UI College of Pharmacy Introduces Pain Management and Palliative Care Residency

March 31, 2017

Eva Coulson
In July 2017, Eva Coulson, PharmD, will join the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy as the very first PGY2 resident in pain management and palliative care pharmacy. Coulson, who earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, is currently completing a PGY1 residency in acute care at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC).

The PGY2 residency in pain management and palliative care pharmacy seeks to nurture and grow resident pharmacists to become pharmacopalliation experts who provide compassionate clinical care, innovative and effective education, rigorous relevant research, and progressive leadership in the fields of pain management, palliative care, and hospice. The resident pharmacist will be immersed within a diverse interprofessional team (including hospice and palliative medicine, as well as anesthesia fellows) throughout the year. The resident will graduate with the requisite competencies to be an integral member of any interprofessional team engaged in pain management, palliative care, or hospice.

Upon learning about the creation of this new program last fall, Coulson sought out the residency directors – James Ray, PharmD, and Kashelle Lockman, PharmD – to learn more about the opportunity. Her early experiences in her PGY1 residency and conversations with Ray and Lockman piqued her interest, and she immediately submitted materials officially declaring herself a candidate.

As Coulson said in her letter of application, “Servant leadership is a core foundation in my personal and professional life. Embedded into the pain management and palliative care services, I have observed this core value along with a deep desire to promote learning amongst all health care interprofessionals. My desire to pursue the UI College of Pharmacy pain management and palliative care residency program stems from the alignment of the program’s goals with my own personal desire to provide compassionate clinical care, and education to the blossoming field of pain management, palliative, and hospice care.”

The majority of the PGY2 Pain and Palliative Care residency rotations will take place at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.UIHC and University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital are part of the state’s only academic medical center and the region’s largest health care center. In addition to pain management and palliative care, pharmacists at UIHC provide a wide variety of patient care, education, and research activities in a range of relevant pharmacy specialties, including but not limited to ambulatory care, burn and trauma, oncology, transplant, critical care, emergency medicine, psychiatry, and geriatrics.

The resident pharmacist will be benefit from being embedded within the interdisciplinary UIHC palliative care team, training with physician fellows in hospice and palliative medicine. In addition, the resident pharmacist will also have opportunities to learn, collaborate, and fellowship with pharmacy residents at UIHC and the UI College of Pharmacy.