About the Program

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center's Clinical Pharmacy strives to provide excellent service to patients, physicians, nursing staff, and others by providing comprehensive, progressive, patient-focused pharmacy services.

Our clinical pharmacy works collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to provide optimal pharmaceutical care for all patients served by the facility by promoting evidence-based, fail-safe medication use. Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center welcomes residents and students to our hospital for Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience. 

Our pharmacy staff is dedicated to educating future pharmacists through our affiliations with nine pharmacy schools and our residency program. Student precepting, formal presentations, and research projects allow comprehensive training with an emphasis on evidence-based medicine. Students who do their rotations here come back for residency and employment.

Purpose Statement

Our pharmacy residency offers a comprehensive introduction to the practice of hospital pharmacy.  Our residency will prepare pharmacist clinicians to perform as highly qualified clinical pharmacists in a hospital setting, serve as adjunct faculty or enter PGY2 training.  

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It is Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Pharmacy’s mission to work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to provide optimal pharmaceutical care for all patients served by the facility by promoting evidence-based, fail-safe medication use. We will provide excellent service to patients, physicians, nursing staff and others by providing comprehensive, progressive, patient-focused pharmacy services.

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Our vision is that medication use will be optimal, safe, and effective for all of our patients all of the time.

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The following goals support the pharmacy’s mission:
  • To provide services that meet patient needs by increasing the extent to which pharmacists help individual patients achieve the best use of medications

  • To provide services that meet accepted ethical and professional practice standards

  • To provide services that meet all legal requirements

  • To improve the quality of pharmacy services by applying evidence-based methods to improve medication therapy outcomes

  • To integrate new technological developments which improve efficiency and safety

  • To involve pharmacists in helping the hospital achieve the National Patient Safety Goals

  • To expand and promote excellence in pharmacy education

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Our pharmacists and technicians practice within a decentralized model. They are assigned to our inpatient care areas, the Emergency Department, Critical Care, and our Maine Rehabilitation Center. Our practice model includes clinical pharmacist generalists and six clinical pharmacist specialists.

In addition, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center provides remote order verification and clinical services to other hospitals in our region.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is a leader in the adoption of technology to advance patient safety. This includes computer provider order entry; barcode medication administration technology; automated storage and retrieval system; barcode enabled automated dispensing machines; smart pumps; USP 797 compliant sterile compounding service; and an extensive electronic medical record system with integrated clinical decision support.

As a pharmacist at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center you will make a difference in patients' lives every day. Our pharmacists serve in the following areas:
  • Critical Care

  • Pediatrics/PICU

  • Internal Medicine

  • Trauma

  • General Surgery

  • Cardiology

  • Women and Infants/NICU

  • Infectious Diseases

  • Oncology

  • Anemia Management

  • Transitional Care

  • Palliative Care

  • Emergency Department

  • Orthopedics/Neurology

  • Rehabilitation Medicine

  • Medication Safety

  • Medication Reconciliation

  • Longitudinal Rotations

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Stipend is $47,476 and includes benefits. Residents are allowed vacation, full healthcare benefits, discount meals, and travel allowance to the ASHP mid-year and Eastern States Conference.

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All residents will graduate with a Teaching Certificate from the University of New England. Residents have the opportunity to precept 4th year student pharmacists who are enrolled in our Longitudinal Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (LAPPE) program in a tiered learning model.

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