Waterloo, IA

In an increasingly competitive employment market, pharmacists are turning to post graduate residency training to enhance their education and training. The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy offers several residency options throughout the state in community pharmacy, ambulatory care, and family medicine pharmacies and clinics. James Hoehns, ’94 PharmD of County, Iowa, oversees the post-graduate year one (PGY1) residency program in Waterloo.

The residency is offered in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Family Practice Center (NEIFPC), and utilizes a collaborative effort of the college, Statewide Medical Education Centers, and associated partners. What really sets this particular residency opportunity apart, according to Hoehns, is the relationship-building.

“I think our PGY1 program is fairly unique in how it is structured. The primary difference is the interdisciplinary training and working relationships they build with the medical residents. I work with a great group of physicians at the Northeast Iowa Family Practice Center and they contribute to the resident’s education as well. We have a small PGY1 program at NEIFPC, but it is very rewarding to me to know that these residents are getting the same type of educational experience which I found so beneficial when I was at their stage of training.”

Hoehns completed his BSPh and PharmD at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, and credits the dedication of the clinical faculty to the program. “They did an incredible amount of teaching,” he said. “I still recall a lot of the great modeling and instruction I received from my clinical professors and preceptors at the time.”

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