Clozapine Laboratory

General Description:

This is a year-long longitudinal learning experience that integrates the resident into the clinical and operational management of pharmacy-based laboratory services. Upon completion of this experience, the resident will successfully meet all of the requirements necessary to serve as a laboratory director and/or technical consultant of any nonwaived laboratory performing moderate complexity testing which includes, but not limited to, hematology (CBCs w/ 5-part differential) and infectious disease testing. In addition, the Residency Program Director (RPD), in conjunction with the consultant director and Commission on Laboratory Accreditation (COLA), will award the resident a certificate of completion for successfully completing 1 year of training as a laboratory director. The successful management of this laboratory is made possible through a collaborative practice with multidisciplinary laboratory personnel (e.g., pharmacists, psychiatrists, and nursing).

The RPD serves as a co-director managing the clinical and operational aspects of the pharmacy laboratory which provides fingerstick hematology monitoring services for clozapine treated patients. Responsibilities include managing multidisciplinary laboratory personnel (psychiatrist, nurses, & pharmacists), maintaining Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), maintaining certificate of accreditation through COLA, quality assurance program, proficiency testing, calibrations, and quality controls.

The resident will develop the necessary skills to successfully implement and manage a pharmacy-managed laboratory providing finger stick hematology monitoring services for clozapine treated patients. In addition, the resident will develop expert knowledge interpreting and applying laboratory test results to direct patient care. The resident will also gain the necessary skills to effectively manage multidisciplinary laboratory personnel (psychiatrist, nurses, & pharmacists) and coordinate fingerstick hematology services.  

Preceptor Interaction:

The RPD and supporting preceptors serve as a role model and a learning resource for the resident, but also provides the opportunity for independent practice. During the first few months, the RPD will schedule regular morning/afternoon meetings with the resident to discuss operational and clinical processes, address concerns, and answer questions. The resident is always welcome to schedule additional meetings when needed.