PGY1 Residence | VA North Texas Health Care

Resident teaching activities are designed to complement practicum activities while allowing the resident to experience a variety of teaching methods. Residents will be required to demonstrate skills necessary to function in an academic environment by completing the following activities:

Physician Educator Residency Certificate Program

The Clinician Educator Training Program is a training delivery program for PGY1 and PGY2 residents interested in developing their academic skills. The primary goal of the training program is to complement strong clinical training with the skills needed to become a successful educator. The learning objectives for this program are to develop a personalized teaching philosophy, create assessable learning objectives and relevant exam questions for a formal lecture, assess students fairly and discuss effective teaching methodologies for a given scenario. The program includes didactic and web-based teaching models, facilitator training with a mentor for small-group problem-based learning, and training of third- and/or fourth-year Doctor of Pharmacy students. Residents also receive instruction in grant writing, statistical analysis, and clinical trial design; submit a project proposal to the institutional review board; and collect, interpret and publish their results. Additional activities are provided to improve discovery, integration and writing skills. The program also includes innovative discussion topics based on needs previously identified by new faculty members. While the program is aimed at residents with an interest in academia, the skill sets acquired through the clinician-educator training program are applicable to a wide range of career options.

Didactic training

One to two hours of formal didactic lectures may be required within pharmacy school programs. Courses to be taught will be based on resident availability and interest.

Team Based Learning/Lab Based Learning

The equivalent of one semester as a group facilitator in a team learning course. The course will consist of interactive activities including but not limited to case-based exercises. Students will receive an hourly pre-assessment of the preparatory assignments. Students will use team-based learning to complete activities each session. It is designed to be team-based learning and the facilitator’s role is not to teach the students but rather to facilitate their discussion. During the semester, the course is held twice a week for two hours. Based on resident preference or the teaching needs of the institution, residents may have the opportunity to lead laboratory sessions alongside experienced faculty members. Residents have the opportunity to participate in immunizations and/or patient assessment laboratory courses during the P1 year.

Teaching through experience

Clerkship training (involving P3 and/or P4 PharmD students) is integrated into the local practice model. At the beginning of the program, the resident will observe the clerkship teachers in the faculty and integrate into various aspects of clerkship teaching. During the residency program, residents will self-admit clerkship students.

Other teaching/education opportunities

Residents will be required to provide pharmacy, nursing, and medical services as required by faculty. Residency topic discussions will be held on individual rotations as required and/or requested. Residents can also participate in the BCPS Prep Course run by local residents.

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