Residency

General Information

PGY1 Ambulatory Care Residency

  • Positions Available: 3
  • Dates: July 1st - July 1st
  • Yearly Stipend: $52,000, subject to change
  • Benefits: Medical, Vision, & Dental Coverage

About Our Residency

Desert Oasis Healthcare offers a competitive and rewarding PGY1 residency for applicants who are interested in pursuing a future career in ambulatory care. We offer experience in a myriad of different disease states which generally focuses on the adult and geriatric population. Our services include telephonic and in-person communication with our patients with the ability to independently order labs, initiate, discontinue and titrate medications. Come see what “Your Health, Your Life, Our Passion” means to us!

Our Motto: Your Health, Your Life, Our Passion

Our Mission Statement: Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) is committed to the provision and facilitation of the highest quality medical care to the residents of the desert communities.

Our Vision Statement: We strive to be an organization which provides excellence in every encounter. As a result, we are recognized by our patients as their caregivers of choice, our employees as their employer of choice, and our health plan partners as their health care network of choice.

Application

  • Deadline to Apply: December 31st
  • Open House Dates: Usually held in December. Please contact us for more info.

Requirements:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Pharmacy Transcripts
  • Letter of Intent
  • On site interview required

ASHP Code: 92177

NMS Code: 266013

Core Rotations (Six Weeks Each)

  • Orientation
  • Cardio-Metabolic
  • Anticoagulation
  • Pulmonary
  • Hepatitis C/ Infectious Disease
  • Cardiology
  • Behavioral Health/Managed Care

Longitudinal Rotations

  • Teaching Certification and Pharmacy Education through Loma Linda University
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Project Development & Management
  • Preceptorship
  • Staffing ~16 hrs/month
  • Student Oversight

Elective Rotations (Up to Four Weeks)

  • Oncology (Desert Regional Medical Center)
  • Adult Medicine
  • Health Education and Promotion

Specific Program Information

Scope of Services:

Our mission is to ensure that all DOHC members receive maximum benefit from their medication therapy. Pharmacist work under a variety of collaborative practice protocols toward this end, targeting high cost and high risk medications, complex drug therapies and chronic disease states. We have various clinics throughout Coachella Valley to bring services to the patients to help with their chronic disease management.

Anti-Coagulation Services:

Open to all DOHC members receiving anti-coagulation therapy. Pharmacists work to manage INRs, Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs), patient procedures and heparin bridging. We also collaborate with Regal, High Desert, Bakersfield Medical Center, and Heritage Victor Valley Medical groups to provide to their patient population.

Infectious Diseases/Anemia Services:

Pharmacists work under collaborative practice protocol with Desert Aids Project as a Federally Qualified Health Center to provide screening, education and active management of patients who are selected for antiviral therapy. Pharmacists also process referrals for infectious disease, anemia, and IV antibiotics.

Diabetes Disease Management Program:

The goal of this program is to provide patient education and disease management to those who have been referred by their PCP with criteria of uncontrolled diabetes with A1C>8.9%, those diabetics with utilization for hypo or hyperglycemia, any diabetic wounds (regardless of A1c), or those perceived to be at risk for utilization.

If there is a need to triage to endocrinologist, pharmacist will refer internally for higher level of care.

Antibiotic Stewardship Program:

This program was developed in collaboration with an infectious disease physician to ensure optimal use of antibiotics for DOHC members. The purpose of the program is to prevent the development of antibiotic resistance and ensures patients receive optimal and appropriate therapy for their specific indications.

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Management Program:

DOHC cardiologists and nurse practitioners provide comprehensive medical treatment for members who are diagnosed with CAD. The clinical pharmacist works alongside with the cardiac providers and assist with drug therapy evaluation, monitoring, education, and health promotion.

Medication Access:

Clinical pharmacists throughout DOHC are involved in formal drug information related to medication safety, formulary review, protocol review, toxicology, elder-care, and many other areas of chronic care diseases. In addition, they also provide concurrent review, authorization and coordination of delivery for specialty injectable and oral medications ordered for DOHC members that are typically high risk, high cost, or require prior authorization. The overall purpose of this required rotation is to orient the resident to the basic roles, duties and responsibilities of our pharmacists in the provision of drug information services. This rotation will develop, strengthen and reinforce the resident's drug research skills and applied drug information knowledge. The core elements of this rotation will focus on building practice foundation skills and on developing knowledge related to strategies for providing drug information management and related services

Pulmonary Services:

Pharmacists will initiate and titrate medications, monitor labs, medication side effects, and provide disease state education. We aim to reduce inappropriate Emergency Department utilization, acute hospital admissions, and support optimum quality of life for patients through the services of Population Health & Prescription Management. We collaborate with health programs to enhance patient-focused care and medication adherence using customized healthcare technology as well.

Behavioral Health:

Pharmacists work as part of an interdisciplinary care team that includes social workers, a psychiatrist, a therapist, and an addiction medicine specialist to help patients with multiple mental health diagnoses. There is a large involvement with the Substance Use Disorder program within the Behavioral Health clinic.

Other Pharmacist Involvement:

We also work under collaborative agreements with various hospitals and several pharmacy schools throughout California to provide ambulatory care learning experiences for both IPPE and APPE Doctor of Pharmacy Candidates and Graduate Pharmacist Residents. Additionally, pharmacists also provide help with medication review at the DOHC Immediate and Priority Care Clinics in triaging patients.

Residency Program Director

Jade Le, Pharm.D., BCACP
Phone: (760) 969-6560
Fax: (760) 328-2230

Administrator

Lindsey Valenzuela, Pharm.D., APh, BCACP
Phone: (760) 969-6560
Fax: (760) 328-2230

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