Wilkes University


Valley Health PGY1 residency

Hello class of 2019, My name is Charisa Flaherty, I am the residency program director for the PGY1 residency at Valley Health. Valley Health is a health care system consisting of 6 hospitals in Virginia and West Virginia. Valley Health provides the communities it serves with quality health care that is easy to access, well-coordinated, and responsive to their needs. Our biggest hospital is a growing 450 bed facility in Winchester, VA called Winchester Medical Center (WMC) and this is where the majority of residency rotations take place.

WMC houses a Level II Trauma Center, a Level III NICU, and it is a Magnet Designated Hospital. Our residency involves many different learning experiences in both block and longitudinal format.

The required block rotations include orientation, internal medicine, antimicrobial stewardship, practice management and leadership, and a teaching rotation of your choice. Longitudinal experiences include transitions of care at our physical rehabilitation facility, formulary management, medication safety, staffing, and community service.

You will be able to choose three electives to complete your year. Electives offered include critical care, cardiology critical care, ambulatory care (currently 2 different sites available, one at a diabetes clinic and one at an internal medicine clinic), NICU/Pediatrics, anticoagulation, emergency medicine, and psychiatry.

We are working on adding rotations in neurology and IS for the coming year. If you choose to, you can also obtain a teaching and learning certificate through our partnership with Shenandoah University (SU). We are one of 8 residency programs that partner with SU. All residents from these 8 sites meet monthly for a residency forum and journal club. The forum includes topics that are helpful to your career and your life. Some examples of past forums include CV development prior to Midyear and financial planning toward the end of the year. The forum is followed by journal club where you would partner with another resident to present a relevant journal article. These interactions with other SU affiliated residents provide good networking opportunities and additional support.

There are two large projects that will be completed during the year: a medication usage evaluation, which is presented at Midyear, and a research project which is presented at Eastern States. Topics that previous residents have looked at for these projects include evaluating rapid blood culture identification (verigene), looking at rates of C. difficile before and after the introduction of a new probiotic, implementation of a night protocol in the ICU, and many others.

Many of our previous residents have had their research published. After graduating from our program, our residents have gone on to complete PGY2s and fellowships. Others have entered the workforce as clinical-staff pharmacists or staff pharmacists in an institutional setting. You will be required to staff one weekend every 3 weeks. The week after you staff, one of your rotation days will be a half day. This is usually per your discretion. You will also be required to staff one major holiday.

Winchester is nestled in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley at the top of Virginia. Winchester has many festivals during the year, the biggest one being the infamous Apple Blossom Festival in May. This is a 10 day event that includes a carnival, parades, a talent show, art festival, wine festival, among other events. Winchester has an extensive Civil War history with many historical sites in and around the city. The downtown consists of a walking mall with unique restaurants and shops. Winchester is located 90 minutes away from Washington, DC, two hours from Baltimore, and 45 minutes from Shenandoah National Park where there is a wealth of camping, hiking, and sight-seeing opportunities.

Come check us out and learn more at booth number 5429 on Tuesday morning at Midyear - we would love to meet you! For more information about our program please feel free to email me, call me, or visit our website at: https://www.valleyhealthlink.com/Careers/Residency-Clinical-Education- Prog rams/Pharmacy-Practice-Residency-Program.aspx.

Thanks you

Charisa Flaherty, Pharm.D., BCPPS, Women and Children's Pharmacist, PGY1 - Pharmacy Residency Program Director Winchester Medical Center, 1840 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601  540-536-3490  cflahert@valleyhealthlink.com<mailto:cflahert@valleyhealthlink.com