Dr. Emily O'Brien, PharmD, BCACP
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in our PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program!
The Northeast Iowa Medical Education Foundation and Waverly Health Center, in affiliation with the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science offers a Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency. PGY1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.
Features of this program include preparing clinical pharmacy practitioners for practice in ambulatory care and inpatient settings and providing significant experience regarding inpatient health-system pharmacy practice.
Our PGY1 Pharmacy Residency began in 1998 and currently exists as a shared position between the Northeast Iowa Family Practice Center and Waverly Health Center. Overall, the resident spends 60% of their time with Northeast Iowa Family Practice Center and 40% of time with Waverly Health Center. The residency is also affiliated with the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.
Features of the program:
Ambulatory care experiences: The majority of time spent at Northeast Iowa Family Practice Center occurs within a family medicine clinic. Pharmacy residents share office space with medical residents in the clinic, emphasizing the importance of team-based care.
Diverse inpatient experiences: Pharmacy residents spend 40% of their time completing inpatient experiences at Waverly Health Center in Waverly, Iowa. Waverly Health Center is a critical access hospital that offers robust clinical pharmacy services. Additionally, pharmacy residents spend approximately one week per month rounding with the Northeast Iowa Family Practice Center family medicine inpatient service at MercyOne – Waterloo.
Longitudinal curriculum: A longitudinal curriculum allows pharmacy residents to develop continuity of care with patients at Northeast Iowa Family Practice Center, an important aspect of ambulatory care practice. Additionally, longitudinal experiences allow for the development of strong working relationships with team members at each practice location.
Teaching opportunities: Pharmacy residents are required to participate in the PEPPR (Pharmacy Educator Preparation Program for Residents) program provided by the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. The goal of this education program is to help residents develop teaching roles they undertake during residency and to prepare residents for post-residency teaching roles or academic positions. During this program, residents are given the opportunity to teach at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Additionally, residents will assist in precepting 14 APPE students per year and provide formal noon conference presentations and journal clubs to a multidisciplinary audience at Northeast Iowa Family Practice Center, including students, medical residents, and physicians.
Research opportunities: Northeast Iowa Family Practice Center is home to the John E. Sutherland Clinical Research Center, which has an interdisciplinary team that has been conducting clinical trials since 1992. The Center has participated in over 120 studies. The resident will be an active member of the clinical research team, participating in research meetings and assisting with clinical trials.
Didactics: Weekly education conferences occur every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 PM. These educational sessions are attended by the pharmacy resident, medical residents, and other learners.
If you have any questions about our program, please contact Emily O’Brien, PharmD, BCACP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-272-2387.