Community Pharmacy Residency Program
Graduation Requirements and Dismissal Policy
Statement of Purpose: The purpose of this policy is to define the requirements that must be met in order to graduate from a Cub Pharmacy Community Pharmacy Residency Program offered in Cub Pharmacies and to identify actions that result in consequences including dismissal from the residency training.
Policy Statement: Cub Pharmacy has developed and maintains standardized residency training supported by the Clinical Programs Department. Every effort is made to assure the success of a resident through careful guided instruction and evaluation. Successful completion of residency training is also dependant upon the resident’s ability to meet minimum standards and complete required tasks. Requirements for graduation from the residency program and avoidance of dismissal from the residency program are included in this policy.
Graduation Requirements: In order to successfully complete a Cub Pharmacy Residency, the pharmacist must:
• Have completed all requirements for graduation from an accredited school of pharmacy and received a diploma prior to beginning residency training
• Adhere to all policies and procedures of Cub Pharmacy and the affiliated university partner
• Become licensed as a pharmacist within the first three months of beginning residency training
• Once licensed, maintain pharmacist license in good standing in the state of the primary practice site throughout the residency year
• Attend all required scheduled residency functions, including staffing and patient care opportunities in the pharmacy, university events, meetings, monthly residency calls, required training, and other residency-related events requiring travel outside of assigned market.
• Achieve a rating of Satisfactory Progress or better on 50% of the learning objectives identified for evaluation on the first two quarters of summative evaluation and on at least 75% of the learning objectives identified for evaluation by the end of quarter three. And specifically:
• Perform a minimum of three lectures for professional audiences
• Perform a minimum of three presentations for patient audiences
• Document a minimum of 30 patient interventions in the 15 medication-related problem categories
• Completion of Graduation Checklist
• Achieve a rating of Achieved on at least 75% of the learning objectives by the end of the residency.
• Complete a residency research project and present results in the form of a poster presentation, podium presentation, and manuscript suitable for journal submission
Consequences: Failure to fulfill any of the graduation requirements may result in dismissal from residency training without pay. Any infraction that occurs will be evaluated by the Residency Program Director, and as needed, the University Coordinator, Vice President of Human Resources, and/or the Loss Prevention Department. Every effort will be made to allow the resident to remedy a violation with the following guidance.
Actions Requiring Immediate Dismissal: The following actions will result in immediate termination of employment and dismissal from residency training:
• Performing any actions that cause danger or bodily harm to a patient, customer, or company or university associate
• Possessing an illegal controlled substance
• Being under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance while performing patient care or other job functions
• Possessing a concealed weapon during work functions
• Behaviors that warrant dismissal based on Cub Pharmacy or the affiliated University’s Policies and Procedures.
• Having his/her pharmacist license revoked or suspended by the board of pharmacy in the state of the primary practice site.
Actions Requiring Probationary Evaluation: The following actions will result in review and may result in temporary suspension with or without pay:
• Engaging in behaviors that according Cub Pharmacy or the University Policies and Procedures would initiate Progressive Discipline
Actions with Prescribed Remedy:
• Failing to become licensed as a pharmacist in the state of the primary practice by October 1st of the Residency year
• If the resident’s inability to complete this task is due to reciprocity delays or other issues beyond the control of the resident, the Residency Director may extend the time period for attaining the license until November 1st of the residency year.
• If the resident’s inability to complete this task is due to failure to pass one or more of the required examinations, accommodations will be made to allow the resident an opportunity to take the examination(s) one additional time with the goal of attaining the license by November of the residency year.
• Failure to attain licensure by November 1st of the residency year will result in dismissal of the resident from the program.
• Insufficient attendance at staffing, university, and other required events to perform learning activities needed to achieve objectives
• If the resident’s attendance issues are the result of illness, a medical condition, or other issue that results in the absence being excused, opportunities to make-up the time and activities will be provided to ensure quality learning. This make-up time may occur during the residency year as possible. Further details on this policy are covered in the Attendance & Sick Days policy.
• If the resident’s attendance issues are the result of unexcused absences, opportunities to make-up the time and activities may be offered with to ensure quality learning. These opportunities include possible extension of the residency training year by one to two quarters with pay. Alternatively, the resident may be dismissed.
• Failing to achieve satisfactory progress, as determined by the Residency Director, in a significant number of objectives two or more quarters in a row
• If the resident’s inability to achieve satisfactory progress is due to factors beyond the resident’s control, additional learning activities and opportunities will be identified and included in the quarter plan. The Residency Program Director will reserve the right to require one to two additional quarters of training.
• Failing to achieve at least 75% of the objectives associated with each of the program’s goals by the end of the resident’s training year
• If deemed appropriate by the Residency Director, an option may be provided for the resident to remain with the program for one or two additional quarters to achieve the required objectives for graduation.