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Program Requirements

For a customized, fulfilling transition from student to advanced practitioner.

The Holy Cross Health PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program is designed to help pharmacists make the transition from the role of a student to that of an advanced practitioner. The program provides a rigorous and advanced training experience to motivated individuals and is customizable to each resident. Rotations and learning activities are oriented towards the resident’s interests and needs.

Requirements for completion of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program include:

  • Major Resident Project
  • Write up of final Resident Project in manuscript form acceptable for peer review journal publication
  • Completion of a MUE
  • Completion of at least one drug monograph
  • Teaching a professional lecture eligible for Continuing Education Credit
  • Teaching a didactic lecture to a class of health professionals
  • Successful completion of all required rotations
  • Maintain and submit a rotation notebook portfolio to include all version drafts and associated feedback

Residents who fail to complete program requirements and comply with all conditions of the residency program shall not be awarded a certificate of completion of the residency program.

Residency Curriculum

  • Orientation & Training - eight weeks
  • Internal Medicine – six weeks
  • Medical Intensive Care – six weeks
  • Surgical Intensive Care – six weeks
  • Hematology & Oncology – six weeks
  • Pediatrics & Neonatal Intensive Care – six weeks
  • Administration – six weeks
  • Elective – four weeks
    • Geriatric care
    • Women’s Health
    • Palliative Care/Pain Management
    • Anticoagulation
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship
    • Pharmacokinetics/Nutrition

Residents have the option of repeating any core rotations

 Pharmacy Practice (Staffing)
Consistent with American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) residency standards, each resident will complete a pharmacy practice component of the residency program.  Although often referred to as “staffing” this practice component represents another learning opportunity within the framework of the residency program. 

This experience is crucial to the development of professional practice skills.  The resident will gain proficiency in distribution and clinical skills, personnel management and leadership skills, and insight into process improvement opportunities for acute care facilities. 

Each resident is expected to practice as a pharmacist in several areas throughout the residency year.

All residents are required to be eligible to work in the United States prior to their first day of residency.  Residents must be licensed in the state of Maryland to practice as a pharmacist prior to starting the program. 

Licenses must be renewed and verified on the primary source that is the Maryland Board of Pharmacy website 30 days prior to expiration date.

General Staffing
Residents will practice every second weekend (or one weekday evening shift and every third weekend.)

Holiday Staffing Coverage
Residents, as a part of the professional staff of the department, are expected to assist with holiday coverage during the residency year.


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