The Department of Pharmacy at CRMH is comprised of approximately 70 pharmacists and 70 technicians. We utilize a mix of decentralized clinical staff and specialists to provide pharmaceutical care for patient populations ranging from Level 1 trauma to neonatal critical care. In addition to our personnel, we utilize multiple technologies to deliver care, including PyxisMedstations, centralized carousels, computerized prescriber order entry, electronic medical records and bedside barcode scanning. Approximately 30 percent of our pharmacists are adjunct or associate professors for regional schools of pharmacy and medicine.
- Understand all aspects of the hospital drug distribution system.
- Provide student interns with experience in completing a research project and presenting the results of the project.
- Expose student interns to current standards of care and the role of the pharmacist and pharmacy technician within hospitals and health systems.
- Provide student interns with an understanding of how technology is used to improve the medication use process with hospitals and health systems.
Provide students with the opportunity to interact with other health care professionals and develop an understanding of the multidisciplinary approach to patient care.
The summer internship program is a full-time, paid summer position. Four interns are hired for the summer and are scheduled to work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. Interns must be available for 10 consecutive weeks, typically late May until early August. A commitment of two to three weekends and some evenings will be incorporated into the internship schedule. Scheduled hours are determined by the preceptor.
Approximately 70 percent of the intern's schedule will be devoted to participation in the medication dispensing process. Emphasis will be placed on the practice of proper aseptic technique and sterile preparation, understanding safe medication use, learning medication use policy, and distributive functions.
All interns will gain exposure to many areas of the medication dispensing process. However, interns may be selected for one of two tracks in the medication dispensing process for daily assignments – IV sterile compounding or central distributive services.
Clinical activities account for about 10-20 percent of the schedule. These activities include: observing and working with pharmacists in all areas of the hospital, attendance at weekly journal club and various department meetings, and participation in weekly discussions.
In addition to participating in the medication dispensing process and clinical activities, interns will complete an assigned summer project, which will be presented to the Department of Pharmacy at the end of the summer.
Interns are given the opportunity to attend multiple meetings and departmental activities throughout the summer.
Interns are invited to attend the Department of Pharmacy journal club each week. This forum provides the interns an opportunity to participate alongside pharmacists, pharmacy residents and pharmacy students completing Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) clerkships.
Weekly discussions are scheduled specifically for our summer interns. These include: preparing for residency and post-graduate training; leadership; drug information and medication safety; regulatory affairs; writing a personal philosophy and professional goals; CV preparation; interviewing; post-graduate certification.
Case Presentations and Continuing Education
Interns will be invited to attend student case presentations as well as continuing education presentations by pharmacists and pharmacy residents within our department.
Each intern will be invited to attend a number of meetings in which pharmacists participate in order to increase their understanding of the role of pharmacists in various teams within the health system. These may include:
- Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee
- Medication Safety Committee
- Intensive Care Committee
- Administrative Meetings
Interns will have the opportunity to shadow pharmacists in various settings throughout the summer. Specialty areas may include:
- Ambulatory Care Clinic
- Infectious diseases
- Emergency medicine
- Critical care
- Operating room
- Drug information/medication safety
- Pharmacy administration
- Information technology
- Contracting/drug purchasing
- Internal medicine
The interns will work together with a preceptor to complete a project during their 10 week internship. The topic will be identified early in the internship with the goals of learning necessary teamwork skills while providing valuable information to the department. The results of the project will be presented via PowerPoint to the Department of Pharmacy and other departments as deemed necessary at the end of the summer.
Examples of previous projects include:
- Documentation of the expanded roles of decentralized and rounding pharmacists in a community teaching hospital
- Evaluation of pharmacist intervention on interchange from intravenous to oral formulation through an approved pharmacy and therapeutics protocol
- In-depth analysis of errors with heparin administration and documentation at a large community teaching hospital
- Retrospective and observational study of missing and delayed medications at a large community teaching hospital
- Evaluation of medication administration of solid dosage forms via enteral feeding tubes in a community teaching hospital
- Evaluation of insulin utilization and management of hypoglycemic events in adults across a network of six community hospitals
The interns will also have an opportunity to submit their project as a student poster to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.
You will receive a competitive hourly wage during the summer internship program.
Carilion Clinic does not guarantee housing. If housing is part of the employment package for the upcoming internship year, it will be communicated when an offer is extended.
If accepted, all interns will be required to:
- Complete an on-site pre-employment physical prior to the start of the internship
- Be licensed as an intern in Virginia
- Currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Pharmacy program in a College of Pharmacy that is ACPE accredited or seeking accreditation
- Currently completing the 1st or 2nd year of professional pharmacy education
- Eligible for licensure in Virginia as a Pharmacy Intern (applications can be submitted upon acceptance of position)
A complete application includes:
- Cover Letter discussing your reason(s) for pursuing an internship at Carilion Clinic and outlining your 5-year professional career plans
- Curriculum Vitae (submit under "resume" link in application portal)
- Completion of the online application form through Carilion Clinic
Summer Internship 2021
As we all have tried to navigate the new challenges that COVID-19 has posed in our work and personal lives, Carilion plans to move forward with the 2021 summer internship program at this time. This year will likely require new expectations for the summer interns as well as flexibility to potential changes closer to the start of the internship.
Possible Modifications/Requirements include:
- Sign Affirmation and Acknowledgement of Risk
- Follow all Carilion Clinic policies regarding use of protective personal equipment (PPE), which include wearing a surgical mask and eye protection (face shield or goggles)
- 2-week self-quarantine once arriving to Roanoke, VA
- Travel restrictions once arriving to Roanoke, VA and throughout the internship
Carilion is dedicated to making the 2021 summer internship experience a valuable one for those we can bring into our facility.
The application period has closed for the 2021 summer internship. All applicants will be notified of results in February.
We will begin accepting applications for the 2022 summer internship beginning in December 2021.
Please contact Brad McDaniel, Pharmacy summer internship coordinator, with any questions.
Brad McDaniel, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., B.C.C.C.P. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital P.O. Box 13367 Department of Pharmacy Roanoke, VA 24033-3367 firstname.lastname@example.org