Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Residency


Residency Mission Statement

Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Pharmacotherapy Residency with an emphasis in Family Medicine and Academia

The University of Texas at El Paso/ The University of Texas at Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program

El Paso, TX

The University of Texas at El Paso and University of Texas Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program, in collaboration with the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, has developed a Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Pharmacotherapy Residency. The residency program is designed to produce pharmacy leaders and practice innovators who can advance patient care and educational opportunities in a variety of family medicine and other practice settings while serving culturally diverse populations representing the entire life spectrum. This residency was established in November 2013 and currently offers one resident position.  Applicants must have completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program prior to beginning this residency. 

PGY2 Residency Program Structure

Required Learning Experiences Type Duration/Sequence
Orientation Concentrated 4-6 weeks; July to mid-August
Inpatient Family Medicine I, II and III Rotational 3 two-month blocks during the year; 5 half-days per week
Critical Care I and II Rotational 2 months during the year, 5 half-days per week
Pediatrics I and II Rotational 2 months during the year, 5 half-days per week
Primary Care / Practice Management Longitudinal Yearlong; 2 half-days per week
Long-term Care Family Medicine Longitudinal Yearlong; 1 day per month
Teaching Longitudinal Yearlong; 1 half-day per week
Scholarship Longitudinal Yearlong; 1 half-day per week
Professionalism / Leadership Longitudinal Yearlong
Elective Learning Experiences Type Duration/Sequence
Potential electives include Infectious Disease (e.g. Antimicrobial Stewardship, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C), Maternal Health, Psychiatry, Other Rotational Structure/time may vary depending on practice site needs and interest of resident

Certifications: Residents will receive the following certifications/training:  1) Residency Program Design & Conduct workshop through ASHP; 2) Teaching certificate through the UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program; 3) Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

Stipend/Benefits: Competitive salary + excellent health insurance/disability/retirement benefits package, sick leave, 20 days paid vacation, travel allowance, Spanish tutoring, lab coat/business cards, no staffing requirement

Mission Statement

Purpose: The Purpose of this PGY2 pharmacotherapy residency is to prepare pharmacy leaders and pracice innovators who can advance patient care and educational opportunities in a variety of family medicine and other practice settings while serving culturally diverese populations representing the entire life spectrum. 

Experiences: Residents will gain experience caring for diverse patient populations in a variety of family medicine settings, including an acute care hospital, a primary care clinic, and a long-term care facility.  Ample opportunities for gaining teaching and research experience are available.  Additionally, residents will have opportunities for professional growth and development in leadership and cultural competency.

By the end of the program, residents will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate leadership and practice management skills
  • Optimize the outcomes of patients in family medicine through the expert provision of evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Serve as an authoritative resource on the optimal use of medications
  • Demonstrate excellence in the provision of training and educational activities for health care professionals, health care professionals in training, and the public
  • Contribute to the body of pharmacotherapy knowledge by participating in the evaluation of practice-based research questions or clinical pharmacy outcomes
  • Demonstrate skills required to function in an academic setting

Expectations: The resident will perform at the highest ethical, moral, and legal standards and is expected to be a role model and leader within the pharmacy community. Compassion, dignity, and respect for the patient's cultural, religious, and racial/ethnic backgrounds make up the cornerstone of the residency.

Positions residents should be able to obtain post-residency: Residency graduates should be able to obtain a position as a clinical faculty member or clinical pharmacy specialist in family medicine or other acute care or primary care settings. Graduates may pursue credentials such as board certification (e.g. BCPS or BCACP), among others.

Learning Experiences:

Inpatient Family Medicine

  • Round with the family medicine team at UMC of El Paso
  • Evaluate, develop, implement, and conduct patient education on pharmacotherapy treatment plans and monitoring for general medicine inpatients
  • Explore continuity of care issues related to the pharmaceutical care of patients in a hospital setting

Primary Care & Practice Management

  • Develop/participate in Disease State Management (DSM) activities in a family medicine clinic for several disease states including anticoagulation, diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia
  • Participate in practice management and administrative activities related to the creation and provision of clinical pharmacy services in the various family medicine settings
  • Participate in the development/provision of additional services that assist in ensuring optimal medication therapy outcomes

Pediatrics (Inpatient and Outpatient)

  • Round with pediatric providers at El Paso Children’s Hospital and Texas Tech Pediatric clinics
  • Provide medication education and/or in-services for pediatric patients, caregivers, and medical residents/students

Critical Care

  • Round with ICU providers at UMC of El Paso
  • Evaluate, develop, and implement pharmacotherapy treatment plans and monitoring for critically ill patients

Long-term Care Family Medicine

  • Round with family medicine providers at the Ambrosio Guillen Veterans Home once per month
  • Provide medication therapy consultations for nursing home patients

Scholarship (Residency Project/Writing)

  • Develop skills in developing a pharmacy-based research project as well as skills in writing
  • Complete and present on a research project based upon the needs of the family medicine practice sites and resident’s interests

Teaching (Academic Pharmacy Practice)

  • Residents are appointed as clinical instructors with the UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program
  • Earn a teaching certificate through the completion of teaching activities including participation in workshops and contact hours in the classroom, labs, or other sites
  • Participate in the education of pharmacy students, medical students, medical residents and other health professionals

Other Learning Experiences

  • Professionalism & Leadership- develop leadership and professionalism skills by participating in a local pharmacy association, a student pharmacy association, and service to the community
  • Optional Electives- opportunities for experiences in infectious diseases, maternal health, psychiatry, and others

Current and Past Residents

Rachel Kennedy

Rachel Kennedy, PharmD (2016-2017)

Clinical Instructor, UTEP School of Pharmacy

Education/Training: University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), Providence Va Medical Center (PGY1 Pharmacy Residency)

Practice Interests: Chronic disease state management, Tansitions of Care, Ambulatory Care, Inter-professional and team based care, Academia, Family Medicine

“I wanted to pursue this residency because of the unique opportunity to gain clinical knowledge across practice settings, the life-spectrum, and cultures. I loved teaching and precepting students throughout my PGY1 program, and wanted more opportunities to mentor and develop my teaching skills. With the experiences gained in this program, I hope to develop my abilities in chronic disease state management, and apply those to all patients throughout care transitions. I feel this residency will prepare me to easily step into a variety of clinical roles as a well-rounded practitioner. “ 

Former Resident Bios

DIRECTOR, FACULTY AND CURRENT/PAST RESIDENTS:

Residency Program Director (RPD):

Amanda M. Loya

Amanda M. Loya, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Associate Professor, Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Sciences 

UTEP School of Pharmacy

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, TTUHSC-EP

Learning Experience(s): Inpatient Family Medicine, Professionalism/Leadership, Scholarship

Education: University of Texas at El Paso (BS), The University of Texas at Austin (PharmD), Scott & White/University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy (Residency in Ambulatory Care)

Preceptors:

 

Sweta Andrews

Sweta Andrews, PharmD, MBA

Clinical Assistant Professor, UTEP School of Pharmacy

Learning Experience(s): Primary Care and Practice Management

Education: University of Findlay College of Pharmacy (PharmD), University of Oklahoma (PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency), Cedarville School of Pharmacy/Fayette County Memorial Hospital/REM Corp (PGY2 Transitions of Care Residency) 

Emily J. Christenberry

Emily J. Christenberry, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Assistant Professor, UTEP School of Pharmacy

Learning Experience(s): Inpatient Family Medicine

Education: Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (PharmD), St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital (PGY1 Pharmacy Residency), UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy (PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Family Medicine)

 

Jennifer Hartman

Jennifer Hartman, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP

Clinical Assistant Professor, UTEP School of Pharmacy

Learning Experience(s): Critical Care I and II

Education: University of Florida College of Pharmacy (PharmD), Shands Jacksonville Medical Center currently UF Health Jacksonville (PGY1 Pharmacy Residency), Renown Regional Medical Center (PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency) 

Margie E. Padilla

Margie E. Padilla, PharmD, CDE, BCACP

Clinical Assistant Professor, UTEP School of Pharmacy

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, TTUHSC-EP

Learning Experience(s): Primary Care and Practice Management

Education: Our Lady of the Lake University (BA), The University of Texas at Austin (PharmD), The University of Texas at Arlington College of Pharmacy/Seton Blackstock (Residency in Ambulatory Care)

 

Denise I. Pinal

Denise I. Pinal, PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor, UTEP School of Pharmacy

Learning Experience(s): Pediatrics I and II

Education: The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy (PharmD), Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Lubbock (Primary Practice Residency - Pediatric Focus)

Jeri J. Sias

Jeri J. Sias, PharmD, MPH

Clinical Professor and Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, UTEP School of Pharmacy 

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, TTUHSC-EP

Learning Experience(s): Long-Term Care, Teaching

Education: Texas Christian University (BA), University of Kansas (PharmD), The Ohio State University (Residency in Ambulatory Care), University of Texas at Houston (MPH)

Collaborators

This Residency program is administered in collaboration with the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center El Paso, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso, TX. More information about our family medicine faculty partners can be found by visiting their website.

RESIDENCY PRACTICE SITES 

University of Texas at El Paso School of Pharmacy and UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program

Learning Experience(s): Teaching

 The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) has announced its soon-to-be-established School of Pharmacy. During the next few years, the program will transition from the current UTEP Cooperative Pharmacy Program with UT Austin College of Pharmacy to a fully accredited UTEP School of Pharmacy, serving larger cohorts of students from the El Paso region. The mission of the UTEP School of Pharmacy is to bridge borders to achieve access and excellence by transforming pharmacy education, patient care, community engagement, research and leadership for a 21st century demographic. UTEP’s School of Pharmacy will be a pioneer in the advancement of pharmacy education for “Innovation, Diversity, Engagement, Access, and Leadership (IDEAL)”.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso: Department of Family and Community Medicine and Department of Pediatrics

Learning Experience(s): Primary Care/Practice Management, Outpatient Pediatrics, Teaching

 The Department of Family and Community Medicine is dedicated to excellence in medical education, research, clinical care, and community service.  The main clinical site for the department is located in Northeast El Paso and is an NCQA-recognized Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH).  Regarding clinical education, the department has a fully accredited Family Medicine Residency Program and Sports Medicine Fellowship.

 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Department of Pediatrics is located on the main TTUHSC-El Paso campus. The department offers residency training in pediatrics and neonatology. The uniquely diverse patient population, the state-of-the-art Medical School and the new UMC Children's Hospital are a few of the assets that support the department.

 University Medical Center (UMC) of El Paso

Learning Experience(s): Inpatient Family Medicine, Critical Care, Teaching

 UMC is a non-profit, community, and academic hospital. It has 396 beds including a level 1 trauma center ER, and affiliations with the El Paso Children’s Hospital, the El Paso Psychiatric Center, the West Texas Regional Poison Center, and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. 

 El Paso Children’s Hospital

Learning Experience(s): Inpatient Pediatrics

 El Paso Children's Hospital is a non-profit children's hospital in the El Paso region and is the only dedicated Pediatric Hospital within a 200-mile radius of El Paso, Texas. El Paso Children's Hospital elevates the quality and scope of medical care in the El Paso region by providing unmatched excellence in specialized pediatric patient care, research and education. Its partnerships with the Medical Center of the Americas, the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and University Medical Center of El Paso enhances the lives of children from the greater El Paso area and surrounding region through its innovative pediatric research and education and serves as a teaching institution. 

Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home

Learning Experiences: Long-term Care Family Medicine, Teaching

 The Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home in El Paso provides first-class long term care for up to 160 residents, including up to 60 Alzheimer's residents in a separate, secured unit. Created and operated exclusively for Texas veterans, their spouses and Gold Star parents, the Ambrosio Guillen home offers superior care that is Medicare and Medicaid certified.  The home is named after Medal of Honor recipient, Marine Staff Sgt. Ambrosio Guillen.