Welcome From the Program Director
Meet Kristin (Specialty Resident - Class of 2020-2021, and Go on a Tour!
Welcome! I’m so excited to have started this program this past July 2020. Specialty pharmacy is growing exponentially around the country and we need leaders who are able to create strategic plans and overcome the every changing barriers to success.
I started our specialty pharmacy program in 2011 and had lot of experience that I would like to share to prepare the future specialty pharmacy leaders. We have so many opportunities in our department to learn about the health system operations and prepare you to be successful.
Meet the Program Director for the PGY1 Community & PGY2 Specialty Residency Programs and Go on a Tour of the Hospital!
The PGY2 Specialty Pharmacy Administration and Leadership at UR Medicine Strong Memorial Hospital is a 12-month, full-time curriculum that provides the essential elements needed to develop a successful leader in a health system specialty pharmacy. The integrated health-system specialty pharmacy at UR Medicine started in 2011 and currently there are over 50 full time pharmacists and technicians who provide services to patients across multiple specialties including cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, neuroimmunology, oncology, pulmonology, rheumatology, and hepatology. Our goal is to offer providers and patients a more personalized comprehensive pharmacy services to optimize the utilization of specialty medications. We strategically work to overcome challenges with limited distribution medications, restrictions to payers, and overall growth. This intensive training involves activities across the many facets of health system specialty pharmacy. Outlined below are additional opportunities offered to the residents including key program components:
- Present 1 hour CE-Accredited presentations
- Committee participation
- Quality Management
- Clinical Oversight Body
- Business improvement plan
- National/Regional Meetings: ASHP Summer Meeting
- Local: New York State-ACCP and University of Buffalo Resident Project Presentation Day
The schedule for the residency year is outlined below and is tailored to meet the needs and interests of the individual resident. Longitudinal unless specified.
- Hospital and Pharmacy Practice Orientation (~2 weeks)
- Specialty Pharmacy Practice (4 weeks)
- Specialty Pharmacy Leadership A (5 months)
- Specialty Pharmacy Leadership B (6 months)
- Specialty Pharmacy Operations (3 months)
- Health-System Pharmacy Leadership (11 months)
- Informatics (3 months)
- Research/Quality Improvement project - Longitudinal
- Quality Management (4 months)
We place tremendous value on resident well-being and offer a longitudinal series which helps our residents achieve a better work-life balance. We strive to provide our residents with the skills they need to manage their stress and build resilience, not only for residency training, but for their professional careers.
Sessions incorporate guest speakers, various icebreaker activities, events such as preceptor-resident get-togethers, and lots of fun!
Topics covered include:
- Understanding Wellness, Resilience, and Burnout
- Developing Self-Care Strategies as a Resident
- Understand Factors That Can Contribute to Burnout
- Handling Conflict and Difficult Conversations
- Creating a Culture of Resident Well-Being
Life of a Resident
- 8:00 a.m. Arrive at Corporate Woods and touch base with preceptors about ongoing projects.
- 8:30 a.m. Work on projects and attend relevant meetings.
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch/conference/topic discussion.
- 1:00 p.m. Head over to UR Specialty Pharmacy.
- 1:30 p.m. Work on projects relating to Specialty Pharmacy Operations.
- 5:00 p.m. Head home and take a break!
*Schedule will vary depending on the rotation the resident is on during the year.
A PGY2 specialty pharmacy administration and leadership residency builds upon PGY1 residency graduates’ competence in the delivery of patient-centered care and in pharmacy operational services to prepare residents who can assume high level managerial, supervisory, and leadership responsibilities. Areas of competence emphasized during the program include safe and effective medication-use systems, quality assurance and improvement, the management of human resources, the management of financial resources, use of technology, and advanced leadership. The residency lays the foundation for continued growth in management and leadership skills.
Upon graduation, residents are prepared for a clinical or operational management/supervisory role in a variety of work settings.
Allison Trawinski, PharmD, MBA
Assistant Director of Pharmacy Operations, Specialty Pharmacy
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 617
Rochester, NY 14642
Office: (585) 273-4767
Fax: (585) 276-1089
The information contained herein is subject to change. Please feel free to contact the residency program directly for the most up-to-date information and/or other residency related questions.