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Interior Health Pharmacy Practice Residency Program

Program Curriculum

The Interior Health Pharmacy Practice Residency Program is a 52-week experiential learning program that focuses on developing and refining direct patient care skills, pharmacy practice skills, project management skills and leadership skills to prepare the resident for a career in pharmacy practice. 

The large variety of direct patient care, medication management and leadership rotations available, as well as the other residency activities offered, ensure that our residents have as broad and dynamic a learning experience as possible, with the goal of our residents being able to provide comprehensive and focused patient care in diverse practice settings.

Our Program is accredited with the Canadian Pharmacy Residency Board. 

The majority of the residency rotations and activities take place at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) in Kelowna and Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) in Kamloops.  Our residents also have the opportunity to do rotations at other hospitals in Interior Health, allowing residents to experience and provide patient care in variety of practice settings.  These sites include Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson, Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Penticton Regional Hospital. 

Residents graduate from our program having gained experience in providing care to patients in the inpatient setting, as well as in ambulatory care and in large tertiary care academic teaching hospitals, as well as smaller, rural hospitals.  Given the breadth of their residency experience, our residents are well positioned to work as clinical pharmacists in diverse practice settings upon graduation.

Preceptors involved in our residency program are highly skilled and motivated practitioners and are experienced at precepting.  Many have won awards for their precepting and teaching.       

How Many Residents Do We Accept?

  • 6 residents for the 2019-2020 residency year.  

Upon acceptance into our Program, our residents will be assigned to one of two Pods: the Kelowna Pod or the Kamloops Pod.  All residents in the Kelowna and Kamloops Pods will complete the same Program Curriculum.

  • Kelowna Pod
    • 4 residents
    • Program home site is Kelowna General Hospital in Kelowna
    • Residents will live in Kelowna
  • Kamloops Pod
    • 2 residents
    • Program home site is Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops
    • Residents will live in Kamloops

The Pods will serve as the home site for our residents and is where our residents will complete the majority of their core rotations and some of their elective rotations.  Residents in both Pods will be able to choose from the same list of elective direct patient care rotations.  The location of these electives depends on the elective rotations chosen. 

Where Do Our Residents Spend Their Time?

Residents in the Kelowna Pod and the Kamloops Pod will complete the following rotations:

  • Program Orientation (1 week)
  • Clinical Orientation (2 weeks)
  • Direct Patient Care Rotations (30 weeks)
  • Drug Distribution (3 weeks)
  • Medication Management (1 week)
  • Management (1 week)
  • Clinical Leadership (1 week)
  • Toxicology (1 week)
  • Evidence Based Medicine (1 week)
  • Critical Appraisal (1 week)
  • Academic Detailing (1 week)
  • Research Project (6 weeks)
  • Conference (1 week)
  • Vacation (2 weeks)

Further details on the location of each of the rotations for the Kelowna and Kamloops Pods are outlined below. Residents will receive a stipend to help cover travel and accommodation costs when on rotation outside their home site.  Further details can be found on the FAQs page.

Kelowna Pod (4 residents)

Kelowna Pod Rotations
All residents do these. 

Core Direct Patient Care Rotations

  • Clinical Orientation (2 weeks) at KGH or VJH
  • Internal Medicine (4 weeks) at KGH
  • Critical Care (4 weeks) at KGH or RIH 
  • Infectious Diseases (4 weeks) at KGH 
  • Cardiology (4 weeks) at KGH or RIH 
  • Precepting Skills (2 weeks) at KGH or VJH

Elective Direct Patient Care Rotations

  • 12 weeks, chosen from the list below.

Other Core Rotations

  • Drug Distribution (3 weeks) at KGH
  • Academic Detailing (1 week) in Kelowna or Cranbrook
  • Critical Appraisal (1 week) in Kelowna
  • Management (1 week) in Kelowna
  • Medication Management (1 week) in Kelowna
  • Clinical Leadership (1 week) in Kelowna
  • Toxicology (1 week) in Vancouver
  • Evidence Based Medicine in Vancouver
  • Project (6 weeks) at KGH 

Kamloops Pod (2 residents)

Kamloops Pod Rotations
All residents do these. 

Core Direct Patient Care Rotations

  • Clinical Orientation (2 weeks) at RIH
  • Internal Medicine (4 weeks) at RIH
  • Critical Care (4 weeks) at RIH 
  • Infectious Diseases (4 weeks) at KGH 
  • Cardiology (4 weeks) at RIH 
  • Precepting Skills (2 weeks) at RIH

Elective Direct Patient Care Rotations

  • 12 weeks, chosen from the list below.

Other Core Rotations

  • Drug Distribution (3 weeks) at RIH
  • Academic Detailing (1 week) in Kamloops
  • Critical Appraisal (1 week) in Kelowna
  • Management (1 week) in Kelowna
  • Medication Management (1 week) in Kelowna
  • Clinical Leadership (1 week) in Kelowna
  • Toxicology (1 week) in Vancouver
  • Evidence Based Medicine in Vancouver
  • Project (6 weeks) at RIH 

Elective Direct Patient Care Rotations

Kelowna Pod and Kamloops Pod residents choose 3.  Each rotation is 4 weeks in duration.

  • Ambulatory Care at KGH or RIH
  • Cardiac Surgery at KGH
  • Emergency Medicine at KGH or PRH 
  • General Surgery at KGH or RIH
  • Medicine-Neurology Focus at KGH
  • Medicine-Oncology and Palliative Care Focus at KGH
  • Nephrology at KGH
  • Rural Medicine at KLH

Other elective rotations may be available. Rotation availability subject to change.

Notes:
KGH=Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna
RIH=Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops
KLH=Kootenay Lake Hospital, Nelson
PRH=Penticton Regional Hospital, Penticton
VJH=Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Vernon 
 

What Other Activities Do Our Residents Participate In?

  • Academic Half Day Program: This program occurs at regular intervals throughout the residency year and provides residents with a supportive and collegial environment to enhance their clinical, teaching and research skills.
  • Resident Mentorship Program: Our residents are paired with three mentors, who provide the resident with support and guidance throughout the residency year.    
  • Structured Research Program: Our residents complete a residency research project as part of Interior Health Pharmacy's program of research.  Our residents complete research projects that are novel, impactful and utilize a variety of methodologies and our residents are supported and mentored throughout the research process.  Many of our residents have won provincial and national awards for their research projects.

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