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PGY-2 Neurology Residency

The PGY-2 Neurology Pharmacy Residency Program at Grady Health System is a unique training program established in 2017. The program is currently in candidate status for accreditation which will officially be determined in 2019 before graduating the program’s second resident. This program is the second of its kind in the country and the first in a Comprehensive Stroke Center and Level I Trauma Center. The services offered at Grady allow the resident exposure to a diverse neurologic patient population ranging in acuity from outpatients in Neurology Specialty Clinics to neurocritical care patients in the intensive care unit.

Program Design

The 12-month PGY2 Neuroscience pharmacy residency program is designed to develop and refine clinical, leadership, research, performance improvement, and teaching skills within the practice of neurology.  Training focuses on a full range of neurologic disease states, disorders, and procedures, along with the literature supporting the medication management of neurologic conditions.

The program is intentionally designed with the appropriate amount of flexibility to meet the individual needs and career focus of the resident. Rotations are designed to ensure experience is gained with the highest acuity patients in each sub-specialty area.  Clinical knowledge needed to obtain board certification within the practice specialty is provided.  Graduates are able to conduct research independently in the neurology environment and should be confident educators in the multidisciplinary and pharmacy training environment.

A tentative schedule will be developed for the resident prior to the start of the residency that will incorporate each of the required rotations. Following an initial assessment of the resident’s skills and interests, the program and schedule will be adjusted and customized to meet the goals of the specific learner. Learning Experiences may be assigned in any order throughout the year as resident and preceptor availability permits. Neurocritical care learning experiences must be taken after the resident has successfully completed a surgical or medical intensive care unit rotation as a PGY1 or PGY2 resident.

Learning Experiences

Required Core Learning Experiences

  • Neurocritical Care 1 (8 weeks)
  • General Neurology 1 (8 weeks)
  • Neurology Clinics 1 (4 weeks)
  • Neurology Consults including stroke response (4 weeks)
  • Research/administration/neurology (4 weeks)
  • Surgical Intensive Care – (focus on TBI) (4 weeks)
  • Orientation (2 to 4 weeks)

Elective Learning Experiences (4 weeks each)* – resident chooses 3-4 total

  • Neurocritical Care 2
  • General Neurology 2
  • Neurology Consults 2
  • Neurology Clinics 2
  • Academia
  • Emergency Medicine * (required for external candidates or internal who have never had ED rotation)
  • Neurosurgery
  • Geriatrics

Longitudinal Learning Experiences (required-12-months)

  • Presentation and Didactic Learning
  • On-Call
  • Inpatient staffing
  • Professional Development
  • Research
  • Practice Management
  • Neurology Clinic (twice monthly)

PhORCAS

Grady participates in the PhORCAS online residency application process. For more information please see www.ashp.org/phorcas.

Requirements for application to the neurology specialty residency program:

General Requirements

  1. Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy
  2. Successful completion of an accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency or residency program in candidate status.
  3. Eligibility for licensure in the state of Georgia

Specific Requirements (must be submitted by January 5)

  1. Letter of interest stating why the applicant wants to pursue the Neurology specialty residency at Grady Memorial Hospital (upload into Phorcas)
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae (include completed and anticipated residency rotations) – (upload into Phorcas)
  3. Official pharmacy school transcripts (Upload into Phorcas)
  4. Four (4) references completed on the Phorcas Recommendation Form. Formal, typed letters are not required but may be uploaded by the reference if desired.
    1. Three recommendations must be from preceptors who taught the resident during a PGY-1 pharmacy residency rotation. A recommendation from the residency advisor is acceptable to replace one preceptor recommendation.
    2. One recommendation must be from the residency director.
  5. Residency Questionnaire: Please answer the following questions and upload them into PhoRCAS:
    1. What do you wish to achieve by the conclusion of the residency?
    2. Describe the ideal PGY-2 residency program.
    3. Which clinical rotations in your residency program did you most like and which did you least like? Why?
    4. What would your most recent immediate supervisor say are your strengths and areas of improvement?
    5. Describe your most rewarding experience in your residency program or pharmacy school.
    6. When will you complete your PGY-1 training?
    7. Will you be eligible to sit for the Georgia practical exam in June? (for those applicants who do not currently have a Georgia pharmacist license)

Applicants invited for an on-site interview will be required to present a 15 – 20 minute professional presentation on a topic related to clinical pharmacy practice (may present residency research project if some data collection and analysis has been completed).

Representatives will be available at the ASHP Midyear Clinical meeting Residency Showcase in December. On-site interviews will be scheduled in February.

For additional questions, please contact Dr. Katleen Chester, Director of the Neurology Residency program or Dr. Olivia Morgan, Residency Program Coordinator

Katleen Chester, PharmD, BCCCP, BCGP
PGY-2 Neurology Residency Program Director
Neurocritical Care Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
[email protected]

Olivia Morgan, PharmD, BCCCP, BCGP
PGY-2 Neurology Residency Program Coordinator
Neurology Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
[email protected]

Department of Pharmacy and Drug Information
Grady Health System
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Box 26041
Atlanta, Georgia 30303