The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) extended the accreditation of the Pharmacy Practice Residency program coordinated between Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and Millcreek Community Hospital (MCH) by two years. The decision was made at the ASHP’s April Board of Directors meeting.
ASHP has accredited pharmacy residency programs since 1962 and has developed standards for Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) and Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) pharmacy residencies through its Commission on Credentialing. Programs like the one offered through LECOM and MCH help provide opportunities for more than 2,300 applicants to pharmacy residency programs through the U.S.
Program Director Timothy W. Zurn, R.Ph., coordinates the LECOM-MCH PGY1 pharmacy residency program, which is open to two students each year. Four residents have graduated through the program in its history with two more preparing to complete their training in June.
The residency program is highly focused on teaching and patient care at MCH. Residents learn about internal medicine, infectious diseases, cardiology, long-term care, ambulatory care, and drug information. Each year the residents complete a research project and they present their work at the annual ASHP Conference. Also, they gain practical experience by providing pharmacy clinical consult services at Millcreek Community Hospital and assist professors at LECOM School of Pharmacy with community service and teaching activities.