The pharmacy residency program occurs within an integrated managed care setting. The resident is trained in the role of the clinical pharmacist in the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines, formulary development, medication use management, pharmacy benefit design, pharmacy network management, pharmacy benefit management relationship, and drug-use policy development. In addition, the resident is trained to function as a leader in developing and implementing pharmaceutical care plans for specific patients in an integrated health plan and delivery system setting.
CalOptima provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable clinical and administrative experience in a managed care setting. Clinical experiences include, but are not limited to: face-to-face comprehensive medication review/patient education sessions as a part of the OneCare in-house Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program, telephonic medication counseling, post-hospital discharge medication reconciliation and medication profile reviews for identified high risk patients. Administrative experiences include training in CalOptima’s policies and procedures, learning the relationship managed care organizations have with the community pharmacy provider network, physician provider network, and the Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM). Throughout the year, the resident will have the opportunity to attend various meetings such as CalOptima’s quarterly Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) meeting and bimonthly Interdisciplinary Care Team (ICT) meetings. These experiences will provide the resident with valuable insight into the patient and quality centered approach to managed care at CalOptima.
The residency is structured to ensure the achievement of required goals. The goals specify those areas in which the resident's competence must be developed and serve as the principal guidelines by which the year is structured. The learning experiences in which the resident may achieve these goals is varied and tailored to the interests and needs of each resident. Goals include:
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- Design and implement clinical programs to enhance the efficacy of patient care.
- Ensure the safety and quality of the medication-use system.
- Provide medication and practice-related information, education, training, or all three.
- Design effective benefit structures to service a specific population's needs.
- Exercise leadership and practice management skills.
- Demonstrate project management skills.
- Completion of a residency project which may be in the form of original research, a problem-solving exercise, or development or enhancement of some aspect of our pharmacy services.
- Deliver a formal presentation of his/her project at the annual Western States Pharmacy Conference.
- Precept pharmacy students on rotation at CalOptima.
- Other projects and duties as assigned.
Residents must complete an official residency project, which may be in the form of original research, a problem-solving exercise, or development or enhancement of some aspect of our pharmacy services and will be expected to make a formal presentation or his/her project.
Experience & Education
- PharmD degree from an accredited college or school of pharmacy.
- Eligibility for licensure in California by July 1, 2013 and licensure obtained by October 31, 2013.
- Current clinical pharmacotherapeutics and disease state management.
- Principles of pharmacoeconomics.
- Managed health care principles and managed health care organizations.
- Computer software for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations (Microsoft Office).
- Oral/visual presentation and marketing techniques for pharmacy programs.
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