louis and Memphis.

“We were honored to receive accreditation after our first class of residents,” said Susan Boswell, Pharm. D., residency program director. “The majority of new pharmacy residency programs are only accredited for one or three years. However, Southeast’s program received the maximum possible accreditation of six years. This post-graduate pharmacist training program is particularly beneficial for our senior patients.” She noted that elderly patients are often on multiple medications, which can add a layer of difficulty in developing treatment plans. Additionally, patients are overwhelmed by instructions and are sometimes confused about dosage. “Resident pharmacists focus their time and attention on pharmacotherapy outcomes through direct patient care in the hospital setting. Direct patient care by pharmacists has been shown to make a positive impact on a patient’s recovery, and is a key part of our program,” she added.

During the 12-month residency program, resident pharmacists have the opportunity to practice in a variety of clinical settings to gain valuable skills and experience applicable to future careers. Rotational experiences include Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Surgical Care and Small and Rural Practice. Residents also focus on drug information and medication safety throughout the year.

Dr. Boswell noted that Southeast’s collaboration with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy includes the opportunity for resident pharmacists to obtain a teaching certificate, and deliver presentations at seminars and pharmacy resident research symposiums.