Kelly Hoenig, PharmD, is CRMEF’s dedicated clinical pharmacist. And, as any resident knows, the given in that job description is “clinical pharmacist,” with the emphasis on “dedicated.” Kelly is a gifted teacher, who shares those gifts with residents on the inpatient service, no less than with medical students and pharmacy students on rotation, not to mention residents on other rotations, faculty and even far-flung alumni.
Neal Sheeley, LMFT, is the program behavioralist. Neal facilitates the weekly Resident Support Group meetings, conducts weekly narrative medicine rounds with the inpatient team and holds regular, one-on-one mentoring sessions with residents. In addition, Neal sees patients for counseling and is always available to residents for individual consultation on any patient in need of behavioral services.
Ronald Reider, MD, who holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics, coordinates the residency’s Geriatrics Program. Under his guidance, residents regularly conduct geriatric assessments and provide follow-up services at local care facilities to recently hospitalized patients. Residents also have the option of completing a geriatrics elective as part of their individualized curricula.
Nursing Home Visits
As part of their training, residents manage their own panels of nursing home patients, providing additional experience in addressing the health-care needs of a geriatric population. Nursing home visits are usually team-oriented in approach, with Dr. Reider or another physician faculty member in attendance, in addition to Dr. Hoenig, the residency’s clinical pharmacist.
Reflecting the residency’s focus on chronic disease management, residents participate in periodic group visits at Linn Community Care. These interactive visits―which, evidence shows, improve patient outcomes―allow residents to address not only patients’ medical needs, but their educational and psychosocial concerns.
Linn Community Care
Linn Community Care, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic in Cedar Rapids, is the residency’s continuity clinic. Here, residents provide comprehensive health care to the uninsured and underserved of the city and its surrounding rural areas and, in doing so, learn to manage complex medical and social issues.