Community Pharmacy Residents Advance Patient Care Services

Published on 01 December 2012

St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s community pharmacy residency program gives residents the opportunity to provide patient care services in the community, where pharmacists’ roles continue to expand.

The Schnucks program—the first community pharmacy residency offered in the St. Louis area—focuses on HIV care. “Schnucks is the largest HIV pharmacy services provider in the St. Louis area,” says Dave Chism ’94, director of pharmacy services for Schnuck Markets, Inc., and its residency site coordinator. “Our residents spend most of their time working at our specialty pharmacy inside Central West Healthcare, where they provide one-on-one care to patients with HIV. This gives them the opportunity to utilize specialty medications not used routinely in traditional community pharmacy settings.”

Schnucks residents also practice in the patient services office at Food Outreach, a nonprofit that provides food and nutrition services to people with HIV/AIDS and cancer. Residents also work in Schnucks Pharmacy programs, including mail order specialty pharmacy, medication therapy management, and immunizations. They get to spend time on our corporate initiatives such as creating and executing company-wide clinical programs,” he says.

Residents in the Walgreens program practice at the Walgreens Wellness Center. They offer patient care services, including weight-loss coaching, diabetes education, and medication therapy management. “Our residents provide care for members of the community and contribute to the advancement of health care,” says Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice and Walgreens residency site coordinator.

In addition, Walgreens residents practice at the pharmacy located in Southampton Healthcare. “Working there allows residents the opportunity to obtain extensive experience providing specialty HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C care to patients,” Kebodeaux says.

This year, STLCOP established a new community pharmacy residency with a $50,000 grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation. The residency—located in Sikeston, Mo.—was created in partnership with Health Priorities,
Inc.; Medical Arts Pharmacy; and L&S Pharmacy. Sandra Bollinger, Pharm.D., owner of Health Priorities, serves as residency site coordinator.

Health Priorities is licensed as a consulting pharmacy. The site is an Accredited Diabetes Education Center that provides patient care services, including diabetes education, immunizations, medication therapy management, fall prevention, and health screenings. Residents also practice at two retail pharmacies: Medical Arts Pharmacy and L&S Pharmacy. They collaborate with physicians to provide long-term care services within area facilities.

This sort of collaboration is vital in the prevention and management of chronic disease. “Pharmacists can help connect all of a patient’s health care providers to form a team approach to caring for that patient,” Bollinger says.

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