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The Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) was one of the first locations in Australia to roll out a new pharmacy residency program, aimed at developing the next generation of pharmacists into well-rounded healthcare providers.
The two-year hospital-based program enabled recent pharmacy graduates to further their training in a hospital environment and provided the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in specialist areas.
Thirty sites around Australia have been accredited to run the program with PAH being one of the largest—training 10 of the 130 national participants.
Jessica Hopgood, who completed her intern year at PAH, was one of the first pharmacy residents.
Ms Hopgood said the 2017 to 2018 program offered her the opportunity to develop her skills as a pharmacist in a supportive environment.
“During my intern year, every time I learnt something new I realised there was more that I didn’t know,” she said.
“The new program provides the support and education I need to become the best pharmacist I can be. It’s also great to have a mentor who can offer advice and guidance.”
PAH Deputy Director of Pharmacy Michael Barras said by investing in further education now, the healthcare system and community would experience the benefits later.
“New research shows that the first 1000 days is crucial for the development of pharmacists into confident and resilient professionals,” he said.
“If pharmacist can get a good grounding, see different areas, become competent and more confident then you have better pharmacists 10 or 20 years down the track.”
Participants spend the first year rotating through the general medical and surgical wards, and provided the opportunity to undergo an elective in a speciality area such as intensive care, transplant or cardiology in their second year.