New learning phase in view as Australia-first hospital pharmacy residency program hits its stride

Expanding and improving the experiences of future hospital pharmacy leaders was in focus yesterday at the third annual symposium of the SHPA Residency Program, Australia’s first and only formally structured hospital pharmacy residency program.

The 2018 SHPA Residency Symposium saw the national network of education leads and preceptors gather in Brisbane to drive discussion on new, future residency phase frameworks and how to best tailor the expansive program to local needs.

SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels says the symposium, which was supported by Pfizer, featured diverse input from education leaders to current hospital pharmacy residents.

‘Gathering such fantastic representation of the expanding program was incredibly valuable as we map the needs of Australia’s current and future hospital pharmacy residents and the pharmacists surrounding and supporting them.

‘In particular, it was extremely positive to have delegates workshop diverse ideas on what an overarching Advanced Training Residency framework may look like, as a subsequent learning phase to the now-established Foundation Residencies, in place at 33 sites across the country.’

Opened by SHPA Board Director Peter Fowler, Chair of the Residency Steering Committee, the 2018 SHPA Residency Symposium began with a dynamic presentation on ‘clinical coaching’ to strengthen development of practitioners from Professor Steve Trumble (pitcured, above) – one of Australia’s pre-eminent medical educators.

Later in the morning, delegates heard directly from residents themselves on their experiences, perceptions of the program’s benefits and how it can be buttressed to help develop early career research capability and capacity.

Ms Michaels says the successful symposium speaks to the demand for evidence-based frameworks to guide hospital pharmacists’ early career stages.

‘Essential experiential learning can be delivered in a variety of ways, but the growing stature of the SHPA Residency Program shows there is greater value – for residents, program leaders, preceptors, clinical educators and pharmacy directors – in having access to uniform processes and tailored support.’

‘The annual SHPA Residency Symposium provides program leaders, preceptors, clinical educators and pharmacy directors with this practical guidance to realise the full potential, for all parties, of this key career stage.’