Founded in 2013, Renown Regional Medical Center’s PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency is an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited residency designed to provide a comprehensive experience in infectious diseases (ID) pharmacotherapy. The resident will participate in antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) activities and ID consults at Renown Regional. There will also be opportunity to impact AMS activities throughout Renown Health including but not limited to ambulatory care, home care, and rehabilitation. The resident will be required to complete an ID related research project, assist with precepting pharmacy students and residents, and make substantial contributions to the Infection Prevention/Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee throughout the year.

This residency program prepares its graduates for Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Clinical Specialist positions that have an emphasis in inpatient and ambulatory antimicrobial stewardship and general adult infectious diseases consulting services.

Infectious Diseases Services at Renown:

Renown Health cares for a wide variety of common and rare infections due to its large catchment area, extensive trauma and oncology services, and Reno-Tahoe being an international tourist destination. The infectious diseases pharmacy team consists of three infectious diseases pharmacists and two PGY2 pharmacy residents each year.  Together they provide pharmacotherapy expertise for infectious diseases consulting physicians and Renown Health Infection Control and Prevention.  They also work in partnership with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Medical Director to provide antimicrobial stewardship services for the health-system.  The infectious diseases pharmacy team at Renown has developed extensive protocols and collaborative practice agreements that allow pharmacists to practice at the top of their licenses.

Four infectious diseases physician groups provide consulting services for Renown Health. They range from private practice to healthcare system-employed to university-based with medical residents and students. While the majority of the consulting groups focus on adults with infectious diseases, we also have one pediatric infectious diseases physician.  The consulting groups rely heavily on Renown’s infectious diseases pharmacists and residents to provide optimal care to patients.

The primary focus of the antimicrobial stewardship program at Renown Health is Renown Regional Medical Center; however, the program extends to Renown South Meadows Medical Center, Rehabilitation Hospital, Medical Group, and Home Care.  EPICÒ Bugsy, an antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention module in the electronic medical record, helps prioritize daily stewardship activities such as bug-drug mismatch, duplicate therapy, drug-lab mismatch, etc. Handshake stewardship occurs three days a week with the Medical Director.  These rounds are unique because they not only include chart review, but also physical examine and patient interview prior to making recommendations to providers in person.  The team works to educate, empower, and provide pharmacists tools to incorporate antimicrobial stewardship into their daily activities. Additionally, they collaborate with Infection Control and Prevention and Laboratory to align goals and initiatives throughout the organization.

Required Rotations:

  • Orientation (4 weeks)
  • Introduction to Infectious Diseases (6 weeks)
  • Longitudinal Rotations
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship
      • Includes staffing and 1 to 2 weeks in microbiology
    • Adult Infectious Diseases Consults
    • Outpatient Infusion Center
    • Ambulatory Care
    • Emergency Medicine Culture Follow-up
    • Infection Prevention
    • Infectious Diseases Practice Management

Elective Rotations (at minimum 3 electives must be chosen, each elective is 4 weeks in length):

  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacy Clinical Specialist

Travel and Meetings

Expenses will be paid for the resident to attend Western States Conference and another meeting of their choice. Options include but are not limited to ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, ID Week, ASM Microbe, and MAD-ID.

Preceptors

Jessica Thompson, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS, Pharmacist Supervisor: Residency Program Director, Infectious Diseases Practice Management, Ambulatory Care, Orientation

Kiya Mohadjer, PharmD, BCIDP, BCPS, Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Clinical Specialist: Antimicrobial Stewardship, Adult Infectious Diseases Consults, Introduction to Infectious Diseases

Courtney Lujan, PharmD, BCPS, Surgical Services Pharmacy Clinical Specialist: Infection Prevention

Heather Townsend, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS, BCGP, Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Clinical Specialist: Emergency Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship, Emergency Medicine Culture Follow-up

Ian Ferrari, PharmD, BCPS, Infusion Therapy Pharmacy Clinical Specialist: Outpatient Infusion Center

Michelle Barcelon, PharmD, BCCP, BCPS, Internal Medicine Pharmacy Clinical Specialist: Internal Medicine

Zack Marcus, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS, Critical Care Pharmacy Clinical Specialist: Critical Care (Trauma)

Mike Thuyns PharmD, BCCCP, BCCP, BCPS, Critical Care Pharmacy Clinical Specialist: Critical Care (Cardiac)

Carol Vollmer-Johnson, PharmD, BCPS, Pediatric Pharmacy Clinical Specialist: Pediatrics

Lauren Zion, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS, Oncology Pharmacy Clinical Specialist: Oncology