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This specialty residency, affiliated with the College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin, is a comprehensive, individualized post-doctoral program within a clinically oriented Drug Information Center (DIC). The residency is designed to provide extensive training in drug policy and provision of verbal and written drug information at Scott & White, a 550-bed academic health science center affiliated with the College of Medicine and Rangel College of Pharmacy, Texas A&M University, as well as the UT College of Pharmacy. A pharmacy practice residency is not required for this Specialty Residency in Drug Information;
Drug information is provided primarily to health care professionals at the institution. The majority of queries involve direct patient care; thus, the residency has a significant clinical base. Approximately 50 percent of the inquiries come from senior staff physicians, while the remaining questions come from medical residents, nurses, pharmacists and medical students.
The DIC maintains its own collection of information resources that includes textbook and journal holdings as well as computer database availability (including extensive online search capability). The DIC is located within the Richard D. Haines Medical Library, allowing access to major indexing and abstracting services and an excellent textbook and journal collection. The Department of Pharmacy staff includes a number of Doctor of Pharmacy specialty practitioners.
Opportunities for clinical rotations within the residency program to supplement the drug information components are available (poison center, managed care, adult medicine, pediatrics, ambulatory care, etc.) to provide a well-rounded experience, along with additional educational experiences through affiliation with the Clinical Pharmacy Programs of the UT College of Pharmacy. The resident also participates in a collaborative research project, with the resident as lead investigator/primary author. Other residency activities include teaching medical students and residents as well as pharmacy students. Appointment as a clinical instructor with the College of Pharmacy is included in the residency and conveys additional opportunities as well as fringe benefits.
Residency functions also include writing/editing responsibilities for the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Newsletter, participation in hospital adverse drug reaction monitoring programs, and involvement in the hospital, clinic and health plan (managed care) Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees, including formulary management activities.
Also provided are free copying services, professional assistance with poster and computer-assisted presentation preparation, and paid attendance at two to three national meetings and two regional meetings each year.
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