PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Program Overview 

Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center and The University of Findlay (UF) College of Pharmacy are pleased to offer a twelve-month Ambulatory Care PGY-2 Residency program.  This program is designed to develop motivated pharmacy practitioners who are interested in ambulatory care, and creates an independent and competent practitioner who can provide comprehensive patient care in an ambulatory setting. 

In addition to time spent in direct patient care, the resident will also be exposed to the administrative and educational sides of ambulatory care. As a focus of the ambulatory care program, residents will work on leveraging the clinic to improve continuity of care as patients navigate through inpatient acute care, urgent and emergency care and outpatient care through primary and specialist physicians, home and extended care.  The resident will serve as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice with The University of Findlay in Findlay, OH.

The Medication Management Clinics at St. Rita’s is the premiere disease management program in northwest Ohio.  It is owned by and located on St. Rita’s 424 bed acute care campus in Lima, OH. Staffed by pharmacists, registered nurses and medical assistants, pharmacists work under consult agreement to provide care in areas including, anticoagulation, diabetes, heart failure, transitions of care, employee disease management, dyslipidemia, hypertension, home infusion, home health, geriatrics, and preventative medicine. The resident will also work alongside medical residents and students enrolled in St. Rita’s Medical Residency programs. 

The University of Findlay is a Carnegie Master’s L institution and is the largest private university in northwest Ohio. The College of Pharmacy enrolls approximately 375 students in a six-year program leading to the PharmD degree.  Related professional programs at the University include physician assistant, physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, health informatics and nuclear medicine technology, as well as environmental, safety and occupational health management.  The College of Pharmacy supports residencies in the fields of pharmacy practice (hospital and federally funded clinics) and critical care pharmacy, providing an academic perspective and a teaching certificate program for residents.

Purpose:

Upon completion of the program, the pharmacist will not only be a competent ambulatory care specialist, ready to sit for Board Certification, he/she will also be explicitly trained in the management of ambulatory care programs.  The resident will be especially skilled in managing day-to-day activities of ambulatory care clinics as well as collaborative practice agreements and reimbursement strategies.

Accreditation status:  ASHP Accredited November 2011