Learn about the activities that all residents and fellows are required to participate in during their tenure at the University of Maryland.

Pharmacotherapy Rounds

Each resident and fellow is required to give a formal presentation to other residents, faculty, staff, and invited guests. The presentation can focus on drug therapy to treat and/or prevent disease or on an innovative pharmacy service. Residents and fellows must successfully deliver their pharmacotherapy rounds presentation in order to complete their program. Trainees are also required to attend a set number of presentations each year.

Professional Development Seminar

On the third Monday of every month, residents and fellows are required to attend professional development seminars. These seminars focus on professional development topics relevant to pharmacy practice. Please visit the Professional Development Seminar to view presentations scheduled for the current training year.

Teaching

Residents and fellows are required to participate in teaching activities throughout the year. These activities are designed to develop teaching skills and may vary depending on the program in which an individual is enrolled. Some activities might include lectures, leading small group discussions, assessing Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students on clinical skills, and serving as a preceptor during experiential rotations.

All University of Maryland residents and fellows will receive an appointment as a clinical instructor at the School of Pharmacy.

Basic concepts and teaching skills are first acquired through the University’s required Teaching Excellence Day, which is held every July. Trainees work with faculty as they prepare for teaching activities, and are assessed periodically.

Research Projects

Each resident and fellow is required to complete a comprehensive research project during the year. Assistance with navigating Institutional Review Board (IRB) procedures and developing protocols is provided by faculty and program directors throughout the process. Trainees are required to make presentations to the in September and present their findings, as a poster, at the School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science Research Day in April. PGY1 residents are also required to present at the Eastern States Residents Conference. Trainees must prepare a report of their project in publishable format.

Teaching Certificate Program (Elective)

A Teaching Certificate Program is offered to residents and fellows as an elective opportunity. Residents and fellows who wish to pursue this program must meet the following requirements:

Educational Theory and Practice Course

Trainee will successfully complete of the course Educational Theory and Practice at UM SOP. This course is offered starting in late July and ends in early November.

As an alternative to the Ed Theory and Practice course, the trainee may choose to complete the Instructional Systems Development Graduate Certificate Program from UMBC (http://www.umbc.edu/isd/instructionalsystemsdesign.html). If the trainee chooses to complete the ISD Certificate at UMBC, they are responsible for applying to and enrolling in the year-long program and providing proof of enrollment as well as completion to the UM Academic Coordinator.

Teaching Experiences

(Evaluations are required for each of these activities)

Lecture

Trainee will develop and deliver a lecture to a student pharmacist or healthcare professional audience. The lecture is to be delivered to students in a required or elective course at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy or another academic institution, or to an audience at your practice site.

Expectations are that the resident/fellow develop learning outcome statements, create all lecture and supporting materials (original creations), and assessment activities. Resident/fellow will reflect on evaluation results and formulate opinions for improvement for the future.

Please work with your mentor and content expert in a timely fashion to assure slides and all supporting materials including assessments are reviewed and completed at least two weeks prior to the teaching activity. Your TCP mentor or a designee should attend your lecture and complete an evaluation.

Case Discussion

Trainee will develop and facilitate a case discussion. This may include a case discussion at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, or at the practice site, such as case conference.

Expectations are that the resident develop learning outcome statements, create all case discussion and supporting materials (original creations), and assessment activities if appropriate. This could be a student teaching activity or could be a case-based discussion.

Please work with your mentor and content expert in a timely fashion to assure teaching materials including assessments are reviewed and completed at least two weeks prior to the teaching activity. Your TCP mentor or a designee should attend your case discussion and complete an evaluation.

Pharmaco-therapy Rounds

Trainee will present Pharmacotherapy Rounds at University of Maryland (Baltimore or Shady Grove campus) or Johns Hopkins University. Your TCP mentor or a designee should attend your PT Rounds and complete an evaluation.

Trainees not already scheduled for Pharmacotherapy Rounds at the time of enrolling in the program should contact the UM Academic Coordinator.

Precepting a PharmD Student

Trainee will precept student a minimum of 5 audit sessions, allowing the resident/fellow sufficient opportunity to evaluate the student’s performance. A preceptor, RPD, or TCP Mentor should provide an evaluation.

Teaching Evaluations

To be successful, the resident/fellow will achieve > 80% “achieved” ratings (of applicable elements), and no “needs improvement” to “pass” a program requirement. If time and opportunity allows, the resident/fellow may work with his or her mentor to repeat this element.

SOP PharmD Curriculum Teaching

All residents and fellows participating in the Teaching Certificate Program are required to teach a minimum of 12 hours of faculty-developed learning activities per semester in the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Curriculum at the Baltimore and/or Shady Grove campuses.

The TCP lecture, case discussion, Pharmacotherapy Rounds or precepting requirements are NOT part of this 12 hour commitment. If the trainee already has a PharmD curriculum teaching commitment to the SOP, the 12 hour commitment is a maximum (e.g. a trainee with an existing 6 hour commitment to the School must complete an additional 6 hours for a total of 12 hours. While a trainee with an existing 20 hour commitment to the School will not have to teach any additional hours.)

Completion of these teaching activities is required for completion of the TCP. Evaluations of these activities are not required but are encouraged.


Teaching Portfolio

Trainee will develop and maintain a Teaching Portfolio which contains all teaching materials, including evaluations from teaching activities; submit portfolio to faculty mentor prior to each meeting for review. This will include the Teaching Philosophy statement. The TCP Portfolio may be electronic (e.g., cloud storage, website) or hard copy.

Progress Meetings and Reports

Trainee will have a minimum of two in-person or phone meetings with their faculty mentor during the year, one at the end of each semester, in which the mentor will provide a written progress report.

An in-person meeting in August is also strongly recommended. Additional meetings as needed may be made in person or by phone.