PGY1 Pharmacy Residency

Core Rotations

Required core learning experiences are four to six weeks and include the following:
  1. Orientation
  2. General Pediatrics
  3. Pediatric Intensive Care
  4. Neonatal Intensive Care
  5. Hematology/Oncology
  6. Specialty Pharmacy
  7. Managed Care Pharmacy
  8. Pharmacy Administration
  9. Project Management
Required longitudinal learning experiences:
  1. Pulmonology Clinic*
  2. Renal Transplant*
  3. Pharmacy Practice (Staffing)
  4. Project Management
  5. Clinical Practice Advancement

   *Residents select one of these two options

Elective Rotations

Completion of Orientation and the required core rotations will allow the resident to choose three elective rotations. The resident may choose to do more than one rotation in a given practice area; however, the rotation must provide a different learning experience or patient population. The resident is encouraged to select elective rotations to provide a breadth of experience; therefore, a maximum of three rotations will be allowed within a specific patient population.

Elective learning experiences are two to four weeks and include the following:
  1. Cardiac Intensive Care
  2. Pharmacy Informatics
  3. Adult Medicine
  4. Additional Acute Care Rotation

Pharmacy Practice Experience

Pharmacy practice experience begins in August and is completed in June. Residents will work two eight hour shifts every other weekend. Weekend pharmacy practice experience requirements do not entitle the resident to any additional time off during the week. In addition, each resident will be required to staff two of the major holidays.

Clinical Practice Advancement

This learning experience will give the resident practical experience in the application of the medical literature combined with clinical judgment. Residents will participate in the following activities throughout the residency:

  • Formulary monograph and/or drug class review development and presentation to Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and other committees as applicable
  • Review and/or development of policies, procedures or orders sets to improve patient outcomes and/or patient safety
  • Residents will submit a completed Medication Utilization Evaluation (MUE) for poster presentation at the ASHP Midyear Meeting.
  • Analysis and review of medication safety and adverse drug events.
  • Participation in a Teaching Certificate Program.

DCH PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Facts

  • Duration/Type: 12-month residency
  • Number of Positions: 2
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 3
  • Starting Date: Varies, last week of June or first week of July
  • Interview Required: Yes
  • Training Site Type: Hospital
  • Owner Affiliate: Public
  • Model Type(s): Community, Acute Care
  • Tax Status: Non-Profit

Salary and Benefits

  • Annual salary of $55,000
  • Medical insurance (Health, Dental, Vision, Life)
  • Discounted meals and meal stipend
  • Free parking
  • Discounted membership to Wellness Centers
  • Professional travel reimbursement
  • On-site ACPE-accredited continuing education

PGY1 Residency Program Staff

Residency Program Director: Christina Schwarz, PharmD, BCPPS  |

Residency Program Coordinator: Heather Garcia, PharmD  |

Pharmacy Director: Jessy Thomas, PharmD, MBA  |