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Pharmacy



Mission
UTMB Correctional Managed Care Pharmacy Services is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of our patients and customers by providing quality and cost effective pharmaceutical care.

Overview
Comprehensive centralized and decentralized pharmacy services are provided to correctional facilities across the state.  Distribution services are provided from a centralized facility in Huntsville, Texas. The state-of-the-art facility incorporates automated technology that has eliminated pharmacist final check.  This allows pharmacists to perform in-depth prospective profile review and to provide other services that support the health care staff in ensuring safe and effective use of medications.  Clinical pharmacy services are decentralized with locations in Beaumont, Gatesville, Huntsville, Palestine, and Stafford.

  • The Pharmacy fills approximately 408,000 medication orders per month.
  • Medication orders are delivered within 24 hours to customers using state-of-the-art equipment including an electronic medical record with electronic physician order entry, automated repacking machines, and automated checking and sortation devices.
  • Pharmacy services include drug distribution, formulary management, clinical management, medication therapy management, contract and discount negotiations with manufacturers, drug utilization review, and education.
  • The Department serves as a clinical internship site for pharmacy students and offers an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency.

Clinical Pharmacy Services
With a unique knowledge of medications, current research, and hands-on clinical experience, pharmacists develop evidence-based solutions for managing pharmaceutical care. Services are designed to improve clinical outcomes and to improve the efficiency of drug utilization, while containing the organization's pharmacy costs. A range of services are offered:

  • Medication therapy management
  • Academic detailing and educational programs
  • Drug information
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Consulting
  • Formulary and utilization management
  • Clinical guideline development

Pharmacy Residency Program Purpose
Purpose: The purpose of the postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency program is to develop a competent and confident clinical pharmacist that is a valued member of the health care team.  During the program, residents will develop a personal practice philosophy, a strong commitment to the advancement of the pharmacy profession, and become a self-directed learner.  Residents completing the program will be able to provide pharmaceutical care to patients in a variety of health care settings. 

The majority of experience is gained in the ambulatory care setting. Upon completion of the program, the resident will be prepared to pursue a specialty residency or fellowship training, work as a general clinical pharmacist, serve as adjunct faculty, and be eligible for board certification in pharmacotherapy.

Pharmacy Residency Program Description
The postgraduate year one (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency was established in 1993 and has been accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists since 1994.  It is a twelve-month program and is designed so that residents will receive a well rounded clinical, administrative, and practice management experience. 

The resident is actively involved in the provision of pharmaceutical care by providing patient care, participating in system and management operations, and working on assigned projects. Through actual experience, the resident learns how these activities are interrelated and is best coordinated with other disciplines involved in the medication-use process. The program enhances general competencies in managing medication-use systems, providing patient-centered drug therapy management, developing leadership and practice management skills, developing project management skills, providing medication and practice-related education, and use of medical informatics.

The residency structure is largely longitudinal.  The goal is to provide the resident experience in time and resource management and to provide a realistic practice model for practitioners.    

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
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