Alberta Health Services, Red Deer (Central Zone)

Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre
3942 50A Avenue
Red Deer, AB, T4N 4E7

Director: Dr. Tania Mysak, BSP, PharmD
Director, Practice, AHS Pharmacy Services
Phone:  780-735-0770

Stan Dyjur
Phone: 403-318-6841


Type: General
Focus: Community Hospital Practice
Established in: 1982
# Positions: 2
App. deadline: October 16, 2017
Starting date: July 3, 2018
Est. stipend: Approximately $50 000 per annum
Benefits: Yes
Vacation: 10 paid days
Education/Conference Leave: Budget and time provided to support residents to attend conferences

Program highlights: The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre Resident will be exposed to a dynamic community hospital environment in Central Alberta. The residency program is an experiential education program that develops proactive, accountable and responsible pharmacist practitioners and leaders. Emphasis will be placed on patient care, personal practice and leadership skill development and the individual learning needs of the Resident. The Resident will provide direct patient care and play an active role on the multi-disciplinary health care teams through the mentorship of role model clinical practitioners. The Red Deer Regional Hospital is located in Red Deer (pop. approx. 100,000) which is 1.5 hours from Edmonton and Calgary and provides convenient access to many outdoor activities in Alberta.

Rotations: Residents will broaden their exposure to pharmacy practice and patient care skills through six core direct patient care experiences including: general medicine, cardiology, critical care, infectious diseases, age-related and ambulatory care. These required clinical experiences can be met through a variety of rotations and electives (each 4-6 weeks in duration). Clinical rotations will be selected in conjunction with the Resident based on their identified learning needs and interests.  Rotations available at the Red Deer Regional Hospital include: general medicine, critical care, in-patient cardiology, emergency medicine, anticoagulation/stroke prevention clinic, palliative care, nephrology, heart function clinic, surgery, outpatient oncology, pediatrics and rural practice. Additionally, an off-site elective in psychiatry is available at the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brian Injury located in Ponoka.  Other external rotations may also be arranged, if requested by the Resident.

Other required rotations include drug information, medication use systems (distribution), precepting and practice management and leadership. Note: The resident is not expected to perform dispensary coverage outside of  the residency program. 

Other features:  A research project will be completed throughout the course of the year over a total of 10 weeks. Support and guidance will be provided by a Project Preceptor, a Research Advisor and a series of seminars and workshops. Residents will also be given an opportunity to participate and facilitate a series of evidence based medicine seminars. Case presentations, journal clubs, in-services and additional scholarly writing opportunities will also be provided.

Minimum required credentials: Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (or equivalent). Registration as a Pharmacy Intern with the Alberta College of Pharmacists prior to beginning the program and achievement of registration as a Pharmacist with the Alberta College of Pharmacists within 6 months of beginning the program. Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists membership is required. Experience in a hospital setting is an asset but not required.


Type: Regional, community hospital
Number of beds: 390 acute care beds and 40 mental health beds
Site: Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre


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