PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Purpose:

Building on the educational components of the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) curriculum, UMC’s PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program develops clinical pharmacists responsible for the medication related care of patients with a wide range of conditions. Upon completion of PGY1, residents will be eligible for board certification and for postgraduate year-two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.


Description:

The program objective is to provide the resident with a challenging, well-rounded training experience. The program’s emphasis will be in developing clinical and administrative skill sets and medication safety leadership.

Residents will gain experience caring for diverse patient populations in a variety of inpatient settings (i.e. emergency medicine, critical care, infectious disease). To further diversify patient care skills across the life-spectrum and practice settings, residents will also gain experience in ambulatory care and pediatrics.

By completing the residency program, the resident will demonstrate competency in the following:

  • Patient Care
  • Advancing Practice and Improving Patient Care
  • Leadership and Management
  • Teaching, Education, and Dissemination of Knowledge

Residency graduates should be able to obtain a position as a clinical faculty member or clinical pharmacy specialist. Graduates of this program will be prepared to pursue credentialing in a variety of board specialty areas (e.g. BCPS, BCACP, BCGP, CDE, CACP).


Learning Experiences: 

  • Internal Medicine (required)
  • Critical Care (required)
  • Infectious Diseases (required)
  • Pediatrics (required)
  • Ambulatory Care (required)
  • Scholarship (required): Longitudinal
  • Pharmacy Practice (Staffing) (required): Longitudinal
  • Pharmacy Administration (required): Longitudinal
  • Emergency Medicine (elective)
  • Infectious Diseases, Advanced (elective)
  • Toxicology (elective)
  • Teaching Certificate Program (required): Longitudinal

Expectations:

The resident will be required to perform at the highest ethical, moral, and legal standards and is expected to be a role model and leader within the pharmacy community. Compassion, dignity, and respect for the patients’ cultural, religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds make up the cornerstone of this residency.


Current Residents:

Isabel Hernandez-Fuerte, PharmD

Isabel Hernandez-Fuerte, Pharm.D.

Education/Training: Pacific University School of Pharmacy (Hillsboro, OR)
Practice Interests: Toxicology, Emergency Medicine
Why Residency? To successfully pursue my long-term goals of becoming a clinical pharmacist in an acute care setting, I knew I wanted the extensive training provided by residency in leadership, preception, and exposure to many different patient populations/disease states. UMC offers a teaching certificate and a wide variety of rotations from pediatrics to ambulatory care that will prepare me for the next step in my career. I am very excited to be completing my PGY-1 training at UMC due to the well-rounded curriculum and great people.

 

Jose Ontiveros, Pharmacy student

Jose Ontiveros, Pharm.D.

Education/Training: University of Texas at El Paso School of Pharmacy
Practice Interests: Critical Care, Pediatrics, Ambulatory Care
Why Residency? I chose the residency pathway in order to provide myself with the best chance of landing my ideal job. Not only will this post-graduate training enrich my clinical knowledge and professional identity, but it will also make me an appealing candidate in the job market. I selected University Medical Center of El Paso for three reasons: 1) Born and raised in El Paso, 2) Great variety of clinical exposure/patient population and 3) The teaching culture of this facility. I look forward to making an impact in my community and keeping El Paso Strong!

 


PGY1 Preceptors:

Gabriel Ortiz, Pharm.D., BCPS

Emergency Department Pharmacy Supervisor

Learning Experience(s): Emergency Medicine

Education: University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy (PharmD)

 

Salvador Baeza, Pharm.D., DABAT

Director, West Texas Regional Poison Center

Learning Experience(s): Toxicology

Education: University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy (PharmD), UTEP-UT Austin Cooperative Program/Providence Memorial Hospital (Pediatric Pharmacy Residency)

 

Emily Christenberry, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP

Clinical Assistant Professor, The UTEP School of Pharmacy

Learning Experience(s): Internal Medicine

Education: Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (PharmD), St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital (PGY1 Pharmacy Residency), UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy (PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Family Medicine)

 

 

Denise I. Pinal, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Clinical Assistant Professor, The UTEP School of Pharmacy

Learning Experience(s): Pediatrics

Education: The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy (PharmD), Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Lubbock (Primary Practice Residency - Pediatric Focus)

 

Jeri Sias, Pharm.D., MPH

Clinical Professor, The University of Texas at El Paso School of Pharmacy

Learning Experience(s): Teaching

Education: Texas Christian University (BA)University of Kansas (PharmD), The Ohio State University (Ambulatory Care Residency), The University of Texas-Houston (MPH)

 

Catherine Ho, Pharm.D., BCIDP

Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacist

Learning Experience(s): Infectious Diseases

Education: University of Texas at Austin (PharmD)

 

John Miller, Pharm.D., MHA, BCPS

Director of Pharmacy Clinical Services

Learning Experience(s): Residency Program Director

Education: Ohio State University (BS Pharm, PharmD), University of Southern California (MHA), All Children’s Hospital (PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy)

 

 


Residency Practice Sites

University Medical Center (UMC) of El Paso

Learning Experience(s): Pharmacy Administraton, Pharmacy Practice, Infectious Diseases, Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Ambulatory Care

University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC), is an acute care teaching hospital and the primary teaching institution for Texas Tech University's Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. UMC is home to the region’s only Level I Trauma Center and the only Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center as well as large primary care clinics located across El Paso County featuring complete pharmacy, lab, imaging and rehab services. Click here to learn more about UMC.

El Paso Children’s Hospital

Learning Experience(s): Pediatrics

El Paso Children’s Hospital (EPCH) is El Paso’s dedicated pediatric specialty and sub-specialty hospital within a 200-mile radius of El Paso. EPCH elevates the quality and scope of pediatric patient care in the region by providing unmatched excellence in specialized pediatrics, research and education. Its partnerships with the Texas Tech University's Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and University Medical Center of El Paso enhances the lives of children from the surrounding region. Click here to learn more about EPCH.

West Texas Regional Poison Center

Learning Experience(s): Toxicology

The West Texas Regional Poison Center (WTRPC) at University Medical Center of El Paso is America’s first 24-hour bilingual regional poison control center certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers and is an integral partner in the Texas Poison Center Network. WTRPC is designated to serve the 36 counties of West Texas in Public Health Regions 9 and 10. WTRPC provides high quality medical information to patients, caregivers, families, and healthcare providers and can safely replace an unnecessary emergency room visit. Click here to learn more about WTRPC.

The University of Texas at El Paso School of Pharmacy

Learning Experience(s): Teaching

After receiving legislative support from the State of Texas in 2015, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) began the process of creating the School of Pharmacy and establishing the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. The UTEP School of Pharmacy was granted Pre-candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors on July 11th, 2017, and the inaugural class of PharmD students was enrolled in the fall of 2017. The UTEP School of Pharmacy is the first pharmacy school/college on the Texas – Mexico border that is not a cooperative program, and one of only a handful of pharmacy school/colleges at a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) nationwide. Click here to learn more about UTEP.


Residency Application Process

Please include the following information in the application:

  • Letter of Intent describing interest in the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Official transcript

 

Steps for applying:

1. Register with PhorCAS: http://www.ashp.org/phorcas
2. Register for the National Residency Program: http://www.natmatch.com/ashprmp/

Complete Application by January 4, 2021
ASHP Code: 74087   NMS Match Code: 261513


Contact Information

For additional information about the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, please contact:

John Miller, Pharm.D., MHA, BCPS

Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

4815 Alameda Ave. El Paso, TX 79905
Phone: 915.521.7971
Email: john.miller@umcelpaso.org