Core Rotations

Required core learning experiences are four to six weeks and include the following:

  • Orientation
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Intensive Care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Specialty Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Project Management
  • Medication Safety

Required longitudinal learning experiences:

  • Pulmonology Clinic*
  • Renal Transplant*
  • Pharmacy Practice (Staffing)
  • Project Management
  • Clinical Practice Advancement
  • Teaching Certificate Program

*Residents select one of these two options

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Elective Rotations

Completion of Orientation and the required core rotations will allow the resident to choose up to 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:

  • Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Pharmacy Informatics
  • Adult Medicine
  • Additional Acute Care Rotation
  • Managed Care

Pharmacy Practice Experience

Pharmacy practice experience begins after Orientation 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 knowledge 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 patient safety.
  • Residents will submit a completed Medication Utilization Evaluation (MUE) for poster presentation at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Meeting.
  • Publication of a clinical pharmacy department newsletter.
  • Presentation of several clinical presentations to a variety of audiences.

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
  • Wellness/resiliency resources

PGY1 Residency Program Staff

Residency Program Director: Christina Schwarz, PharmD, BCPPS | [email protected]
Residency Program Coordinator: Heather Garcia, PharmD | [email protected]
Pharmacy Director: Jessy Thomas, PharmD, MBA | [email protected]

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