Resident Education Academy

Teaching and Learning Curriculum

Resident Education Academy (REA) is structured to prepare residents to teach audiences in both an academic and non-academic environment. Residents participate in a series of longitudinal workshops that introduce principles of Abilities-Based Education (ABE) with practice opportunities in preparing teaching materials. The teaching materials are used to teach an elective course to pharmacy students.

During the fall, residents work with a partner and faculty mentor to create teaching materials, including a teaching script, lecture outcomes, lecture objectives, study guide, presentation slides, cases and exams.

During the spring, the teaching materials developed in the fall are presented by the resident groups to P2 or P3 student pharmacists as part of a two-hour enhanced lecture. Other spring responsibilities include meeting with a faculty mentor prior to the resident group’s lecture presentation, observing a peer group’s scheduled class session and preparing a teaching portfolio that includes a teaching philosophy, samples of teaching materials and a self-reflection on teaching performance. All PGY1 pharmacy residents participate in REA. PGY2 resident participation in REA is determined by the resident and their residency program director.

Academic Opportunities

Pharmacy residents have the opportunity to participate in additional teaching opportunities as part of their program. These include a variety of potential experiential teaching experiences that can better prepare a resident for a career in academia.

Pharmacy Resident Seminar

Resident seminar is a formal one-hour presentation delivered by PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents to a professional audience addressing a current pharmacotherapy topic. The presentation requires the resident to identify and critically evaluate primary literature related to a focused topic and communicate this evaluation verbally to an audience consisting of pharmacy students, residents and pharmacists emphasizing important clinical and professional applications. Continuing education (CE) credit is awarded for these presentations so residents must meet all the requirements for an ACPE-accredited CE program.

Pharmacy Practice Skills Lab Instructor and Assessor

The pharmacy practice skills lab is a series of courses taught to pharmacy students in conjunction with the integrated pharmacotherapy sequence. The courses apply content to help students develop the necessary skills to become a pharmacist. Residents are responsible for preparing for each lab session, managing the learning activities in the lab, and providing written and verbal feedback to students based on their performance. Residents gain experience in the use of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) to assess students’ abilities. As an assessor, residents learn to interpret and apply criteria in the assessment of student performance.

Discussion Group Leader

Pharmacy courses include opportunities for small group case discussions. PGY2 pharmacy residents may be assigned to serve as a discussion group leader independently. PGY1 pharmacy residents may serve as co-leaders with a full-time faculty member. This involves facilitating the discussion of a case and helping students learn the clinical problem-solving process. Residents also are responsible for assessing student presentations and grading quizzes and exams.

Preceptor for Introductory or Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences

Pharmacy residents may have the opportunity to precept students on either their Introductory (IPPEs) or Advanced (APPEs) Pharmacy Practice Experiences. During the professional years, pharmacy students take longitudinal IPPEs that require periodic assessments. Residents participate as assessors in these courses. Residents interact with students on APPEs. PGY1 and PGY2 residents serve as co-preceptors along with their preceptor to help students learn how to monitor and manage patients in a clinical environment. PGY2 residents also are assigned to serve as a primary preceptor for two students during one module.

On-Campus Lectures

Additional informal and formal lecture opportunities may be identified for PGY2 pharmacy residents. These often occur in required therapeutics courses, the integrated pharmacotherapy sequence, or in selected elective courses. This provides the resident with an opportunity to develop lecture materials, including a lecture script, learning outcomes and objectives, study guides, cases, quizzes and exams.