Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital’s PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is a twelve-month program designed to build on Doctor of Pharmacy education 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 for PGY2 pharmacy residency training. The program, which accepts two residents each year, recently earned accreditation from the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP).
ASHP is the only nationally recognized non-governmental, non-profit pharmacy association that has been accrediting pharmacy residencies since 1962 and pharmacy technician training programs in the United States since 1983. ASHP accreditation is considered to be the gold-standard to which pharmacy residency programs are held.
After an on-site survey and a thorough review of the report from that survey and BWFH’s response to the survey findings, the ASHP Board of Directors reviewed and accepted the Commission on Credentialing’s actions. BWFH’s PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is now accredited for the next eight years.
“It’s quite an accomplishment to be granted a full eight-year term of accreditation,” says Director of Pharmacy Services Joshua Guerin, PharmD, MBA. “Similar to Joint Commission hospital accreditation, ASHP pharmacy residency accreditation requires we be compliant with a strict set of standards. Our PGY1 Residency Program Director deserves kudos for his hard work and attention to detail, ensuring we were able to demonstrate that compliance to our surveyors.”
Raul Santiago, PharmD, BCPS, BCID, is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Diseases and the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director. He credits the Pharmacy staff and this year’s residents for their part in the accreditation process. “Accreditation would not have been possible without their hard work throughout the accreditation process,” he says. “I am very proud of their dedication to the highest quality, safest patient care and their efforts to demonstrate the dedication to our surveyors.”
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