Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Residency


Residency Mission Statement

Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Community Pharmacy Residency

University of Texas at El Paso/University of Texas at Austin

Cooperative Pharmacy Program

El Paso, TX

Celebrating more than 10 years of Pharmacy Residency Training in El Paso

The UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program in partnership with Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. Community Health Center has created a unique community practice pharmacy residency experience located on the US-Mexico border.

Purpose: The purpose of this residency program is to cultivate practitioners, innovators, leaders, and mentors who have the genuine desire to serve culturally diverse populations and advance patient care through team-based practice models in community pharmacy and ambulatory healthcare settings.

Experiences: Residents gain experience in a primarily Spanish-speaking community through direct patient care, pharmacy management, patient and health professional education, interdisciplinary team leadership, writing, and public health.

At the end of the program, residents will be prepared to:

  • Navigate and adapt to a culturally and linguistically diverse patient population who often face socioeconomic challenges
  • Develop and expand innovative community pharmacy- and ambulatory care-based clinical services
  • Provide community pharmacy administration, staffing, and management expertise
  • Be a drug information and distribution resource for safe and appropriate medication use
  • Engage in the educational development of current and future healthcare professionals
  • Problem-solve and address the challenges of the present and evolving roles of our profession through participation in professional organizations

Residency graduates should be able: to obtain a position as a clinical pharmacist or pharmacy manager in a community or ambulatory healthcare setting, to continue education in a PGY2 residency, or to pursue a clinical faculty position based in an outpatient healthcare setting.

This residency is ASHP accredited. 

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PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Overview

The University of Texas at El Paso/University of Texas Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program, in collaboration with Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. community health center in El Paso, Texas, has developed a Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Community Pharmacy Residency Program.

This community pharmacy residency helps establish a solid foundation of clinical and administrative skills needed in the ambulatory and/or community pharmacy setting with a special focus on pharmacy practice in a community health center setting in primarily Spanish-speaking communities.

Residents are matched with the main practice site and have the opportunity to rotate through other affiliated site(s) during the year. The Community Pharmacy Residency Program has been accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Pharmacists Association. The residency program was first established at Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. (community health center pharmacy) in October 2005.

During the year, residents will also have the opportunity to learn about unique cultural and pharmacy issues affecting diverse patient populations, earn a teaching certificate, work with public health issues, and advance communication skills (e.g., Spanish tutoring) for working with Spanish-speaking patients.

Elective Opportunities: HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Inpatient Family Medicine. Others available based on resident interest and preceptor availability.

Certifications: Residents will receive the following certifications/training depending on prior experience:

  • APhA National Immunization Certification
  • APhA Medication Therapy Management Certification
  • Residency Learning System 8-hour workshop through ASHP
  • Teaching certificate through the UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program
  • Spanish Tutoring

Stipend: Competitive Salary + Excellent Fringe/Benefits + Robust Travel Allowance

Travel Allowance: Residents receive funds to assist with travel to ASHP Mid-year meeting, the APhA Annual Meeting, and other local/regional travel/meetings as appropriate.

Vacation: 10 days + 10 clinic holidays

Benefits: Retirement Matching, Healthcare Insurance, Clinical Faculty Appointment, Earned Sick Leave

Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc.

Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. (www.lafe-ep.org) is a federally-qualified community health center serving the health and social-justice needs of a primarily low-income Mexican-American population. The La Fe Central Clinic and its affiliated sites address not only the community’s health-care needs, but also the area’s educational, and cultural needs.

Mission: La Fe’s Mission is “to improve the quality of life of those we serve by continually enhancing the health and human services provided.”

Clinical Pharmacy Services:

  • Anticoagulation
  • Diabetes, Hypertension, Dyslipidemia
  • Health Education
  • Immunizations
  • Medication Reconciliation
  • Smoking Cessation     

Other La Fe services:

  • HIV/Hepatitis C
  • Pediatrics
  • Social Services
  • Women Infant and Children – Lactation Consultant
  • Preparatory School (Pre-K through 8th grade)
  • Cultural and Technology Center  Classes and services include: computer literacy; theater/dance/music; culinary arts; muralism; arts & crafts; poetry; ESL/GED/Citizenship Preparedness; and the La Fe Recording Studio

The Pharmacy Residency Program provides experience in working with different disease states and collaborating with physicians to provide clinical services to the community.  Residents will use current therapeutic guidelines and drug information resources to provide optimal care. There is a unique opportunity to develop Spanish-language skills to better communicate with patients. Because La Fe embraces a holistic approach to health care, residents will enjoy being able to connect with a community beyond clinical pharmacy services.

Past incentive grants: Project IMPACT: Diabetes – American Pharmacist Association Foundation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DM8Wzitbug & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5orD1zpCnQ)

PGY1 Learning Experiences

Clinic-Based Learning Experiences

  • Disease State Management & Prevention – anticoagulation, diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, smoking cessation, medication reconciliation & prevention education
  • Family Practice – inter-professional team, patient assessment, long term care (once a month)

 Staffing Learning Experience

  • Develop staffing skills one day a week (Monday-Friday) in community health center pharmacy
  • Counsel in Spanish, serve as Pharmacist-in-Charge for an 8-hour shift each month, participate in staff meetings/development

Administrative Learning Experience

  • Work in a Joint Commission-accredited pharmacy, conduct a Drug Use Evaluation, run a Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee meeting, develop a community pharmacy budget, and oversee a formulary
  • Develop collaborative drug therapy protocols

 Project/Writing Learning Experience

  • Complete a year-long research project based in advancing pharmacy services at the primary site
  • Apply for a small pharmacy grant, submit for a national poster presentation, and complete a manuscript

 Other Learning Experiences

  • Culture, Literacy & Community Health - receive tutoring in Pharmacy Spanish and gain public health experience 
  • Professionalism & Leadership - participate in local pharmacy association and service to the community
  • Teaching - earn a teaching certificate (Didactic: 40 hours; Experiential: 110 hours), co-precept students, facilitate labs, formal pharmacotherapy presentation

 Elective Learning Experiences: HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C co-infection, Inpatient Family Medicine, Pediatric primary care

 

Week-at-a-Glance

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Morning

Clinic: DSM  

Clinic: Family Practice (outpt)

Staffing

Administration

Clinic: DSM

Afternoon

Clinic: DSM

Elective Clinic

Staffing

Residency Meeting/ Teaching

Project/Writing

PGY1 Community Pharmacy Preceptors

Preceptors:

Jeri J. Sias

Jeri J. Sias, PharmD, MBA

Clinical Professor

The University of Texas at El Paso

Residency Program Director

 Education:

Texas Christian University (BA)

University of Kansas (PharmD)

The Ohio State University (Ambulatory Care Residency)

The university of Texas-Houston (MPH)

Learning Experiences:Cultural Competency, Family Practice, Project & Writing, Disease State Management, Teaching

Areas of Interest: Disease state management, medication Literacy, public health, cultural competency

Samuel Aboud, RPh

Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc.

Pharmacy Director

 Education:

The University of Texas at Austin (BS)

Learning Experiences:

Administration, Staffing

Areas of Interest:

Drug interactions, exercise, geriatrics, physiology

Enrique Valenzuela, RPh

Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc.

Staff Pharmacist

 Education:

The University of Texas at Austin (BS)

Learning Experiences:

Administration, Staffing

Areas of Interest:

Mechanism of action, medications, preceptorship

Jacquelyn Navarrete

Jacquelyn Navaratte, PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Director of Experiential Education

The University of Texas at El Paso

Education:

UT Austin College of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health

Sciences (PGY1-Community)

Learning Experiences:

Disease State Management, Project Writing

Areas of Interest:

Diabetes, Hypertension, Smoking Cessation, Experiential education

Liliana Lunares

Liliana Lunares, PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor

University of Texas at El Paso

 Education:

Roseman University of Health Sciences (PharmD)

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center/Pacific University School

of Pharmacy (Community Pharmacy with an Ambulatory Care focus)

Learning Experiences:

Professionalism, Leadership

Areas of Interest:

Anticoagulation, diabetes, health literacy and education, transitions of care

Jacquelyn Navarrete

Amanda Loya, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Associate Professor

UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program

 Education:

The University of Texas at Austin (PharmD)

Scott & White (Ambulatory Care Residency)

Learning Experience:

Family Medicine-Inpatient Elective

Denise Pinal

Denise I. Pinal, PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor – Pediatric Pharmacy

UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program

Education:

UT Austin College of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Lubbock Campus

(Pharmacy Practice Residency – Pediatric Focus)

Learning Experiences:

Pediatric Elective

Areas of Interest:

General pediatrics, antibiotic use/resistance, pediatric medication safety, cystic fibrosis, asthma, pediatric chronic diseases, health disparities, preventative strategies for optimization of health and medication use in pediatric patients


 

 

La Fe Providers:

Juan Loya, MDMedical Director, Family Medicine

Hector L. Rodriguez, DNP, FNP-BC, Family-Community Medicine

Amador Loya, MD, Pediatrics

 

Current and Former Residents

Current Resident: JoAnne Savage, PharmD

Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. (2016-2017)

Education:

UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program, UT Austin College of Pharmacy

Practice Interests:

Transitions of Care, Diabetes, Anticoagulation, Pharmacy Management, Ambulatory Care, Infectious Diseases

"Even before I started pharmacy school, I knew I wanted to pursue the UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program with Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe PGY-1 residency. The emphasis placed on cultural awareness and understanding the needs of the underserved populations of the area drew me instantly. I am challenged daily in the best ways possible and the learning opportunities provided by the program are virtually endless. Through this residency I hope to continue to work on my clinical and teaching skills, but most of all be able to learn how to enhance the lives of the patients and students I have the opportunity to serve." 

 Residency Project:

Digging DEEPER: Diabetes Expanded Education by Pharmacists through Evolving Roles

Former Resident Bios

Post-Residency Placement and Certifications Earned Post-Residency

Year

Resident

Primary Site

Education

Post-Residency Position(s)

2015-16

Melissa Carrillo, PharmD*

La Fe

Univ of Texas-Austin

 Clinical Pharmacist

Univ Medical Center- El Paso

2014-15

Samantha Strong, PharmD*

La Fe

Midwestern Univ-Chicago

Clinical Pharmacist-US Air Force

2013-14

Grecia Heredia, PharmD, AAHIVP

Jessica Gomez, PharmD*

La Fe

CSV

Univ of Texas-Austin

Univ of Texas-Austin

Clinical Pharmacist-La Fe

PGY2 – Amb Care-Hepatology

2012-13

Valerie Valencia, PharmD, BCACP*

CSV

Univ of Texas-Austin

Clinical Pharmacist

Univ Medical Center- El Paso

2011-1­­­­2

Jackson Kelly, PharmD.

Maaya Srinivasa, PharmD, CDE

La Fe

CSV

Univ of New Mexico

Texas A&M Hlth Sci Ctr

Clinical/Staff Pharmacist- La Fe

Clinical/Staff Pharmacist-  CSV 

2010-11

Kate Morton, PharmD, AAHIVP*

Stephanie Escamilla, PharmD*

La Fe

CSV

Univ of New Mexico

Univ of Texas-Austin

Clinical Pharmacist La Fe

Independent Pharmacy

2009-10

Carly Cloud, PharmD, PhC, CACP, AAHIVP*­­

Kathryn Mier, PharmD, CDE, BCACP

Jennifer Sosa, PharmD, PhC CDE, BCACP*

La Fe

CSV

Advant-Edge

Univ of New Mexico

Univ of Texas-Austin

Univ of Texas-Austin

Clinical Pharmacist La Fe

Staff/Clinical Pharmacist

Chain Pharmacy Manager

2008-9

Patricia Chon, PharmD, BCPS*

Jenny Ngo, PharmD, BCACP

CSV

La Fe

Univ of Texas-Austin

Univ of Texas-Austin

Clinical Faculty – UTEP

Clinical Faculty – UTEP

2006-7

Christina Hernandez, PharmD, BCACP

La Fe

Southwest Oklahoma

State Univ

PGY2 – Drug Information

Clinical Pharmacist - VA

2005-6

Maribel Lopez, PharmD

La Fe

Univ of New Mexico

Clinical/Staff Pharmacist-La Fe

*Recipient of APhA Foundation Residency Incentive Grant during Residency Year