Pharmacy Residency

Program Overview for PGY1

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency offered at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The PGY1 program is one year that is divided into four quarters, each ending with a quarterly evaluation. The year is built by the resident based on his/her interests by combining required and elective rotations.

  • Required rotations include: Pharmacy Operations, Drug Information, Pharmacy Administration, Infectious Diseases, Critical Care, Research, and Unit Based Clinical Pharmacy.
  • Elective rotations include: Hematology/Oncology, Solid Organ Transplantation, Emergency Medicine, Pain and Palliative Care, Nutrition, Solid Tumor Oncology, Cardiology, Medication Safety and Antibiotic Stewardship Program.
  • Longitudinal activities include: Weekend staffing, Ambulatory Care Clinic, Drug Use Evaluation, Seminar Series, Therapeutics Conference, ADE collection, Pharmacy Grand Rounds Presentation, Medication Safety, and a Research Project.

Our hospital also offers PGY2 Residency Programs in the following areas: Oncology (ASHP Accredited), Critical Care, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacy Administration and Solid Organ Transplant.

History Facts:

  • 1967: Accredited as a hospital pharmacy residency
  • 1983: Accredited as post PharmD clinical pharmacy residency
  • One of the first 30 pharmacy residency programs in the country
  • 150 residents have gone through the HUP residency program

Learning Opportunities

  • The Department of Pharmacy Services is affiliated with several pharmacy schools locally and nationally and serves as a teaching site for hospital, ambulatory and inpatient clinical pharmacy clerkship students. HUP is also the clinical practice site for Philadelphia College of Pharmacy clinical faculty in the following areas: Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, and General Medicine.
  • A teaching certificate program is offered to HUP Pharmacists and Residents through the University of the Sciences. As part of the teaching program, our residents work with residents from other Philadelphia-area hospitals at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Residents are involved in teaching a practical lab course for 3rd year pharmacy students that meets every other week. Residents also present at least one didactic lecture during the year and one continuing education presentation.
  • In addition to teaching at the College of Pharmacy, residents also participate in weekly Therapeutics Conferences. Each resident presents a patient case and a journal club at a Therapeutics Conference throughout the course of the year. All residents attend each Therapeutics Conference along with preceptors and students.
  • Residents present a Grand Rounds presentation once during the year, which is an ACPE accredited continuing education program. Each resident will work with a preceptor to prepare his or her Grand Rounds presentation.

Staffing

  • The Department of Pharmacy provides services 24 hours a day through centralized and decentralized programs, drug information, clinical programs, and unit-dose drug distribution. On weekends, staff pharmacists provide pharmaceutical care from 15 decentralized teams, enabling them to interact with patients, physicians and nurses on their respective units (2-4 patient care units per pharmacist). Medication orders are entered on the patient care units through computerized physician order entry which allows for the prompt profiling and delivery of medications from the centralized pharmacy to the nursing unit and then to the patient. The department uses a combination of robotic unit-dose cart filling and unit-based cabinet dispensing for the distribution of most medications.
  • Residents are required to work approximately 20 weekend shifts during the course of the year in these decentralized roles. During the resident's month of orientation in July, the resident will receive training on each of the patient care floors that he or she will be staffing on the weekend.

Projects

  • The residents and pharmacy staff participate in various research projects and contribute relevant and high quality material to the pharmacy and medical literature. Many of the projects relate to health services research that directly or indirectly benefit patients of the Medical Center.
  • Residents are required to develop and complete a research project during their residency. This past year, HUP implemented a novel research project design for the residency program. Each PGY1 pharmacy resident will be paired with a PGY2 specialty pharmacy resident to develop the project with a primary research preceptor. These three individuals will comprise the "core research team".
  • Each resident presents the result of this project at the Eastern States Residency Conference each spring. Residents also have the opportunity to submit research for presentation at specialty meetings. Residents are also encouraged to publish the results of their research project in various medical journals.
  • Each resident presents the result of this project at the Eastern States Residency Conference each spring. Residents also have the opportunity to submit research for presentation at specialty meetings. Residents are also encouraged to publish the results of their research project in various medical journals.
  • Residents will have the opportunity to participate in the formulary process. Each resident will work with a preceptor to develop a drug utilization evaluation (DUE). The DUE provides critical analysis of a drug use process that will ultimately aid in hospital decision-making.

Meetings

Residents participate in professional regional and national meetings. Residents present their research project in a platform setting at the Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents. Residents present research in poster format at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and at the University Health System Consortium Conference.

Residents also have the opportunity to be involved with local pharmacy organizations in the Philadelphia area.