Pharmacy Residency: Frequently Asked Questions
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Pharmacy Residency: Frequently Asked Questions  

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Pharmacy Residencies
- PGY1
- PGY2 - Informatics

Q: How many residents are in the program?
A: The program has 4 PGY1 residents and 2 specialty residents (Information Technology)

Q: What is Sentara’s application deadline?
A: Applications must be received by January 10, 2011. Interviews are offered on a rolling basis.

Q: When are on-site interviews conducted?
A: On-site interviews will be held in January and February.

Q: Do residents receive vacation time?
A: Residents receive 2 weeks of paid vacation time throughout the residency year.

Q: What type of health insurance and benefits are available for residents?
A: Residents will be eligible for enrollment in Sentara’s health benefits package (i.e. medical, dental, vision, prescription, disability and life insurance) and in 403b savings and flex-spending accounts.

Q: Which rotations are required?
A: Residents are required to complete 5-week rotations in Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Nutrition, and Drug Information. Additionally, a longitudinal experience in Administration is required.

Q: Is there a staffing component to the residency?
A: Residents are required to provide weekend coverage every other weekend throughout the residency year. Weekend coverage consists of clinical activity.

Q: What types of elective rotations are available?
A: Numerous elective rotations are offered, including Oncology, Cardiology, Geriatrics, Ambulatory Care, Information Technology, Pain Management, Surgery/Transplant, GI, Neonatal, Medication Safety, Managed Care, and Palliative Care. Required rotations may also be repeated as electives.

Q: How are residents evaluated?
A: Residents and mentors will set goals and objectives for each rotation and for the residency year. Both residents and preceptors will complete evaluations from ASHP’s Residency Learning System (RLS) at the close of each rotation to provide an ongoing assessment of progress.

Q: Are there teaching opportunities available?
A: Each resident is required to precept a pharmacy student during the residency. Additional teaching opportunities are available through in services, CE presentations, journal club, case presentations, and lectures at the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS).

Q: Are residents required to conduct research?
A: Residents are required to develop and conduct a major, year-long project relating to pharmacy practice. A list of topic ideas will be provided; however, residents are encouraged to pursue other topics if approved by the Residency Program Director and Director of Clinical Pharmacy Programs.

Q: Do residents receive assistance to attend professional meetings?
A: Financial support is provided for residents to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Eastern States Residency Conference.

Q: Do residents have office space?
A: Residents have an office with computers available. Each resident is also assigned a laptop for the residency year.

Q: What types of clinical services do Sentara pharmacists offer?
A: Clinical pharmacists are deployed in patient care areas and provide extensive clinical Services, including drug therapy management of pharmacokinetics, TPN, anticoagulation, renal dosing, parenteral conversion, and clinical research.

Q: What are former Sentara residents doing now?
A: Our former residents have successfully pursued a diverse range of positions, including faculty at university hospitals, medical liaison for a pharmaceutical company, long- term care pharmacist, critical care pharmacy specialist, cardiology pharmacy specialist, pharmacy benefits management pharmacist, and pharmacy clinical coordinator.

Several former residents remained with Sentara to complete specialty residencies in critical care and information technology, and others are currently with Sentara as clinical pharmacists.

Q: What is there to do in the Hampton Roads area?
A: Sentara’s facilities are located throughout the Hampton Roads area. There are numerous activities, including the beach, shopping, restaurants, theaters, museums, historic sites, concert halls, Norfolk Naval Base, Colonial Williamsburg, and Busch Gardens. For more information, visit

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