In partnership with WellStar North Fulton, Drs. Megan Boudouin and Bradley McCoul will serve as clinical instructors and be exposed to patient care.
Two 2019 Doctor of Pharmacy graduates recently began their PCOM School of Pharmacy Post Graduate Year One (PGY-1) pharmacy residency program in partnership with WellStar North Fulton in Roswell. In addition, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists recently granted the PCOM Georgia residency program full accreditation based on a site visit in May.
Megan Boudouin, PharmD ’19, a graduate of the PCOM School of Pharmacy, and Bradley McCoul, PharmD, a 2019 graduate of the Mercer University College of Pharmacy, began their 12-month positions on July 1.
With a stated purpose of developing “strong clinical practitioners as future leaders in health care,” the residency program prepares the students for academia and grants a teaching certificate. The PharmD graduates are appointed as clinical instructors at the PCOM School of Pharmacy. Along with educating healthcare professionals, patients and students, the residents are exposed to a range of patient care clinical settings.
The core curriculum includes a wide variety of rotational areas including administration, critical care, internal medicine, antimicrobial stewardship, oncology and emergency medicine, along with other electives and experiences.
Dr. McCoul said he chose the PCOM residency program because of its teaching component and its partner facility. “PCOM is contracted with the facility that inspired me to want to pursue emergency medicine – WellStar North Fulton.”
In the future, Dr. McCoul plans to pursue a PGY-2 residency program in emergency medicine on his path to becoming an emergency medicine pharmacist.
With plans to become a clinical pharmacist in an inpatient or ambulatory care setting, Dr. Boudouin pursued the PGY-1 residency program to further her clinical knowledge and skills. “I wanted the opportunity to build upon my presentation skills, be involved in research and practice pharmacy in a variety of settings,” she said.
She added, “This program is giving me the opportunity to be involved in multiple areas of patient care such as medication safety and being a part of multi-disciplinary committees.” After obtaining certification as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS), Dr. Boudouin plans to practice in an inpatient or ambulatory care setting, continue research and one day precept pharmacy students and residents.
According to PGY-1 Residency Program Director Samuel John, PharmD, BCPS, the partnership with WellStar North Fulton began in 2018. Two residents completed the program during the 2018-19 academic year including Lauren Avery, PharmD ’18, who accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist with Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Georgia.
In addition, Iran Khaki, PharmD ‘18, completed the residency and is now working as an assistant professor of pharmacy practice and the simulation coordinator at the PCOM School of Pharmacy.
Dr. John said, “We are very excited about this partnership with the WellStar Health System. Our residents have the opportunity to choose elective learning experiences as part of their advanced training such as drug information, cardiology, neuro-intensive care and medication safety, all with clinical specialists within the WellStar system.”
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine which has a storied history as a premier osteopathic medical school. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500.
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