Frequently Asked Questions: General Information

What jobs have former Residents taken after completing a Residency at Swedish?
Former Residents have taken positions in both clinical practice and academic/faculty settings. Many former Residents now work in clinical pharmacy practice areas in inpatient (i.e. transplant, oncology, pediatrics, psychiatry, critical care, internal medicine, etc.), retail, and ambulatory care (i.e. MTM, anticoagulation, etc.) settings including the few that have stayed on at Swedish (see current preceptor list for past residents). A few have gone onto PGY2 Residency Programs such as ambulatory care, critical care, emergency medicine, oncology, pediatrics, and solid organ transplant.

What kinds of protocols do the pharmacists have?
The Patient Care Area Pharmacists (PCAPs) are decentralized on the medical floors and have full prescriptive authority through collaborative drug therapy agreements (CDTAs) in select antibiotics (i.e. vancomycin, aminoglycosides), adult renal adjustment dosing, anticoagulation therapy (i.e. warfarin, heparin infusion, argatroban, bivalirudin), total parenteral nutrition, antiepileptics (i.e. phenytoin, valproic acid), IV to PO, vaccinations, and anemia management. In the ambulatory care setting, the PCAPs have protocol authority in both the anticoagulation clinics and in the family practice clinics.

How is the department growing?
The department opened a pharmacist-run anemia clinic in August 2008 to complement the inpatient anemia service. In September 2010, the department implemented an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program utilizing TheraDoc® and hired part time infectious disease physicians to consult along with our pharmacists. In 2014, we opened new anticoagulation clinics on our Cherry Hill Campus, and Mill Creek and Redmond Clinics. In 2015, we implemented ambulatory care services by creating six new ambulatory care positions with the Swedish Medical Group clinics (locations in Ballard, First Hill, Greenlake, Issaquah, Mill Creek, and West Seattle) with a focus on lipid, hypertension and diabetes management. To assist in patient safety, the department added three new medication safety pharmacist positions in 2016. While Cherry Hill remodeled their IV room to new 797 standards, both the First Hill and Ballard pharmacies have moved to brand new 797-compliant, 800-compliant locations. In 2015, the department developed glycemic control, stem cell transplant, and pre-admission surgical clinic positions sponsored by the physicians. And in 2019, the department created pharmacotherapy positions on our First Hill campus initially specializing in multiple sclerosis management and treatment; in addition several system wide emergency medicine positions were created including full prescriptive authority.

How is the Institution growing?
In June 2008, First Hill campus opened a new 11-floor 84-patient bed Orthopedic Institute to provide the full spectrum of orthopedic care from joint and spine surgery to surgeries on hands, feet, shoulders, elbows and other bones in the body. In fall 2010, Swedish and Stevens Hospital partnered to increase access to health care in South Snohomish County and enhance the quality of care and reduce costs in the community, creating the Edmonds Campus location. In fall 2011, Swedish opened a new full service hospital in Issaquah complete with inpatient and clinic services. In February 2012, Swedish and Providence Health & Services announced an affiliation to improve health care quality, access and affordability for residents of Western Washington. In April 2008, Swedish upgraded to Epic, an electronic medical record (EMR) system and in February 2009, the hospital and all Swedish clinics converted to computerized physician order entry (CPOE). In March 2012, barcoding medication administration was implemented across all campuses to improve patient safety. In September 2014, Edmonds built a new 2-floor facility housing a new Emergency Department, urgent care center, observation unit, dedicated behavoiral health unit, and outpatient diagnostic imaging unit. In addition, plans for a new cardiac tower and emergency room with surgical suites are delayed until 2021 on First Hill.

What is the weather like in Seattle? Does it really rain all year long? What is there to do in Seattle?
Seattle has mild temperatures, ranging from 30 to 75 degrees throughout the year. It does rain frequently but not heavily so having an umbrella on hand is highly recommended. Seattle is rich in arts, sports, cultures, great outdoors and technology. Please see the Seattle City Government web page for details.