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1. When did the Memorial Sloan Kettering residency program begin?

The Medication Use Safety Program enrolled its first resident in July 2016.

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2. How many residents are accepted each year?

The program at Memorial Sloan Kettering is designed to accept one resident for a twelve month training program.

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3. Is the Medication Use Safety residency program accredited by ASHP?

The program is currently accepted as a pre-candidate status. We expect to be surveyed and accredited by July 2017.

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4. What rotations are required for this program?

Core rotations for the program include: medication safety leadership; drug policy & pharmaceutical outcomes; pharmacy operations; medication event evaluations; clinical informatics; and clinical rotations –geriatrics, oncology, pediatrics and pain management.

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5. What elective rotations are available?

Elective rotations are variable depending on resident interest.

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6. What teaching opportunities do residents have?

Residents may have the opportunity to teach and mentor students, limited to one student per month. Alternatively, residents have many opportunities to teach through planned teaching experiences such as “medication safety pearl” presentations and Journal Clubs.

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7. What are the other components of the residency?

In addition to core rotations the resident will learn how to be a knowledgeable and informed presenter including experience delivering a lecture for our ACPE-accredited continuing pharmacy educational program. The resident will also be offered the opportunity to train for 4 weeks at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) in Horsham, PA., under the direction of Michael Cohen, President of ISMP.  Each resident will also frequently interact throughout the year with MSK’s interdisciplinary Division of Quality & Safety under the leadership of Kent Sepkowitz, MD, Deputy Physician- in- chief for Quality/Safety. The resident will also have the opportunity to work on a significant project with Peter Bach, MD, MSK’s Director of Health Outcomes.

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8. What are the benefits of a residency at Memorial Sloan Kettering?

Each resident is provided with office space, a telephone, a computer terminal, and full privileges at Memorial Library. Each resident also has the benefit of fully funded meeting attendance at:

  • The American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP) Midyear Clinical meeting
  • Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) annual meeting or the ASHP Summer Meeting

Residents are compensated with an annual salary of $60,000, along with a comprehensive benefits package, medical/dental insurance, and 15 paid days off during the year.

Memorial Sloan Kettering offers subsidized housing for all residents. These apartments are available on Roosevelt Island-approximately 20 minutes from the hospital.

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