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Pharmacy 2016, 4(4), 31;

Making the Transition from Student to Resident: A Method to Individualize a PGY1 Program

College of Pharmacy, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, USA
Department of Pharmacy Services, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, USA
Transplant ICCE, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, USA
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Academic Editor: Ieva Stupans
Received: 30 August 2016 / Revised: 23 September 2016 / Accepted: 14 October 2016 / Published: 20 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Issues in Pharmacy Education)
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A Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) resident’s concerns, limitations, and strengths may be self-identified early in the residency year but are reliant on self-awareness and insight. Program directors commonly find difficulty in identifying a resident’s specific knowledge deficits at the beginning of the program. A standardized resident examination can identify limitations early in training and these results can be incorporated into a tailored resident development plan. A total of sixty-two PGY1 residents completed the examination pre- and post-training over a five-year timespan. Scores increased in most core disciplines in each of the five years, indicating an overall improvement in resident knowledge throughout their PGY1 year. The approach of utilizing the scores for the resident’s individualized plan allows for customization to ensure that the resident addresses knowledge gaps where necessary. View Full-Text
Keywords: customized plan; residency; examination customized plan; residency; examination
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Thompson, A.N.; Nappi, J.; McKinzie, B.; Haney, J.; Pilch, N. Making the Transition from Student to Resident: A Method to Individualize a PGY1 Program. Pharmacy 2016, 4, 31.

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