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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 5, 2004

UI Pharmacy Residency Programs Receive Re-accreditation

The Department of Pharmaceutical Care at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently received re-accreditation for both of its residency programs.

The Pharmacy Practice Residency is a one-year program offered to pharmacists wishing to practice in hospital and health system pharmacy. The Pharmacy Primary Care Residency is an additional one-year program of specialty residency training. Both programs attained a full six-year re-accreditation from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Commission on Credentialing, the accrediting body for all pharmacy residency programs in the United States.

Residency programs can receive accreditation for a period from one to six years depending upon the results of an intensive two-day on-site review. The commission evaluated the UI programs in May 2004 against comprehensive accreditation standards, which include criteria for excellence in resident instruction, training and preceptorship, as well as all aspects of pharmaceutical care provided for patients of the institution. The stringent accreditation standards reflect best practices in the training of pharmacy residents and the delivery of pharmaceutical care.

Trisha Smith, Pharm.D., supervisor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics, serves as residency program director for the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. She is a graduate of the UI College of Pharmacy and of the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program.

Beth Phillips, Pharm.D., a clinical specialist in primary care at UI Hospitals and Clinics and assistant professor (clinical) in the College of Pharmacy, is the program director of the Pharmacy Primary Care Specialized Residency Program. She received a doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Kansas. Phillips also completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a primary care specialized residency at the Department of Veterans Affairs Iowa City Health Care System.

Paul Abramowitz, Pharm.D., director of the Department of Pharmaceutical Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics and assistant dean of the UI College of Pharmacy, said, "We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Smith and Dr. Phillips serving as program directors for our residency programs and also to have our clinical pharmacy specialists and clinical pharmacists as residency preceptors. They all continue to elevate our Pharmacy Residency Programs to new levels. The fact that we received a six-year accreditation for both of our programs under the new accreditation standards confirms this."

The Department of Pharmaceutical Care accepts six to seven pharmacy practice residents each year and one to two pharmacy primary care residents. UI Hospitals and Clinics began offering the Pharmacy Residency Program more than 50 years ago. 

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