Pharmacy Services

Pharmacy Services Residency


 (PGY1 Rotation - Acute Care)


Tom Peterson, PharmD
Ruth Ruble, RPh

Site Description:

The Neonatology rotation is in a 48 bed level IIIb newborn intensive care unit caring for VLBW and ELBW infants drawn from a diverse urban/rural population of approximately 2 million covering 5 states. The NICU pharmacist’s role includes pharmacokinetic dosing, parenteral nutrition, medication utilization review, medication decision making, patient counseling, interdisciplinary patient care rounds, and education of pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, , and pediatrics residents.

Rotation Description and Resident Expectations:

This rotation provides an initial post-doctoral experience in the newborn intensive care unit. Upon completion the resident will be qualified as a beginning practitioner in the NBICU. During the rotation, the resident will provide pharmaceutical care to approximately 25 preterm neonates at various stages of development from very low birth weight infants to term infants with complications requiring intensive care. Disease states include newborn respiratory distress, sepsis and other infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, seizures and drug withdrawal. The experience consists of daily interdisciplinary patient rounds, daily drug utilization review and monitoring, providing drug information and consultation to the NBICU team, 1-2 in-services, a written drug information article for the unit newsletter, and participation in administrative and quality improvement activities. Specific skills emphasized during the rotation include pharmacokinetic drug dosing, infectious disease management, newborn resuscitation, sedation and analgesia, and management of parenteral nutrition.

Activities Evaluated and Taught:

Goals and Objectives Teaching Method(s) Related Rotation Activities
Goal R1.1: In collaboration with the health care team, provide safe and effective patient care to a diverse range of patients, including those with multiple co-morbidities, high-risk medication regimens, and multiple medications following a consistent patient care process.
R1.1.1 Interact effectively with health care teams to manage patients’ medication therapy Modeling
  • Learner will effectively collaborate with the various neonatal teams to provide safe and effective patient care.
R1.1.2 Interact effectively with patients, family members, and caregivers Modeling
  • Learner will conduct at least 2 discharge teachings with a patient’s family/caregiver.
  • Learner will round daily with the healthcare team interacting with patients, family members, and caregivers
R1.1.3 Collect information on which to base safe and effective medication therapy Modeling
  • Learner will take into account patient’s gestational age, weight, current disease states, respiratory support on which to base medication therapy
R1.1.4 Analyze and assess information on which to base safe and effective medication therapy Modeling
  • Learner will take into account each patient’s comorbidities, allergies, weight, laboratory values, vitals, renal function, hepatic function, and current medications prior to recommending a new drug therapy.
R1.1.5 Design or redesign safe and effective patient-centered therapeutic regimens and monitoring plans (care plans) Modeling
  • Learner will adjust medication recommendations based on changes in patient’s conditions (ie. CGA, weight, Cr, BP, BG, drug levels, labs, cultures, etc.)
R1.1.6 Ensure implementation of therapeutic regimens and monitoring plans (care plans) by taking appropriate follow-up actions Modeling
  • Learner will recommend therapeutic regimens on rounds and will follow all assigned patients over 4 weeks of NICU care
R1.1.8 Demonstrate responsibility to patients Coaching
  • Learner will evaluate each patient thoroughly and follow-up on recommendations and medication management of the patient throughout the day.
R1.2 Ensure continuity of care during patient transitions between care settings
R1.2.1 Manage transitions of care effectively Modeling
  • Learner will update pharmacy pass-off notes daily to ensure continuity of care during transitions of care.
R3.1 Demonstrate leadership skills
R3.1.1 Demonstrate personal, interpersonal, and teamwork skills critical for effective leadership Coaching
  • Learner will make recommendations during rounds after formulating evidence-based therapeutic regimens for all patients on their team. Residents will present patients to the preceptor daily and make follow-up recommendations with their team if needed after rounds.

Readings and Preparatory Work:

Avery’s Diseases of the Newborn, 8th Edition

  • Bacterial Sepsis and Meningitis, pp. 551-577
  • Parenteral Nutrition, pp. 1061-1071
  • Acid-base, Fluid and Electrolyte Management, pp. 372-397
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus in the Premature Infant, pp. 816-826
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, pp. 723-736
  • Surfactant Treatment of Respiratory Disorders, pp. 670-686
  • Pharmacologic Principles and Practicalities, pp. 427-437
  • Renal Vascular Disease in the Newborn (Hypertension in the Newborn), pp. 1326-1331

Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 3rd Edition

  • Preterm Labor and Premature Rupture of Membranes, pp. 312-323
  • Antepartum Hemorrhage, pp. 187-195

Readings from the literature as assigned

Project/Presentation Description:

  1. Patient Case with focus on one disease state
    • Formal handout and presentation
  2. Journal Club
    • Formal handout and presentation
  3. Pharmacy article for monthly unit newsletter

Typical Daily/Weekly/Monthly Activities:

A typical day will be 07:00-15:30 but additional hours are usually necessary to complete rotation assignments and rotation responsibilities.

  • 07:00-09:00: Perform pharmacist review/monitoring of NBICU patients
  • 09:00-12:00: Participate in multidisciplinary rounds and therapeutic decision making
  • 12:00-14:00: Review/correct total parenteral nutrition orders
  • 14:00-15:00: Topic discussions/presentations
  • 15:00-15:30: Sign out to swing shift pharmacist


The resident will be evaluated regularly by the preceptor based on daily observation and follow-up with the medical team. The resident will receive formative evaluation (feedback) on their recommendations, presentations and article. A snapshot of resident strengths areas for improvement will be completed at 2 weeks (midpoint). A final summative evaluation will be provided at the end of the rotation in PharmAcademic.

Updated September 2017