• Outside of rotations, what types of experiences can be gained from residency? 

           We offer varied experiences for our residents including:

                •  Leadership opportunities
                    º  Each resident will serve a 3 month term as the chief resident with many discussions/activities 
                        focused on promoting leadership
                    º  Each resident will select one key hospital or health-system committee and is expected to 
                        actively participate
                            ›  All residents are active members of the P&T committee
                    º  The residents will work as a group on a project with an administrative/leadership focus
                    º  The residents will attend and participate in the weekly managers meetings to interface with 
                        departmental leadership

                •  Presentation skills
                    º  CE program(s)
                    º  Didactic lectures to pharmacy students and medical residents
                    º  Multiple presentations throughout the year to the pharmacy and medical staff
                    º  Formal journal clubs
                    º  Completion of a teaching certificate

                •  Precepting abilities
                    º  Our residents are expected to co-precept fourth year pharmacy students on several core 
                        rotations

  • What types of projects do residents complete? 

            At Vidant Medical Center, we help our residents identify projects that are not only interesting to 
            them, but ones that are relevant and pertinent to our department. To do this, we seek regular input
            from our pharmacy staff for project ideas and solicit ideas from the new residents. During the 
            residents' orientation month, the Research Committee works with the residents to select projects that
            are mutually beneficial. In addition to those projects required by ASHP, residents also have the opportunity
            to complete Medication Use Evaluations (MUE), longitudinal projects in pharmacy management and other 
            non-traditional projects, such as those involving informatics.

 

  • What are the staffing requirements of the residency? 

            The staffing portion of the residency requires that each resident staff complete an average of 32 hours
            per month. Currently, Vidant Medical Center residents staff every third weekend and one (7) hour
            evening shift every 3rd week. Staffing requirements are relaxed for the Chief Resident. We evaluate
            the staffing component each year in order to provide the most beneficial practice opportunities for
            our residents.

  • What have previous residents done post-residency? 

            Previous Vidant Medical Center residents have gone on to further their education through PGY2 
            programs or fellowships, while others have obtained positions in academia or entered straight into 
            clinical practice.

  • What are you looking for in a potential candidate? 

            An ideal Vidant Medical Center residency candidate is self-motivated, possesses high academic
            standing and demonstrates commitment and ambition in their endeavors outside of the classroom.
            Successful candidates exude a positive attitude and proactively seek opportunities to grow through
            constructive feedback and challenging rotational experiences.

  • How are residents selected? 

            All potential candidates are required to submit an application packet through PhORCAS by the 
            deadline date. Upon review by the Residency Advisory Committee, on-site interviews are granted 
            to approximately 24 candidates and are conducted during the month of February. A team of residency 
            preceptors, departmental administrators, current residents and clinical/staff pharmacists interview 
            each residency candidate. Once the interviews are complete, each candidate is evaluated and 
            ranked by the entire interview committee. Final rankings are submitted to the ASHP Resident 
            Matching Program.

  • How is the resident's year organized? 

            The resident's year is organized based on the requirements set forth by ASHP. The year is divided into 
            two major components: 5 months of required experiences (which include an orientation month and an 
            administration/research month) and 7 months of elective experiences. Each experience is 
            approximately four weeks in duration with the option to repeat a previous experience if the resident 
            wishes to gain additional knowledge in a specific area. Presentations, projects, and meetings are 
            interspersed throughout the year as best fits with each resident's schedule. In order to maintain 
            flexibility and to allow each resident the opportunity to make schedule adjustments during the year, rotations
            are initially planned for the first 5 months only. Following reassessment and evaluation, the final months
            are planned in November/December of the residency year and are re-assessed again in the spring.

  • How are your residents evaluated? 

            Residents are formally evaluated after each clinical experience (required and elective) through the use 
            of an online tool called PharmAcademic that was created for use by ASHP. Residents are also evaluated 
            quarterly by the RPD for overall progress towards the goals set forth at the beginning of 
            residency. In addition to these formal evaluations, residents receive informal feedback throughout 
            the year.

  • What is the cost of living in Greenville? 

            Greenville boasts a very affordable cost of living and has an abundance of safe and economical 
            apartment complexes strategically located near the medical center. Average monthly rentals range 
            from $500 to $1000 per month. Utilities can vary depending on the housing arrangement but 
            usually the cost does not exceed $200 to $400 per month. Professional real estate assistance is 
            available for those residents that choose to purchase a home.

  • What additional resources are available to residents? 

            Vidant Medical Center residents are provided private office space located in the pharmacy 
            administration suite. Each resident is supplied with a monogrammed lab coat, desktop and laptop
            computer and pager for use during the residency year. In addition, residents have easy access to 
            office supplies, printer, copier, and fax machine as needed. Vidant Medical Center provides 
            parking at no charge and all meals from the hospital cafeteria are discounted for employees.

  • What happens during orientation? 

            Vidant Medical Center orientation takes place in two parts. The first part is a general orientation for 
            all new employees that describes the values and the mission of the health-system as well as orients 
            employees to the rules and regulations of the hospital. This is also the time at which new employees 
            enroll in their benefits package. The second part of the orientation process relates specifically to the 
            operation of the pharmacy department. During the month of July, residents interact with a variety
            of pharmacy staff in centralized and decentralized locations. Extensive time is spent on the operation
            and functionality of our integrated CPOE system. Resident orientation generally focuses on positioning
            the residents to successfully navigate the department while staffing. Interspersed throughout the
            month are multiple meetings regarding projects, committees and the general "meet and greet" of all
            preceptors.