Pharmacy residency programs
PGY1 residency in pharmacy practice
The pharmacy practice residency started in July 2002 and is fully accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Each year, Community Health Network recruits three pharmacy practice residents. The residency experience is shared among Community Hospital East, Community Hospital North, Community Hospital South and Community Heart and Vascular Hospital, all within our network of five community-based hospitals in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Residency training includes required practice experiences in general medicine, ambulatory care, drug information, cardiology, behavioral care and practice management. The resident has a great deal of flexibility in selecting elective experiences, including critical care, infectious diseases, pediatrics/NICU, as well as additional experiences in one of the required rotations. The resident also has the benefit of being involved in a longitudinal academic rotation providing instruction to pharmacy students at Butler University College of Pharmacy. Other aspects of pharmacy practice in which our residents may become involved include pharmacy on-call service, formal and informal presentations, journal club, performance improvement initiatives and mentorship of student pharmacists on rotation.
Dan Degnan, Pharm.D., MS, CPHQ | E-mail
Medication Safety Officer, Community Health Network
Interim PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Director
PGY2 residency in pharmacotherapy
The pharmacotherapy residency started in 2009 (formerly family medicine begun in 2004) and is designed to provide both clinical teaching and practical experience in the inpatient, outpatient and university settings. Each year, Community Health Network recruits one pharmacotherapy specialty resident with primary responsibilities at Community Hospital East, the Family Medicine Center and Butler University. The resident works closely with Community’s family medicine medical residents and physicians. Please visit the Family Medicine Residency website for more information.
The resident’s training experience will include required rotations with the inpatient family medicine team, outpatient family medicine center and an administrative academic experience at Butler University. Elective rotation opportunities for the resident may include, but are not limited to, the areas of infectious disease, cardiology, critical care, behavioral care, neurology and medication safety. Activities will include inpatient rouding, disease state management in the pharmacotheraphy clinic, medication counseling, health care provider education, and mentorship of pharmacy students and PGY1 residents. The resident will serve as primary preceptor to student pharmacists from Butler University on either the general medicine or ambulatory care rotation and participate in classroom instruction (both didactic and case-based interactive discussion) of Butler University pharmacy students. Additional requirements of the residency include distribution (staffing) every fourth weekend, a poster presentation at ASHP Midyear, and a residency project presentation at the Great Lakes Regional Conference. The resident’s experiences are not limited to the above, allowing the resident to tailor the experience to his or her professional interests.
Tracy Buganski, Pharm.D., BCPS | E-mail
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Butler University
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Family Medicine, Community Hospital East
PGY2 Pharmacotherapy Residency Coordinator, Community Health Network/Butler University
PGY2 residency in pharmacy administration
The pharmacy administration specialty residency is for PGY1 residency graduates who desire to become leaders in pharmacy administration. Residents in this program are called upon to resolve real-life challenges and issues in a supportive and nurturing environment. The resident will actively participate in network and hospital level committees and projects. Requirements of the residency include distribution (staffing) every fourth weekend, a poster presentation at ASHP Midyear, and a residency project presentation at the Great Lakes Regional Conference. The following rotation opportunities are available: human resources management, pharmacy operations, medication safety, clinical pharmacy coordination, drug information, ambulatory care management, network/executive level leadership, academia (through Butler University), pharmacy automation, financial planning, purchasing and inventory control, strategic management and program development, and information technology. As a part of Community Health Network, the resident will be associated with an integrated health care delivery network that ranks among the top 20 in the nation.
Brian Peters, Pharm.D., M.S. | E-mail
Pharmacy Director, Community Hospital North
PGY2 residency in behavioral care
The behavioral care specialty residency is for PGY1 residency graduates who desire to become leaders in psychopharmacology/neurology. Residents in this program are called upon to resolve real-life challenges and issues in a supportive and nurturing environment. The behavioral care pavilion at Community Hospital North consists of nine units and is approximately 120 beds allowing the resident to gain experience in multiple and diverse areas of behavioral care.
Requirements of the residency include distribution (staffing) every fourth weekend, a poster presentation at the annual College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) meeting, and academic involvement at Butler University which will include leading a case conference in therapeutics, delivering one or more therapeutics lectures in the area of psychiatry, assisting with the Therapeutics of Psychiatry elective in the spring semester, and precepting rotation students at the hospital. The following rotation opportunities are available: general adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, geropsychiatry, pain management, rounding with psychiatry consult team on the medical units, academia (through Butler University) and leadership skills enhancement, chemical dependency, rotating through the acute psychosis unit and/or schizophrenia/bipolar unit(s), involvement in outpatient clinics, as well as other options (including other off-site rotations).
Types of daily experiences may include, but are not limited to, physician requested medication consults, drug information services, leading patient-focused medication groups, in-services to pharmacists and nursing staff, providing patient care, a pharmacy grand rounds presentation, participation in network and hospital level committees and projects, and participation in formulary review. The opportunities provided allow for individualized tailoring of the residency experience to the unique interests of the resident. Upon completion of the residency the resident is expected to function with the knowledge, confidence, and competence a leader is expected to show in this specialty area, as well as be equipped with the appropriate knowledge in order to pursue BCPP certification if the resident so chooses. As a part of Community Health Network, the resident will be associated with an integrated health care delivery network that ranks among the top 20 in the nation.
Laura Ruekert, Pharm.D., BCPP | E-mail
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Butler University
Clinical pharmacist specialist in psychiatry/behavioral care, Community Hospital North
Director of PGY2 behavioral care residency, Community Health Network/Butler University